January 5, 2010

It's Back!

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......
Stay tuned!!

(Now if I could conjure up enough nerve to tackle my NYC Sit and Sew dress!?)

Thanks for listenin'

.

9 comments:

julia said...

I love this outfit. I just wish I was your size so that it would look as good on me as it does on you!

Meg said...

Not too horsey at all and really attractive, in fact. Me too, slave to couture sewing now. I guess there's not turning back...

Unknown said...

Fantastic outfit, I love it!!! Muster up the courage and GO FINISH YOUR SHEATH DRESS!!!

gwensews said...

I think your outfit is divine, and it looks beautiful on you. It is elegant and timeless. I love couture techniques also, and gone are the days of quick and easy sewing, except maybe, for t-shirts. Love the clasp on the back of your skirt. I took 6 of those off an old sweater.

Gretchen the Household Deity said...

Love the outfit and can't wait to see more of that lime green dress!!!

JC said...

Laura, that's a nice cape. Thx again for the birthday greeting on FB. :-) Love all of your outfits and glad to see you carved out some sewing time.

Tee said...

You look great!

mem said...

adore your outfit . NOT horsey , looks gorgeous and I love the clasp in particular . Wear it often . The skirt just oozes quality and isnt it great to engage in "slow Sewing " and enjoy the process.

ClaireOKC said...

This is a great look. But what makes it so great looking is your sewing techniques. Everything looks finished and beautifully tailored - and it fits! That's why it works - so...

Tally ho, anyone!!!