Fall Coat/Jacket Sew Along
Make your own version of a Fall Coat or Jacket
Lined or Unlined
Indoor or Outdoor
Simple or Complex
Classic or Arty
(or share something you've already made)
Deadline: midnight, Sunday, November 17
Winner announced Tuesday, November 19
Win $100 in Fabric
OR, win $150 in fabric if you use our fabric and/or a Tilton sisters pattern
2 runners up will win $50 in fabric.
Share YOUR cool weather coat or jacket!
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While I don't use the dress form for fitting, I do use it as a design tool, putting a partially made garment on it to get perspective. We came home from Puyallup with 2 new dress forms, one for my studio, one for Katherine's.
They are gorgeous, the source is Fashion Supplies INC in Los Angeles. They had a small booth and were swamped with orders...so if you are in the market for a dress form, this one comes with a big thumbs up.
I keep upgrading my tools. My old tailor's ham was filthy and tired, but it was the real thing, and I'd given up ever finding a replacement. Then I heard about Stitch Nerd, an etsy store operated by Sonia Duarte who makes and sells custom made tailor's hams as well as other cool tools. You can choose your own fabric, and the hams are BIG, and are properly stuffed with sawdust....most of the hams I see available today are too small and are made of unyielding styrofoam, better than no ham at all, but a poor substitute.
Mine is gray wool on one side, black and white checked canvas cotton on the other.
I love it!!!
The ham looked so good on the ironing board, I had a fit of studio clearing and cleaning, and re-covered my ironing board and sleeve board with heavy duty cotton canvas. I turn the board upside down on the canvas to trace off a pattern, allowing enough for the wraparound. Wide purchased bias tape is zig-zagged along the edge, then I run elastic through it.
Nothing like a little re-decorating to bring in a breath of fresh air.....
When I teach a hands on workshop, I always tell the participants to consider their studio space as if it were Manhattan real estate. I love coming into my studio when it is cleared and ready for the next project, with plenty of open surfaces and empty places in storage areas. I'm getting closer and closer to the goal I've been going for these past couple of years....a studio that is a beautiful space to work and has the flair and style of a Parisian atelier.
|Recently I picked up this French couturier's chair....inspired by those used in the premier fashion houses of Paris when fitting well heeled clients. It is low to the ground and petite-ly proportioned so it will fit right in a corner, making a sweet spot for a visitor or for sitting by the window doing hand sewing or ripping. From Restoration Hardware (the darn thing was even on sale).|
Update: keeping in touch
Katherine and I are off to Paris next week, and will meet up with our tour group on October 26.
I'll be blogging from Paris and am putting together a newsletter to be posted soon.
LOADS of new fabrics are arriving after our recent exciting fabric buying trip
...we got carried away and this is our biggest buy ever.
I'm photographing right now as things arrive and will continue posting from Paris.
Shelley, Beth, Roxy and our newest team member, Diane, will keep things running smoothly while I am away.
2 new patterns are coming in the upcoming Vogue pattern release, can't show these quite yet, but soon.
In the studio right now, I'm working on a future Vogue pattern, a Marcy 'suit': jacket and pants.
And watch for a Tilton sisters article coming in the next issue of Vogue Pattern Magazine.
.....and hoping to whip up a quick pair of pants and little vest for this Paris trip.
Bon Voyage and Happy Creating!