Added Nov 6, 2010
A multi-piece project using Simplicity Pattern #3677
Jacket: Intended to add buttons and line but ran out of time. I wanted the godets to flare a bit more so I increased the size by cutting/adding more fabric. Loved the color and it was warm. Decided to leave the hem unfinished, it had a handkerchief appearance and DD liked that it was both pretty and a bit ragged…it was also a HUGE time saver. I plan to finish the hem this weekend, line the coat clean it and store it for another time.
Blouse: DD likes to wear costumes whenever possible and we thought this very long blouse could be used in multiple ways (angel, hippie, ghost under a costume for a different era) so I left the sleeves full and did a rolled hem to give it a wavy appearance. Used detachable cuffs to create the full sleeves blousing over the tight wrist. Was going to do a simple tie neck but DD saw all the lace and that was it, so matching lace at neck. This is a great pattern, it has so many applications. I’m thinking of lengthening it and making a dress or nightgown with it.
Jabot and cuffs: Wanted it to be a modest, elegant lady pirate (she wore it to school), with no pattern I threw together the jabot for the neckline using lace that I cut and gathered for the lower ruffles, added faux-pearl trim and a green glass button, the cuffs are literally just lace trim and snap closures.
Props: picked up a cool wired pirate hat at a local costume shop for a song because it was damaged, rifled through some old project scraps and put some feathers and beads together to decorate the hat, borrowed little brother’s plastic sword, added a scrap bit of fabric in the same color as the jacket to belt the blouse and she used her suede boots and dark skinny jeans to complete the costume.
this was the first time I have done a coat or worked with godets. It was very challenging!
Fabric was found at my favorite place downtown in Los Angeles: Michael Levine’s Loft-fabric by the pound.
Heavy-duty corduroy, it is something that could easily be used as upholstery fabric.
Ecru colored crinkled polyester
Heavy satin, it is some kind of polyester?
Laces and trims
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