Lucerne: For the Love of Trench Coats

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I had no plans on blogging today but I just stumbled upon my next trench coat.

https://shop.deer-and-doe.fr/en/sewing-patterns/40-luzerne-trench-coat-pattern.html

From their site:

Close-fitting, unlined, double-breasted trench coat with princess seams. Pleats at front and back, diagonal welt pockets, and two-piece sleeves.

The pattern envelope contains a full size pattern and a detailed instruction booklet.

The PDF pattern contains a full size printable pattern (A0 and A4/US letter formats) and a detailed instruction file.

As yaw’ll know I would rather have this in a tissue pattern.  Apparently the larger sizes are pdf version.

Have you seen or heard of the Robson Trench?  Too bad Lucerne does not have the shoulder tabs and the back wind flap.  I think that is what makes the trench truly trench, LOL.  Perhaps I can add that feature.  We’ll see about all that.

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Go check out the https://shop.deer-and-doe.fr/en/sewing-patterns/40-luzerne-trench-coat-pattern.html Lucerne  and let me know what you think.

Cheers,

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Simplicity 1080: The Dottie Angel Frock

The Dottie Angel frock is country chic at its best.  When I first saw this pattern it was love at first sight.   We were living on a homestead in the South trying to build a small family farm and it spoke to me.  Simply perfect for a house dress to be worn while doing chores and even while chillaxing at home.  Even the hubby liked it (which makes sense because he likes homely looking dresses).  This dress screams “homely”; don’t you think?

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As one who enjoys repurposing this is a good project for a bed sheet design.  I am curious as to what this will look like on a granny such as myself.  Tickles and giggles!  When we first arrived at our new home I purchased a pair of black ankle boots.  A photograph with this frock and those boots out by the woods should will be interesting.  As for Spring/Summer wear I have a pair of silver thong sandals that put me in the mind of Birkenstock knock-offs that I think will be cute paired with this dress on a sunny day!

Somehow getting the hint that the Dottie Angel is a big deal I Googled to see what I could find.  “House On Hill Road” was one of the sites that featured the Dottie Angel.  Apparently there is information on Pinterest too though I have yet to visit them.  The pattern reviews that I did read indicated the instructions to not be on point with confusing steps which make the construction of this dress needlessly difficult.  Ay yi yi!  The dress looks so basic on the envelope.  I decided to read over the instructions for myself before cutting into fabric.

 

I confess – I will not be making a toile.  I will; however, tissue fit and check the tuck placements along with checking for appropriate length.  Mine must be below the knee even while sitting.

The dress employs french seams and bias tape up the wazoo.  Get this — the tape is on the inside; no one will see it except me.  Oh, I guess you will because if I am going to do all of that for a simple house/work frock I am going to at least take a shot of my handiwork to show you, LOL.  Maybe I have a crazy colour in my stash.  So, I think I will make this dress as instructed by the Simplicity people this time and see how it goes.  Perhaps subsequent (and there will assuredly be some) Dottie Angels may undergo Sew Lyrically styled adjustments.

Okay, so here’s the deal.   Since it has been so long since I blogged I did not want you to think I had fallen off the world.  Been busy relocating and looking for work.  My original plan was to blog about the entire project now; but, guess what?  I left the cord for my digital camera at home  and can not upload the photographs of the fabric chosen for this project.  Therefore, my experience with this dress will be a near future blog post.

I will share this, finally I shopped my stash.  It is always so cool when I read you ladies “shopping your stashes”.  🙂  The two larger pieces are bed sheets, the pocket (small piece of fabric) is a quilting cotton.  Now, here’s hoping I have suitable bias tape for I do not feel like going through the rigamaroll of making some for this project.

To keep us all eagerly anticipating the Sew Lyrically styled Dottie Angel, let’s check out some other gals’ frocks.

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By Dottie Angel Herself
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House On The Hill’s Dottie Angel Frock

Stay tuned with me gals (and guys if there are any following me).

Cheers,

Lyric

What a Real Woman Looks Like: A Reblog

This is a reblogged article from Brittany of Va-Voom Vintage.  A commenter’s thoughts were one of the first things I saw this morning as I checked email.  I visited this post over a year ago (I know because I see my own comment there, giggles).  The positivity of the message speaks to me as I am sure it will you.
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I started this blog for “curvy” girls like me who have a hard time dressing their body types. Over the past few years, I have been an advocate for loving your body and embracing your curves. I love the look of a curvy shape and I’ve been a defender of the plus size gal for ages.For a while now, I’ve seen these “when did this become hotter than this” posts all over the internet and it bothers me. Although I have stood up for the big booty, seeing the slender gal getting picked on just isn’t right! Skinny women are sexy too.  The “real women have curves” motto is just as damaging as the idea that women have to be thin to be beautiful. Butt fat is not a measure of beauty or womanhood! Isn’t it hard enough being a girl in the world without our sisters judging our waist size?

Some women were born to be curvy and others were born to be thin. Some of us have medical problems that impact our size and some have had surgery to reduce size or excess skin after weight loss. Some skinny gals wear padded bras while some curvy ones wear waist cinchers. Do any of those factors make that woman less “real” than the next?

Let’s all join together as sisters and embrace true beauty and womanhood in all of its shapes and sizes. While the ideal of female beauty has changed over time, the fact is, you are all beautiful, real women. Spread the love today and send a compliment to a fellow sister just to let her know that she is lovely too!

That is exactly what I am doing by sharing this blog post with all of YOU lovely ladies.

Cheers,
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