Dressing for the Summer

I’m sitting here writing on a verrry brisk August evening, and I’m trying to think of where the summer time went.

Oh yeah…I was sewing. I’ve sewn a LOT this summer, and honestly haven’t been able to keep up with posts the way I intended. Included in one of these summer sewing projects has been #v9253 as part of another McCall’s sewing contest. This was a pattern I had really wanted to try, so when they announced another contest, I was definitely up for it.

 

The pattern sort of reminded me of a Kimono robe, so I thought a floral print would be fitting. This fabric is from JoAnn’s and is a rayon Challis…which was lovely to work with and drapes very well for this particular pattern.

I love when a dress gives a great spin ;)

The pattern itself easy to work with and pretty quick, which is always appreciated in my book. ;)

 

Outfit details: Purse-Vintage from Etsy; Shoes-from a friend; Bangles-from various places.

A Coat with a Statement

This month on the cover of Vogue was a feature on Statement Coats. I just love to see coats getting their rightful attention. Yes. I do make things other than coats, I promise. But coats and jackets have just always been my thing. I don’t know why I am so drawn to them, but to me a great coat is a game-changer. And maybe it’s because I am from the North Coast, or as our family calls it, the “Fresh Coast” in Ohio…where we’re not quite East enough to be considered the East coast, but we’re certainly not that Mid either, even though we are always categorized with the rest of the mid-west. Anyway, being from the Fresh Coast, we most definitely get our fair share of cold. So, when you have these cold winters with not much to look forward to other than making snow angels, well a GREAT coat is an ABSOLUTE necessity in the Fresh Coast wardrobe. It definitely adds excitement to getting dressed on those cold days, too.

Well, this one my friends, is a very special one. I’ve been waiting patiently to debut her, too…if only this Ohio weather would make up its mind. And I will preface by saying, this particular coat is not for sale- BUT I can always do custom orders to color/size specifications, just send an email my way. ;)

Sometimes, when you least expect it is when the inspiration strikes. And that is how this one was. I knew when I was hunting and gathering my materials that THIS one was certainlyΒ going to be one of those game-changing coats. A definite statement coat. She’s quite possibly my favorite to date.

Here is my Before picture that I posted on Instagram…

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And after…

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Place for bird watching.

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Watched some birds! Ducks :)8

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My original design for this coat involved a fur collar. And thanks to my vintage hoarding habit, I found one stashed away. This one is faux chinchilla fur. There are some other fur collars for sale in my Etsy store, here.

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Applique applied by hand. Time consuming? Yes. Worth it? Of course.

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Outfit details:

Coat: Made by me (Although this particular coat is not for sale through my Etsy shop, if you email me about a custom order, I’m sure we can work something out.) Fur collar: Vintage, similar here.

Jeans: Gap

Shoes: DSW (no longer available)

Made in Cleveland

I doubt I’m the only Clevelander when I say that today, my nerves don’t stand a chance. Every one of us is pumped full of excitement-slash-nervousness today as the Cleveland Indians take on Game 6 of the World Series. Eeeeeek! The only thing to do at this point is put on the Indians gear and scream “GO TRIBE!” as loud and as often as possible.

I’m sitting here typing, clad in home town apparel even though we actually took these photos the other day on a dreary, half-rainy day…hence the half-utilized umbrella. (I admit, I was slightly tempted to mock Mary Poppins and jump off the picnic table, umbrella in hand to see if I would float away. Oh well, maybe next time. ;) )

I made this statement coat about a month ago. I had planned on making it for a while before that, but just couldn’t settle on a lining choice. Finally, I landed on this pretty, ice blue polyester satin.

This coat is really great for a Fall day, and will probably be equally as efficient for a cool Spring day.

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I would classify it as light-medium weight…available for purchase here. And isn’t the motif design awesome??

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Vintage buttons. 8)
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GO TRIBE! ;)

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Also has lined pockets.

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This collar is worth the pop.

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*I think this is when Mary Poppins crossed my mind*

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Outfit details:

Coat is on Etsy, here.

Gap denim jeans

L.L. Bean Boot/shoes, available here.

