I have been fortunate enough to have some time off from work this summer, and in amongst various family trips and activities I managed to fit in something that was just for me: a short course at the London College of Fashion.
There were a few courses that I’d been thinking about doing – they have so many good options! – from couture bridal/occasion wear sewing, to tailoring, to embroidery. Many of those courses mentioned LCF’s ‘sewing skills’ courses as an example of the prerequisite level of sewing, and being mainly self-taught, I started to wonder whether I should take a sewing skills course before venturing on to any of those.
Shall we just skip the standard “wow, it has been a while since my last post!” intro? What can I say, life gets in the way 🙂 … I have still been busy making, though, and now plan to catch up on my blog posts and reviews, starting with this beauty:
I recently had the pleasure of having a few days off work, with nothing planned other than to relax and unwind while the kids were at school. “Relax and unwind” naturally translates to “frantically plow through all my ‘life admin’ so I can get on with sewing all the things”, and I wasted the first day flitting about between plans to sew about twenty different projects.
Unable to commit to a project, I decided to head to my local fabric store for inspiration. I was remarkably restrained, and bought three cuts of suiting (along with matching lining and zips). One of the fabrics I picked up immediately reminded me of some windowpane checked culottes I’d seen on Pinterest recently. Those culottes were made from a gorgeous grey and black windowpane, but I felt like this navy, burgundy and white check would work just as well.
The final few months of 2018 have been quite hectic for me, and I haven’t been able to eke out as much sewing time as I would have liked. However, I am very pleased to have finished two items before the end of the year – a couple of Sew Over It Cocoon Coats!
This month I made Simplicity 8749 trousers for another Minerva Crafts Blogger Network* (“MCBN”) post. You can read about the project and the beautiful fabric on the MCBN website here, and I thought I’d give you a bit more detail here about my approach to fitting the trousers in this post.
About a month ago, I started seeing mentions here and there of the horrendous winter we are apparently likely to have this year in the U.K. “FOUR MONTHS OF SNOW” screamed one headline. I mean, that’s a third of a year! “Right!”, I thought to myself, “we’re going to make a coat”.
Initially I had planned on using a different pattern, and a fabric from my stash (yes, it includes coating fabric – nothing to see here). I spent about a week preparing that pattern, researching interlinings, and reviewing various resources on tailoring and structuring outerwear. And then, out of nowhere, I saw a post about the Deer & Doe Opium Coat. I loved it – hello, have you seen those pockets?! – and downloaded the pattern immediately.