22 October 2013

Project Sewn Finale: She Dills in Black and White

What a fun ride this has been, these past 4 weeks.  Ryan was out of town on business for two of those weeks, and so my kids were subjected to many pancake dinners, and riffling through mounds of unfolded (but clean!) laundry to find clothes to wear, while I was changing my serger thread back and forth from black to white and over again, trying on my works-in-progress, and running to the fabric store. Again.
I've beefed up my wardrobe, which has been a refreshing change, since I haven't sewn for myself in ages.  I have always loved making skirts for myself, but seem to be short on tops, so throwing caution to the wind and making myself two blouses, a jacket and a coat has built my confidence!

I'm looking forward to putting into rotation all these new pieces, 
but mostly, I'm looking forward to getting my household in order once again and balancing my life a bit more.  It's amazing how much one can accomplish when there's a deadline.  And by one, I mean me, because I thrive on deadlines.  Just remember that if you ever ask something of me. Of course there will still be plenty of sewing (Sew All 26 still in progress!), but it seems much more doable without the thought of being judged and competing.
The nitty gritty of this week's signature look: 
It's been a long time since I've sewn a pattern straight up.  There's usually something I don't like about it, but this was fortuitous, because I loved every one of the details from Simplicity 2057.  I bought the coat fabric in the upholstery section, once again.  Seems I can't get enough of the stuff.  It's a woven cotton, which works nicely for our climate.  And because it's woven, either side is beautiful, so I used the reverse side for the inside collar/pocket flaps/epaulets and the back facing, just for whimsy.  The buttons are all glass, and I couldn't decide which ones I liked best, and when one cannot decide on buttons, one uses snaps!  That way I don't have to make buttonhole commitments and can change them out if, or rather, when I get the hankering.  I eked out the whole coat from 2 yards with only tiny bits of scraps leftover.  I am normally very vigilant about matching stripes and patterns, but I didn't have a choice with the minimal yardage, so when I was editing photos, it was serendipitous how the back yoke matched perfectly.  
The pants are self drafted and I used a stretch faux-leather on the front and a stretch chevron in irridescent green for the back.
While I love orange, I don't wear a huge amount of it.  And I've always envied green (my wedding color), I tend to wear a lot of black and white.  So I included it all.
Did you spot the spot of orange?
And really, I don't have just one signature look.  I have six.  ;) Moments after this was taken, Drummer was knocked over by Clover and cut the inside of his lip and his chin.  After taking him to the urgent care facility and consulting my brother-in-law, we decided he didn't need stitches.  And miraculously, I didn't get a drop of blood on my coat.  This is what our life is really like.
Thank you for all the supportive comments (I've read every single one) and for all who have cheered me on.

Oh! And go vote for your favorite signature look on Project Sewn.

50 comments:

  1. oh katy!!! you did amazing and i love love love your family photo. bummer on the lip for drummer though. :( I might just sneak in and steal that coat. :)

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    1. Thanks, Anna. It was an honor to be in this with you. And, yes, that kid just can't catch a break!

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  2. I was hoping those pants were the pattern. They rock. I have been itching to sew with stretch leather. But I have never made myself pants before....Awesome job!

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    1. Thank you! It's really a pleasure to sew with.

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  3. adore! you are amazinnnnnnnng! and your family is about the cutest thing ever in the entire world! good luck!

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  4. oooh! this is amazing. just voted for you. the votes are coming in real fast!!

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  5. voted for you , Katy, thanks for your great works. I will try to match pattern and using smaller buttons too, if I do choose to used prints. love

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    1. Ada, I had a sewing teacher who really emphasized how quality garments always have the pattern or stripes matching, and I can't shake it ;)

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  6. Those pants are awesome! I want some.

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    1. Be my neighbor and you can borrow them!

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  7. It has been a delight ooohhing and ahhhing over your clothes these past few days! This is a great family picture!

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    1. Thanks, Laura, it might be the only one we get all year :)

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  8. I am new to your blog, having discovered you via Project Sewn, beginning with the ruffles. Not only has each one of your entries been complex, creative, original and gorgeous, but the photography is equally amazing. Perhaps, if I had been reading your blog for a long time (I realized only today that you have six children), I would know that the photographer is your best friend, husband, or someone who trades for clothes. Alas, I do not know, but am curious. The quality of the photography is equally as wondrous as your sewing and modeling skills. The combo is a pure delight, and I find myself wondering what you will create next. Thank you for your blog.

