Sunday, January 6, 2019

Happy New Year , 2019

Happy New Year  dear old and new Sewing Friends.

 I know I've neglected my blog for the past couple of years. I've explained before why that is so I won't go into that again. I'm preparing for my 6th and final Fashion Show to be held on Feb28th and that will be that. Although I've so far raised about $8000 for our Food Bank and school breakfast programs and have really enjoyed all aspects of the process,I've decided that all good things must come to an end. My health is being affected by the constant planning and sewing so it's time to get back to my life as it use to be and that includes blogging.

I've just been making specialty items for myself in the past few months. That has cut down a lot on the guilt I feel about having too many clothes. My closet has taken on a new look with only pieces I love wearing.  I want to show these pieces  to you in the next few weeks. I'll start with my most recent make and work my way backwards . I do hope you enjoy seeing what I have been creating.

Just before Christmas , I finished a new and longed planned for coat.




You might have noticed that the jacquard fabric is the same I used for the garment in my last post  (of Mar.18, 2018 ). My original plan for the fabric was the coat and then I decided I had enough for the vest as well.

For my coat, I used Simplicity 2311 , which I've used twice before, once for me and once for my daughter.

                                   

This time I  made  the single breasted notched collar version, sort of. I actually used the collar from  Vogue 8841   and caused all kinds of problems for myself but it turned out well enough in the end. I also lengthened it by 8" because I want to wear my new coat over longer styles. I also intend to make a faux fur collar for it but not now. I'm tired of working on this thing.

To start with I fused the whole coat with  interfacing to give it extra weight and drape.

For the collar and flaps for the welt pockets, I used the reverse side of the  jacquard  fabric.. I kind of wish I had used black leather instead but too late now.






I had intended on using black leather buttons but in the end, I decided on theses burnished gold domes instead to give it a bit of a punch.



For the lining, I bought a piece of polyester matte satin. I love the gold trim. I think this little touch really makes a garment look upper end, don't you ?





I wasn't sure I really liked my new coat at first but I wore it to church Christmas morning and got all kinds of compliments so that helped me to like it more !!







If you're a coat lover like me and you'd like some more details about how to make a professional looking one, you might like to check out my posts here and here on my other blog Diana's Sewing Lessons.

It's good to be back !! Please let me know what you think about my new coat.


19 comments:

Moosiemoose said...

Diana, Your coat is just beautiful and beautifully done. I love it on you and can see why you got lots of compliments. I miss your blog and happy to see you back. Jean

nrf said...

I'm so happy you're back, and I love the coat! Spectacular!

Denise Devine said...

wow what a beautiful coat! I have enjoyed your blog and sewing adventures - thank you for sharing.

Ann Brodsky said...

Your coat is just gorgeous! So glad to see a post from you as I really am inspired by your work! Can't wait to see your other items that you've been making.

Linda T said...

Your coat is lovely! I like the use of the two sides of the brocade. I'm happy to see you blogging again. I, too, have been lax in blogging and I'm hoping I can/will do better this year. Look forward to your future posts!

Bonnie @ sewplus.blogspot.com said...

Love your coat &very flattering on you. I look forward to more post from you. You are an inspiration and I've enjoyed reading your blog. Happy New Year!

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

Diana - I love the coat! It's gorgeous! And I'm glad you're back...you have been missed!

Alexandra said...

Diana, your coat is beautiful! I love that bit of gold trim on the inside. Happy New Year!

Faye Lewis said...

Very cute coat Diana!

Kathryn said...

I love the detail you put into your work, and I am thankful you choose to share it with us. I especially love the gold trim inside of the coat - perfect touch!

MaryEllen said...

Beautiful coat & so happy to see you blogging again

Margene Yeaton said...

Thank you for all you do. LOVE your new coat! Glad you are back, I've checked your site from time to time, but know you have been all consumed by your other endeavors. Take good care of yourself and I look forward to your future makes.

KS_Sews said...

That's one fancy coat!!
S2311 is such a classic, wonderful pattern.

Ann-Britt Uhrbom said...

Welcome back to blogging, I have missed you and look forward seeing your makes again. The coat is great and fits you so well.

Vicki said...

Nice to see you back! Coat is fabulous. More fun than just a solid colour.

Enid said...

Diana, I love your coat and love that you are back blogging!

Joyree said...

Hi Diana! Long time, no see. I don't even mess with my blog anymore. I just do the videos. When I saw the pics of your coat, I wasn't sure I liked it; BUT when I saw it ON YOU, WOW, WOW, WOW! I love it! It is beautiful and, of course, perfectly made. I'm excited to see you have a sewing lessons website. Can't wait to see what you have done there.
Hugs, Joy

Soposie said...

Welcome back! Stunning coat!

Sherry Poole Todd said...

I just love(!) your designs and your blogging, Diana. Kudos to you for knowing when it’s time for all good things to come to an end, and securing more “me” time! I am *trying* to do the same!
Sherry in Portland, OR