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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Romantic, Retro / Vintage
Cheryl Lemmons on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Vintage embroidered silk, Pro Weft Medium Weight Fusible Interfacing.

Cheryl Lemmons on craftsy.com

What are you most proud of? The details, and the freedom I felt to experiment. Piecing the sleeves, I was able to take full advantage of the fabric and feature the flower bouquets more prominently. Also, I got out the attachments for my very old Singer (recently repaired) and discovered that the ruffler works beautifully. I took full advantage of this and made enough ruffle for the entire edge. Also, the coat is completely reversible . . . it can be worn ivory or gold side out. And I cannot say enough for the interfacing! Pam Erny of Fashion Sewing Supply has it right! The ivory side of the coat is completely interfaced with Pro Weft Medium Weight Fusible Interfacing. This gave the fabric body and structure without any stiffness at all. It also adds warmth and weight. It made all the difference in the success of this project. My one disappointment is the buttons. They are self-fabric buttons . . . extremely lightweight and cheap feeling. Anyone have any advice on how to go about finding a better alternative? I couldn't find any buttons that really looked good. Would love to have buttons made from this fabric . . . just better than this. Update . . . The new buttons are gorgeous! Pat Mahoney of Pat's Custom Buttons did a wonderful job with my fabric. NOW I'm satisfied with this project!

Cheryl Lemmons on craftsy.com

What advice would you give someone starting this project? Find a simple pattern and use couture techniques. Once again, I will recommend enrolling in Susan Khalje's Couture Dress Class. The techniques learned in that course have made every garment I've sewn since so much more successful. Hopefully with each project I will get a little bolder and experiment more (play with the fabric . . . let it tell you what it wants to be).

Cheryl Lemmons on craftsy.com

Wow! This is beautiful. Lovel all the finishing details.

11/29/2012 Flag

Likelylass, thank you. New buttons are waiting to be attached. I'll add a picture when they are done.

12/22/2012 Flag

Cheryl, this is really beautiful!

12/22/2012 Flag

Thank you, maggiesc. The new buttons have arrived. I'll post a new pic as soon as I get them sewed on.

12/22/2012 Flag

Thank you, maggiesc. The new buttons have arrived. I'll post a new pic as soon as I get them sewed on.

12/22/2012 Flag

I'm finally getting a couple of new pics up with the new buttons. Pat Mahoney does wonderful work . . . makes all the difference in this coat. I highly recommend her.

01/12/2013 Flag

Beautiful! I love it!!

01/29/2013 Flag

LOVE THIS! The fabric and ruffles are so pretty. I can't wait to see your' latest projects when we work together again next summer. Will you be bringing your sewing machine?

02/04/2013 Flag

I can't imagine going for a month without my sewing machine. So, yes, I will be bringing it.

02/08/2013 Flag