Sewing Plans

This week I’ll be joining in with #fridaysewtacular hosted by Friday Pattern Company! Today’s theme is SEWING PLANS!

My current sewing plans are to finish the many projects that I have cut out/started before I start any more. It’s getting out of hand! Here’s everything I’m working on, in no particular order:

– Kelly Anorack by Closet Core Patterns in an emerald chino twill from La Mercerie (who don’t even sell fabric any more — that’s how long ago I started this!)
– Harriet Bra by Cloth Habit made with the extra Liberty of London Tana Lawn that I used as a lining for my Rumana Coat
– Marlborough Bra by Orange Lingerie with some bits of yellow scrap fabrics
– Hampton Jean Jacket by Alina Design Co made with a bunch of old jeans and leftover fabric from my Ginger Jeans
– a handful of baby clothes I’m making as gifts for June babies
– Gilbert Top by Helen’s Closet Patterns in a floral viscose poplin from Blackbird Fabrics
– a pair of coveralls for Eric using K3389 in a navy duck canvas from Blackbird Fabrics
– Blanca Flight Suit by Closet Core Patterns in a spruce cotton chino twill from Blackbird Fabrics
– A muslin for a Liz Dress by Charm Patterns that I’m going to make out of gold silk from Mood Fabrics once I get the fit just right
– Ginger Flares by Closet Core Patterns in a grey and pink Italian two-tone stretch denim from Emma One Sock
– A Closet Core Patterns Nettie Bodysuit wrap-top hack in a charcoal modal rib knit from Blackbird Fabrics

I made a blog and also a coat

A woman wearing a green wool coat.

A reasonable person would not attempt to make a fully lined wool coat within two years of purchasing their very first sewing machine. A reasonable person would try some easy projects first — a t-shirt, a skirt, perhaps a dress — and work their way up to more complex patterns. At the very least, a reasonable person would master a pair of pants or a jacket before diving into uncharted coat-making territories.

But, I swear, I’m not an unreasonable person. Attempting a coat made sense at the time. I’d finished making a t-shirt with a full bust adjustment that fit great! And I’d both purchased fabric for and thought about making a pair of pants. Plus, I desperately needed a winter coat for Southern California’s annual fifteen seconds of winter weather.

I’d had my eye on the Rumana Coat from By Hand London for some time. When Sew My Style announced it as the monthly pattern for February of 2018, I decided to go for it. I splurged on some stunning dark green Italian wool coating from Mood and a beautiful floral Liberty Tana Lawn lining. Because if I was going to do the thing, I was going to really do the thing.

I did have the foresight to sew up a muslin before slicing into my expensive green wool. I cut out a straight US size 6 and added my usual FBA. The fit was perfect, so I tossed my one-sleeved muslin aside to get to work on the real thing.

I attempted to steam-shrink the wool before cutting it out but realized that my iron, even at its lowest setting, was burning the material and leaving marks. Abandoning the iron, I forged ahead and began cutting out my pieces anyway. Having lost about a foot of material to the iron mishap, I made a few changes to my cutting layout. I also forgot about this little thing called fabric nap, which meant I cut out a handful of pieces upside down. Oops…

At the end of the month, when others were sharing their finished makes, I’d only finished cutting out my pieces. I continued working until the weather became too warm to be in the same room as wool fabric and set it aside for the summer.

In the interim, I worked on other projects (one of which was that pair of pants). When the weather started to cool off again, I was ready to dive back in and finish it up in time for our winter travels. The coat came together quickly after that. I had some issues with the vent, which I had to re-sew a couple of times to stop it from pulling up in the back. Several others in the Sew My Style group had run into similar problems, and I was able to use their expertise to fix it up. Since I couldn’t press my fabric without ruining it, I added a row of topstitching around the edge of the coat, which looks pretty nice.

A woman wearing a green wool coat.

All in all, it turned out well for my very first coat. It was perfect for our winter travels last year, and I even managed to wear it a couple of times in Los Angeles on colder days. I can’t wait to pull it out of the closet again this year! Even so, I do think I’ll wait a little while before tackling another coat.

A woman wearing a green wool coat.