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    1. Firstly, Welcome, Ann! My photographer for all of Project Sewn has actually been my 10 year old daughter! (Pearl, the redhead on the left middle of the above photo). I have the setting on manual and adjust it before I hand it over to her. I will give her an idea of what I want the shots to look like, and she knows how to focus on a specific area. She's gotten really good at it. I look forward to sharing your comment with her, so thank you immensely for taking the time to leave a note. I hope you do revisit frequently! xoxo Katy

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    2. My husband, now retired, was a professional photographer for over 30 years, has won many awards, and acted as a judge for various photographic associations. I told him about your fabulous photos, and that they were taken by your 10 year old daughter. He asked me show him a few of them, and said your daughter is a prodigy, taking photos of a quality that most adults cannot achieve. I said, well, of course, her mother sets up the shots and adjusts the camera, etc.. He said, nonetheless, it is obvious to him that your daughter is very talented. I thought you'd like to know.

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  9. more awesomeness as I can always expect from your blog!
    can you share how you drafted those pants?

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    1. Thanks, Sarah. I pretty much cut out the fabric following a pair of pants that fits me well and added two small darts in the back to help with shaping.

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  10. You are the epitome of class and beauty. Bravo my friend. Well done.

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  11. Hey Katy. Your look is beautiful, as always. I haven't said hi in a while, but I always enjoy catching up with you on your blog or instagram. -- Ashley G

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    1. So fun to hear from you, Ashley! Hope you and your sweet girl are well!

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  12. I just bought this fabric in gray! Gorgeous! Good work Katy! Wish I had your skills!

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    1. Great minds buy upholstery fabric alike. Glad you're right there with me, Jen!

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  13. Wow. Really. I've been reading your blog for a while and you just continue to amaze me. Every single item you make is beautiful.

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  14. so incredible!! I've loved and voted for every one of your outfits!! AmaZing!!! And your family is just beautiful, thats what really is important :o)

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    1. I like your kind of consistency, Emily ;) Thank you so much. And you're absolutely right.

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  15. i love the green snaps for a pop of color! and congrats on all the outfits you have completed for this project!

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  16. I have been silently following along with all of your posts for this project, and I am so impressed with your choices and completed outfits. I'm completely mediocre at sewing (my mom taught me the basics from a young age), and your posts (plus free patterns, tutorials, etc.) are motivating me to start sewing again and get better with more practice. If nothing else...so that I can ultimately make this jacket! =)

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    1. Yes! It's do-able! I didn't start making coats first thing, but you can do more than you think, sometimes. Keep at it, make a few mistakes along the way, and have fun! :)

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  17. i love this last photo so much... and you are all in black and white! how perfect! you nailed it, katy! i voted for you. well done!

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  18. Beautiful work (again)!! And I completely know what you mean about looking forward to getting your household in order. I've been sewing like crazy for Kid's Clothes Week and hired a babysitter to come next Monday just so I can clean and organize the mess that is currently our house! Have a great weekend!

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  19. Oh wow -- CONGRATULATIONS!! I just jumped over to the Project Sewn site to vote (oops, a little late to the party) and saw that you WON! So happy for you. Always so nice to see your creative efforts recognized.

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  20. Just saw the post about your WIN on Project Sewn! Congrats! I voted for you every week...all your outfits were just stunning! Great work!

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  21. Meant to comment on this earlier to say it's a really fab look, but now I will just say congrats on your big win!! You're so great at wearable drama.

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  22. I'm obsessing over your pants! Also LOVE the jacket, but I also am obsessed with upholstery fabric so your jacket was an instant love affair for me!

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  23. congrats on your win! I was curious where you found the stretch leather for your pants? It's really great and I love they're not skin tight like catwoman. :)

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  24. Congratulations on your win again. Yesterday I was in a store and saw this fabric and immediately recognized it as the fabric from your Project Sewn coat and SO want to get it and make a coat too!!! I didn't get it yet because I know that isn't very original of me, but just love it the fabric!

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  25. You are ameizing women.6 children.Bravo.Love houseband.Bravo!Love to sew! I am your fun.Kiss from Serbia

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