It has been a long time! A really long time since I actually produced a garment in that sewing studio of mine. Lots of sewing lounge prototypes, some Christmas gifts (including the....snuggies - I know, I know), and costumes for the Young Women's Drumming Empowerment Project and my niece Katy.
But then came the New Year's weekend and three days without anything to do - BUT SEW! So here is the first of two (previously unfinished) garments I finished....
Go ahead - say it! "Where is your horse, Laura!" Yea, I agree - this ensemble is a bit "horse country, Middleburg set, have you met my good friend Michaele Salahi?" But, hey, the outfit is done! Who knows if I'll actually ever WEAR the pieces together - except, maybe, if we end up at the Gold Cup races again!!
The cape pattern was based loosely on New Look 6833 and the skirt pattern is from a pattern I drafted a long long time ago.
I constructed the skirt using the couture techniques that Susan Khalje shared with us this summer. Hand-picked zipper, underlined with silk organza, wide seams, hand stitching everywhere! Took forever but I love how it looks and FEELS! Gone are the days of whipping up a skirt in an hour!!! I am forever a slave to "crack couture"!
Closure from my trip to Norway to see the relatives!
Detail of the slit for the belt
Voila... (or, perhaps, Hi Ho Silver!!)
And here is a preview of the other garment from last weekend......
(Now if I could conjure up enough nerve to tackle my NYC Sit and Sew dress!?)
Thanks for listenin'