If it's one thing I love to sew, it's vintage coats and jackets! Since sewing my very first jacket a decade ago, I've made several. I love the process of slowing down with tailoring techniques, and plotting a major project like a coat. And I Iove to wear them! My latest YouTube video is a little "sew and tell" of my favorite three coats that I've made. Spoiler alert: two of them haven't even all made it to this blog! ... Read more »
50s topper coat for spring
Ta da! My yellow spring topper from Simplicity 3541 from 1950 is done. And I love it! It was a pretty short project all things considered, taking me about a week to actually sew. Although it probably took another week to make the muslin and get all the pattern pieces ready (I talked about that in my last post). Sometimes I forget how labor intensive the prep is for coats! Lined things have so many pattern pieces and ... Read more »
50s topper coat for spring: the supplies
Back in September, I planned a coat for spring. I ordered the main supplies, but I never got it off the ground. I think mainly because I knew I'd need to make some changes to the pattern and possibly do a muslin, and I put off pulling the pieces out long enough that I talked myself into working on something else and put it to the side. I didn't pick it back up again until I was all set to sew the Charm Patterns swing ... Read more »
Change of coat making plans: now I’m doing a vintage pattern!
Hello, friends! No 2016 roundups or 2017 plans from me, although this is my first post of the new year. There's so much crap going on in the world that it's still sometimes difficult to focus on seemingly inconsequential things like sewing and knitting when you want to tear your hair out at the madness of it all. But when those things bring you great joy and pleasure and ease stress, to help balance out other things or ... Read more »