I have finally finished my coat project! It has taken me about a month to complete...but it's finally done. As usual, I have been pretty busy with life. Mainly, searching for a job where I can apply my bachelor's degree and planning for my future in graduate research. But that's another story, so let's focus on this super awesome coat; I am beyond thrilled with how it turned out. Sure, like anyone who has creatively constructed anything...I have a couple of issues here and there...but overall (given this is my first coat, ever) I am very, very excited about it!
If you didn't read my past post on the start of this, I'll catch you up by saying this was made using a nylon felt. Close to 2mm thick, it had the wonderful advantage of being extremely forgiving in terms of how straight (or not straight...) the seams were. I also used McCall's 4153 (you can read about the start of this, here) from 1941.
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02 January 2014
Let me start off this post by wishing everyone a happy New Year...here's to hoping all of your dreams come true! This last year was a bit rough for us, but we made it through together and still appreciate all of the difficulties we have endured...as now we appreciate the better times more. It's easy to get bogged down with negative feelings or concerns about seemingly frivolous details...which makes rising above them that much more rewarding (and important). I have a naturally pessimistic viewpoint in almost all cases (opposite of my husband, who is always positive about everything), but one of my goals this year is to overcome that and focus instead on accomplishments (however minor they may be) I make.
22 December 2013
Christmas at our household is relatively simple. We've sort of combined Czech traditions from my family, with those of my husband's. This means Christmas Eve has more emphasis on celebration, where gifts are opened in the evening after a fancy dinner (I usually make a wild rice stuffed seitan roast, wrapped in puff-pastry and served in a bing cherry/pepper sauce...along with stuffing and garlic-smashed potatoes). Christmas Eve also means we get to finally enjoy all of those cookies I spent hours laboring over a few weeks ago (these Czech sweets are usually made in advance and aged). We prefer to have a more quiet holiday and thus only The Pups, myself, and my better half are present.
16 December 2013
I thought I would share two dresses I have now completed. The first, a vintage cotton dress in the most lovely shade of red. The cut itself is also very flattering, as late 30's dresses often are. The second is a light jersey knit fabric and so wearable. I've worn it more this month than any other dress.
Let's start with the cotton dress. Seriously no problems whatsoever. It was a dream to work with and I also added some extra embellishments for fun. I used McCall's 3360 I won by chance off ebay a few years back. I've worked with this pattern before and plan to use it again sometime, it's pretty versatile.
05 December 2013
I've been a bit absent again, sorry about that. Last month was intense, to say in the least. I kept running back between studying for the GRE and completing applications for grad school. Now, that's almost behind me and I can concentrate on the fun things. Sewing and preparing my army of Czech vegan Christmas cookies.
So far, my suit is going well. I am using this pattern, simplicity 3144:
31 October 2013
This post has been sitting in my drafts for two weeks now...finally getting around to posting it! It's super easy to put together. If you are looking for something that is creamy, cozy, savory, and aromatic of ocean flavours...look no further! The base uses lobster mushrooms, which are a perfect example of parasitism done right! Hypomyces lactifluorum is a parasitic fungus that attacks Russula and Lactarius fruiting bodies (mushrooms). The parasite infiltrates the soft tissues of its host, and covers it with a bright orange film, while making the inside more dense...resulting in a chewy texture. Read more about this awesome fungus here. Please excuse the poor picture quality...we were a bit too eager to eat this...