Monday, January 3, 2011

Vogue 8626


Here is the idea board for the coat.

I've been planning this coat or something similar for awhile now. I waited til December for the Winter Wear Contest on Pattern Review. I didn't actually start it til around the 21st of December. I didn't have time to do any interesting blog posts about my progress as it was put together rather fast and furious. I lost my sewing mojo right after I cut out it, took a break and started sewing again on the 27th. At that time, I realized that my plan of doing bound buttonholes went awry after I attached the facings. I could have done it but it would have been a pain. I then decided on some fun, funky, alternative style closures. I found them on MJ Trim, ordered them, then angsted over their delivery time. You know, contest deadline, massive snowstorm in NYC! Well luckily they came through for me and I got them just in time. I finished it at 6:30 pm on December 31st!

I've been a bit fascinated with steampunk for the last couple months. It started after reading some Steampunk romance! I know it's been around awhile and that I'm too old to really embrace it. But I still think it's very interesting and am enjoying throwing little bits of it into my wardrobe on occasion.

Here's an up close of the closures. When I ordered them I didn't realize that both sides unsnapped leaving the middle piece completely independent. I may in the future put some JB Weld or something on the one side to make sure they don't come loose. But that would keep them horizontal and now they fall downward when not clipped together. I had to get a leather punch and put holes all the way around each of the tabs, then I sewed them on using button/upholstery thread. My poor fingers are still sore!

It was a great experiences sewing with camel hair. I even ordered more, I liked it so much. My coat so far is warm and comfy. I used the good flannel backed satin but the coat still isn't very heavy or bulky like you would think. The camel hair is thinner than the melton I have at home.

Here's a link to the pattern review I did.

Pattern Review

And here's a link to my Flickr album. My DS, age 8, was enlisted as my photographer. I think he did a pretty darn good job if I don't say so myself!

Photo Album


K.Line said...

Amazing job! So flattering - and it still looks warm.

dfr2010 said...

I do think those closures are perfect for your coat ... and am still kicking myself for not buying some of the camel hair when it was on sale.

I too am supposedly "too old" to get into the steampunk idea, but it has caught my eye due to the use of Victorian era corsets. Well, also a lot of other Victorian era styled garments. I still haven't read anything, but I do enjoy looking at the costume/clothing/garb that is coming out of the steampunk genre.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Kim - not only did you make an awesome coat but your son took some amazing pictures of you wearing it! Good luck in the contest!

Victoria said...

Super beautiful coat! The design, fit, choice of fabric----everything! You have alot to be proud of:)

Kathy said...

Just wanted to let you know that we liked your version of our Vogue Pattern coat V8626 so much that we posted a link from our facebook page.
Great job!

Karin said...

Very elegant! You look fierce in that coat! I've never tried camel hair, so I appreciate your comments on it. Happy 2011!

Anonymous said...

Your coat is beautiful!