Monday, October 15, 2018

I sewed! I sewed!!!



O. M. G.! lol!!

Life is hectic, work is busy, I am tired, Mojo - gone. There's another piece though to my missing mojo! I mentioned in my September wrap-up that I've lost about 15lbs resulting in a lot of things no longer fitting. When I went to put away my summer clothes I separated the things that didn't fit anymore or that I was just tired of or whatever. The things that needed purging got purged! 

I pulled out fall/winter and ended up in a long try-on session as a lot of those things no longer fit either. And I think that contributed to killing my mojo. Another 15lbs and I'll likely be down another size and don't want to invest a lot into things that may not fit sooner rather than later. So I decided to sew a coat! LOL!

I've wanted this jacket from the 8/2017 Burda mag since forever. It was supposed to be one of my projects this spring but it got back-burnered.
Friday, I got home and was going to SEW. I was ready. I went and got the mag, because I knew I'd started tracing it, and could not find the tracings. I looked in a couple of spots where it could have possibly been misplaced and nothing. I was so dejected! I did not want to start over. After whining about it for awhile, I decided to get to work. 

And then I opened the pattern sheets and ta-da! My tracings were neatly folded inside the sheets. WHEW.

 
I'd traced a BUNCH and added seam allowances!

I used the dryer method to treat my fabric, which I got in a By the Piece deal at Fabric Mart. $21 for 2.5 yards of 100% wool melton!! The buttons I bought for it cost more than that!

Oh wait, after I found the pattern pieces, I couldn't find my fabric! LOL!!! And the fabric and lining had gotten separated. Sheesh!!!!

I opted to do the small parts first and started on the pockets.
 

Once I got to this point though, I realized there was no way I'd be able to cleanly stitch that flat that's doubled wool. I ended up recutting the flaps with lining vs double fabric. I also decided not to do the topstitching.

 
And I stitched those pockets by hand! I will topstitch the flap down.
(this was before steaming to set the hand stitches) 

I got the back completely assembled, the fronts adjusted (I moved my dior dart when doing an FBA and don't think I should have...it doesn't look bad but it's just a tad lower than would be most aesthetically pleasing), and the fronts assembled. I also sewed the collar unit and it's ready to attach.

  
I'm so excited about this!

On Sunday, I woke up to this:


And aside from going out for breakfast and washing a load of clothes, I did almost next to nothing yesterday. Oops! LOL! 

I still need to adjust the sleeves -- full bicep adjustment and lengthen them (they're 7/8 length as designed). I should be able to get the shell completed this week and hopefully the lining over the weekend!

It's starting to cool down quite a bit but, if you live in a cold climate, you have that initial shock when the temps drop...then you adjust. 35 isn't "cold" because we've got another 30-50 degrees to drop in "real" winter! 

So that and the fact that we have some more 40-50 degree days coming and I should get a good amount of usage this fall still...and at the start of spring ("spring") :)

Until later!

Update: WIP Pic! Still so much to do...and I was careful (I thought) and still got shine marks. I Googled suggestions on removal and will try it on a scrap. Fingers crossed. I don't know that I care though because I am loving it! :-D


24 comments:

  1. That jacket is looking fabulous! Gorgeous colour.

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  2. Jacket is looking good, great color. Congrats on the weight loss.

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  3. that jacket is so cute. and is that snow??? eek

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  4. I love the direction your jacket is headed in! I can't believe you got such a great deal on the fabric! It's going to be perfect for the colder temps that you are having.

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! It was SUCH a steal!

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  5. I was *just* thinking about this pattern over the weekend! I love the dark color and think this will look fabulous.

    Oy. Michigan weather needs to have a seat. Last week Tuesday, it was 80F; Friday it was 40F. Pick a friggin lane already!! *grumble grumble*

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    1. Pattern twins!! It's an interesting pattern for sure! I love the way the back fits so much.

      Yes, midwest weather is so stupid. Gah.

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  6. I’m in the process of making this jacket as well! It’s such a nice style. The only thing I wished I’d changed is the length of the sleeves, as they are a little short and I’m always cold. I’m sure you’ll finish yours before I’m even close to done. I’m looking forward to seeing the photos

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    1. Oh yay!!! I'm trying to figure out how much to lengthen without mocking up. How much extra would you need for full length? Do you normally take sleeve length as is on patterns??

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  7. Yay! I am soooooo excited to see this!

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  8. Nothing like too much work and too much home to take the mojo out of a sewer. I reckon a slow project like this while you are stabilising your weight will be just the right thing during the busy cycle.

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  9. Beautiful looks so nice on you. Congrats on losing all that weight

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  10. I'm glad you got your mojo back! And I'm glad it came back for this awesome jacket. Can't wait to see the finished piece!

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  11. Your jacket is looking gorgeous so far! I'm looking forward to seeing the final result!

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  12. Looking good! That is such a cute pattern!

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  13. Always good when you get back into it!

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  14. Oh yes this is looking so good!!

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  15. What I see so far looks very appealing.

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  16. I've been watching the dart prcess on insta! this is a cute short jacket/coat, this reminded me of the loss I feel for the pre-cuts! totally random I know!

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  17. I love this jacket, you made a great job!

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