Sorry for posting to such an old thread, but I'm currently reproducing this coat myself (and am referenced in post #3), and I've got to say Brava! The embroidery work you did is slightly different than the original and I like yours tons better. Yours looks like actual flowers on pretty stems while the original looks more sprawling with what appear to be knotted possible weeds. Yeah, the original is weeds, and yours are clearly flowers. I wish I had found this post before starting on the coat I'm working on, which you can see here on my Facebook page. Your work is just beautiful, and is an inspiration to me.
Did you use soutache? Yours is actually the first replica I've seen with the work being hand-done. I've come by several that were machine-embroidered, but something is lost when it's all by machine.
Hi Aria! I was surprised to see an e-mail notification of a reply - it's been a while since I was here last. Thanks so much for your kind words! The embroidery is mainly different because it was easier to replicate this way. I never did embroidery before, so I needed a more simple pattern. I used simple black cord, and when that was out I used shoelaces because they looked exactly the same. :lol
Love your website by the way, especially the renaissance gown and Arwen's mourning gown.:love
Thank you! My website is horribly out of date, a bit over a year. The program I used for it only runs on Windows, and I've got a Mac. My husband's been dragging his heels on putting a partition on my computer so I can run Windows and update, hence the Facebook link.
I know the original coats used soutache braid, and the cut ends of that stuff is a nightmare. I'm having to secure the ends well before cutting it.
You just used plain black cord, like the narrow kind? That would have taken forever!! Using 1/8" and 1/16" soutache is taking long enough, and that's wider than most cord! I'm hoping you used a wider cord than I'm thinking of, and if you mentioned using shoelaces when you ran out, I'm suspecting that's what you did. The thought of using cord like I used for the two solid "lines" around the edge of the collar gives me a headache, and I actually love hand-work!
That you did with the motifs actually looks like something instead of a semi-abstract, and all I can think of it a weed, like a dandelion, for the original, which I wouldn't care for at all if my daughter didn't love them so much. I love so much that yours is so clearly a flower, and also keeps pretty faithful to the original. I looked at yours, and immediately thought I must have looked at the original wrong, so I went to my filed, and nope, yours is different and just plain better.
I wish you'd posted pics of the cuffs and a clearer one of the back instead of just the top down. I'd love to see more!
What did you do for the buttons? The originals were covered in soutache, and I've got a couple ideas for that, though my client is fine with plain buttons. And where did you find your wool? Unless it's the lighting, it looks a little lighter than the wool I got, and I with what I got was a little lighter.
Also SF Bay represent! I'm from the Bay and miss it so much my heart aches. Before leaving the area, I was in the unloved child of San Mateo County, Redwood Shores, that patch of land Redwood City and San Carlos keep trying to force on each other (unless it's changed, it's technically Redwood City, and what's so funny about that is you can't get from the Redwood Shores part to RWC-proper without driving through San Carlos. It's a city divided! For a while I was in San Jose, but just barely, on Norwalk when the complex over there was an Archstone, and that was, hands down, my favorite apartment. I miss the seagulls and clam shower bowls in the city, strolling down University in Palo Alto stopping at Pluto's for their onion rings and amazing sauce for them pondering why any street needs so many rug shops and joking that they must be fronts for something not exactly legal... Also Los Altos has Thai Silks. I used to go there so often that the ladies all knew my resale number without needing to look it up (get a business license and you get 25% off purchases over $50 plus no tax). Now I'm sitting here all sentimental and am even more homesick than I've already been feeling lately.
Oh nooooo, sorry for making you homesick - I'm not even living in the Bay Area anymore (have to update my profile). I only lived there last year and am now back home in Germany. I miss that area so much, it's beautiful and has a huge cosplay community. We don't really have that over here...:cry Anyway, I don't remember the cord width but it was just like standard (round) shoelaces. The one nerve-wracking thing was to sew up the endings of each cord frayed too much...:unsure
Here are some pictures from the back collar (making-of) and the cuffs:
I just wanted to say that I love your coat. I have wanted one of these for a long while and could not have justified buying one to my fiancé. However you have now inspired me to try and make one as you did.