My friend told me it would make lots of people feel better knowing that I, too, get behind. Yes? I am human. I have stuff happen. < that sentence is lame, but I'm going to leave it anyway.
H is for holes, heirloom, handkerchief, and herringbone! Hooray!I? Haha! I had this strip of imitation fur that Clover repeatedly pulled out each week and asked if I would put it on her next dress. I hoped she would forget about it, but then she would pull it out again. Ol' elephant memory, that girl. And impractical? Yes! This skirt is what non-quilters do with their scraps. Or is just me? I had a little bit of lining left from the jacket, as in less than 2 square feet. I cut it up into a million bias strips about 5" long and sewing them together, ruffled them and smooshed them onto a little triangular insert, added the tiny bit of herringbone I had left that was a scrap before I even started the jacket, did some iridescent sheer scrap in the back and then filled it in with the eggplant wool. Ryan sat in the sewing studio reading a book while I was working on this, and I kept talking to myself. He's learned that I do that when I sew. So. Impractical? Absolutely. What happens when she gets it dirty? Not sure yet. Just glad I'm all caught up.
Plus. She's happy she got her fur.The jacket also has a story. I love stories. M for mishaps is what it should be called, but I will tell that another time.
The jacket is made with an Ottobre pattern, Spring 2011. It didn't come in her size, so I had to readjust. I also added the lining which caused the mishaps in the first place.
As I was doing Clover's hair, braid after braid after braid after braid, I told her that there was a surprise on the jacket and that I'd tell her what it was as soon as we got some pictures. Bribery? Perhaps. After we were done shooting I helped her unbutton it and showed her the swan handkerchief inside, her own little secret.
This was her reaction:
When my grandmother passed away several years ago, when Pearl was a baby, I asked if I could have her handkerchief and pillowcase collection. This was one that I cut off the corner as an heirloom for her great-granddaughter that she probably helped send to us. I love that it's tucked inside, right next to her. (And yes, that's strawberry jam on the side of her forehead. Is that why her hair was so hard to comb?!)The holes on the ribbon just happened to work into the h scheme. So nice of them. The skirt makes me giggle. I told Ryan it's her hodge-ka-podge skirt (remember that episode of Project Runway, where Heidi couldn't remember the term hodgepodge?)
She got her fur. That's all that matters.
I'm glad she got her fur. :) It turned out super cute. I love that ribbon too!ReplyDelete
Another amazing Katy Kreation! Love you so much.ReplyDelete
You are seriously awesome! You are my inspiration to keep learning to do better and develope sewing skills. I have only been sewing for a year and I don't know if I will ever be great at sewing and creating. You make me want to keep on learning though. Thanks for sharing your fantastic talent.ReplyDelete
Incredible!! Love itReplyDelete
Incredible!! Love itReplyDelete
Katy she is so dang cute. I love the colors of this whole look, the jacket is crazy awesome. The hankie story is so sweet and the craziness of the skirt is killing me. Shall I think of more things in these pictures to come up with descriptors for?...ReplyDelete
I LOVE it! That skirt is just amazing...I can't believe you made purple fur work on a skirt. Something very Scottish about it :o)ReplyDelete
Just how do you do this? So amazing, once again. Lucky, lucky Clover. Who knew fur could be so chic?ReplyDelete
Oh, my, GORGEOUS! I adore this little ensemble...you are a fabric genius!ReplyDelete
the "secret" handkerchief is so sweet!
Gorgeous, Incredible, stunning you are amazing! can you tell that I really like it. what about the skirt please do a post.ReplyDelete
What little munchkin wouldn't want fur??? She's such a cutey. I'm glad you gave her what she wanted - it turned out perfect!!!ReplyDelete
I have that very issue of Ottobre and haven't sewn a single garment from it. I live when you say one of your creations came from that edition. Maybe I'll eventually get brave enough to use it. Why am I so scared of those patterns?!! Amazing outfit. As per usual!!ReplyDelete
These garments are absolutely fabulous! They look like such a lot of work...not the work of someone who is trying to sew a whole alphabet! Tell me, do you still have time to sew for your other children...do they mind that Clover is getting whole new wardrobe? Your creations are so impressive.ReplyDelete
B. is for brilliant!ReplyDelete
The center of the skirt looks like cupcake cups! Love it, you really should sell these on ebay when they don't fit clover anymore. I'm sure lots of people would be interest.ReplyDelete
Katy, I am simply blown away and touched by this whole thing. That jacket is stunning, as in I want one. The hidden hankie is quite possibly the most precious thing I have ever heard. I love that. And the fur? Just awesome.ReplyDelete
I love your green topstitching... it's perfect! And I love the hidden handkerchief too. =)ReplyDelete
Alright first of all, this color combo is making my heart sing. I love it very much. Second of all, your sewing is always so darn pretty! Third of all, I need to go buy some herringbone fabric STAT. Great work on these, looks so fun for her to wear (the skirt especially!). ;)ReplyDelete
I think this little coat is wonderful!!ReplyDelete
Katy, I like that you add secret and sentimental things to your creations. As if it wasn't special enough. Love it!ReplyDelete
Absolutely beautiful work! The hidden hankie is a gorgeous idea. Inspired :)ReplyDelete
That is just the most fantastic skirt EVER! My girls would flip over it. You're a wonderful Mama for doing it, even though that little practical voice (that seems to live inside us all) was telling you it was impractical.ReplyDelete
That is the most original, amazing thing I've seen yet! I love it! She will treasure each and every out fit!!! I hope these are going in her hope chest!ReplyDelete
Love the coat and skirt. What a fun and unique outfit- especially that handkerchief.ReplyDelete
I love it! What a sweet surprise to put inside the jacket. I have to ask where you got that herringbone, it is gorgeous!ReplyDelete
That jacket....I am dying I love it so much.ReplyDelete
THAT COAT IS INCREDIBLE! I choked up a little at the handkerchief! And, I love that there was some mishap involved, because you know that can be good, too.ReplyDelete
Yay! Love everything about it. Simply fantastic!ReplyDelete
So very perfect. Love it!ReplyDelete
And I commented on your pic of the jacket on IG that I had made my son the same jacket. I lied. I made him the "boy" version from 6/2010. Tricky Ottobre and their tweaking of older patterns!
Precious. And which sin is it the makes me feel a little bit better that you got behind? I mean, after all, your goal is so small and easy to make. ;)ReplyDelete
Your work (In sewing and humans) is adorable.
This made me smile.... A LOT!ReplyDelete
Can't wait to see the mishap post.
Turned out SO fun. That Clover is a cutie.ReplyDelete
I am absolutely drooling over this creation! It's darling~ReplyDelete