Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Oliver's Winter Coat

This winter I decided that my favourite most handsome man needed a classic pea coat that was equally stylish as it is warm. With a good quality wool blend and the childrens' coat pattern 142 from the February 2010 Burda magazine I think that I've successfully achieved my objective. The pattern was alot easier than I had initially assumed and I finally worked out how to use the one-step buttonhole function on my sewing machine instead of doing them manually so that was a huge victory!!

As you can see, the back yoke doesn't sit completely flat which is due to the sizing. I made it about 1.5 sizes too big so that Ollie can get at least 2 winters use out of it. With all the time that goes into making a garment it would be a shame if he grew out of it too fast.

Clockwise from top left: Ralph Lauren, Balmain, Chace Crawford, Burberry Brit

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Animal Instinct

It seems as though leopard print is everywhere at the moment. I really like this print because it gives off such a young, fun, sexy vibe.

I used McCalls (Laura Ashley) pattern 5972 to make this adorable collared dress. I shortened the hem, brought the neckline in and added the collar and cap sleeves. I've used this pattern a few times before and its nice and simple, a good starting point if you want to customise it into your own style, but like me, don't know how to draft patterns from scratch.

Front view

Back view

I was really pleased with the result, I love how the collar and sleeves are fairly stiff and structured, I think it makes the dress kind of preppy.
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