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November 29, 2015

Future project - laminated wool parka

Long time no posting. Again. 

Its not that I haven't been sewing, I have. See my instagram feed. It's just that I haven't been feeling like snapping images. 

But I have been feeling like making plans!

And I have a plan to sew myself a fully water, wind and cold proof parka (I hope). 

Laminated wool - from left and right side

It all started with this fabric. I spotted it at Abakhan in the "buy by the kilo" bin right after I had started my pea coat(still not finished, practicing my button holes). I figured since one coat was already in the makings it was way  too soon for another one. 

And then I did some online shopping, which was a huge ass FAIL! The quilted down coat that I ordered fits me, sleeves are a little short as usual but...the description of said down coat stated that there IS A HOOD. There is half of a hood. That looks like a circumcision gone wrong. 
(The only reason I bought that damn coat was what if we gonna have another rainy windy winter that is not suited for a wool jacket?)

Fast forward to this week. I still had that laminated wool on my mind. Stopped by Abakhan, almost 100% sure that it is all gone. Lucky me, it was still there. YAY!

J Crew Chateau parka

I will loosely base my parka on the J Crew's parka above. Ok, it will be pretty damn similar! Sue me for liking J Crew.

I have been trying to plan all the sewing a head, I even wrote down construction order to make my life wee bit easier. I also will try to use up as much supplies from my ever expanding sewing stash as possible. I have the zipper, snaps, warm interlining... I might even use my crazy-ass scull print poly satin as lining. 
I do have to pick up a shit ton of seam sealing tape.

One thing I need to figure out is how to sew all those pockets to the fronts without using any pins... and decide - to do fur or no fur? 

November 15, 2015

Press thy sleeve!

Since it's autumn for most parts of the world and winter isn't that far away, it's also a coat sewing season. I my self am working vigorously on a pea coat at the moment. But that's really not what I want to blog about, since I still have a lot of sewing to be done.

What I really wanted to blog about is sleeves.

On the left non pressed sleeve. On the right pressed sleeve

Sleeves should always, always be pressed and shaped properly. And I am not talking about pressing the ease in at the sleeve cap. 

Sleeves should fallow your arms natural state and curve slightly forward. And that does not go only for the classical two-part sleeve but applies to all sleeves.
I know that my pressed sleeve looks rather flat at the moment, but that's because there is no hand in it!
Here's a great post by Jeffery D which everyone should read, where he explains why the shaping is done. 

So, please, press thy sleeve! 

October 18, 2015

slow fashion october - LOVED

This jacket was made four to six years ago. (This proves once again that I am indeed an old bear and I can't remember all) It was my college "outerwear project". I got an A.

The pattern was a mix of two RTW coat patterns, plus me redrafting the front edge. Fabric for this jacket came from the "pay by the kilo" bin from a local fabric store. Same goes for the beige lining. That was the first and the last time I used any cloth that's beige.

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