Making a Statement: Day Eight

So far, it’s been pretty easy working the Self-Stitched items into my daily outfits. My only complaint is that I have too many summer itemsĀ and not enough fall! In theory, any summer dress becomes a fall dress with tights and boots, but I’m not completely convinced it will work for any and every dress! Anyways… back to today’s outfit!

What I’m Wearing:

  • Self-Stitched Coat: Lady Grey by Colette Patterns, finished April 2010
  • Skirt: Club Monaco, purchased recently
  • Tights: Aldo, purchased last fall
  • Shoes: Nine West, purchased Boxing Day 2009

Read more about the coat here, or see it in more outfits!


Q. I like this coat! I want one!

A. You’re in luck! Gertie is hosting a Lady Grey Sew-along, so now is the perfect time to make your own. It’s just started so there’s still time to get in on the fun. I wish I’d made my Lady Grey along with a group, how much fun would that be?

Q. I’m already participating in Gertie’s Sew-along! Any tips or suggestions, since you’ve made this coat already?

A. Make a muslin – I didn’t! I’m really happy with how my coat turned out, overall, but there are a few minor fitting quirks I wish I’d worked out on a muslin before cutting into the lovely blue wool. Also, I wish I’d done more tailoring. I read Couture Sewing Techniques over holiday and learned many little tricks and features to make a coat really special. I did make a bound buttonhole and am so pleased with how it turned out! When there’s just one buttonhole to worry about, it’s nice to take the extra time. Oh and I highly recommend using a fun lining. It’s a little flash of fun, every time you take off your coat.

Q. What’s the best part of today’s outfit?

A. The colour of this coat. I love turquoise! It’s bright and fun – definitely a Statement Coat! It makes a tee shirt and simple skirt so much more interesting.

Q. Where did you go today in your Self-Stitched outfit?

A. Work, the grocery store and home. So glamorous, I know!

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19 Responses to Making a Statement: Day Eight

  1. Karin van D. September 9, 2010 at 6:34 am #

    Well, I am sure you can see all kinds of fitting issues yourself, since it works that way with garments you made yourself, I know, but I have to say I think this coat looks stunning on you. I love the way the belt shows of your waist, it’s so beautiful. You may have not done many glamorous activities today, but you sure look like you could!

  2. Patty September 9, 2010 at 6:47 am #

    What an adorable outfit! I’m dying for some t-straps but I have big enormous feet and haven’t found the perfect ones! The coat looks perfect on you and I’m so in love with grey tights this year! Yay!

  3. Liz September 9, 2010 at 7:01 am #

    I love your coat! What type of fabric did you use?

  4. Tasia September 9, 2010 at 7:13 am #

    Thanks for the comments! I’m loving the grey tights too, more subtle than black.. Liz, the fabric is 100% wool, medium weight coating. It’s heavier than suiting but lighter than wool flannel. I picked it up at Fabricana from their clearance section, at an excellent price of $6 per metre (six months ago or more).

  5. sulovesew September 9, 2010 at 7:51 am #

    Hi Tania, Love that coat and it doesn’t look overwhelming on your petite figure, that’s my fear when joining the sew along. I agree with you on fall/winter sewing. I was pondering the same myself and my current stash is mostly meant for spring/summer. Besides wool and jacquard, i am not sure what else is suitable for colder weather. What’s your fall/winter sewing plan? have you lined up must-sew for this year cold season?

  6. erica September 9, 2010 at 7:54 am #

    this coat is amazing! go you!!


  7. Helena September 9, 2010 at 8:08 am #

    That coat is amazing! I won’t join the sew-along though. I love your use of colour, that you dare to use them so much.

  8. Tasia September 9, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    @Helena: and @erica: Thanks for the lovely comments! Helena, I’m a big fan of colour, but my problem is that I don’t have enough basic, versatile pieces in subtle colours now.
    @sulovesew: My fall sewing plan is not too organized yet! I am planning to make wool wide-leg pants, and skirts in solid colours that work well with sweaters and blouses. I also want to make a coat – I have a great style I’ve designed for Sewaholic Patterns, a knee-length style that’s very fitted and slightly flared below the waistline. Once the blouse and skirt patterns are finalized, the coat is next! That’s about it for my fall sewing plans – a few skirts, a pair of pants, and a coat, maybe a few sheath dresses in wintery fabrics for work. And if I have time – a new party dress for the holiday season :)

  9. Dei September 9, 2010 at 10:00 am #

    Look at you. So well turned out. I love the rich color of your coat.

  10. Darci September 9, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    Don’t you look smart! Love that coat. :)

  11. frk.bustad September 9, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    That jacket is just so beautiful… I’d love to follow Gertie’s sew-along, but my schedule just won’t allow it. Maybe in my own pace later on. You did a great work on this anyway, both the colour ant the cut is amazing! Suits you so much!

  12. Brumby September 9, 2010 at 1:32 pm #

    I still love (read: am jealous of) that coat, but love ( read: also jealous over) those shoes too.

  13. Shari September 9, 2010 at 5:02 pm #

    Oh I love your coat! What a great colour on you. The whole outfit looks great love love love the grey tights.

  14. quietandsmalladventures September 9, 2010 at 7:02 pm #

    oh i’m so envious that you have fall weather, we’re sadly stuck with sweltering summer until at least october. lovely outfit and your ady grey is what settled it in my mind that i *might* be able to make a coat myself :)

  15. Fourth Daughter September 9, 2010 at 8:53 pm #

    Well done on staying on the wagon… I haven’t had enough places to go this week after the whirl of fashion week last week, so haven’t done many outfit posts… but one coming later!

  16. Verity Clothing September 11, 2010 at 9:59 am #

    I love the color, and it looks fab on you! I’ve been considering making a coat with the Lady Grey pattern, and seeing this coat has made me decide that I will. Thanks for the tips about things you learned in the process of making it.

  17. Ingunn September 12, 2010 at 6:43 am #

    Wonderful! You look great in it. I’ve blogged about your coat today, the SSS project is so much fun. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Faye Lewis September 16, 2010 at 6:42 pm #

    I’ve been in love with your coat since first seeing it. The color is fantastic and so is the fit. The Coat doesn’t look heavy at all, but a little drapey and very comfortable.

  19. Monica (aka monnibo) September 18, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    That coat is SO beautiful! I love the colour and the style.