Welcome to my Blog where I aim to chronicle and share my experiences in Sewing. My Wonderful Mum taught me how to sew many moons ago, but I hadn't sewn for many years until 2012 when my now husband and I decided to get married in Lapland.The only way I could create "The Winter Queen" image I had, was to make it myself. It re-kindled my love of sewing and have been sewing ever since. And yes, that is me in my profile photo…
Sunday, 30 March 2014
I walk. A lot. Here in the UK it rains. A lot. So I have a winter coat and I have a raincoat. But believe it or not the sun does sometimes shine and this spring, I don't want to be going out in my all weathers raincoat looking like I'm a pessimistic fool expecting rain.
So I needed a new coat
This pattern was my introduction to Sewaholic Patterns. For months I kept seeing this pattern getting so many good reviews and seeing everybody's wonderful versions of it. I was also intrigued by the online tutorial, having never done one before.
So now spring is here, and it hasn't rained for at least 2 days (!) my lush warm winter coat bought in NYC, and my old faithful raincoat have had to step aside to make way for my new Minoru Jacket.
The pattern offers the choice of just collar or collar with hood. For me it was a no brainer because the hood cleverly tucks away hidden inside the collar and sealed with a zip, so you get the best of both.
I did start to wonder if I would ever get this jacket started let alone finished in time for spring. The hardest thing for me was deciding what colours I wanted and then what fabrics! Once these decisions were finally made and fabrics ordered, all I had to do was sit and wait for them to arrive at my door.
And wait I did....
And wait some more....
I purchased the outer shiny twill fabric from My Fabrics based in Germany. Each day I would anxiously track it's progress only to find on its arrival to the UK it had been detained and needed further instruction from the sender.
But Finally after 10 days, it arrived!! I had never been so happy to see the Postman!
But 10 days gone and there was also still no sign of my lining fabric either. Boo Hoo. The lining was what I was most excited about too. I mean, check this out..
Sadly mine got lost in the post but Mat from Frumble kindly sent me out a replacement only for it then to arrive the day we went away!
It seemed I was destined not to start this jacket let alone finish it.
But start it I eventually did and finished it now is. I followed the online tutorial (HERE) which was just brilliant. I was constantly looking forward to getting onto the next lesson. You can make this jacket up with the instructions included in the envelope but for me, the tutorial made the sewing so much more exciting and inspirational.
There were no pockets on this pattern so I added patch pockets
So, the British weather can throw anything at me now. I can go out on a nice bright breezy day in my bright and breezy jacket!
Oh and I can't go without a flasher mac pose of the amazing Sepia Paris Lining! :)