2.14.2015

a valentine's day break up


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Old Man Winter, it's time we had a talk. This relationship has fizzled. You've become overbearing. Predictable. Boring. All you want to do is stay home and sit on the couch and keep me from taking halfway decent photos. 

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Sure, I know Sexy Springtime has his problems as well, what with all his blue skies and luscious breezes, beckoning me to wallow in his grassy fronds rather than fondle my Pfaff. Sexy Springtime is a monogamous sort.  Whereas you definitely allow me the freedom to play with my machinated lovers in your dimly lit, cold dusky hours...

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...yes, ours is an open relationship. But even so, I'm beginning to feel claustrophobic. This fancy double ended open zipper stays altogether shut these days.

And let's not even talk about why I'd make a sleeveless quilted jacket. I must be acting out. As if you'd allow me to show a little skin. You might be okay with me fooling around on the side, but you sure don't want me flaunting it. 

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I mean, I even went off the rails and cinched the waist of this jammy in for you. Would you notice? Throw me an appreciative glance, a flirtatious word? Noooooooo. And I don't blame you. It's a puffy jacket, godsakes. But check the technique:

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I encased in leather for you, man. LEATHER. WHAT IS SEXIER THAN LEATHER.

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Yeah, whatever Winter. It's too late, I don't want to hear it. We're done. Go be Australia's Valentine.

(I love you Australia.)

(ps ETA: it's a Burda mag pattern circa 2008. Too cold to find it. I'll groundhog it out soon!)
(further ETA: it's Burda mag, 10-2008-123 *not an affiliate link, obviously I'm super on top of that so far* aaaand check out Amanda's gorgeous version, which helped me visually during construction.) 

51 comments:

  1. If that is what happens when things are wrong, I don't think I can deal with what happens when things are right!

    You are a sultry quilted witch of the winter, you.

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    1. hahahaahaaaa! i am an old school R&B song!

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  2. hahaha...I had a very similar digression on my blog post this morning too! I'm so done with my puffy coats, LOL. I'm beginning to feel a tad guilty about that though....even if it is wet here, it's warm!

    Now! If I had this sleeveless, not so puffy, couture jacket in my wardrobe, I might not be so anxious for spring! One of a kind fabulousness! Beautiful! Exclamation points! I'm assuming it's of your own design as well? {sigh} You really do inspire!

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    1. i think at this point i might stand outside and take wet pictures, were the temp right! i mean they'd be unusable... but i'd be OUTSIDE... yeah, actually, i wouldn't recommend it. your indoor shots are lovely:)

      the pattern is from an old burdastyle mag, the same mag i used in the project sewn pink challenge, i think? i couldn't be bothered to dig it out!!! plus, i went off the rails, there are supposed to be pockets and cap sleeves, and those top panels are supposed to go somewhere else. i'll dig it out soon!

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  3. It is kind of weird to see you in plain black even if the design and texture is funky! My eyes aren't used to it. Stupid winter. I'm done with it too.

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    1. i swear i don't know how sewists who love black do it. THIS DROVE ME CRAZY. and then ruggy was all "i like it but you'll ruin it with some crazy neon zipper" so i had to abandon that impulse. because, dare.

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    2. "Ruin it!" Waaa? I'm still waiting for the self-sewn Ruggy make-over. I think he's just jealous that he doesn't have any neon zippers in his wardrobe. I have to say though that I love it all-black. It's super chic and looks very expensive!

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  4. I love it!! Such a unique design, the sleeves are very cool! It is wrong to see you in black, I agree!

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    1. I AGREE! almost as wrong as this winter.

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  5. Haha! I love your vest. The weather may not be hot but your vest is!! I am so over this winter thing...and apparently there is more of it coming.Friggin' Canadian winters.... I have been protesting by making summer dresses. I will be ready for warm weather when it finally shows its self!!

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    1. i almost pulled out summer sewing last weekend, but it just left me delated. then i almost made a G&T, again, deflation! luckily i had red wine. i don't envy your canadian winters, they look painful.

