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Susie needs a dress for her sister’s wedding in August. She’s been given some leeway with design and given a range of blue shades to choose from. She’s come to me looking for a design to flatter her voluptuous figure. Here are her inspiration photos:

The notched bustline is too revealing for her taste and wants to change that design without resorting to the common straight line. It should have a little modern flare, but still look good with the bolero.

I suggested changing the bustline to something more like this:

There will be a lace up back with modesty panel and multi-colored tulle showing at the bottom. I’ll keep you posted as the process moves along. Gathering materials for the next week or so πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚

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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