Friday, January 23, 2015

Looking Backward to Go Forward

This is a pattern I fell in love and started to make in 1991, back when I was in love with a ne'er-do-well who took me nice places, requiring formal attire.  I had chosen a beautiful teal fabric with darker teal ripples through it, and some lighter teal for the underlining.  I bought it at the now-defunct Cloth World, a place I loved to go on my days off to fondle fabric and dream of outfits yet to be.
  Now, this dress looks silly, with it's gi-normous shoulders, but I still love the pleats everywhere.  I've lost the waist that would have been accentuated, and will never make this dress, but it was a lovely thought.
  And alas, Ne'er-do-well lived up to his description and dumped me before I had the second sleeve cut out.  But look at the advantage it's given me!  I now have that lovely teal fabric to line a new winter coat.  I'd thank him, but if I ever see him again, I'd punch him in the nose so  hard, thank you would seem a silly thing to say.

I bought this nice coat pattern a few years ago, and really like the two asymmetrical views, and the white coat.  I've chosen the white style to make the next coat, using this lovely wool-silk blend, lined with the teal fabric, and because I ran out of the wool-silk before I cut out the facings and collar, I raided my scrap pile and found a big-enough piece of black cashmere for that.  It will be one classy coat, and I'm anxious to get started.
  But first, I need to finish a top I cut out a few weeks ago.   Sleeves are going in next, and I'll show you it when it's done.

I leave you with my work from yesterday:  Banana pudding cupcakes, vegan Mexican hot chocolate and gluten free pecan caramel turtles.


Bonnie said...

You are a busy lady as usual.

LA said...

You have amazing sewing skills!!! Isn't it wonderful how things turn out????