completed: the lady grey!

17 Jan

well, it’s done and ready to wear! i actually finished this coat on thanksgiving day (really – i was sitting at the table, furiously tacking down the red lace hem while my mom was reheating the honeybaked ham :)), but wasn’t able to get any pictures until this past weekend. my pictures are terrible but they are better than not having any pictures!

a couple teasers to remind you of what we’re dealing with:
lady grey pattern

bound buttonhole & sparkly button
this is the true color of the coat – my other pictures are a bit off.

more after the cut!



i LOVE the shaping, especially in the back! all that interfacing paid off πŸ™‚


there is a little gape at the lapels but it’s nbd

without the belt

partially opened

yay lining!
as i’ve previously mentioned, the red lace @ the bottom is because there was a discrepancy with the pattern so the lining & shell fabric did not match up at the bottom. i couldn’t find any turquoise or silver lace, so i went with a contrast! i love red and turquoise!

i would tally up the total amount $$$ i spent on the this coat, but i honestly don’t really want to know. i’d guess around $250, though. not to mention hours and hours of sewing & hand sewing and PADSTITCHING!!

but it was all worth it, y/y? πŸ˜‰

one more thing…
i got a new tattoo!


12 Responses to “completed: the lady grey!”

  1. Carmen! January 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    Do discrepancies like that happen often in patterns?

    • lladybird January 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

      all the time. the big 4 (simplicity, vogue, mccall’s & butterick) are the worst offenders. smaller companies generally pay more attention to details like that, although i guess not everyone can be perfect like us πŸ™‚ haha

  2. Amelia January 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    Love the coat and the tattoo. The lace contrast and sparkly button make such a statement.

    This fabric I’ve been drooling over has the tomato/strawberry pincushion on it:

    • lladybird January 18, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

      that is really cute fabric! aw now i want to make an ironing board cover out of it πŸ˜€

  3. Addie Marie January 17, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    It looks AMAZING. A few weeks ago I read all of your posts on this project & the amount of work that went into this is ASTOUNDING. I love the high quality fabrics and techniques you always use, it makes me gleeful!

    • lladybird January 17, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

      oh, thank you! this comment made me blush πŸ™‚ haha

  4. Donna W. January 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    That coat is lovely! I bought a gorgeous piece of lavender wool to make a winter coat, but haven’t found the right pattern yet. Maybe this one?
    About all that padstitching….I took a tailoring class many years ago, and made a lovely jacket. It became my ‘Pub’ jacket as it could spend an evening crumpled up in a ball, then with a quick shake, still look presentable. That was thanks to all the padstitches and other handstitching I did (including the satin-stitch onogram on the front facing). So its worth it!

    • lladybird January 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

      thank you! i think the pattern would look amaazing in lavender wool. so pretty for spring!!

      i loved doing all the weird tailoring stuff… it takes forever, but it makes such a difference!

  5. lauren winter January 18, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    you are adorable, lady! that coat looks lovely.

  6. Mia January 19, 2011 at 8:28 am #

    You did a brilliant job!
    I love this coat and can’t wait to make one for myself…maybe next winter.

    • lladybird January 19, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

      thank you! i definitely recommend the pattern – even if you decide not to go the full tailoring route, it is still very lovely! πŸ™‚

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