1953 coat for cora

>> Monday, June 28, 2010

I found this pattern at a local estate sale. I am in love with the fact that the pants have a cuff. This is basically the 1953 version of a snow suit.

Since snow is not common here, I decided to use a vinyl coated fabric and make Cora a rain coat. This is one of the most challenging pieces I have ever made. First, working with vinyl is tricky. It doesn't like to go through your machine with ease since it is slick. Second, there are a million pieces to a coat.

All of that aside, I am really happy with the way it turned out. And it will be just the right size for Cora when fall rolls around. Or when summer decides to dump two weeks of rain on us just for kicks!

Front (the tiara rarely comes off her head)

Some twirling pictures

I love that Cora has the ever popular toddler scab under her nose. At least we know she plays hard!!


a little sewing date

>> Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Last week I had my wonderful friend from The Mysterious Life of the Metropolitan Housewife over, along with her two adorable little kiddos.

The goal was to sew one 50s tank top with 3 children ages 4 and under running around. I would have to say we were very successful. Not only did everyone survive (just a cat scratch, finger smoosh and major melt down) we were able to half way finish our project!!

I did actually complete my tank top a few days later and will post pics later. The top is going to my lovely friend Jessica. While I am madly in love with it, I sadly don't have the goods to fill it out. And to take it in as much as I would need to would really change the final look. I want you to see it at it's finest so until then these shots will have to do! I can't help but think how smokin' Joan Holloway would look in this!!

The Pattern

The Result

The kiddos running amok


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