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Sewing Silk/Linen

DSCN0819My coat fabric is unique. It has the look of a raw silk with a lot of variance in the threads, yet it has a definite linen quality to it as well. The nicest part about this blend is that it Does. Not. Wrinkle. It is also machine washable!! My original cut was probably 3.5 yards, but I used a large chunk for a jumper back when my girls were babies. That jumper went into the wash often to remove the typical infant fluids, and it washed like a dream! I probably won’t do that with this coat, but it is nice to know that’s an option should I need it.

I am using some of my dress fabric for the back side of facings, etc. to have enough of the plaid for the pockets and tabs. It will be a rose colored handkerchief linen (#3)from The Sewing Lounge, and I can’t wait for it to get here. The samples I received were wonderful, and I really wish the melon colors were good with my skin tone, but alas, I am an atypical redhead that has pink toned skin instead of the more usual peaches or olive, so the melon and coral, though beautiful were not for me. The winter white wool crepe, (#2) however, was drool worthy, even if it was $55/yard. I wish I dared make white pants….that would be something with the Peace Sweater…but I digress.


My biggest challenge thus far has been planning the layout to work with the fabric I have available. The tricky part has been matching the plaid. DSCN0825In some cases it isn’t possible, and in others I’ve opted to either go with the dress fabric, or jettison a design detail. I hope to make it all work, without glaring omissions or obvious faux pas. My first issue was the bound buttonholes, which had to be constructed of scraps. They ended up being off on the vertical, but the punk is so faint, I hope it isn’t noticeable. The fabric is quite tweedy, but isn’t raveling, and it is a dream to press! 

Thus far I haven’t had to rip much, and Ms. Necchi, tuned up and back to form, is handling the plaid well. The main body is now complete, the next challenge will be working out the sleeve layout, hopefully leaving enough fabric for matched pockets.

My fabric arrived yesterday!!!! DSCN0826

Sewing for Me!

Yes, I have made a decision about the first thing Iwill sew   for our graduation trip to California….and the winner is….the Kay Unger dress and coat! Now there is some altering to do on this dress; it needs to be longer, and I think that the back may be a bit wild for a daytime dress.  

Now for the fabric…I have two fabrics in my stash that I would consider, but both require finding a match, so the hunt is on! Girl #2 says that the temps could be in the 90’s, so I definitely need to consider that! 

My first choice is to use this for the coat. Unfortunately,  there will not be enough fabric to do the entire thing, so I’m going to need to be careful and creative. This fabric is a silk linen blend, really great texture, with a faint window pane plaid. I am trying to decide my best course of action, assuming that it will be impossible to match the blue. There is the white of course, along with a thread of pale pink and melon running through it.

After spending the afternoon cutting about 40 pattern pieces, I believe that I can squeak most of the coat out of the silk/linen. I think the pockets will fit, leaving me option of adding just a bit of something like a floral print, maybe for the buttonholes and the tabs on the sleeves. 

I have also found a pink linen that looks like a decent match, but maybe that’s too silly for an old mom? I would love to do a floral, but I think that may be too much. Or I could go with plain white and put a band of color or floral on the bottom…ugh!

Opinions? Advice? Fabric shops?  Anyone with a totally different idea? I’m interested in any and every possibility!

Girl #1 Will Not Freeze

I know you were all on pins and needles to know the outcome…lol! The coat was finished on Wednesday, in the mail on Thursday, and being worn by Saturday. Girl#1 reports that it is comfy, and the extra 3/4 inch I eked out for each sleeve was definitely worth it! She loves it and I’m glad she is no longer wearing a coat with gaping holes!!

Just a few pictures of the details, which I always forget to do. I was glad to get a picture with the coat on the actual person…laying it on the bed made it look like it was a bit of a mess.

Another Coat?

Yes indeed, I’m sewing another winter coat, but this one is for Girl #1, who literally wore a hole in the back of her black Melton with her backpack in 5 years of college. During Christmas break I showed her the piece of ink navy Melton in the wool stash, and she agreed to have me make it up for her.

I’ll be using the same pattern and sizing so she can add plenty of layers underneath, as she has gone down a size during her college years. The pattern is Butterick 4665, a simple, classic coat that works with everything from jeans to formal wear if necessary. The wool is pretty thick but the pattern is very simple so that should work fine. After noting the -14 degrees (F) for Bozeman this past week, I am going to add a thinsulate underlining, and have purchased a piece of 100% polyester suiting in cornflower blue! The big hitch now is interfacing…there is no horse canvas or hymo to be had in this town so I will have to order it. Jo-Anns will send me a 25 yard bolt, but no cuts; all I can do today is sew the lining and decide if I can do the bound buttonholes with this ultra thick fabric, as there will be a week long delay to get the interfacing here, no matter who I buy from.

Up Next….

After a long wait I got my Marfy coat pattern from Italy. I love the coat, but I admit the pattern has me a little nervous. I’ve been sewing a lot of years, but those funky pockets are looking a little confusing. I cut a muslin, and have the back together (yes, roll the eyes) and will need to try another section soon, just to get rid of so many pieces everywhere. The sleeves should be doable, and that will clear some space pretty quickly. I’m also a little nervous because the pattern didn’t have a full size range so I am pretty sure it will be too big, and need to be cut down.  We’ll see….


I have a couple of other projects in mid flux as well, with the hope to be somewhat caught up over Christmas. There are two mini quilt tops laying out, ready to be sandwiched and machine quilted. They are the same pattern, one in red, white and blue, and one in greens.


They were short and sweet, a good way to work on cutting and piecing accuracy without getting overwhelmed by a huge project. I don’t know which one will be my favorite.

Last but not least, Christmas pajamas for my two college girls. No more flannel, as they are living in CA and MO now, so I had to find something more summer weight. The winner is Butterick, 6225 which is actually pretty cute. Hopefully they will enjoy them,but I better get cracking!


I also have a couple of cross stitch pieces to finish, that have been on my wish list for nearly 20 years! I finally started them last summer, and have made pretty steady progress. There’s also a cross stitch ornament to finish this week for the tree. My knitting bag is also filling up with a navy blue wool cardigan that is coming along quite well. The back, one front and one sleeve are completed with the second sleeve in progress. I guess pictures are in order in the very near future!

Maybe posting here will provide some accountability to get them completed sooner rather than later!  Next week, I’ll post pictures of everything no matter what stage it is in; that should get me hopping!