- Well, logically, it has to work with absolutely all the other pieces
- I have to be able to wear my cold, cold weather faux fur vest or knit jacket underneath without the armholes tearing
- It had to be elegant enough for me to take it to the opera without leaving it self-conscious next to all the fur coats while waiting for me to come out
- While at the same time being sporty enough for a snowball fight
Click that tiny little "read more" button right underneath, if that's what you want to do...
With this travel set I concentrated more on the "putting-it-together" aspect than the actual designing. So I would call it styling, mainly, for lack of a better word. I am making my own patterns only for some of the pieces, while using patterns for others. I was mulling over a suitable pattern when I remembered that I actually had a coat on my wanting-to-do-list. It's from 1935 and was originally meant as a summer coat:
|Deutsche Moden-Zeitung, Heft 14, 1935|
This whole page enticed me so much, I made almost all the pieces. You can find them in my BurdaStyle studio. While sticking very close to the originals for those, I changed the coat a bit. Though actually less than you'd think.
- I added a zipper to the front
- Instead of just doing embellishment seams along the edges, I used black tape (would you call that cord?), and I also stitched it along most of the seams, because I loved those style lines so much.
- I underlined it - or interlined - because the shell fabric, which is a furniture textile, is quite loosely woven, and I lined it, which the original wasn't.
For the lining though I used this fabulous bagging technique from threads magazine.
Enough talk. Here are some more pictures (click on them to enlarge):
|The regular foot worked best for this, and I used a zigzag stitch just wide enough to hold the band in place|
|Here I tried different options for attaching the interlining to the shell fabric...|
|When making coats/jackets with zippers, I love to add a band under it, so wool sweaters won't get caught in it when closing it up|
|This lining really makes me happy! It's hard to find interesting lining fabric in Vienna....|
|My "naked" paper dolls - set up with accessories for the different kinds of activities I want to be able to do with the travel set.|
|True - if you have been following my progress on the winter set, you know that the second doll doesn't really have anything to wear underneath, yet...|
So next up - and very soon so! - is the wool jacket, because spring is approaching fast in Vienna!
Do you think I forgot any important activities for a winter travel set? While the original summer set included walks in the park, a trip on a sailing boat, a concert, a city stroll, a day at the beach - I'm trying to find the winter equivalents for 2011... Any suggestions?