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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Off-white Faux Fur Coat

2017 - Audrey Hepburn Inspired Hat 

Three years later, I finally had the chance and inspiration to make this hat from the left over material from this off-white faux fur coat. Oh what fun!

Happy Holidays everyone! I can’t believe this week with everything going on, I finished making this coat. This coat comes with an interesting story. It was originally bought at a thrift shop about a year ago. The fabric was all beaten up. I bought it for the beautiful faux fur. I had the coat cleaned and took it all apart. I used the old coat as a pattern to make this new coat and used the original faux fur collar as is. The fabric is high end fleece that I purchased in bulk many years ago. I always wanted an off-white coat and never really got around to making it. This coat wasn't all that hard to make. What gave me some trouble was sewing down to fur to the coat. It required some tough hand sewing. Even so, I’m really excited how this project came out. The original design is from (Albert Nipon). I googled this designer, it appears that at one time this coat was an expensive piece. I’m glad I restored the faux fur. I think it was worth the effort. I lined it with off white satin. The only thing I changed in the design was the pockets. I simple added side pockets. Easy! I wore it last night to our City Council Christmas Party. It was a big hit. It’s such a light coat to wear. Fleece is a great easy fabric to wear. It felt super special. Very old world glamour. It’s the perfect time of the year to wear these kinds of luxurious coats. Well, that’s it for now. I don’t know what I’m up to sewing this coming week, if anything. Who knows? Meanwhile…I want to wish each and everyone of you Merry Christmas. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Official City of New Bedford Christmas Tree Lighting

Official City of New Bedford Christmas Tree Lighting

Hello everyone! This week I made this coat from  fleece material from Joann’s Fabrics. I used vogue pattern V8164. It’s a fairly easy pattern to use. It’s a fun coat which I hope to make at least one more of. The lining of the coat is actually dress material. I wanted a fabric that would slide easy with the fleece’s outer layer. I thought the dress material was a good choice and I really like the print. The fur collar I've had for several years now. I collect fur from thrift. I don’t purchase any new fur, however I believe in restoration projects. I think old restored furs are worth the time and effort to re-use and bring new life to them. I  enjoy wearing the old glamour look. They are very warm and add incredible texture to coats. The hat is my original design. I love making hats and decorating them with whatever excites me. I like having fun with sewing. I’m not afraid of experimenting with different ideas.  I wore this outfit last night to the official Christmas tree lighting in New Bedford. It was such fun. Cold, but fun. It really puts you in the Christmas spirit. All the families come out and the kids just love it. This is another huge Christmas tradition here in our city. I hope you enjoy some of the pictures and as always thanks’ for sharing in my sewing journey. Have a great weekend everyone! Debora

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Festival of Lights

Hello everyone! This evening I attended the Festival of Lights Celebration at Clasky Common Park in New Bedford. Each year out city fills this beautiful park with Christmas displays and thousands of dazzling lights. This is our tradition. The kids just go crazy over it. Tonight was the official countdown for all the lights to turn on at once. It was actually very cold. But everyone was just as excited to be there. I just love it. Really fills you up with the holiday spirit.

I made and designed the coat and hat I‘m wearing. It’s the first time I wear it in public. It’s warm, cozy and light. I worked the coat with a Vogue pattern of which I can’t remember right now. The hat is totally my original design. I made a few of them actually. I love warm hats, especially those that cover the ears. I’m all about covering the ears. Well It’s a great time of year to wear fun things. I hope your inspired to create some fun hats and coats of your own. Enjoy! Debora

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Under The Stars

Good evening everyone! The Holiday season has officially begun. There’s so much excitement going on in our city of New Bedford. The New Bedford Art Museum had their annual Under The Stars Holiday Party last night. It was just spectacular. local artist displayed their work for Christmas gifts. Our city is a great growing hub for so many artists. I meet the nicest people at these parties. In case your wondering what I wore…I wore a sequin dress probably from the 1980’s, art deco style dress. I bought it at flee market and completely restored it back to life. First of all, it was full of dust, stains and attic damage. The sequins were coming apart and needed some serious restoration. I cleaned it all up and sewed missing sequins and torn seams back together. I was very pleased with the way it came out. I thought it was a perfect dress to wear to the under the stars anything. I only got one picture of myself with my beautiful friend Daniela. Even so, I thought it would make a nice holiday sewing post. The jacket was a good match with the dress. I wanted to tone it down a bit. It was a lot of fun. Life is always great amongst artist. Enjoy! Oh, by the way the dress cost me a merely $20.00. Crazy? Isn’t it? Oh the power of sewing! You can mend anything!!!