Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Lady Grey

I don't think I've ever sewn anything (that I actually wanted to finish) that has taken me as long as the Colette Lady Grey jacket.

Finished at last!!
I purchased the pattern back in about May 2011 and the fabric even before that when my local Fabricland had a sale. According to some notes I found I actually started the cutting out in November 2011.
Showing a peek up the sleeve of the turquoise lining 
I used Gertie's fabulous Lady Grey Sew Along and did a muslin, sewed in hair canvas,  pad stitched the collars,  bound bottom holes, etc etc etc!
I even did a muslin. (Not something I do often!)
Showing the pad stitching on the under collar
All was going well, and the tailoring part almost done when I seemed to just put the jacket aside. But I knew I wanted to finish it. As I mentioned in a post two weeks ago, there is nothing like a deadline to get things finished. We were traveling out west (Seattle and Portland) for a holiday and I was determined I would wear the jacket.

Close up of the collar. And yes this was in the very first Starbucks!!
In the end it took me the best part of about 10 hours to finish. I know that's a long time, but I persevered and am happy with the result. I love the wide collar that I
can pin several brooches to.

It was even cold enough for me to wear the long gloves I had knitted to go with the 3/4 length sleeves.


  1. Fantastic!! It looks great, and I bet it sure feels awesome to finally wear it! Sewing a coat is an amazing adventure, and they sure take a lot of time. But they're worth it.

  2. I love your Lady Gray and it's perfect for the Pacific Northwest weather!!

  3. Brilliant coat, well done on putting in the work, it was worth it!

  4. it looks so warm! great job!