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Monday, March 11, 2013

A Lot of M's...


MANTEAU #3

Our trip to Iran is a month away...so I made another cover-up, AKA "Manteau".
I went back to my TNT shirt pattern B5526, which I've made too many times to count and came up with this:
It's got front and back princess seams, I added side-seam pockets,  lengthened it to just above knee level, and added a belt.
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The fabric is a wonderful hand-dyed cotton from Marcy Tilton called "Shibori Moon". Isn't that an evocative name? It's quite light weight, so will be good for the hotter days.

MARFY I made two "MUSLINS" in my search for a pattern for my MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE jacket for DD's wedding in October. I have a gorgeous fabric and am looking for a worthy pattern. I dipped my toe in the
Marfy pool (an Italian pattern company) and tried these two patterns:

which was pretty, but too large, and not really right for my fabric... and this
which was a smaller size, but still just not right  (do I sound like Goldilocks?) I am eager to try this vintage YSL

but will have to wait till I get back from Iran.

I found this picture on a blog I've been following, Manteaus Daily,
which shows some Manteaux in a store...they're brighter than I thought they'd be, but I don't see any patterns. We shall see...

MORE FROM MARGY LATER!


30 comments:

  1. Love your top - comfy fabric for traveling.

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  2. How interesting to be traveling to Iran. What sorts of guidelines are you following in choosing your wardrobe? What will the weather be like? I hope you'll show your travel wardrobe here!

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    1. I'm doing a lot of googling, Martha! It will be hot, warm, and cool, apparently! I am layering, and hoping I guess right on the weights. I will take 3 or 4 pair of slim pants and the "Manteaux" I have posted. Apparently the "religious police" are somewhat capricious as to how they interpret the clothing you wear...I just don't want to end up in an Iranian jail!

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  3. You are going to be the most fashionable woman to ever hit Iran, what a lovely wardrobe you've put together.
    As for the jacket, my vote is on the YSL.

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda! I'm looking forward to trying out that YSL, too...

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  4. Marvelous manteau, Margie! You've made some really nice cover ups for your trip. Hmmm, I wonder if you could make a solid red one? It looks like bright colors are no problem, culturally.
    Wishing you success in finding just the right jacket pattern for the upcoming wedding!

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    1. Thanks, Dixie...it looks like red would be acceptable, but I think I'll stick with black/white!

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  5. I was wondering if you'd be sewing something for the warmer climes... of which there are quite a few! If you're heading to the desert or any part of Iran at relatively low altitude, you'll find it quite warm - I was there around the same time you will be and I was only just comfortable in pants and a manteau of cotton shirt fabric equivalent. At night you'll need something a bit warmer though :)
    I LOVE the fabric - Marcy has such lovely things to get excited about! And of course, it looks wonderful on :)

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    1. Thanks, Poppykettle...I'm so glad to have some feedback from people who have been there. If I have time, I may make another lightweight top.

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  6. The shirt looks wonderful, and from my memories of the middle east, quite appropriate. The ladies do wear cover ups, so your outfit will show respect for these traditions. Long shirts are just so stunning - as is that fabric.

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    1. Thanks so much, SarahLizSewStyle!

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  7. I think your Manteau looks very classy. Sounds like you have a busy year ahead of you too, Iran and weddings. My mother-in-law to be is off for a month's trip to the Amazon just before our wedding !!!

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    1. Your MIL to be sounds like a woman after my own heart, Pauline!

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  8. This is beautiful, Margy! gorgeous fabric, love your modifications.

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  9. It makes sense to transform the shirt pattern into a shirtmaker pattern. I must take a leaf out of your book.

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    1. I truly love having a pattern I can rely on/change up!

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  10. Love your shirt/manteau. You look so stylish and sophisticated. I want to be just like you!Lol.

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  11. Love that fabric on your latest manteau! I think it's very stylish and will be a great layering piece once you're back in the States :) Interesting picture from the store - I'm surprised as well at the bright colors!

    LOVE those Marfy patterns! Are they really as difficult to work out as I've heard? They don't have directions with them, correct? So for me, I'd need LOTS of help ;)

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    1. PS...just added that pattern to my shopping bag! I've gotten some great pattern ideas from your blog - thanks a million!

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    2. Thanks, CC...The Marfy's are somewhat difficult, it helps to have some basic couture-ish sewing books by your side. The first one I did was pretty straightforward, but the notch collar on the second was really hard, without instructions and with only minimal markings. But I look on it as a challenge, and have already ordered a third!

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  12. Another beautiful piece, Margy! I remember when Marcy had that fabric but I didn't snag any. You've used it beautifully! And I do think it will be nice to have a lighter weight one.

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    1. Thanks, Shams...I think I'll make one more lightweight one and then be finished with Manteaux!

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  13. You look beautiful! Inspiring, makes me want to sew again. This light weight coat is so lovely. Bravo!

    http://bluehuewonderland.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you, Ann Wood...I love YOUR blog!

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  14. You always wow me with your chic styling with its edge of fun. Absolutely gorgeous. The fabric pattern is perfect.

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    1. Thanks, Melanie...if anyone knows about "the edge", it's you!

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  15. This post really made me smile! :)Great post!
    That is a method to try.
    I know how it will work out for me in my master, though.
    Lots of work to do there!

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