- Teal Raincoat
- Sew Photo Hop 2016
- Nymphadora Knotted Scarf
- National Sewing Month
- California's State Fabric
- More Brick and Mortar Closures
Well, this has taken awhile!
I started this project last July, soon after returning from NYC. I had to order the custom double-ended zipper from Botani and the order got lost, so that delayed me. This fabric, from B&J Fabrics, is gorgeous, but it's a royal PITA to sew and press. I wasn't super happy with how it was looking and, towards the end, it was driving me crazy so I put the project into timeout. Last week I checked the weather report for Munich and it's raining, a lot, so I forced myself to finish it.
I combined two patterns. I used the body of Marcy Tilton's coat, V8934, with the collar from Sandra Betzina's coat, V1494. I made this raincoat years ago. That time I lengthened it, but I didn't want such a long coat for this trip. I like that coat, but I'm not crazy about the collar, so I decided to swap it out with Sandra's collar.
Let me see if I can remember what I did differently, since it was awhile ago, and I'm notorious for not taking notes as I sew.
- Swapped out the collar for the Betzina collar.
- Reinforced the back of the collar with extra interfacing and rows of stitches. This time I put the "quilted" interfacing to the inside of the jacket.
- Narrowed the shoulder (typical).
- Shortened the sleeves (typical).
- Replaced the pockets with angled welt pockets. I love the ergonomics of an angled welt pocket. I made the pocket bags quite deep.
- The coat is unlined, to make it super lightweight, but I finished all raw edges. I used felled seams where possible and bias binding elsewhere.
- I finished the front with long, 1/2" wide, bands and band facings.
I considered drafting a detachable hood for the coat, but decided it wouldn't work well with the dramatic collar. Instead, I bought this cute teal wool rain hat from Etsy, and these great Cole Haan rain shoes from Ebay. I had first ordered some inexpensive rain boots from Zappos, but they were incredibly uncomfortable, so I sent them back and found the Cole Haans on Ebay for less money. These shoes are some of the most comfortable things I've ever had on my feet.
So, this raincoat was annoying to sew, and the end result is far from perfect, but it will be very useful!
I first participated in the Sew Photo Hop on Instagram last year. I decided to go again this year!
Here are my summary posts:
Last July I visited Churchmouse Yarns on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle. I purchased one skein of Hand Maiden Maiden Hair yarn in the Winterberry color way. I knitted it up into the Nymphadora scarf, finishing as I was flying to New York.
Then it sat. It sat and sat. I wasn't thrilled with how the variegated yarn looked when knitted up. I decided to paint the yarn to cover up the "golden" bits. I ordered two colors of acid dye from Dharma.
And yet it sat and sat, while I dithered. I looked into creating a steamer for setting the color. But still, it sat.
Eventually I decided that I didn't mind the color so much! I tied the knots into the scarf and left it as it.
I like the scarf, but I don't know if I like it well enough to take it to Munich.
You can read more details on my Knotted Nymphadora Ravelry post.
You may have heard that September is National Sewing Month in the United States. Carolyn, of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic, spent the whole month honoring this event. She hosted giveaways and featured a variety of bloggers. I am honored that she included me in her final post, What Sewing Means to Me, part 3.
It's joyful to read how these very different sewers and bloggers share a common passion for sewing. Check it out!
I was amused to learn that California has an official state fabric! Last Wednesday, the California State Assembly overwhelmingly voted to make denim the official state fabric of California. I wonder if we are the first state to have a state fabric?
Some question this decision, but let's go with it!
In honor of our new state fabric, I just ordered tencel denim in two colors, one of my favorite fabrics on the planet!
And, no, denim doesn't have to be made from cotton. :)
It's quite sad, but since my visit to NYC in July, several fabric stores have closed. Most notably, Parons Fabrics and Chic Fabrics. You can read more on Male Pattern Boldness.
This week I learned that Rose City Textiles in Portland, Oregon is closing at the end of the year.
And, of course, Satin Moon in San Francisco is also closing this December.
I buy fabric both online and in person and it saddens me to see these independent brick and mortar stores disappear.
Well, I'm pretty much finished sewing the Paris travel wardrobe. If I had more time, I'd make a new pair of jeans, as my current jeans are looking pretty worn. I also have a project I'm really eager to work on, but I just don't think I'll have time for either one. I have a short amount of time before I leave for Munich and I have a huge deliverable due in Munich, so I will probably be working weekends between now and then.
Last Thursday, DD1 texted me. She's looking forward to a Halloween in San Francisco after spending the last four in rural Oregon. She wanted to know if I'd be willing to sew her up a quick costume and then she sent me a photo. The costume included a bustier. Yes, a BUSTIER!
To be fair, a bustier probably doesn't LOOK that hard. I declined but told her I'd be willing to help her shop, so we spent a day in the Haight district of San Francisco. It's very fun to explore the various shops in the Haight looking for costume elements. By the end of the day, we mostly had what she needed and we ordered a few more things online. I won't be in the country for Halloween, but I look forward to seeing pics of her final costume!
This week I'll be going back to Seattle, also for work. So, yes, not much sewing can happen, but I have been knitting chemo caps!