3.30.2011

Once Upon A Thread

So Katy of No Big Dill had a fantastic month centered around sewing and children's literature. What a great idea! Those two subjects are quite high on my priority list. I've loved seeing the interpretations that came from her guest bloggers. When she first announced Once Upon A Thread I was pretty excited to see some of the books that people would choose. We love reading around here and I'm always on the lookout for new books to read to the kids.

Growing up, my mom read to me a lot of stories from the Brothers Grimm. Although the original stories are pretty scary, the cleaned up versions made for kids these days are delightful. One of my favorites has always been Rapunzel.

{This version by Sarah Gibb is especially nice because of the illustrations}

Since I love the story of Rapunzel (I also had fun taking Luca to see Tangled in the theater), I knew I would create something based on the story. My original project was a library tote made from Heather Ross FFAII Rapunzel fabric. I started the tedious task of embroidering one of the caste motifs. Like how I say started? About halfway through the project Cenzo got a hold of it and a pink marker. I'm just hoping it's washable. I have put it away for now. 

 Image from Rapunzel by Sarah Gibb

So I pulled out a project that's been in the to-do pile for almost a year. I think I have mentioned this coat a while back. I actually cut the pieces out a size larger knowing that by the time I got around to finishing the darn thing there would be some growth in my kid.

 {Label in the top left photo I made using twill tape, a little birdie stamp and a purple sharpie}

I used the Oliver + S School Days Jacket and Coat pattern to make a nice Spring Coat for Luca. The Heather Ross linen paired with a lightweight quilting cotton lining make this the perfect coat for our usually foggy coastline. The pattern was as usual written beautifully, and although it was more sewing project than I usually take on, I found I loved the detailed design. I made this in a size 7 and it's definitely roomy. It's good to know the design was made to accommodate sweaters underneath. I'll be making one of these for Cenzo next Fall. 


I know when you think of Rapunzel, a coat doesn't really come to mind, but let's just say that when she was finally rescued from her tower she was a smart girl and took a coat to go explore the world.


18 comments:

Amy said...

Gorgeous! I would wear it and I am 38!

Camille said...

Just beautiful! I love the tag as well...do you make them yourself?

Misformilk said...

Hi! I just love reading your blog! So inspiring. I just started one a few days ago, so now I have an inkling of how much time and work goes into it - so thank you!!! :) I fell in love with the Heather Ross FFA 2 fabric collection - I have a bunch of it in my cupboard adn I hate to admit it, but I'm a little scared to actually use it! Silly I know. The jacket you made is beautiful! I'm going to have to try one.

We love reading Rapunzel around here too - our favorite version is one by Leah Wilcox, called "Falling for Rapunzel." It's a modernized version, that is sweet and playful and terribly clever!

Beeberry Farm Designs said...

I dragged all of my kiddos to see Tangled, they had no way of opting out. Love, love, love the coat.

oversewn said...

Sascha - I holy freakin love it! How hard was the pattern? I have yet to attempt....

Sascha said...

Amy, I actually would love to wear a coat like this. Raven, it was not hard, but a lot of work. I wouldn't want to make this design by any other company. They sure know how to write instructions. I'm a bit hesitant about using a heavier weight fabric. The linen was really easy to work with. Nice topstitching on a heavy weight coat fabric will be trickier, but you have older machines that do that work well. They don't make them like that anymore.

happy zombie said...

Beautiful! I want one in my size!

Carolyn said...

There are so many things that I love about this project! First, I love that you cute out a bigger size knowing that it would take you a while to get around to finishing it. Perfect! And I love the label that you put in. Too cute! And overall, the coat is just lovely. So beautiful! I am super-impressed!

HarmlessColor said...

This is awesome.
It was my favorite thing shown on once upon a thread.

Anna said...

seriously love this sascha! like everyone else, I want one in my size! :) but then I would probably look like I'm 12, maybe that would be a good thing?! ha

erika jane said...

this jacket is lovely! i bet that is one happy girl.

small + friendly said...

Wow! I love it! I think you've convinced me to shell out for that pattern. You are amazing!!!!

Kimberly said...

Holy wow. I think this is my most favorite item that you have ever created. It is absolutely beautiful and the photos are just stunning. AMAZING!

Sophie said...

The jacket is simply stunning, and the two fabrics and the buttons work really well together!

Jen said...

Amazing! Love your attention to detail.

La Chili said...

This is just beyond beautiful.

kristin said...

I just came across this while browsing the Once Upon a Thread flickr group, and it's gorgeous! The lining is especially wonderful - I have that raindrop fabric but haven't used it yet. Really nicely done! :)

kanaha said...

beautiful work! I love the tag and can only imagine how amazing the embroidery is.

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