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07 April 2011 @ 01:25 pm
Mayu's new coat_2  
I haven't been very active on this blog lately, not because I haven't been sewing but because I haven't had the time or decent light to take many photos.

Mayu's new coat_2 by DominiqueBB
Mayu's new coat_2, a photo by DominiqueBB on Flickr.


A friend of mine did a faceup for me and asked for a coat for her Shinydoll in return. She wanted a toned down Lolita type coat with a detachable hood for her mademoiselle. It had to have a very flared skirt and some fur trimming. After a couple of muslins I had a decent sloper for this slim body.

Since she wanted a grey coat I went looking for some wool crepe or flannel, finding absolutely nothing I grudginly settled for this grey knit fabric. Decent fabric stores are rapidly becoming a thing of the past :-(
I figured since I was doing a puffed sleeve it didn't necessarily have to be wool, no steaming of the sleeve head would really be necessary so why not?

Mayu's new coat_3 by DominiqueBB
Mayu's new coat_3, a photo by DominiqueBB on Flickr.


Well the fabric looked nice but I was quickly reminded of why I loathe working with knits. It has a nice hand, but absolutely no straight grain whatsoever, my center front however precisely cut on the straight kept going bias on me. I would not normally use woven interfacing for knits but in this case I used my favorite light cotton fusing on the entire front and back shoulders. It was the first time I worked with fun fur, it's really messy to work with; I had black hair all over my sewing room and my machine needed a good cleaning after that. But overall it was easy to put on the hood, collar and cuffs.

Mayu's new coat_5 by DominiqueBB
Mayu's new coat_5, a photo by DominiqueBB on Flickr.


The actually sewing was pretty simple, the little fur chinese collar is a breeze to put on, and the front facing is part of the front piece so there is no bulk there. I set in the lining by machine except for the sleeve since I didn't feel like turning the fur trimmed sleeves inside out for sewing. The detachable hood actually stays put with just the ribbon ties no need for a button and loop in the back. A fun project, too bad that spring came before I finished it! I should have photographed it with the proper poofy skirt my friend's doll will be wearing under it.

Mayu's new coat_5 by DominiqueBB
Mayu's new coat, a photo by DominiqueBB on Flickr.


Now I have to tell Mayu she can't keep it, that's going to go over well ;-)
happybentokid: octobabieshappybentokid on April 10th, 2011 12:54 am (UTC)
Beautiful coat and she looks so lovely! :)

I really have much respect for talented sewing and knitting. I have so much trouble with knits -- they stretch one way or my machine gets hungry and tries to suck it into the abyss and I have to fight it to get it back (ToT)...
milou&co.: likke ◊ 50mmmilouco on April 22nd, 2011 05:01 am (UTC)
YES. My machine eats them like no other, it's so frustrating!

lol, sorry to interject, it just really does bother me SO much T__T;;
happybentokid: happypupflyhappybentokid on April 30th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
Yay someone else who understands! (TwT) I usually have to buy extra fabric in case I need a new piece after cutting it out of my machine (^^")
DominiqueBdominiquebe on April 22nd, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
Knits are the one thing I'm not comfortable with. I can sew men's suits no problem but a t-shirt gives me headaches go figure!
happybentokidhappybentokid on April 30th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
Haha. Most of the time I'd want to make a t'shirt but find myself sewing a button up shirt instead :S
milou&co.milouco on April 22nd, 2011 05:00 am (UTC)
That is so cute! She looks great :)

Found you from perverted_kitty's LJ; hope you don't mind my adding you!