in search of a quiet place where i could act like an idiot in peace, i stumbled upon a seemingly barren parking lot.
complete with john deere tractor.
it wasn't as empty as it seemed... soon, i had a crew of city housing workers with whom i had a delightful time. a woman in overalls possessing a beautifully infectious laugh came charging out. you seen that coat? that's straight outta the seventies!! you got a whole seventies thing goin on, i like that! EEEYYYYY JIMMY! 'member when you usedta dress like that? AHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAA
listen! a sweet man named ralphie ordered...you be careful out here now! dese people throw things outta dese windows and we can't do NUTHIN ta stop them. what's wrong wit' people?! lookit alla that broken glass! ey, you made that coat? well that's just GREAT. i expect ta see you in vogue one day, young lady!
ralphie was my favorite.
this yardage, part of my mood fabrics MSN allowance, is certainly crazy enough for those hallowed pages. and finicky enough. i realized i'd have to handstitch every seam if i wanted a pretty finish-- you can see the difference side by side in the bottom half of this collage. no contest, yes? and so a-handstitching i went...
i think it paid off, as it created sort of a padded look to the seams.
a great amount of crossing my fingers went into the pattern hackery of simplicity 2812...it included taping coat bodice pieces to bottom mates and evening out seams to erase a waistline seam...it was definitely one of those AAAAAAH LET'S JUST SEE WHAT HAPPENS makes. the collar brought this baby to a suddenly fluffy bunny cute place, i took one look in the mirror and cooed ooooo hai my name is oona don't you want to come play tiddlywinks with me? the cat gave me a weary look, he's used to me barking at myself, and i went with triple overlocking the neck edge instead.
ah, overlocking. ah, machines that work. i remember machines that work...to be honest, it's been a irritating week sewing wise, working out the technicalities, that is, of accomplishing sewing, and i'm looking forward to a weekend out of town where i can put THE GREAT SEWING MACHINE CONUNDRUM OF 2014 out of my mind. hope you're looking forward to a lovely long weekend as well!
this coat was made using my monthly fabric "allowance" as part of the Mood Sewing Network.