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Here are the photos of the finished coat. Remember, Erin didn’t want an exact replica. She wanted something with more a military feel to it. Let me know what you think of the finished project ๐Ÿ™‚

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As promised, here are some photos from the construction phase:

The lining

The lining

with sleeve detail

with sleeve detail

Back piece

Back piece

The back with trim detail

The back with trim detail

More to come soon!

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Once the design was settled on, it was time to narrow down materials. Like the Penelope coat, this was to be fully lined. In the movie, the coat was lined in mini-floral cotton. Erin was looking for more color and something less dainty. She chose this gorgeous teal taffeta:

teal taffeta with embroidered bouquets

teal taffeta with embroidered bouquets


And she chose a burgundy wool gabardine for the coat itself and blue trim for the accent:
burgundy wool gabardine

burgundy wool gabardine

Then for the finishing touch, Erin selected this beautiful Fleur de Lis button for closures and decoration.

Available from House of Anoria

Available from House of Anoria

Tune in tomorrow for construction tidbits….

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I know I’ve been talking about the Penelope coat for awhile now, but I’m finally starting the project and thought I’d take you along for the ride. My customer, Erin, contacted me months ago wanting a coat like the one Christina Ricci wore in the movie Penelope. I was very excited about the project, because I thought it was cute movie and the coat was stunning. It’s elegant and eccentric at the same time -very fun ๐Ÿ™‚

We emailed back and forth discussing fabrics, colors, and some changes to the original design. This part of the process is the most exhilarating – the birth of a design! Here are the 2 photos I was given to begin my design:

penelope movie

military

Erin was looking for a combination of elements from both coats. I began sketching.

First go-round

First go-round


I was a bit off in the modifications she wanted, so I sketched again:

penelopecoat3

This was to be the final design!

Tune in tomorrow for part 2….

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I have just put a hand knit Technicolor Dream Coat in my shop. The long story in a nutshell: this was a custom request. The customer wanted a randomly striped hand knit robe with loose ends hanging on the inside. The deposit was paid and I started the project. Each color change is hand done – the yarn is NOT self-striping or variegated. It took me six months to make this robe and the customer wasn’t able to complete the transaction.

So there was a lot of blood, sweat and tears put in this robe/coat. The customer was a size XS/S, so I can’t use it myself. This is truly a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art. It is available for sale in my Artfire Shop.

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I sort of have a hodgepodge on the cutting table right now. I have some Bowing Robes for Blue Heron Zen Community, and cute dress in a vintage cherry print, and a modified Penelope coat. I’m excited about the coat because I really can sink my creative teeth into this project! The original template is the red-trimmed purple coat worn by Christina Ricci in the movie “Penelope”. My customer wants this coat but her own artistic twist. She wants to change, add, and modify some details to give it a more punky military look.

I probably won’t get started on that project until May or later (since she doesn’t need it until October), but I will be posting photos. The fabric and specialty buttons are already here and I can’t wait to get started! Deadlines are rolling in though, so I shall have to wait.

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Happy Customers!

happy-customers

I was so excited to receive this photo of a couple of my recent happy customers! It’s the first time that I’ve gotten a photo of a customer wearing my custom creations. Feedback is soooo very important to me. I actually spend time wringing my hands if I haven’t received feedback a week after I’ve sent something out! My work means that much to me – it’s my heart and soul, as well as my creativity.

To see more photos of the coats, the original photo I had to work from, and know the story behind these creations; please visit my Gallery!

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