It was the best of times, it was the worst of times – or it soon could be. There’s been a certain amount of fluff and silliness on this blog and you may be thinking, Well, come on, then. What are you going to make next?
I’ve been dithering for a reason, probably because my plans are insanely ambitious. I’d like to make not one but two coats, as I am incapable of resisting the lure of either.
I have very, very strong opinions on this pattern, somewhere along the lines of … WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE? I sew. I cycle. I begrudge spending hundreds of pounds in outward bound shops that only seem to accommodate women by making the odd jacket in a saccharine shade of violet or pink and adding a machine embroidered flower. These places are unashamedly male establishments, in my experience. Then up pops Sewaholic, who invested in a bike this year – and, lo! A really great, contemporary jacket is mine for the asking for cycling in and general hanging out in the city. I am a very, very happy woman.
And, you know what, it’s just something different. Waterproof fabrics, sealed seams, hidden hoods – I’ve never engaged with any of these before. How exciting! I was all set on something waterproof, but then I saw this on MacCulloch & Wallis’s Facebook page:
It’s high visibility drill with reflective trim. Do I want to be seen when cycling? Yes. Am I going to MacCulloch & Wallis soon? You bet I am! (Please, please, still be in stock! Please, please, don’t be £50 a metre!)
So that’s plan number one. Sewaholic has a sewalong for this pattern, starting in mid-January but I honestly don’t know if I can wait that long.
I saw the most AMAZING version of this on Sew Tessuti‘s blog:
Isn’t this just one of the most divine coats you have ever seen ever in the history of coats ever? It should be in the Museum of Divineosity. Anyone who knows my love of strong colours will understand why this appealed to me. It’s really odd, therefore, that on my trip to Mood in New York I found myself walking back and forth, back and forth in front of a roll of cashmere wool coating that looked like this:
It’s a blue-grey mix with a visible stripe in the weave that I hope isn’t going to be a problem for cutting out pieces. It’s soft as fluffy clouds. A swatch of this has been rattling around in my handbag and it barely creases. There is a touch of give in the weave, so I definitely think this needs an underlining – and I totally want to try one of the back stays that Sewaholic just blogged about. Along with bound button holes and whatever other couture techniques I can throw at this, I think I’ve found myself some more new experiences!
So. Two projects. One intensely practical, one more special but still suitable as a daily coat – or that’s my hope. I have to make these things now – I’ve said in my blog that I would! Along with the crocheted blanket I’ve embarked on (that would be 140 Granny squares, yes, you read right) and the Christmas gifts I’m attempting to make it looks as though…
Oh dear. I seem to have a lot on my plate again. Here’s to the rollercoaster ride. I promise you there will be neither rhyme nor reason to which steps I take and in which order – I’ve learnt that I hate my sewing to be regimented, preferring a much more organic, spontaneous and Oh look, it’s 5am, I think I’ll start sewing approach.
I hope I don’t send you all demented. I hope you keep reading!