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Birds of Paradise Coat

Added Sep 30, 2013

by ladyshape

Edinburgh, Unite...




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I got invited to the world premiere of Filth in Edinburgh. Then I somehow forgot I had been invited and continued wasting my time doing other things like drinking rose tea and celebrating autumn. About 4 days before the premiere it suddenly dawned on me that I was going to have to go somewhere and be presentable and polite. I hadn’t brushed my hair in a few days and was feeling exceptionally misanthropic. I increased my level of misanthropy by spending an entire evening looking at expensive designer dresses on-line. My boyfriend suggested I make myself something. I told him to stop being such an idiot and that it was alright for him, being a stupid pig man, and that nobody would care what he wore anyway, because he was a stupid pig man. Then I ate something and went to sleep and when I woke up I realised that he was right.
Fortunately for me I happened to have this coat all cut out, ready to go and buried under a pile of fabric. I believe I cut out the pieces about a year and a half ago but it actually only took 3 full days to make the coat. Although I was still hemming it in the taxi on my way to the premiere. Lots of rich and famous people told me they loved my coat but by that point I had the flu and couldn’t really hear what anyone was saying. After several double rum and cokes I didn’t really care what anyone was saying either and ended my evening smoking disgusting cheap cigarettes and chatting to a homeless man on the street. All in all, the night was a great success.

You can read more about how I hate sewing, fashion and people here if you want:

Material Notes

1950s tropical barkcloth.




Garment Type
Beach, Classic, Romantic, Vintage
Coating, Cotton

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    Oct 4, 2013, 08.31 AMby pinkgribble

    Love your coat and your story made me laugh………………………thanks for that.

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      Oct 4, 2013, 08.34 AMby ladyshape

      Ha, no problem. Em

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    Oct 2, 2013, 02.39 AMby freyastark

    Love the fabric. I just love Hawaiian fabric!

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      Oct 2, 2013, 09.07 PMby ladyshape

      Thank you, I am a total sucker for Hawaiian fabric too!

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    Oct 1, 2013, 01.24 PMby kissmyfrog

    The only thing better than that coat is the story of the coat.

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      Oct 2, 2013, 09.08 PMby ladyshape

      Why thank you. Cackle.

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    Oct 1, 2013, 12.08 PMby bjr99

    Fantastic coat. You did a great job!

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      Oct 2, 2013, 09.08 PMby ladyshape

      Thank you!

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    Oct 1, 2013, 10.22 AMby liliv-1

    Terrific coat!

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    Oct 1, 2013, 06.48 AMby janene

    I can’t tell you how much I love this coat!

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      Oct 2, 2013, 09.11 PMby ladyshape

      Thank you. I checked out your blog, looks great! Em

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    Sep 30, 2013, 10.03 PMby Mary Athey

    Gorgeous coat, the fabric is fabulous and it looks amazing x

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      Oct 2, 2013, 09.12 PMby ladyshape

      Thank you Mary. Hope all is well with you. x

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    Sep 30, 2013, 04.29 PMby cris orange

    your coat is very extravagant and eye catching, love it!

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      Oct 2, 2013, 09.12 PMby ladyshape

      Thank you, glad you like it.

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    Sep 30, 2013, 04.28 PMby Katerina Petrova

    Beautiful! !!
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      Oct 2, 2013, 09.12 PMby ladyshape

      Thank you Katerina!

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