2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

January 11, 2015

2014 WINTER COAT PROJECT - COMPLETED...

...how in the world can it be January 11th already???, anyway moving on (just like the month is doing).  First, I'd like to recognize my cheering squad - the people who constantly give me votes of confidence after I've committed myself to a long drawn out project such as this tailored coat.  When they comment I can visualize them, pom poms in hand on the sidelines, telling me "you can do it Faye"!  At times I don't think I can make it through to completion without their help!

Here's my full length black coat - made because I finally figured out that this fashionista's wardrobe wasn't complete without one.    No more having to wearing a red coat with my masala knit dress on a cold day.  (ha ha.  Yes, I did do that.)  I fell two days short of having the coat finished in time for our Georgia freeze last week (Thursday's morning temperature was 19 and Friday arrived at 20 degrees).   But, alas, I'm sure weI'll have a few more cold days this winter.


I don't think I moaned-cried-and complained during this project as much as I have done on other long term projects - I'll have to ask my Mother about that.  I do not like projects that take a long time to finish.  Will I undertake another lengthy project-  YES I'M SURE I WILL.  I guess I'm just a person who enjoys self inflicted punishment (ha ha).  Now I get to move on with my sewing life - there's so many things I want to make.  Thanks ya'll for reading my humble blog...

55 comments:

  1. It looks wonderful, Faye. You've done a great job and finished just in time to keep your warm in this current blast of cold air.

    A good cloth black coat is a wardrobe staple needed in every woman's wardrobe. Who wants to wear a puffy ski jacket or raincoat over that beautiful sequin outfit on New Year's Eve? Now you are ready, Faye!

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    1. I know that's right Bunny, no puffy ski jacket for me (any more).

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  2. YAY! It looks GREAT Faye, can't wait for the modeling session!!! And yes, take a breather with a quick knit tee. :)

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    1. Thank you CHEER LEADING TEAM CAPTAIN! And yes, knit is exactly where I'm headed.

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  3. Faye,this coat is gorgeous! You did an outstanding job and your perseverance paid off.

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  4. wow, this looks lovely! such an amazing job :)

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  5. Congrats, great job

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    1. Thanks girl, I feel like a weight lifted!

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  6. Your coat is gorgeous, Faye and so worth all that long work. I am with you, I don't like long projects either.

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  7. Faye, it looks great. You finished just in time for this weather. You should enjoy the fruit of your labor in this garment for years.

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  8. Ooh I'm the same re: big projects. Whew! But you did it and it's AWESOME!!!!! It's a beautiful coat and you'll get year after year of wear from it!

    My parents (Lawrenceville) were boo-hooing about the freezing temps ;-) ha!

    Stay warm!

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    1. Thank you Mrs. Smith. Oh, yes the weather man had us all scared to go outside on Thursday and Friday. You know we are just not use to low temps.

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  9. you should be so proud of yourself! as I know you are so go ahead pat yourself on the back! it's fantastic!

    Helen

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    1. Thank you Helen I am very proud of this make!

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  10. As I said earlier...you're getting to be a pro at this coat making thing. I know you will get a lot of wear out of this one too. Lovely coat. You did a fantastic job Linda. Now to the next project, right?
    Cecil

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  11. Faye, your effort has really paid off - great coat, and one great coat is worth it's weight in gold. And if you had not made this, you would still be wishing you had...

    Enjoy a nice simple project next.

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  13. Yay!! Well done - it looks great!

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  14. Wow! You did great!!! You should really be proud of yourself for your accomplishment! I did get the waistband on my jeans today. I had a hard time figuring out how to turn the ends. It just wasn't clicking so I finally found a video that was super simple. Whew! :)

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    1. Thank you so much!, and aren't video's super helpful???

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  15. What a gorgeous coat! And, I think it didn't take you long at all. You will wear this classic piece for years and years!

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  16. Looks great Faye, well worth the time, effort and complaining to finish it! It looks really well made and is a classic style so you should get plenty of wear out of it.

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  17. It looks great Faye.

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  18. looks like it is store bought. congrats on the completion.I wonder when I will learn to sew such complicated garments

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    1. Thank you Diya. I think you do beautiful work. This just takes stepping out there just a little at a time. You will definitely get there.

      P.S. Did you get that information I sent to you on the Butterick jacket?

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  19. Beautiful Faye! And bravo for sticking it out. You'll be happy with it for a very long time!

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  20. Beautiful and finished! So elegant too!

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  21. Gorgeous coat, Faye!! :D

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  22. Great looking coat and congrats on coming to its end. I agree that long projects aren't the most fun ! Looking forward to seeing it on you Faye!

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  23. outstanding!! GO FAYE! i feel the same way, groaning over self inflicted weeks long projects and then jumping right in again :)

    by the way, i don't think i commented on your back-to-work wrap but it was gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you for cheering for me too Oona. And that shirt you were wearing today was off the chain!

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  24. It is GORGEOUS, Faye, and such an inspiration as I work on a much easier coat project....spring weight so there's no rush. I love every detail on this pattern and hope you feel warm with pride when you wear it.

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    1. Thank you Jane, and yes it was very warm. Will be looking forward to seeing your new spring coat too!

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  25. Wonderful work on a gorgeous coat. You encourage me to begin the coat I have been putting off.

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  26. I love those lapels! The whole coat looks great, Faye! You may hate big projects but you finished it. That says a LOT.

    Happy New Year!

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  27. Your coat is beautiful! Congrats on completing this project. I too inflict upon myself time consuming lengthy projects…glutton for punishment! But hey, if everything was quick and easy, we gluttons would get bored!

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  28. I've been anxiously waiting to see it finished...worth the wait! Beautiful!

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  29. Way to go Faye! It looks marvelous.

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