 

 

One more for the road…GO TRIBE! :D

Chenille For Real

“What could I do with these?” is what I asked myself about the re-purposed wool sleeves I used for this coat. They had come off of another wool sweater coat of some kind because it was decided they would be better suited on some other garment. And well, they are. I found the fabric I used while rummaging around textile piles, seeing what I had and what I could use for what. It is a multi-colored woven chenille with a really cool diamond pattern that you don’t really notice up-close.

I admit, setting these thick wool sleeves was a bit of a challenge, but we made it through. And I’m glad we did. This coat is what their ultimate destiny was, after all. ;)

I will say, we took these pictures on a pretty chilly Fall day. This coat helped with the chill by far, but I only had on a long sleeve t-shirt underneath… so if you tend to err on the side of freezing all the time (such as myself), then I suggest throwing on a little something more, or heavier, under this multi-colored beauty.

 

*Warning: Photo-heavy post ahead. Sorry… but all the Fall colors! 8)

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Have a couple versions of this necklace in the Etsy shop right now.

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Mono-clasp closure. This one is also vintage and re-purposed.

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See those diamonds? ;)

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Outfit details:

Coat: Here

Denim: AG, similar here

Necklace *versions of*: Here

Earrings: Made by me

Hat by Converse for Target, No longer available.

BedStu “Sonic” Booties, No longer available but similar here.

Basking in Shibori Glory

A rush of Adrenalin. This is what happens to me when I have a creative light bulb go off. This is also what happened to me the other day when I was wandering around the fabric store, lost in my head of ideas but probably appearing dazed and confused. I can assure you, I was not dazed and confused, only entirely consumed by the right side of my brain.

This post brings you that flashing light bulb. A shibori dyed sweatshirt. I know, I know…”there she goes with her dyeing again”…but you guys…I’m seriously into it, and my addiction is only getting stronger. Textile science is so cool, and the nerd in me obviously agrees. What is sooo awesome about shibori is that it is near impossible to replicate something identically. Every piece of shibori is one-of-a-kind, unique to itself…just like you and me! :D (*Enter cheesy, after school special song*) Seriously though, no two pieces are the same, and truthfully you never really know what you’re going to get until the process is done.

Well, I went a little shibori crazy. I started out just doing the sweatshirt, which I have listed in my Etsy shop, and which you can purchaseΒ from 7 color choices, and 4 size choices. But then as I was standing there with a giant pot of dye in front of me, I thought…”what else can I throw in here?” So, I went ahead and also made a 100 % cotton shibori scarf, (also available made to order in 9 color choices) and 2 100% silk purses–which are listed in the Etsy shop, as well.

Check out my Shibori glory below:

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One-of-a-Kind evidence, right here. I was totally in awe when I noticed what looks like little perched owls on the front of this sweatshirt. There ain’t no way that is happening again.

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What else is so cool about shibori dyeing is how different textiles take the dye in their own way due to their own properties. If you look at the cotton scarf and the silk purse-you can see how the color differs slightly.

 

Outfit details:

Shibori scarf, purse, sweatshirt: Found here!

Gap slim straight denim

BedStu Sonic booties, no longer available but similar here.

Pretty in Periwinkle

Periwinkle. I always thought that was a funny color name. Though it sounds funny, it is quite a lovely color, so I was excited to see that a version of periwinkle (“Serenity”) was included in Pantone’s colors of the yearΒ for 2016, which was also in their Spring 2016 Fashion Color Report. Spring is also around when I made this duster coat that I’ve featured in today’s post.

I may have made it in the Spring, but it’s no doubt a GREAT transition coat. Since it is a duster, it’s more on the lightweight side, and doesn’t have any closures or pockets…something to throw on when you’re chilled, really. And that makes it just perfect for these increasingly chilly Fall mornings, days, and evenings.

 

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Cotton and linen shell.

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Had to stop and take a pic of the warm fall colors happening behind me…

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Polyester lining.

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*Outfit details:

If you love the coat, here it is! :) Merchant and Mills tee-collab with Uniqlo (No longer available) ; AG Jeans-Anthropologie, similar; Booties-Lucky Brand