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 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


  1. That jacket is looking fabulous! Gorgeous colour.

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

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

  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.

  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*

    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.

  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

    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??

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

  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.

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

  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!

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

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

  13. Always good when you get back into it!

  14. Oh yes this is looking so good!!

  15. What I see so far looks very appealing.

  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!

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


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