Christmas Miracle Realized!


The sleeves are on the coat! I dithered about the sleeves for a while, because they are very full. I considered re-drafting the sleeve so it would not be quite so balloon-shaped. Then I decided that I should just go whole hog and make the sleeves as drafted. I finished them on Christmas, but have been out of town and visiting people, so I’m just getting around to taking photos.

I found the sleeves to be shockingly full at first, but they have grown on me. Good thing, too, because the event is tonight, and I don’t really want to wear a trench coat over my gown.

I will try to get photos of me in the outfit, but it will be my husband taking the photos. He is generally uncooperative about taking full-body photos, and tends to take lovely photos of my face. Nice and all, but not really what you want to see in a sewing blog.

back view avec les manches

back view avec les manches

I pleated the cuffs

I pleated the cuffs

cuff, fanned out a bit

cuff, fanned out a bit

shoulder detail

shoulder detail

gathering at the cuff

gathering at the cuff

I’d better go get started with hair or makeup or something.



  1. Posted December 30, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Permalink | Reply

    So stunning, Claudine. Have a WONDERFUL time and let your husband know that a DC sewing friend is anxious for pictures of you in the gown!

  2. Posted December 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Permalink | Reply

    OMG!!!! Absolutely gorgeous. Love it. And you better tell Bernie has to step up with the photog duties.


  3. Posted December 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Permalink | Reply

    This is phenomenal. It’s art.

  4. Posted December 30, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Permalink | Reply

    It is gorgeous, Claudine. Can’t wait to see photos of the whole outfit. Have a wonderful New Years!

  5. Posted December 30, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Truly stunning! Enjoy your New Year’s Eve party!

  6. Posted December 30, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Permalink | Reply

    So amazing. A real work of art! I look forward to photos of you in your gown and coat.

  7. Posted December 30, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Magnificent! I’m in awe! Wish you could also get pics of people’s faces when they first see you in this stunning creation!

  8. Posted December 30, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Magnifique!!! Stunning work as usual!

  9. Posted December 30, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Beautiful coat! I am with everyone else and look forward to seeing these coat as worn by you!

  10. Shams
    Posted December 30, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Oh, that is so lovely, Claudine! I hope hubbie takes some nice pics cause we wanna see!

  11. Brenda
    Posted December 30, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Oh my! It’s breath-takingly beautiful!

  12. Posted December 31, 2012 at 5:12 am | Permalink | Reply

    Wow! I particularly like the pleats at the shoulder. Hope you have a great time!

  13. Posted December 31, 2012 at 8:23 am | Permalink | Reply

    Amazing! I can’t wait to see the coat on you. I really like the overall look, but I understand your previous concern regarding their fullness. I suppose I’d have the same dilemma. Have fun tonight and have a happy new year!

  14. Posted December 31, 2012 at 11:19 am | Permalink | Reply

    INSANE! Claudine that is a treasure. I love the sleeve head detail and the pleated cuffs and all of it!!
    Please I beg of you – get photos!!

  15. Posted January 2, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Permalink | Reply

    BEAUTIFUL! WOW! Worth every second you spent on it!

  16. Posted January 3, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I go away for a while and THIS is what I find on your blog when I return? Outstanding, Claudine. So pleased to see that wonderful black silk found its perfect use.

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