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Coat Giveaway by Poppy Von Frohlich

December 6, 2012 by Britex Fabrics 19 comment(s)

Giving season is here and Britex Fabrics in collaboration with Poppy Von Frohlich has a big present for you! Tell us about your biggest sewing blunder-turned-triumph to enter to win this one-of-a-kind coat by Poppy Von Frohlich. Win it for yourself or gift it to a very special someone.

Submit entries here or email to service@britexfabrics.com by midnight on December 19. Winner will be announced on December 21.

The talented designer and owner of Poppy Von Frohlich, Trudy Hodges, shares with us the many blunders that have led to an impressive San Francisco business.

The foundation of my small business is based on my knowledge of sewing and pattern drafting.  Knowledge that was earned….

Fanatically sewing for 10 years has yielded in an abundance of blunders, heartache and, eventually, some great successes.  Sewing and pattern drafting is a developed skill, no born-with-talent involved.  My blunders are aplenty:  Before I knew the difference between knits and wovens I used a straight stitch on jersey undies, the seams popped and they fell apart.  I made a woven fitted shirt for work but didn’t bother to put a zipper in, so I would spend a painful 5 minutes squirming in and out of it each time I wore it.  While learning to tailor wool coats, I managed to trim my seam allowances to 1/16”; it didn’t take long for those seams to unravel, wasting hundreds of dollars.  I made my husband a beautiful pea coat with a pad stitched collar and lapels and welt pockets, but I cut the armholes wrong and he couldn’t move his arms.  I am not sure how that detail was overlooked while making the coat, but it was and so the coat has never seen daylight.  I have made silk camisoles with saggy busts and pants that have camel-toe and skirts that make me look pregnant, hats that are too small, they just sit up on top of my head, unlined wool skirts that make my bum itch all day, dresses with TOO much shaping so I cannot move properly while wearing them.  I have made button-up shirts that cut into my underarm leaving sore red marks by the end of the day, a bra that was so tight I felt ill within five minutes of wearing it.  I made the UGLIEST dress to wear to my sisters wedding; this blunder was a matter of lapse in taste, not skill.  I made a long straight skirt without a slit, I couldn’t walk.  A couple of times I made clothes I loved, but didn’t bother to pre-shrink the fabric, one wash later it was of no use.  I have learned that ribbon does not make a good spaghetti strap if you actually need to hold up breasts, I now know the extreme importance of interfacings in waistbands, I also have learned that no matter how cheap the fabric is if it is old and tender it WILL fall apart.  Blunders?  Yes, quite a few.  It is OK though, without them I wouldn’t have Poppy von Frohlich, my small company that is founded on all my blunders corrected.

- Trudy Hodges

About the coat:
- Completely one-of-a-kind
- Top-notch fabrics from Britex Fabrics: Slate Grey Double-Faced Wool Melton Coating (Made in Italy) & colorful designer Italian knit
- Size 4 (34 1/2 bust, 27 waist, 37 hip)
- Made by Trudy herself with tons of hand-sewing tailoring techniques

Submit entries here or email to service@britexfabrics.com by midnight on December 19. Winner will be announced on December 21.


19 Response to Coat Giveaway by Poppy Von Frohlich

  • Claire says:

    i'd love to win!

    December 8, 2012 at 10:01 pm

  • Britex Fabrics says:

    Just leave a comment about your biggest sewing blunder-turned-triumph to enter to win this one-of-a-kind coat by Poppy Von Frohlich!

    December 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm

  • Britex Fabrics says:

    What AMAZING stories! What a laugh. I have made about half of the 'blunders' mentioned so far. In a few hours we'll stop accepting entries and announce the winner of Poppy Von Frohlich's AMAZING coat.

    December 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm

  • jeannie says:

    I would love to win this coat. Biggest blunder, I put sewing aside. I cannot wait to start again with creating beautiful quilts for my four grandchildren.

    December 17, 2012 at 7:20 pm

  • Lu Peters says:

    My biggest blunder turned to triumph was remaking a quilt that had some good elements in it, but failed as a composition, into an embellished panel for a jacket. Cutting up the quilt for elements made it a success.

    December 12, 2012 at 5:44 am

  • Claire s says:

    Love this. I will always remember my first apron attempt, thinking it would be breezy. Then spending a total 30 hours "reworking" it. But now it's a pride and joy.

    December 12, 2012 at 6:33 am

  • Judith Dunton says:

    I would love to win this beautiful coat.

    December 12, 2012 at 6:54 am

  • Helen Mastache says:

    I was working on an heirloom-sewn first communion dress. I had spent hours embellishing the skirt and bodice with pintucks, embroidery and lace inserts, and finally, too late at night, it was time to sew the skirt onto the bodice. I thought it would be best to use the serger, but as the fabric was so fine, I didn't realize the bodice was tucked into a pleat, and managed to serge and cut a two-inch wide, 1/2-inch high oval out of the bodice just above the waist. I cried and went to bed. The next morning I had a solution--I embroidered a label with white floss, with the child's name and date of her communion, and decoratively hand-sewed it on over the hole. It was covered with the ribbon sash, and the clients thought it was most special and apparently never looked inside to notice that there was a slash beneath the label.

