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I found this beautiful Nanette Lepore winter coat at TJ Maxx the other day. Reduced from $500 to $150*. Size 10, fit like a glove, just my style, one of the most beautiful and feminine coats I’ve ever seen.

But…I didn’t buy the coat :(. Because, well this is Texas and it was 94F (=34°C) that day. Winters aren’t all that cold over here, do I really need another winter coat?

And most importantly….the zipper was broken. I tried everything, because sometimes it looks like the zipper is broken, but it can be fixed fairly easily, but this zipper was really broken. Replacing a long zipper in a -still- $150 coat…I didn’t feel exactly up to it. Regrets? Yes, some, would have loved it in my closet.

Would you have bought a garment that you loved but needed a zipper replacement or many alterations?

* to justify the original prize; the Nanette Lepore label is exclusively Made in the US, so no Bengali wages for the seamstresses. Some stores even listed it for almost $700.

This link makes me wonder: why didn’t I think of that?

Wow, just amazing! And what a dreamjob :) The amount of detail in her creations and how closely she captures the children’s original drawings, makes me all warm and fuzzy inside :) Wish this was my job!

Below are some images of her work, but her own website is truly inspirational and worth looking at: Child’s Own Studio

My mind is overflowing from inspiration, but it’s all related to women, babies&children and home decor.
I find it very hard to think of anything to make for my man!

For Christmas I made him this Mavericks heart, but it’s hardly worth mentioning or giving (McCall 6453, same as the Christmas decorations). We have a couple of girly hearts hanging on door handles at home, so I figured it would be nice to have a more manly heart as well. I still need to add the ribbon so we can actually hang it; I tried to sew the ribbon to the heart a couple of times, before turning the heart outside in, but that didn’t work. Also, I prefer not to have raw finishes showing, but busy with all the other Christmas gifts, this was definitely the fastest way.

So really, I need some inspiration for male presents! Any thoughts about what to DIY for guys?

Santa and his creative elves really spoiled me this year. So much so, that I actually had to get new closet space to fit all my gifts! No kidding! :-O

Here is what I was given over the Holidays:

The Bernina embroidery module to fit my machine, including the Designer v5 software. So pleased with!! However, it’s the most daunting and inspiring gift! The sky is the only limit! When I just got my sewing machine, Maarten asked me if I had already tried it out, to which I answered that I didn’t know how to switch it on. He walked over to the machine, found the on/off button straight away and my excuse was blown :P. I guess him switching the machine on for me was the little bit of encouragement I needed to get started and I may need the same kind of assistance with this add-on!

Wool in every color and texture imaginable! Great for my crochet attempts!

Beautiful scraps and bigger pieces of fabric.

Thread, spools, embroidery thread (really happy with!), snaps in every size possible and the Best Sewing Book by Reader Digest (the earlier better edition :)).

An amount of bias tape, ribbon and ric rac I could only dream of!

A weekly desk calender (although I’m a kid of the internet/digital generation, I can’t handle online calenders); Teach yourself Crochet; a stuffing tool; Amigurimi book and a book about (wool) felting (can’t wait to make felt slippers for my cold feet).

100 patterns for appliques; Embroidered dolls; Ideas for nurseries; Amigurimi&more; 100 flowers to crochet and knit; Sweet plush to crochet (aka Amigurimi world).

Last but definitely not least! A biscornu pincushion made by my grandma in my favorite color! 

Many many thanks to Santa and his elves!!

Awesome video -for the new Westfield shopping mall in Stratford, East London- featuring 100 years of East London fashion in 100 seconds.
Sept 13th 1911 – Sept 13th 2011.

…they weren’t in Japanese!

Searching the internet and looking through many pages of beautiful Japanese fabric (out of my budget, unfortunately), I stumbled upon lots and lots of free patterns by Nani Iro (fabric designer) and Lecien (fabric manufacturer). Awesome…apart from them being in Japanese. Looks like Google Translate and me are going to spend some time together!

Unfortunately I can’t post any pictures of projects I’m currently working on, as they’re highly secretive birthday projects! ;) So many birth(day)s and babyshowers in October! :) Instead, I’ll try to blog about inspiration I’ve found on the internet!

My last and final Bernina machine guide class was great again! We were shown how to applique, pintuck with presser foot 32, make perfect piping with foot 12, balance your machine and make perfect 4mm hems with foot 69.

I wish I could continue following these lessons weekly! The instructor told me this is only the ice top of what the machine can do! But it’s better for my wallet (too many interesting feet!) and  my overly inspired mind to not get any more ideas ;).

Joining the Plano ASG is bound to be dangerously inspiring as well! Yesterday I attended my first Couture group meeting; a field trip to Adrian: Glamour in the Age of Austerity 1940-47.

“In the late 1940s, WWII constraints on fabric and supplies were lifted, allowing fashion designers to move away from simplistic, military-inspired designs toward increasingly glamorous, feminine forms and styles. Gilbert Adrian led the way in this movement as an American designer. Several of his pieces will be showcased alongside pieces by various other designers, revealing the strength of his influence.”

I was a little disappointed it was such a small exhibition (10 outfits), but nevertheless it was really interesting to see how garment was made fashionable during the WWII fabric and button/decoration constraints! Using a lot of detail/decoration in garments was considered non-patriotic.

I had never heard of Adrian before, probably because my fashion knowledge is limited, but I guess it also has to do with the fame and emphasis on French designers in Europe. Hopefully we’ll keep visiting exhibitions! Everyone from the ASG was really nice and I felt really welcome :).

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