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 šŸ™‚

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.

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:
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 šŸ™‚
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!

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):

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!
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.

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.

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. šŸ˜¦

    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 šŸ™‚ My comments feel so special right now šŸ˜€

  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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