I told her months ago, I’d make her a camera bag for her birthday. We’re down to six days left and I’ve been thwarted by mechanical issues. But I pulled out my old machine, the one who’s never let me down and got a bunch done last night.
The exterior is nearly finished and I’ve cut out all the rest of the pieces, so it should be a pretty straightforward assembly from here on out.
The peacoat, on the other hand? Well, I still can’t find that pattern. And I already have two copies of it. How does that happen?
While at Quilt Market last October, I bought Kay Whitt’s lovely Savannah Swing Coat ($11 by Sew Serendipity). I love the vintage styling and the variations she included (cropped vs. hip-length, shortened sleeves vs. long sleeves, collar modifications).
I’ve been holding onto it for months now, but finally got to making it last weekend. I’d cut out a week before and put it together (mostly) on Friday evening. So while my daughter had a sleepover with her buddy, I watched HappyThankYouMorePlease (which I’d give a thumbs-up for some super-realistic relationship drama) and then Apocalypto (though following the captions while sewing meant I missed out on a lot of the conversation, but none of the blood and gore).
It went together pretty easily, though I didn’t use her primer much. I tend to just wing it, which I did, and I don’t particularly love her directions or illustrations. Just a personal thang.
I’m at the point now where I’m supposed to hand-stitch the entire hem of the coat. But I may see what I can do to avoid all that hand-stitching. I’m lazy, what can I say?
So far, I like the jacket. I made the size that fit my measurements, but it’s a little tight in the shoulders when I reach and feels slightly constricting when I pull it over like it’s buttoned. If I make it again, I’ll go with a size up.
I couldn’t figure out the ruched collar bit. Despite several efforts with several fabrics, I couldn’t find a way to get the oversized ruched part to fit to the undercollar without adding pleats or gathers. I even followed her instructions at that point, but nada. Extremely frustrating and a few choice words might have been uttered.
When I finish-finish I’ll post a bit more ‘advice’ on using the pattern. For now, I’ll still recommend it, with a few caveats. 🙂
I met Happy Zombie and she took my picture with the Christmas Tree Pants I used her pattern in the sew-along group:
I made the Ruffled Hobo Bag for a co-worker, a pattern by Kay Whitt and included in her Sew Serendipity Bags book (a review forthcoming, I swear!).
I continue to work on that lovely quilt by Kate Spain, something I stressed about for far longer than I should have.
I went to Quilt Market in Houston, Texas and met all sorts of people I’ve admired from afar and a few from Portland, even. That even deserves about 12 posts, but I’ll keep it short for now and post more later.
I’m getting ready to start on some stockings for the post-Thanksgiving sale and my own Christmas presents, while trying to tuck in birthday festivities for my daughter, son and nephew, along with moving. Yeah, I’m a sucker for punishment. Oh my…