The Return!

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Trench Progress

I ripped out the bad buttonholes – which caused the progress halt in the first place.  I will have sewn most of this coat on an old, not terribly wonderful machine.  I purchased the Huskystar on ebay when I began sewing again a year ago.  It made marginal buttonholes.  I scored a Bernina 830, also on ebay, and I love everything about this machine.  Pictures of the trench later today – the picture taker is still dreaming.

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Projects in the air

First up – the UFO trench coat;  McCall’s 5525.  Easy, goes together well but BEWARE the assymmetry of the back yoke.  Adjust this before you cut your fabric.  I made the classic full length view.


This has been sitting in the hopper for 6 months, but I only have the buttons and the hems left to do. 

This is my second Sencha blouse (Colette Patterns).  These are well drafted and classy patterns that deserve your consideration. 


I fell in love with the vintagey-ness of this fabric and Sencha lept to mind. Buttonholes, hem and buttons left on this one.

I am in sewing a class with Tchad Elliot here in Chicago to take my skills up a notch.  I picked Vogue 8621


 It’s been a journey.  After 2 muslins, we decided to redraft the back and sleeve.  This pattern has a combination dolman/set in sleeve.  Tchad pointed out that this combo is the mullet of the sleeve world: Business in the front, party in the back.  Alas it did not work on my narrow shoulders.  What we have now is a regular back with a set in sleeve that I hope will work.  The fabric is a lofty wool from Vogue fabrics.  Tailor tacks and at least one mile of catchstitching!

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Hello world!

Hello World!  I’m here because sewing is so therapeutic.  There are many UFOs in the sewing room, one a trenchcoat made of a faux snakeskin cotton.  I hoped that by joining the trenchcoat sew along, its status would be upgraded to FO.

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