It is February and I am ready to sew!
Since the beginning of the year I knew I wanted to work on something BIG! Actually, not only BIG, but NEW (to me). Well, I put this particular item off until now because I really wanted to get my feet wet first. Now that my feet are wet, I am forging ahead with my pattern choice for February:
It is Closet Case Files Kelly Anorak! I know I have mentioned it before, but here it is again, along with my fabric of choice. Isn't the jacket just purty??? And I love that I don't own a jacket reminiscient of this style at all! At all!! I will be making the hooded version on the left.
My fabric is a Robert Kaufman's Ventana Twill in Navy. I purchased it from Fabric.com on the recommendation of Heather Lou, the creator of this lovely pattern. I have been stalking the Closet Case Files blog lately, preparing myself for all that sewing this jacket will entail. I already have all my materials for the jacket, and will start out working on a proper muslin shell in order to fine tune the fitting details. I don't anticipate it will need many fit alterations, according to Heather Lou, but I want to take my time and be sure.
Speaking of fit, this project lines up PERFECTLY with the MAGAM (Make a Garment a Month) theme for February:
The theme is to choose a pattern, work out the fit issues, and finish it! Easy enough, right? I anticipate this jacket may take me most of the month to finish, but I would like it to be done so I can at least wear it a time or two. The weather has been so up and down here lately that I'm nervous we may be jumping right through "winter" and into spring before I know it. If that proves to be true, I'll have to wait another 6-8 months before I can wear my jacket again! Ah, well. I will err on the side of optimism, and hope the weather cooperates. Besides, the material I am using is a lighter to mid weight, so it should transition well.
There are also a few garments I have laying around that I would like to "finish" this month too. First, is my daughter's overall dress from Ottobre magazine. She has chosen the fabric, I only need to cut out the pieces I traced off. It looks like a nice simple sew, and some encouragement from a few of you in one of my posts led me to realize I needed to get moving on this one:
|Yes to overalls!|
Next is a project that I just can't seem to finish, even though there is barely anything left to do (ever have one of those):
It's the Love Notions Canyon Cardigan! Please don't think there is anything wrong with this pattern! It was a delightful sew up until the point I reached, I think I just have a mental block and I need to press through. Expect to see this one finished...soon! LOL!
Then there is this Simplicity top that I cut out, started to sew, then made a mistake with the bias binding. I used some packaged binding that I had, and it just looked horrible! Horrible! I remembered, after sewing it, that I prefer making my own because it always turns out so much better. Here is the pattern:
I love the flowiness of the front, and how it DOES NOT hug my stomach (priorities, lol). Once I get this shirt worked out, I want to sew a few MORE! So, expect to see this one...and in more than one version!
Well, once again, you can count on me to have lofty goals! Though this time I think at least half of it is achievable!
Good luck with your sewing plans for February!