Monday, January 14, 2019

Rainy Days are Great Sewing Days

It seems like today is the first day I've had this year where I didn't have a laundry list of things I had to do.  In fact, I marked it off as a "Sewing Day" in my bullet journal.  I have a couple of patterns I've been wanting to make for a while, so I worked on them today.

First of all, the Sewing Workshop Flatiron Coat pattern.  I got this pattern as part of the Sew Confident for 2018.  I really do like TSW patterns, but I don't think I'll rejoin the Sew Confident this year.  I figure I can spend that money for a subscription to Burda and have extra left over for fabric!  Actually, my pattern stash is overflowing, so I'm going to try to make up some of what I have first.  The Flatiron coat will be perfect for some wool I have to make the actual coat, but I wanted to check out the fit and how I like the style, so I decided to make the jacket first.

Flatiron jacket pocket

 I happened across this fleece at JoAnns not too long ago and fell in love with it.  I bought what I needed to make the jacket.  I have enough left over to make a scarf.

The second thing I cut out was the Esme top from the Lotta Jansdotter book Everyday Style.  I really like this book.  Last year I made a pair of shorts from the book, but was really unhappy with the crotch curve (or lack of curve I should say)  I traced the pattern and made adjustments to it last year, so I guess its time I actually sew it up!
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Lotta Jansdotter fabric
I was fortunate enough to run across this Lotta Jansdotter print at Joanns last year, so I grabbed it up while I could.  I'm glad I did because I haven't seen it there since.

There are a lot of things I like about this book.  First of all, it has a basic set of patterns (included) and the book shows multiple variations of each pattern.  For example, the esme top is shown as a cap sleeve top, 3/4 sleeve top, tunic, and Kaftan.  Also, the book is divided into seasons, so it will show the same patterns in different fabrics or combinations to fit each season.  I love the relaxed style and simplicity of the patterns.  The photography in the book is inspiring as well.