tailoring the lady grey, v2.0

8 Nov

i recently had a bit of downtime in-between working and sew-working (and, god, i just realized i need to start christmas present makin’ asap!) and i managed to finish the padstitching on my coat :)

i don’t know how i feel about padstitching. i want to like it – i love hand-stitching, and i love being able to sit on the couch (not that i don’t love my beautiful sewing room!) and i love that it is quiet so i can hold a conversation while i am sewing. but the shaping that is involved with padstitching, ugh, i could do with the hand cramps and the constant peeking under the bottom to make sure my stitches are sorta-kinda-not-really-hidden-whatever-it’s-the-bottom-and-no-one-is-gonna-look-there-anyway.

but it’s done! well. the lapels are done. the collar padstitching is my next big coat project, but baby steps, y’all.

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eons of padstitching

after i finished padstitching and steaming with my amazing super awesome amazing iron, i put together all the back pieces and catch-stitched them down:
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i know this doesn’t look impressive, but it took forever. FOREVER. fortunately, my roommate and landlord/fake brother were in the sewing room too aaand they entertained me :)
i also top-stitched my seams. it doesn’t show too much with the texture of my fabric, but it pronounces the seamlines just enough that i like the way it looks. i guess catch-stitching and then top-stitching might be overkill, but i wanted the instead of my coat to look pretty. even though no one is ever gonna see the inside of my coat bc of the lining. oh well! at least i know it’s there!

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i made a backstay out of muslin. and i got to use pinking shears! yay pinking shears!

here’s where the coat is so far… it’s just pinned on the dressform (i haven’t sewn the side & shoulder seams yet):
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front

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the back looks a little see-through; that should be fixed when i get my lining and interlining sewn in there.

and just for funsies, here is my halloween costume: peg bundy!
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this is totally sewing related because i made most of it – the top was reconstructed from a turtleneck i got on clearance at macy’s, the leggins were uhh cropped and hemmed by me, the belt was a size huge that had to be cut and resewn (it’s elastic) and the shoes i cut off the scary red loopy part and made little leather bows and super glued them on.

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standing photo with my awesome roommate (the cupcake) and our couch surfers for the week.

i wish i had a better picture of my hair, but believe me when i say that shit was LEGIT.

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5 Responses to “tailoring the lady grey, v2.0”

  1. Alycia November 8, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

    You are so awesome. That coat is going to be perfect!

  2. Nikki November 8, 2010 at 8:16 pm #

    The coat is looking great! Ive stalled out on mine. :(

    And i love the costume! Looks perfect!

  3. womanmdsguide April 29, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    Yes, I’m still reading through your entire blog and even though this entry is 3 years old, I feel bad that some of these entries toward the beginning seem a little lonely in the comments. So, anyway. Peg Bundy!! Genius! I have a gorgeous 1965 cardboard dress form named Ginger Grant already and now I know exactly what to name my real one if I ever get it. Plus Peg and I have a lot in common because we’re both big snarky reds who hate to cook.

    • LLADYBIRD April 29, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

      ahahaha I love you :) My comments feel so special right now :D

  4. michael August 13, 2014 at 9:55 am #

    Ladybird….saw your picture as Peg Bundy,,,,OMG….YOU ARE SOOOOOOO HOT!!! HOT!!! HOT!!! HOT!!! HOT!!! Whew…you got it going on!!!! Did I mention you look so hot??? Put your picture as my screensaver…..now whenever I am having a bad day, I just have to look at your hotness to continue on for yet another day:). Did I mention you are hot?

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