    December 12, 2012 at 8:01 am

  • Rebecca says:

    Would a finished coat be considered a triumph even if there are mistakes? I made my first and only coat a year and 1/2 ago and for the most part it went okay. I decided to get savvy and redraft the undercollar so the top collar rolls under. Well, when I interfaced the top collar, I interfaced the wrong side and ended up putting my collar on reversed so my coat opens left over right (like men's) instead of right over left. I was so devasted I made such a stupid mistake, but I now just call it a design feature. I also should have used better interfacing :(

    Oh well, I like my purple wool coat none-the-less and it still gets some wear. :)

    December 12, 2012 at 8:38 am

  • Faith Boggio says:

    I love this coat. My biggest sewing blunder that turned in triumph was a pattern that had over 50 pattern pieces. Had I know how much trouble it was to make, it took 5 months to complete, I would have not even cut out the fabric. I struggled through it, ripping out several times. But the finished product was great and I actually wore it to my daughter's wedding!!!

    December 12, 2012 at 9:09 am

  • Helen G says:

    I had to paint my sewing room. After removing all the contents and then returning everything back, I could not find my sewing machine foot speed control and the power cord. Having a project due, I was frantic. Looked everywhere, and there it was in the garbage. No one would confess how it got there! After all that, my fabric quilts were a huge success at the show.

    December 12, 2012 at 9:26 am

  • Ann Conklin says:

    My biggest sewing blunder was stitching the seams incorrectly in a pair of pants. Instead of two legs, I had a wingtip in front and back "skirt." It fit a lot better after I ripped out the seams and sewed them correctly.

    December 12, 2012 at 9:52 am

  • Ann says:

    About 16 years or so ago, I bought some lovely washable Pendleton wool to make a robe. My mother in law (who is an excellent sewer) helped me pick the material out and lay it out for cutting. With the pattern paper cut out, we laid it out, making sure we matched plaid lines. Mom likes her robe to roomy and comfortable and suggested that I add an inch or two to the pattern when cutting it out. I like to be comfortable, so that's what I did. I added two (2) inches all around. Let me say, Mom is a couple of inches taller and also heavier. I cut the pattern out and started sewing it together. I kept thinking, this seems too big for me, but Mom has good advice. When the back/front and sleeves were sewn, I tried it on and wow it was big: a darn tent that could have my little kids in with me. I modeled it for my husband, and he agreed, too big but that it might fit him. He said, his old robe is done. He tried it on and it looked great on him and nearly fit. I made an adjustment in the shoulders, and he ended up with a really nice, plaid Pendleton robe. I never did make one for myself.

    December 12, 2012 at 11:20 am

  • Alicia says:

    My worst blunder occurred when I tried to make a dress for myself out of this stunning silky fabric. I made a massive mistake after I measured myself as to where I wanted the hem to be, it was indicated with a pin...and then I made a mistake with the scissors. Sadly, it ended up being unbelievably short and became a super short “mini-dress”. It wasn’t what I’d intended at all! I did, however, wear it once but I felt quite self-conscious so I’m now resolved to do something else with the fabric so that I can wear it since I just love the fabric. So, now it’s in my stash pile and I’m thinking about how I can rescue it and not have to cut it up since the design of the fabric is lovely.

    December 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm

  • cheryl gianni says:

    When my son was in kindergarten, he wanted to be Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story. I promised him I could make it, after all, how hard could it be? I bought the fabric and pattern, and went home to get started. That's when I discovered it had 57 pieces! Since it had so many little pieces, I made it out of felt, like suggested. I hadn't worked with felt since I was in Girl Scouts, and I forgot there was no give whatsoever to the fabric. By the time I finished, it was very sweet, but not at all soft or giving.We had to pretend that his suit was a little stiff so that he could fly. He did win the first place in hand made costumes. We were both happy with our win and have many more costumes memories to remember.

    December 12, 2012 at 3:40 pm

  • kath wagner says:

    i am self taught sewer and ii sew all my clothes because I am tall and skinny. i would be nice to have something I did not sew

    December 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm

  • Angela Sperry says:

    Years ago I made a fake fur coat that was really ugly. It was expensive fur and I was really upset with myself because I knew I would never wear it. It made me feel hairy and gigantic. I took it apart and made several small teddy bears for my kids. That started a lifelong love for making stuffed animals. I am actually making a couple for gifts this year.

    December 12, 2012 at 5:55 pm

  • Marge M says:

    I have had many sewing blunders,but we learn from our mistakes and can laugh about them now!

    December 12, 2012 at 8:31 pm

  • Amy says:

    What a great story! All those blunders! My early blunders include not knowing what a dart marking was, and cutting along that triangle (my save was just to sew with the tiniest of seam allowances) and misreading the grain on a refashion (no real way to save that one, but it can be worn - it just feels weird to put it on). Since I'm still so new to sewing, it seems like most of my projects include saving some blunder actually!!

    December 13, 2012 at 4:11 pm

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