Confession. Can I keep a secret? By all means I can. If you ask me not to tell, I can most certainly keep your secret. But when it comes to keeping my own secret, is it that easy - not so much. I've had a secret since Saturday before last, December 4th, and it's been eating me up. I haven't posted in ten days because I just knew I'd probably blab it all out - and guess what, that is just what I'm about to do...
May I present to you my Lady Faye Coat. Here she stands in what once was my living room amidst all the clutter that use to resided in my sewing room (but yet, that's another story).
I had planned an all out photo shoot this past Saturday with me styling my new coat, but just wasn't feeling it so that appointment got postponed. The photo shoot will happen very soon and I will post pics of me wearing my laborious results. The fit is good, but since our temperatures dropped at least 25 degrees below normal, I really don't think it will be warm enough for me (I am EXTREMELY cold natured to the point that I really need to live in a tropical local). By the way, I decided to remove the flannel interlining because it made the coat weight about a thousand pounds.
Why did I change the name of the coat? Well, I just felt that since the thing took me so long to complete, caused me to second guess myself and over think the process more than any other garment ever had, she should be named after me. When I was recently asked if I loved the coat I had to say "I really can't say that I love it, but I do like it a lot. Maybe I'm not in love with it because it took me so long to complete, but I'm sure that with time I will fall in love with her. I did learn a lot in the process, and tried techniques that I never dreamed I'd do. Hopefully we will have a long and lasting relationship, and maybe, just maybe one day I might see my way clear to make a spring version just like her.
Now I've got my sewing life back!!! (Me jumping for joy) For months I've had "sewing project images" flying around in my head that it's been hard to focus on just one project. I have got to get some of these images out of my head and bring them to life before I explode! First up is this really cute skirt, Vogue 7937.
This weekend I did up a not so quick and dirty muslin and so far so good. I'm making view B in guess what - a home deco faux suede in chocolate brown. This is the first time I've used such a fabric, and I am really excited about the possibilities. I'm using a size 16 needle which is really helping. The skirt has top stitched seams front and back, and I'm using a new technique that I learned about while making my coat. I'd like to give proper credit for the idea but can't remember where I read about it. Maybe you've tried it already but just in case you haven't, it's done by threading three threads through your machine through the same the same needle. I was only able to get two threads through the needle, but it does make my top stitching (done using my longest stitch) more noticeable. Now I'm wondering what it would look like using different color threads - mmmm might have to try that one out. I've underlined the skirt (I do plan on keeping warm) and will also add a lining. Can't wait to get it finished because there are many other project images screaming to get out next.
Sewing Room Update: Well, all four walls now have paint on them. One and a half walls still need a second coat. Trim, doors and windows still need to be painted, and then the ceiling is still crying out for some attention too. It's a really S-l-o-w go, but I know it will be worth it when it's finished. The room already looks much larger and of course so much more brighter....