In the past month, I've started several posts and not completed any, so today, I'm going to try compiling them into one, so stick with me here......
We've were hit with cold weather really early this year, which is a major bummer to me, but it sure doesn't seem to bother our dog, Yukon. The first snowfall we had was at the beginning of December and there has been snow on the ground ever since. One day while my son was out shoveling the driveway, I happened to look out the window and notice Yukon patiently waiting by a tree for him to come back and play with him....
So, what else have I been up to?
Well, you may have guessed that I'm not a huge fan of the cold weather in Indiana. Already, I'm wishing for those warm sunny days of June. But instead of donning my beloved flip flops and shorts every morning, I've been layering up with sweatshirts, scarves and wool socks, just trying to stay warm.
So,I decided that what I really needed was a new winter coat, and when I couldn't find one, I took matters into my own hands. I dug out some black heavyweight wool that I've had for years, threw it into the washing machine and felted it so that it was even thicker, and decided to make my own coat, using a pattern by Serendipity Studio.
(Image taken from www.sewserendipity.com)
Ahhhhh...... all those memories from my 4-H Clothing days came flooding back.
As you might imagine, I've never been one for following the directions, so I made a few minor changes as I made the jacket..... I added pockets in the side seams, (because pockets are a must for carrying my ipod and keys), and because wool against my skin makes me turn all red and blotchy, (which IS NOT a good look), I added a lining.
I did have a few challenges. One being the mix of fabrics and the faux suede that I used on the collar, facing, and cuffs. It kept shifting on me as a stitched, but it didn't take long to figure out that it worked better to have the suede on the bottom and the wool on the top as I fed it through the machine. And with 4+ layers of heavy, coat-weight, felted wool my trusty Pfaff with dual feed was a huge plus.
It is in no way perfect, but I love the way it turned out. It's warm enough without being too heavy. It's long enough to cover my bottom. And the best thing is that both of my boys (who are really young men at 17 & 20) think it's so cool that I made a jacket!
It's been a busy month spent visiting with family and friends, making it hard to get any real projects accomplished. I did get the patterns for the Newsboy Cap and the Little Apron sent off to the printer. Now, I'm moving on to the patterns and book to go along with the new fabric line, Winterberry Lane. I will keep you posted as to when each one becomes available. In the mean time, I pray that you all have a SAFE and HAPPY NEW YEAR!