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As established in my Nell Cape Blog post, I’m a fan of eccentric garments, and outerwear month has really set me off in a special way. I just cut out another Nell Cape from this outrageous brown and mustard 70’s fabric (and I mean it’s actually from the 70s).
I’m also finishing up a pink silk boucle cropped jacket.
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This is coming right along! I think I’m going to hand stitch the facing and hem, so I don’t interrupt the beautiful texture of the bouclé. Still needs sleeve hems, and I need to bind armholes. But it’s out of the bag and much closer to finished! #sewhere #isew #sewing #sewcial #sewcialist #silk #selfsewn #selfsewnwardrobe
From these makes, you might think that I’m some kind of society person who goes to lots of lunches and evening events, but really I’m a business owner and mom whose entire family has been sick or had some sort of vile bile leaving their bodies through various and sundry orifices since the first week of September 2018. I guess the sewing studio is my link to a finer world?
When maybe I should be making waterproof smocks and face masks, I’m dreaming of another over-the-top outerwear project…a trench coat in some kind of gorgeous fabric! Could be useful during snot and vomit storms too!
The Sewaholic Robson pattern looks feminine and fun. I sort of have a weird insecurity about looking frumpy in outerwear. The point of outerwear is to keep you warm and dry, but I mean, we’ve already established that I don’t have my prorates straight at all.
Now for fabric. More wandering thoughts, but also a bit more caution. This floral canvas from The Confident Stitch catches my eye.
I’m a huge fan of prints, but maybe I should go with a solid. A solid seems like a big commitment, though. I mean, the whole coat will then be teal or yellow or green. I think I’ve just made a breakthrough about commitment issues.
Anyway, while I love the print of the canvas above, I’m skeptical that it’s the perfect weight and texture of fabric. I recently decided to give up on a linen Kelly Anorak, because of my fabric choice- so like I said, I’m being cautious.
I’m also interested in some water resistant fabrics like a waxed cotton or a laminated fabric. Check out these waxed cottons. I think I’d be into these and I love how waxed fabric wears.
To wrap up, I think these Self Sewn Fantasies really get to the crux of the thrill and the conflict of making your own clothes. There are so many choices, there are so many options, but really no way to actually try them out, other than to make them! Mistakes are bound to happen (like my linen Kelly Anorak), but the rewards can be great!
I promise to update you on my actual projects this month- but I thought it would be lovely to include you all in my fantasies too!