Friday, March 15, 2013

You need it WHEN ?!! (finished it Friday!)

My daughter tells me at 4pm yesterday that she needs to look like John Adams

... By today.

(jaw dropped and eyes bulged) 

I have never made a coat, vest or neck ruffle.
Sleeves scare me worse than spiders (well almost, they're a close second!)
 and I can't really follow a paper pattern to save my behind even if I had one, so I had no clue at that point where the best corner of the house was that I could run to and hide...

So THIS is my (start it Thursday after dinner) Finish it Friday -

SOOO glad I am a fabric and lace hoarder!
I watch project runway alot and I thought maybe I could use my display mannequin that I'd bought for reselling my old Summer dresses on eBay last year - maybe.
Pinned my fabric inside out on the form, marked where I wanted to cut it with a 1/4" seam allowance
and did the Hail Mary a couple dozen times.

I must admit, I was doing an end zone dance when I finished the first sleeve -

At the point where I think things are going to go smoothly, I forget myself and am quickly humbled
by my complete lack of knowledge or experience in the clothier arena.
For example, the collar took two tries and 3 times worth of seam ripping.  And I STILL never got it the way I wanted it.

And today, (thankfully she had until 1:30pm for me to get it to the school)
I spent 3 and a half hours on a vest that I stitched and ripped out 3 or 4 times and finally scrapped due to time running out.  I think I've actually dulled my seam ripper if that's even possible.

That funny looking light brown thingy peeking out from the coat?
That is what I threw together in the remaining time along with the neck ruffle.
Not doing an end zone dance by any stretch but still, pretty happy with what I was able to do in the time given with the experience tank on "E"  ;)


  1. WOW! Looks wonderful for never made a ... She must have looked great.

  2. Thank you =) She slicked her hair back with gel and had a long black ribbon for the ponytail.

  3. I am amazed! Great job! I also watch and love project runway...

  4. Those designers are amazing are they not? Even the least talented of any of them is so awe inspiring to me because of what they know and how many of them think. (thanks very much for the comment =)

  5. amazed you were able to throw this together, i would have been cutting paper bags into a vest and calling it a day

  6. I swear I thought the same thing and wanted the floor to suck me in right then and there but my kids see me sew almost daily and to them I can do anything with a sewing machine ( even though I am limited to what I've learned) but - I figured, if I don't try, she'll see that and it would look like I didn't think it was important enough. So if I tried and failed, at least I tried. And try I did and that is what I came up with.


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