Saturday, October 9, 2010

Lady Grey


Lady Grey, originally uploaded by bred2make.


I finally got to make my Lady Grey coat. I bought the fabric and the pattern back in July....Had to have them...Don't you know!

So I couldn't find the motivation to start it, too much else needed doing. Then Gertie announced her sew-along, for this very pattern...and I thought "Great!"...

I made my muslin with the group, but it turned out that the final part of the sew-along isn't until Halloween...you see my mother is to have surgery on her spine on the 18th of this month and I really needed to get this done before then. She will be coming to stay with us for a while after her operation....
We also have 2 weddings coming up soon and I needed the coat for them, in case I need a coat, I have no other coat any way suitable.

I have absolutely no doubt that the coats following Gertie's instructions will be waaaaay better, but I will hopefully use her instructions for my next Lady Grey.

I followed the pattern's instructions to top-stitch all the collar and lapel edges....and when I asked s friend she suggested that it looked wrong!!! So I took out every top-stitch...it took ages, but I do think it sits better. I made the tie shorter, and otherwise it is exactly as per instructions...I think?!

The fabric is 80% wool 20% polyamide, and was not expensive, 5 Euro/metre, and the lining was inexpensive cotton, with a bit of polyester lining for the sleeves.
I would feel much better making it next time in better wool. This is my first attempt at a coat for myself.



17 comments:

Kitschy Coo said...

That looks seriously good, I'm really impressed!

Nicole said...

Wow, absolutely brilliant! Makes me realize that I haven't sewn anything for myself for quite a while. I think it's about time again...

beachgirl said...

I love the colors you chose! Looks like a pretty coat!

KID, MD said...

It's lovely! I like it very much without the topstitching. I've a jacket in those colors to be sewn soon. I love bright colors when the weather turns dark. It makes me happy.

Heather said...

Oh Millie! This is beautiful!
I'll be thinking of you and your mom. Hope everything goes well.

Kathryn said...

Gorgeous coat. The colour is divine. I can't believe the fabric was only 5euro a metre! Hope everything goes well for your mum - worrying about parents is a real sign of being finally grown-up.

Millie said...

Thanks so much Amanda!

Nicole...Thank you and you should sew yourself something nice...all those lovely fabrics at your disposal!

Thanks Cindy..(I only figured out your name the other day!)...It is on the dressier side for me, but maybe thats not a bad thing!

KID MD...Thank you and I'll watch out for your new coat...I agree about the colour...nice and cheerful!

Thanks so much Heather.. of course your Lady Grey was a hugely inspiring. Thanks for the good wishes too.

Kathryn...Thank you very much...The fabric was on sale and the shop owner hated the quality and reduced it twice...I washed and dried it and it felted a bit and fluffed up nicely. I think she was being a bit snobby because it wasn't 100% wool! I'm not that fussy!
True about the parents...Fingers crossed...

Andrea said...

Stunning!! What a wonderful coat, and a fabulous colour to dispel the late autumn gloomies:)

Millie said...

Thanks so much Andrea!

SewMentalMama said...

That's a great looking coat on you, and absolutely does not look like a first attempt. I hope your Mum gets through her surgery ok.
Thanks for dropping by to comment.
Angela

Val said...

Love the color! I've only made myself one coat, a corduroy spring/fall jacket that turned out ok, but not spectacular. I would love to make a wool one someday as well....

Millie said...

Thanks Angela...For all of that. I love to see what you make and am glad to see you've made something for you.

Thanks Val...I enjoyed working with the wool, but have been thinking about making a coat in corduroy!

Ria said...

Oh, love the way this turned out. I looks so comfy and I love the colour.
What a shame you had to do all the unpicking, but I guess now you'll wear it with so much glee.

Millie said...

Thank you Ria, and you are right when I wear it I will be all enjoy it more!...This was one of those projects where it felt like I unpicked as many stitches as I sewed!!

Melissa Ann said...

Your coat is beautiful! I keep looking for a teal/turquoise wool at a reasonable price here and I just can't find it! I think I'm settling for a dark orange. Any tips?

Millie said...

Thank you Melissa Ann...It was a lucky break getting this fabric, usually we pay way over the odds for fabric here. I'm sure dark orange will be wonderful. I don't really have any tips, except to use a bound button-hole, I think it looks more finished. I also hand-hemmed my coat but it showed terribly, so I did it again with a blind hem stitch on the machine. HTH

House of Pinheiro said...

It's beautiful

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