Saturday, January 29, 2011

What I'm Working On...

Happy weekend everyone!

I'm working on a few projects this weekend/week including trying to finish my 1935 cape as part of the Sewing Through the Decades Challenge:
I started this in December before we moved.  It got all packed up but now it's time to finish this beauty!  I am really happy with the cape so far!  It's interlined and lined and is in a beautiful blue/grey tweed fabric.  There are still quite a few steps I need to complete including attaching the collar, attaching the cape to the jacket, finishing the pockets, doing the buttonholes, making the belt and finishing the lining!
Here's how it looks so far:

This next week's Sew Weekly Theme is to create a garment inspired by another garment available for sale somewhere (you get early notice of the sew weekly themes through the newsletter).  After a preliminary search on etsy, I decided this was the perfect opportunity to make up something that's been on my list for awhile: a 1940 faux fur jacket (in fact I already have the fabric I want to use).

Here's my inspiration that is for sale on etsy (for $238 by DarlingNikkiVintage): 

I have the perfect pattern which is Simplicity 3529 from the year 1940.  I've had this pattern for a couple of years.  The first thing that drew me to the pattern was the long coat.  But recently, the little jacket has been calling to me!  I am going to make my jacket (the short one in the picture) in black faux fur:

So, if all goes well, I'll have two lovely toppers to wear soon!  Do you have any projects that you weren't originally planning to make but they've sort of pushed their way to the front of your list?



  1. Aw Debi, this'll look stunning. Ae you sure you weren't from Scotland in a past life?!

  2. I'm very excited about seeing how the fur coat turns out! I've wanted to try my hand at one for a long time but I get nervous because I've never worked with faux fur (or any kind of fur for that matter!) before. I'm sure both projects will be beautiful and I look forward to the pictures! :)

  3. Lovely! I hope to find one of that cape someday :)
    Funny- I have a McCall pattern from 1940 with a coat with a little fur bolero on top, too. Must have been quite the fashion! It's one of those trends that I wonder how it came about. Unfortunately it doesn't get cold enough here to wear two jackets at the same time.

  4. Looks like it's going to be amazing!!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

  5. I have never been a big fan of capes, but this one has caught my eye. I love the front jacket piece - it adds a lot of interest.

  6. I'm so jealous of that coat pattern! Just a tip, I have a book on sewing fur and it says it helps if you shave down the fur at the seam allowance to reduce bulk. Can't wait to see it finished.

  7. I love the blue plaid! Your cape is going to be gorgeous :) Wish we had lovely wool like that in Seattle.

  8. The cape is coming along really well. Can't wait to see the finished item. That fur jacket pattern is gorgeous!

  9. Ack. I need to move to scotland for two reasons: 1) I can sew with tweeds 2) I can make capes like that to my heart's content and 3) we can hang out in our capes like some sort of 40's-glam superhero duo. One guess at our superpower.

  10. The cape is so nice, you have a eye for these things for sure, few people can see what something is going to look like and know to create it. All your projects are stunning. Thanks for sharing them!

  11. Ooh, lovely, lovely! I'm still working on my Simplicity 3660 top, plus burlesque costumes for my friend.

    I really love that cape, Debi! I am excited to see it finished and modelled. :)

  12. Hi Debi. Your cape is looking lovely, I particularly like the fabric you are using; can't wait to see it finished!
    I'm working with fur at the moment - be prepared for fluff - everywhere!

  13. What wonderful patterns. I particulary love the cape.

  14. What a great pattern! I can't wait to see the finished product!

  15. The cape is looking lovely! Can't wait to see it finished and you modeling it. :) And I'm really excited to see the faux fur jacket you're making! That has been on my list of things to (eventually) make one day; those little, early 40s jackets are so smart!

    ♥ Casey

  16. Everything pushes its way to the front and then I feel guilty and don't make anything!

  17. Oh how completely beautiful the fabric is and perfect for the pattern. I can not wait to see it.
    You are oh so very talented Debi !

    Heart my friend,
    Elise x


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