Monday, February 1, 2010

Giveaway & Progress

It's only fitting that this giveaway will be the amazing MAGNIFIERS from FireMountainGems :))
First of all, several of you posted your wish for this- thank you to all who posted, and keep them coming, post your wishes for giveaway here.
Secondly, my pair- which I'm still wearing as I type- is now my best friend more than ever, guiding my tired eyes through the beading. I have also placed several additional pairs in my basket at FireMountain, so rest assured, you will have plenty of opportunity to win :))
This pair's drawing will be Friday, February 5th, so leave a comment on this post if you'd like to be included. All countries welcome :))

*And Nancy W asked a while back if you can wear your glasses with the magnifier:
Yes, absolutely!

Below are pictures of the progress. First up, the paper pattern is pinned on the shoulder and thread traced.


The shoulders traced. I changed the angle of the sides later, tracing another line, more like the chalk line you see in the picture.

Here's the outline beading, and also the two curved silver beads and some stones. It will be filled entirely with pearls and beads, but not until all the outlining is done.



I hope to get this done in time for New York, but that may well be wishful thinking... If I don't, then I'll bring it with me and sew the rest of the jacket by hand!! I'm running out of the octagon rhinestones I use for the outline, so I have to pick up another batch at Berger Beads today or tomorrow. Wish me luck :))

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And also, something I had been meaning to answer about my Etro-esque coat: Yes, I think someone could possibly wear it with black, or golden tones, but that someone is not me. It's due to the colors in the coat: Every single one of them is wrong on me, so black draws the attention to that fact in a bad way, and golden tones are another big no-no for my coloring, so that's like putting bad on bad... White is the only way I can pull it off, and believe me, I wish it wasn't so.

25 comments:

  1. Count me in! Too much fun for one blog. lol. Love it.

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  2. Good luck with the jacket, I hope the finish before your trip to NY. It´s a great work!

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  3. Birthing that Balmain baby has been worth the wait. I am sooooo excited!

    Count me in for the giveaway!

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  4. Love the shoulders on that jacket!
    Count me in too!

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  5. That jacket is such a work of art. I would insure it heavily, and put an alarm system in it!

    Please count me in the drawing.

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  6. You will get it done. You are motivated and that is all it takes. Would love the magnifiers. These tired eyes could really use some help. I love your etro coat with white, really shows off those brilliant jewel tones.

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  7. Your jacket is so intricate. Please count me in on the drawing.

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  8. OMG, I hate to admit it but I NEED those magnifiers! This weekend I wore two pair of reading glasses at the same time so that I could sew on some snaps. I am anxiously waiting for the finished Balmain. I hope you are doing some weight-bearing exercises every day in preparation for it's wearing! I am so blown away by the time and work you put into each of your projects. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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  9. Pls count me in, my eyes are telling me of late I'm no longer as young as I think I am!

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  10. My brain is 26 but my eyes are 50! I need the magnifier! Please pick me, please pick me, please pick me.......
    BeckyMc

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  11. Please add me in the drawing. The jacket is coming along so nice.

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  12. Wow, that's some serious bling. I can't wait to see you in it.

    We are going to NYC in April. Will we overlap?

    Do enter me in the drawing.

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  13. Oh goody, another drawing! Count me in! Enjoy NY.

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  14. Fantastic jacket! Please throw my name in the hat for the magnifiers. Thanks.

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  15. I am currently ripping out some very unpleasant stitching, so please put me in the drawing.

    Cheering you on to get the jacket done for New York!

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  16. The jacket is amazing. Thanks for updating us on your progress. I hope you're able to finish it without having to lug it to NY.

    I'm currently working on black and hate to admit it, but I've got stitches to rip. Oops. Magnifiers would sure come in handy. Please include me in the drawing!

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  17. These would be so wonderful for my mother, who often has to use two magnifing glasses to read things like cooking instructions. At least they would free up one hand! Please enter me. I hope you are able to finish your jacket in time, it will be a treat for the folks in NY to see it. Good luck.

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  18. Hello, I have never commented before, though I dilligently follow your blog. I'd like to be included in the drawing for the magnifiers. I have 5 pairs of reading glasses and am constantly misplacing them andthink something strapped to my head could same me lots of tims I currently spend looking for glasses, LOL! The jacket is beautiful, I adore the Ottoman fabric coat. Thank you for including me in the drawing.

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  19. You should have seen me leaning in and staring at those exquisite shoulders and sleeve caps. They're just so beautifully done! I hope you're finding it somewhat relaxing to work on the beading, even though you're under a kind of deadline. And like you I could definitely use those magnifiers these days. I've been thinking of getting them since your first post about them. Thanks for the progress report and the pictures.

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  20. Amazing jacket...looking forward to seeing the finished piece! Please count me in on this new giveaway as my eyes have finally 'come of age'!

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  21. As always, you are an inspiration to me. Would love if you could tell us more about the difficulties you faced with the sleeves and how you solved it.
    Count me in this great draw. Thanks

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  22. Birgitte, that jacket is looking even more amazing than ever. I'm finding that I'm looking for little magnifying glasses even more than ever, so yes, include me in on the drawing please. When are you going to New York?

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  23. I've just discovered your blog and have put you in my list of blogs to follow. I was searching for more info on Chanel jackets and see you have made several. Love the pics and all the added information for this will help while I make my own Chanel jacket. As to the magnifier...please count me in for your drawing...I have told DH that I need one of these but haven't gotten around to purchasing one yet. Thanks and I look forward to reading further into your previous blog posts!

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