Blue Velvet with Tartan Plaid Frosting

I gotta say…I think I might have a subconscious agenda with myself about  using up all the fabric that’s been staring at me every day and wondering when they’ll finally get their cue. Every time I buy new fabric, I feel a tinge of guilt about the fabric I already have at home. But, that’s one of those things with us sewers…we have a bad habit of stockpiling fabric “just because”… because we know that the “right” project for said fabric will come along–maybe in a few days…or maybe in a few months/years. Well, ladies and gentlemen, I assure you, I finally stumbled upon the “right” project for this GORGEOUS blue velvet fabric.

And here’s how the story goes…

It’s been a long time coming for this cobalt blue velvet to get its turn. I knew I wanted to make something really stand-out with it, because it’s pretty stand-out fabric. I used a Vogue coat pattern (#8465) and decided to do a cool fabric contrast, partly because I didn’t have enough blue velvet to use for the sleeves and collar.

At first, I used re-purposed leather for the collar and sleeves, thinking the contrasting material would look really interesting. Well, it did…but something just wasn’t laying right. So…out came the seam ripper and on the coat went some leftover black twill from this jacket that I blogged about a few weeks ago.

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The decision to use plaid taffeta for the collar lining happened sort of last minute. I needed something to use, and there was literally just enough left to use for the lining. Turned out to be the right decision, I think.

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Outfit details:

Coat made by me; pants from H&M-similar here; Booties from DSW (no longer available).

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Design on the Surface

You know, faux fur is actually pretty warm. I realized this when we were taking these pictures in 20 +/- degrees. And then I remembered that the reason I hadn’t worn this coat more was because I had it in my head that it wasn’t that warm. Mmm, yeah…it’s pretty warm.

Like the last post, I bring you more surface design. What can I say? Great surface design just gives a piece that little extra somethin’, somethin’. What’s interesting though, is how surface design has evolved. Today, we see brands like Anthropologie favoring it in much of their selection. But it’s still not as commonly seen on the clothes we typically wear in today’s world (we’re not seeing any embellished leggings, thankfully), but surface design was something that was certainly more prevalent in fashions of the 30’s and 40’s. In the 1940’s, women’s clothing silhouettes weren’t all that interesting because of war-time restrictions that limited the amount of fabric used. Well, the fashionable ladies had to do something to remain stylish–enter, surface design–in many forms. Different trimmings, covered buttons, ribbon, etc. just so women could at least still feel fashionable. And let’s be real, that they were. So, I say…why not bring back some surface design?

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Am I the only one who actually really likes the aesthetics created by different shades of white? Off-white and white? Together, they go. ;)

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Outfit details:

Coat, made by me but there is a cape version here; Dress from Macy’s many years ago, similar here; Boots from Aldo, similar here.

The “Carrie” Coat

I have a confession to make. I am a bit obsessed with ALL of the coats Sarah Jessica Parker wears as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. I’d say it was how I related to Carrie the most…she obviously had a love of coats and jackets, which has also been the truth for me since I was a teenager. Well, about four years ago, I was gifted the entire 6 season set of DVD’s for Christmas and it opened up a whole new world of “Make it” ideas for yours truly.

One particular coat that Carrie wears in Season 4 (?) is this amazing surface designed ivory coat that she wears over a blue dress when she goes on her first date with the politician. This is hands down my favorite coat she wears in the entire series. So, of course I decided I had to make one for myself.

I wanted it to be warm enough to wear in the cold weather, so I made it from a Wool blend felt, and then surface designed the entire front…collar included. I knew it was going to be a project when I decided on how I wanted to execute this ivory wonder, and I can honestly say, a project it was. But sooooo worth it… ;)

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Hand appliqued surface design. I used a bunch of different trims, and made some of my own appliques with various fabrics.

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I also made this 1940’s style dress out of faux suede. I only made it last Fall, and it has surely made its way to the top of my “favorites for Fall and Winter” list.

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Just couldn’t resist a few wintery pics, since this weekend was our first official snowfall of the season. ;)

 

Outfit details: Coat and Dress, made by me; Needlepoint purse-vintage; Boots by Aldo, similar here.

Metallic Jacket: Handmade

I found this metallic printed fabric hidden away in my little fabric stash. It’s an interesting woven fabric, kind of looks like it should mimic a hyde, but with silver metallic splashes allover. It’s really quite unique looking. There was maybe only a yard and a half or two and to be honest, at first I thought maybe I could reupholster a chair seat, but then decided I would rather make this jacket and try to use up the remainder of the silver velvet I had, too.

That said, this baby is one of it’s kind. I do not have any fabric leftover to make another. And wouldn’t it just look great for a festive holiday party??

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No outside pockets…but I’ve got you covered with one on the inside as a great place to stash your phone and or lip balm ;)

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Did I mention there are velvet under-sleeves, too? Metallics + Velvet is the perfect winter jacket combination.

Outfit details:

Jacket, one and only…here; Black tuxedo tail tee, Jessica Simpson; Gap jeans; Clutch, H&M (no longer available); DSW t-straps, similar here.

 

Cozying Up for Infinity

I doubt I’m the only one in this region of the country who knows that once the cold hits, it feels like it’s cold forever. So, what else is there to do on these cold and gloomy Ohio days other than bundle up and go for a hike in the #CVNP? Might as well forget about the cold and take advantage of the great National Park we have at our disposal.

We took a wander around some trails near Everett Covered Bridge, which is a pretty cool historical bridge that has been standing since the 1800’s (restored in the 1980’s). I will admit, I had visions of Sleepy Hollow when we first saw it and walked through it…luckily, there was no headless horseman to be seen :D

 

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Of course, taking a hike in early December means cozying up is a must. I did just that with this hand-knitted infinity scarf that my sister made. (And you bet I added another coat layer for our hike to stay even warmer. ;) )

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Handmade necklace is listed in the Etsy shop in a few colors :)

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Outfit Details:

Hand-knit scarf found here, necklace also here; Cleveland Metroparks tee from one of their nature shops; Duster sweater from Old Navy (I can’t seem to retire this sweater…it’s about 10 years old!) Jeans from Anthropologie, similar here (except these are a velvet version); Slimpack Riding Boots by Sorel.