March was a busy month, starting with a visit to the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia on a very snowy Thursday. Amazingly my travels went smoothly and I had a lovely afternoon catching up with creative friends. I … Continue reading
Sometimes it takes a while to find just the right combination of pattern and fabric. This time it has taken a couple of months but I’m glad I waited. The fabric – Kirstine from the Outback Wife range by Gertrude … Continue reading
It’s the wrong time of year for a sleeveless blouse but the need to sew something beautiful and simple was more important on a grey Friday and having not made any progress with my #2018makenine it seemed a good way … Continue reading
How many coats is too many? I have added three to my handmade wardrobe during the last few months. Having got through a rather mild winter in 2016/17 with my Clare Coat, I decided it was time … Continue reading
I’ll keep this short as I’ve been procrastinating for a while, having made my coat before Christmas! Photographing navy blue wool is tricky, so I made the most of a rare sunny afternoon to try and capture this. Way back … Continue reading
We have found that each of the four of us has a distinct colour palette, which makes fabric shopping much easier! The Smaller Small likes pink, peach and purple whereas the Big Small – like me – veers towards greens, … Continue reading
I always look forward to seeing the projects and patterns in Sew Now Magazine. There are usually several pdf patterns and projects as well as the printed patterns, offering a broader range or creative opportunities. The Christmas sweatshirt by MadeIt … Continue reading
I bought this beautiful fabric almost a year ago and had originally planned to make a second Clare Coat from it. I changed my mind this weekend when watching the new Sew the Trends video from The Fold Line.
The Cocoon Jacket by Sew Different has been a wardrobe staple since last winter, but I tend to wear the two I have as cardigans or on mild days as a lightweight coat. The increasingly cool Autumn weather prompted a warmer make – at some speed – and this is the result.
I made a few small changes to the original pattern:
Grading up two sizes from my original choice to give more ease and adding 5cm /2″ to the length.
Drafting a separate collar for the front panels.
Cutting the back panel on the fold to give a little more room and reduce the cocoon shape in the lower back, to make it wearable over layers.
Merging the sleeve and cuff pieces to create one piece sleeves and adding 18cm/ 7″ to the overall sleeve length.
Creating a full lining in taffeta to add weight and warmth. This was cut 2cm shorter on the sleeves and body so that is less visible at the hems.
I can’t wait to wear it!
As soon as I saw this pattern in the new Earth Science collection from Named Clothing, I fell for it. The combination of the fabric colour and texture in the original photo and the unusual construction drew my eye. It … Continue reading
It’s such a blessing to have good local fabric shops! You’ve probably heard me talk about The Shuttle before. It’s a treasure trove of fabric that’s just a few miles from where we live (a long walk or short car/ … Continue reading