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  6. Australia loves you too. And your quilted vest :)

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  7. Australia loves you too. And your quilted vest :)

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  8. A puffy vest is just what's needed for winter. Nice job Oona!

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    1. thanks faye! i am wondering where one wears a sleevless job tho...

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  9. I love all the details in this: just a fab job, and yeah, it is unusual to see you in black but very worth it.

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    1. thank you, i have no idea what came over me, or why i added more details to prolong the sewing of black...seriously, i must blame winter!

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  10. What a fabulous post, you are so talented. I LOVE the jacket/vest you might need to kiss and make-up :-)

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  11. It's gorgeous but I have to say, and the facial expressions don't help, that you look like the evil queen of planet Kalkatroona, ordering her army of storm trooperesque soldiers around from the comfort of your "bridge", via video. I think a couple of them got fried in this episode for failing to kidnap the handsome head of the renegade forces (played by Ruggy p'raps?)

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    1. HAHAHAHAAAAAA i couldn't take a straight face pic in this to save my life! and i love your description. you may have a place on the bridge, your first task is to find that renegade ruggy for me. OOOOOOOOOOOOOO he would be so hot in a rebel outfit!

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    2. Only if you promise not to turn my into goop should I not succeed. ;-)

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  12. Just right for your weather! Cute post~

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  13. I. LOVE. THIS. Sniff around and share with us the pattern!

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  14. Australia doesn't want your winter, nuh-UUH! Seriously, I'm from Sydney and we really don't have a clue how to handle cold, so I'm actually impressed (and kinda confused) by people who happily live somewhere that freezes for months on end. I'll take my months of warm weather, thanks! Of course it did have to be grey and overcast when I photographed my last creation.
    ...And now that I've commented about how great and summery it is here we're getting a sudden out of nowhere downpour. Serves me right.

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    1. THAT'S KARMA!!!! i hope it was at least a warm downpour.

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  15. Nooooooo! I don't know if I'm ready for Mr. Winter. Don't send him, just not yet. Californians keep saying it's hot? Maybe send him there for a bit, but when he does come to Australia please send this vest with him Ok? Thank you xx

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    1. yeah, they're like 108 in the shade. i'll tell you what, if you take winter off our seasonal hands today, i'll send this vest plus a hue in every color of the rainbow!

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  16. HAAAhahaha! Winter sux.
    But this quilted vest is seriously impressing me with your mad skills. Winter looks good on you.

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    1. now that is a sentence i never expected to read! (not the winter sux, obviously that's more like an everyday mantra.)

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  17. I think this is the first time I've seen you in... black? YES!

    Where on earth do you find quilted fabric like that? (Unless you quilted it yourself, which wouldn't surprise me either!)

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    1. it was an old purchase from, i think, fabric.com? suuuuper cheap! the quilting was what got me, then i remembered how much i hate to sew black!

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  18. Hurry up and tell us what pattern you used, I WANT one of these for my very own! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!! And I'm in shock that you didn't make it in some crazy color like neon orange or pink....though you should probably make another in a crazy color. ;-)

    P.s. hopefully this doesn't post twice.

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    1. adding it in seconds! and oh man. how i wish i had it in neon.

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  19. I love this vest!! You are gorgeous and amazing as always!

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  20. Hahahaha...in my neck of the woods, I sweet talk winter and implore it to stay. Of course, today it's in the high 60s. Perfect. Just like your scrumptious vest. Fab!

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    1. i love the thought of anyone sweet talking winter. i whisper to summer constantly.

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  21. I read "luscious breeze" as "luscious breasts". Hmmm...

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  22. Good golly, you even make puffy vests look sexy and futuristic. God I want one so bad! And, yes, winter needs to GO.

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    1. i could see you churning one of these out in a heartbeat!

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  23. Love it - I've got some quilted blue stuff but haven't dared cut into it yet ...

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