15 November 2013

What's On My Sewing Table...


On one of the last days of photography for my book, the designer of the book, who worked with me closely throughout the process, asked me how I was going to celebrate once it was all over. "Oooh I'm going to do some sewing!" I excitedly exclaimed. She looked at me absolutely flabbergasted. After months of speed sewing 21 projects plus countless toile iterations, I was looking forward to... erm... more sewing! "Woah. That's a testament to the strength of your passion," she replied.


And that time has arrived! I've submitted the book and, around sorting out the mess (both physical and metaphorical) that I left festering while I was in flow, and planning my next Big Project, I'm doing some sewing for myself. While the blogosphere is going wild over the latest collection from Papercut Patterns, I've been toiling, tweaking and prepping fabric for the Watson jacket from Papercut's first collection, which has been on my "to make" list for aaaaaages. (If you're in the UK, you can order Papercut Patterns from Sewbox.)


It has a capelet. Say that out loud - "capelet". Such a good word.


I'm making it in some pink wool as a homage to Suzy Bishop from Moonrise Kingdom. Homage, not exact replica. The fabric is a brighter colour and I'm sticking to the short length and double-breasted frontage of the original pattern. I haven't yet decided on what lining fabric to use. I might keep it simple with black polka dots on white, or I could go wacky with a crazy cotton print. Any ideas?

What's on your sewing table, please?

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  1. This is going to look great! I didn't know it had a little peplum on it. The jacket would be nice without the cape sewn in as well!

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    1. Yes, although the peplum is just at the back - what looks like seam lines on the front of my toile are just where I shortened the bodice.

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  2. You're a rockstar for wanting to sew more after you just completed a book. I've been thinking a lot about the publication and how wonderful it is that it will be coming out soon.

    Love the jacket - what a unique silhouette!

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    1. Aw, that's so sweet of you, thank you.

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  3. That will be gorgeous in pink! Love the short length too.

    Faded Windmills

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  4. Ow please go wacky! I love wackyness in clothing and this jacket seems perfect for it! I just cleared a Deer and Doe Datura from my sewing table and a skirt for my daughter, up next: burda trousers for me and for my son! Back to basics because it's necessary.... What I really want to sew up is my Airelle blouse....

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  5. Congratulations on finishing a huge project! I'd almost forgotten about Suzie Bishop's coat, I'm so glad you reminded me how much I love it. I can't wait to see how yours turns out. Will you be making a beret to wear with it?

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  6. ....what's on my sewing table? Half a metre of very shiny gold pleather which is slowly but surely becoming a pencil skirt. I am about to glue the hem down. Just tried it on in the mirror and I look like a quality street (the tall thin gold one, not the round gold penny, thankfully)

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  7. Congratulations on finishing the book!

    Did you find there was a distinctly different feel/satisfaction level to sewing for the book and sewing for yourself?

    I've made bits and pieces for friends before, but the shirt I've currently got going is the most involved piece I've yet made for someone else (you have got to be seriously good friends with me before I will set in sleeves for you >.<) and I haven't been able to put up with working on it for any length of time at a go - I have to switch out every so often to work on something for meeeeee ...

    My sewing table is currently host (in shifts) to a purple Vogue 8772 (my, er, sixth make of this pattern), the aforementioned green Butterick 5526 I'm making for a friend, and The Quilt I Have Sort Of Been Making For A Year. My aim is to finish the last before my mum (quilter extraordinaire) visits next week - not sure if that's going to happen!

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    1. Thank you! That's a good question, hmm... I was sewing many of the final projects while the designer photographed the steps at the same time, so it was a totally different experience. Perhaps more satisfying than usual, if anything, because the photos added to the gorgeousness! (Gah, I can't wait to show you!!)

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  8. Congratulations on finishing the book! And thanks for sharing the Watson jacket find. I've been looking into Papercut patterns but somehow this slipped by me. I may need to add this to my holiday wish list.

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  9. This is amazing! I have my eyes on this pattern for a while, but it costs a lot for (just) a pattern. I can't wait to see yours, be jealous and buy mine haha. No but seriously, I'm exited too see what you will come up with :)
    And what's on my sewing table? I want to make a copycat (with an extraordinary fabric that I'm afraid of cutting) of the Universal Stunner Dress from Modcloth. Is it too early to make a christmas dress? Never! :)

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    1. Bear in mind the prices are in New Zealand dollars, so not so much once they're converted.

      Wow, that dress sounds amazing. Is it the Michael Miller glow in the dark fabric?

