Saturday, 6 December 2014

pepita pepita, olé!

I've been mesmerized by all of the black and white hounds-tooth fabric we're seeing everywhere lately and nearly scaled a wall of fabric bolts to reach this bold black and white pattern.  My mom told me it's actually called "pepita", which it turns out is named after Pepita de Oliva, a 19th centurty Spanish dancer who toured under her stage name, Josefa de la Oliva.  The pattern is meant to mimic the pit of an olive.  How cool is that?
Since the fabric is named after a sassy flamenco dancer, I felt obliged to lift the hemline on my pattern and add a splash of fiery red. I dug out my beloved red heels (who also spent many early mornings on the dance floor WAY back in the day....) A great excuse to take them out for an encore twirl with my Pepita coat!

 

   


Muchas Grazias, Pepita de Oliva for putting some more sass into sewing!

 Source: http://budapestiensis.blogspot.co.uk/

25 comments:

  1. How lovely! It has such an interesting shape to it. And I have to say cos I'm a weirdo but those sleeves are set in beautifully

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    1. Not weird at all, it's the first thing i thought too. Perfectly set in sleeves!

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    2. Thank you ladies! I have to admit the weave of the fabric helped.... they eased in so happily :)

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  2. This is beautiful! Your craftsmanship is just perfection. Nicely done!

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  3. I love the coat! Did you use a pattern or did you draft your own?

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    1. Thank you Sabine! It's my own pattern!

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  4. fabulous!! it's smart, conservative, sexy and fun all in one!!! do you use any special tailoring techniques? the shoulders have me weeping!

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    1. Ha ha thank you Kimberly! I didn't really follow any tailoring rules but I did use a bit of extra iron on interfacing around the shoulder area - and 1/4 inch shoulder pads. My first time with shoulder pads, I am hooked! Thanks again!

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    2. Would love to see some tailoring tips on your blog! :)

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  5. The fabric is great...but that collar is what really got me. Did you draft it yourself?

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    1. Thank you! Yes I did, it was a fun one to do!

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  6. This is so cool! I love the contrasting lining- it looks awesome!

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    1. Thanks lady! I was so excited when I found it.

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  7. How very elegant! The coar sits perfectly on you, and looks really professional. (the close up of the shoulder... wow!)
    I love the first one you made too :)

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    1. Thank you Elisabeth! I am on a coat making spree, I can't stop! :)

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  8. I love this fabric,I need some of this.It looks amazing on you.Nice job!

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    1. Thanks so much! I wish I had yards and yards more....!

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  9. It's so beautifully simple and sharp. Great pressing! Love the hem line too

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  10. So pretty and elegant! And I love the dotted lining, it's such a fun contrast :-)

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  11. Awesome coat - so classic and elegant - you are so on fire with your coats! And everything goes with red heels of course :)

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  12. Oh, it's fantastic!! I love this coat. Perfect! If you decide to sell the pattern, I would be willing to buy it. If you sell it, please let us know !!
    Thanks!

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    1. Thanks so much Mariola! That is great to know!

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    2. Me as well! This is just the coat I've been looking to make!

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