Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013: The Hits

I won't be posting about my sewing misses this year. No point on harping on failures and missteps. I wasted money. I learned lessons the hard way. Blah, blah, blah.

But this has been a banner year for sewing for me. Holy cow. I impressed myself several times this year. Although I did not blog every single thing I made that worked (there are at least 10-15), I still have enough photos of the good stuff to fill out a post. Bad news though. Two of my favorite makes have yet to be blogged. I'm going to include them anyway. Eventually each will receive a post of their very own. Just not today.

Anyway, on to the hits! I put a link to the blog post under each photo.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sewing Goals for 2014

While I patiently wait for my camera to charge, I figured that I might as well post about my sewing goals for the coming year. I felt that I stepped up my game a bit in 2013 (I made two coats), which surprised me. I want to continue to improve my skills and avoid some costly habits I developed this past year.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Top 5 things that made sewing awesome in 2013

 I've seen a lot of Top 5 lists pop up lately. Figured that I may as well toss my hat into the ring. My list is a bit different. Instead of five things that I made, I want to post five things that made sewing awesome for me this year. This includes books, techniques, patterns, fabric, notions, or even a new blog.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Coat with a side of coat.

After making two muslins of Simplicity 4403, I nixed it. The fit was perfect with muslin #2 as I only had minor tweaking to do. The pattern just didn't do it for me. Perhaps it was the princess seams. Never been a fan of princess seams. I mentioned my other two coat options in this post: McCall's 6657 and Butterick 5966. After careful evaluation, I decided against both of those patterns. The collar on McCall's 6657 and the full skirt on Butterick 5966 both reminded me of my green coat. I needed something a wee bit different for my next coat. I needed lapels.

As if on cue, in walked Butterick 5255, another out-of -print-pattern from my stash. Although it is a simple wrap coat (I swore to myself I would not make another one), it has enough details to keep it interesting. This time around I wanted a lighter coat (the green one is heavy) and of course it would have a hood.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Unnecessary complications.

So, now on to Coat #2.

This time around, I'm working with Simplicity 4403, an out-of-print coat pattern that I hunted down on ebay (and paid way too much for it). Initially, I wanted view C, the wrap coat with shawl collar. After wearing the greatness that is my first coat for the past couple of weeks, I decided that I did not want another coat with a tie belt. View A (minus the side tabs) then became the object of my affection.

Simplicity 4403 (oop)

View A seemed a bit plain. It would be even more so in the charcoal gray wool blend twill I bought for it. To take it up a notch, I planned on adding button sleeve tabs, welt pockets from View B, and a back button tab (seen here on this Land's End coat). Oh, and of course, a hood.

That still wasn't enough. I stood in the mirror wearing my muslin and I felt kind of blah about it.

This morning as I perused my blog list, I came across Tilly's version of the Papercut Patterns Watson jacket. I fell so deeply in love with the capelet. Immediately, I showed it to Kris and asked him what he thought. "It looks a bit twee,"  he said.


Buying the Watson pattern crossed my mind, but honestly, I have no desire to tweak a brand new pattern (especially one that costs $35). Thus, I decided to find a way to add a capelet (with hood) to Simplicity 4403. Here's my messy sketch:

This marked my first time using a pencil in 6 months.

When I presented my brilliant idea to Kris (sans sketch), he made a face. "You know that with that cape and the hood on your coat, you'd look like a Christmas tree." Apparently, he thought I planned on adding the capelet to my green coat. I told him no, that it would be the gray one. "Oh, that's okay then."


Now, all I have to do is figure out how to draft a cape. But that's a story for another time.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Now with even more Yay!

Lookit...my coat is one of the featured member's projects on the BurdaStyle website:


*Happy Dance*

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