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plaid and lemon drops - a dress coat for blustery spring days

Added May 29, 2010

by littlewren

Rutledge, Pennsy...






I was digging around etsy and I found tons of japanese pattern books for sale. As I was looking through this coat caught my eye and I was smitten! Our weather is just now deciding whether to be warm or chilly here in our town so I finished this just in time to catch the last few blustery days of spring. I chose a tealy heavy simple plaid to make my coat and since buttons = candy for me and variety is the spice of life… I had to buy lots of missmatch yellow buttons to use on the front of the coat to contrast the teal. I was a bit worried it’d look to “crafty” but I really like the way it turned out. The button shopping part of this with my mediocre chinese and a woman who was trying to steer me towards buttons that would match the coat… well, it was laughable!
The photos for this coat were taken all around our town. And like i said before, being two of the four foreigners in our town means we draw a crowd… I included one picture as proof.. so, after we took some pictures we found an old boarded up mosque… while asking about this, a woman came over to my husband/photographer/stylist and tried to help, and when we couldn’t find anyone to help us investigate further, she told a little girl to take us to a “special place”. The little girl led us to a huge confucian temple, and well, that is where all the rest of the pictures happened, including my finding an awesome bright yellow old school push lawn mower. Totally want that! Hope it’s not weird that I have so many pictures up of this. Just can’t help wanting to share our amazing find! we’ve been here almost a year and we are discovering new things everyday! awesome!

Material Notes

Chinese woven teal cotton plaid…. and an abundant array of yellow “drop” buttons




Garment Type
Bohemian, Mod


Photographic genius
tour guide extraordinaire

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    Jun 13, 2010, 07.07 AMby linen1

    So much fun! I am hooked on those Japanese pattern books myself. You did a great job. Very flattering!

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      Jun 13, 2010, 11.31 AMby littlewren

      Aren’t they amazing??? I want to buy all of them! where are you getting them from? Etsy was the only place I’ve found them… and I live in asia… you’d think I could figure it out! ha! maybe not! : / If you have a favorite japanese pattern book I’d love to know! thanks for the comments on my coat! It’s such fun to wear! : )

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    May 31, 2010, 02.45 AMby nessys

    This is very cute and buttons give it a really “ker-poww”! Those photos are gorgeous – makes me want to hop on a plane!!

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      Jun 13, 2010, 11.28 AMby littlewren

      any time you are anywhere near here… drop right on by! We are in the middle of no where, but a fellow seamstress is always welcome in our home! seriously… if you’re in china, come! thanks for the “ker-poww!!!” I was hoping it’d have that effect! : )

    • Me_pecks_large

      Jun 14, 2010, 07.04 AMby nessys

      I am so sorry – I accidentally marked you last comment as “Inappropriate”!! Sorry!! It so wasn’t!! I was trying to reply!!!

      Hey – you gotta have sound effects!! I love those yellow buttons and if I ever make it to china – I’ll look you up!! xxx

    • Birdie2_large

      Jun 14, 2010, 01.09 PMby littlewren

      DANG!!! I was just going to write that I almost do that all the time… and then stupid stupid me did it!!!! this is not inappropriate… SHOOT!!!!! Promise this was my own stupidity! oh boy! you should definitely come to china… I can only imagine with all our inappropriate comments… we’d have fun! oh boy… sorry, sigh

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    May 30, 2010, 11.58 PMby sewobsessed

    Not crafty at all, I would love to own and wear this garment! Which Japanese pattern did you use for this?

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    • Birdie2_large

      Jun 13, 2010, 11.29 AMby littlewren

      Nice!!! what a compliment that you would own it! thanks!!! I used the book called “daily sewing book” there are so many great ideas in it! I’m smitten!

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    May 30, 2010, 05.25 PMby frankiesoup

    I love the buttons down the front, and the fact they aren’t all the same. Beautiful!

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    May 30, 2010, 11.51 AMby frkbustad

    It’s so sweet! The buttons are really a nice detail. Great photos also!

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    • Birdie2_large

      Jun 13, 2010, 11.32 AMby littlewren

      Thanks! I feel kinda silly posting so many photos, but we stumbled right on this temple… hard not to want to post them all! : ) btw… you have great style! I asked for a tube of red lipstick for christmas from my mom… feels like something your mom should give you… but I’m not sure I can pull it off… you my friend can pull it off!

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    May 30, 2010, 10.44 AMby flosiepoos


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    May 30, 2010, 09.33 AMby badyan

    Beautiful! I love the buttons!

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