A couple people have asked me, one here and others in person and through Artisan's Square, so I am going to put some pictures up of the pattern changes I made of the blue coat to change it from double breasted to single. I like the result, although it has created a much more substantial collar and lapel this way. I have to finish my oufit for the wedding still, so it might not be until Tuesday that I get to it though.
Vogue 8480 is a coat I began right after SWAP finished. I have since worn it and worn it. I loved the pattern from the first time I saw it, but did not like the idea of a double breasted coat on me. I like to have the option of wearing my coats open. I bought the pattern during a sale and, after seeing the amazing Erica B's version, decided to take the plunge and attempt a single breasted version of it. The fabric is a teal stretch denim that works beautifully with the SWAP teals. Taking a hint from Ms. B, I lengthened it by four inches. I am happy with the results although I wonder if I should have lowered the pockets when I added the length. The construcion would allow this to still be done quite easily, so I might drop them an inch or two in the end. I have picked up some soft khaki cotton sateen that I plan to make in the same pattern. I am going to lower the pockets on that one and see if I like it before I get back to this one. I also removed some of the flare from the sleeves, just in case I ever wear it eating soup somewhere. On a darker note. I ordered some books from Amazon.ca for my birthday at the end of April. They have taken forever to ship and now the website is telling me they were delivered and I do not have them! I keep checking the veranda for them, but no box awaits me.
My computer died on me in late april and I find it really difficult to use the family computer. Someone always wants me or the computer or for me not to be on the computer or something. I have a few minutes and want to post some pictures. I hope I can get it done in time.
I have to a wedding to attend this weekend, so I made a lovely teal outfit for myself. The jacket is a lace over duppioni that I beaded on the flower motifs and around the neckline. I was able to try on all three pieces together last night and when I looked at myself in the mirror my first thought was "I look like the Queen". Now I know she is a snappy dresser for a lady of her age, but I am not her age. Nor do I have a hat to match this outfit and even so it still wouldn't make it right. Three options. The last one would also have the black jacket for the ceremony. Also, I would wear the pearls, but not the watch. Please ignore the messy hair and lack of makeup. I had to make use of my husband while I could.