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    2. I thought the price was in US haha. Thanks!
      And for my dress I'm using the Timeless Treasures Space Galaxy from Fabric.com

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  10. Congratulations on finishing your book, the coat is great and will look lovely in pink and I think the black polka dots on white will be fab for the lining.
    What's on my sewing table....some olive green fabric waiting to be made into a simple A line skirt

    Jackie x

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  11. Caplet is a lovely word.
    I could see your coat with a chocolate brown pink polka dot lining.
    Sorry to say I'm still on my Mathilda Blouse from the course at Raystitch, but am hoping to finish it this weekend. I have been on holiday and wasn't allowed to take my sewing machine!

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    1. Get it finished, Karen! (Red or blue?!)

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    2. I will do it tonight. Once I have conquered it, I will go back to the super slippery autumn leaf print!

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  12. Caplet is a lovely word.
    I could see your coat with a chocolate brown pink polka dot lining.
    Sorry to say I'm still on my Mathilda Blouse from the course at Raystitch, but am hoping to finish it this weekend. I have been on holiday and wasn't allowed to take my sewing machine!

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  13. Oh, you will be cute as a button in this little jacket! Can't wait to see it! I need to make a dress for my little neighbor, then my next project is a tuxedo-style blazer. :)

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  14. I just watched Moonrise Kingdom and loved it! I can't wait to see your finished coat.

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  15. I love the Watson Jacket, I bought the pattern last year during the summer & was planning on making it for that autumn, but found out I was pregnant, so it got put on hold. It's high on my To-do list of sewing projects now, hopefully I can have it done for spring :)

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  16. This is going to look so cute on you https://m.facebook.com/SassySewingBees

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  17. Super cute! Can't wait to see the finished jacket. I have the Madeleine by Victory patterns on my cutting table. This weekend is dedicated to sewing!

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  18. This looks super cute! I recently decided to teach myself how to sew and your blog has been so helpful. Thank you so much for all your hard work. =)

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  19. Looking forward to your book! The capelet looks fab - it's hard to know whether to go simple and stylish with the lining (I'd go bright yellow spots on a cream background) or try to find some awesome Sherlock Holmes-inspired print! I'm refurbishing our Kombi right now, then I''ll make my second Beignet in emerald green - if only some warm weather would arrive to inspire me!

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  20. Ooh, lovely! I am looking forward to seeing this all done up.

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  21. What a great post, Tilly. Firstly because you sign posted me to Papercut Patterns which look fab and like they would be a great make for my almost 13 year old daughter - she is tall but still got the tween shape, so difficult to find things to make for her - these patterns look perfect. Secondly for the link to the Moonrise Kingdom film - I just watched the trailer and I can't believe that I have never heard of this film before! It looks beautiful and I am ordering it now for Christmas :) Thanks!

    http://asaucystitch.blogspot.co.uk/

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  23. Oh hahaha I love that movie! Can't wait to see your homage! : )

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  24. Tilly this is absolutely gorgeous and will look adorable on you. Can't wait to see it and to have sight of your first book, will certainly be on my 'must have' list. Have a fab weekend Tilly lots of love as always
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  25. I do love that jacket. I will look forward to seeing how you got on with it - I think it's a bit out of my sewing league at the moment! I'm making some So Zo vests for the winter and I have another project on the go too, but it's a secret!

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  26. Gosh, I never put 2 and 2 together with Suzy's jacket and the Watson, but now I cannot unsee it! I hope you're going to wear it with a beret too.

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  27. Thanks for the introduction to a great film and a really cute jacket, I must have been hiding under a rock to have missed that Moonrise Kingdom;)

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  28. Yeay, more Watson-capes for everyone! I love mine, the capelet is just THE best! I think polkadots will look great as a lining!

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  29. Oh I cant wait for your book! And that capelet looks like it's coming along well! I'm currently working on 4 identical dresses for a blog post, its getting a bit boring so I'm looking forward to my next dress - a pink gingham shift! (summers coming!)

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  30. Really looking forward to your book, it must be a great feeling to have it all finished! Also liking your capelet - your pattern muslin is so professional looking! I should really follow your lead and take the time to do this myself, I'm sure it would save a lot of heartache over messed up good fabric!
    I'm just finishing off a dress for my older daughter that I hope to post by the end of this week for my blog's first ever give-away from French company Collegien!! It's a good one so come over to http://yosami.wordpress.com to check it out!
    Christine

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  31. Dear Tilly

    You are so inspiring, after watching you and Lauren on Sewing bee I got out my sewing machine and have gone beyond the tote bag, which had been the limit of my sewing ambition.

    Please could you give me any information about the dress-form you have in the photos on this blog post? I saw one in a window but they were only for display and not for sale. She has wonderful covering fabric and looks so much nicer with her woodwork 'features' and nicely padded compared to the nylon variety that seem to be so widely available.

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  32. can't wait to see how this turns out! sounds awesome!

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