Thursday, December 23, 2010

Coats on the Brain/ New Simplicity Patterns

As a follow up to my last post I went on the hunt for knitting yarn for a project I hoped to undertake while I was out of town for the weekend celebrating Christmas with family. Well I went to Hancock's to find the yarn but had no luck. I refuse to take on any other knitting project so I'm putting this one on hold until I can figure out how to get the yarn I want for a better price. I may have to wait for a sale. No problem--- I'll wait for a little while if it means it saves me a little mullah.

Anywho, while I was a Hancock's I couldn't help but notice the 50% off sale on tons of fabric, coating in particular. Then I spotted 2 pieces of fabric that would make awesome coats. You see I've recently taken an interest in coats since I realized I don't own too many of them. I've decided that I want a few additional stylish coats---- you know to match the stylish clothes I'm trying to make. Hey you have to have options to be stylish, don't you (wink)! Seriously, my wardrobe is lacking a black dressy coat and maybe a casual coat and something a little in between. Well I think the 2 fabrics I spotted will help me on the casual and "in-between" end. Here's the fabrics I bought and the patterns I've paired with them.....
The picture doesn't do this fabric justice but it's a sherpa fabric with lime suede. It's the lightest yet spunkiest color and it would be perfect with my skin tone. For this coat I'd only want something simple and would love to have the sherpa collar and cuffs visible.---like in this picture here.....
or like this one.....

Here's the other fabric....
 Sorry for the bright pattern pic. But this fabric is equally lovely and is a poly/rayon/spandex blend. The weight is perfect for a double breasted coat. I  have exactly 2 yds, which is what this pattern requires so I'm cutting it close.

So I'm happy I found the coat fabrics. I've got so many things lined up to sew and if I can at least get one of these done I'd be a happy woman. Tailoring a coat is a bit of an involved process and I am still very much a novice. We'll see what happens.....

But just as I'm geared up to do a little more winter sewing, Simplicity releases it's Spring patterns to remind me that the change of season is right around the corner. I was happy to pick up these looks.....

Here are the casual looks. I love how stylish the rolled and tabbed sleeves and hemlines are.

Here are the fancier one's!!! So pretty!!!

Ok, that's it for now.....I've got some more cooking/planning/packing to do. Happy "Eve" of Christmas Eve!


  1. Just want to say Merry Xmas - and thanks again so much for the wonderful book. It just arrived today!

  2. Ooh, you already got the new Simplicities! I love that one shouldered dress, and I'm already plotting where I could go wearing it. The new Cynthia rowley pattern is great too, and I hadn't seen the pattern with the cute cardigans - very nice!

  3. K-Line, Merry Christmas to you too! Hope you have a wonderful holiday. Glad the book finally came!

    Stitchywitch---I know. I'm hoping for a future invite to a swanky occasion so I can make that one shouldered dress up too!

  4. I see that you are beginning to plan your spring wardrobe now, you are a very forward-looking girl. Merry Christmas!

  5. I like your inspiration jackets. Merry Christmas to you and your family1

  6. thanks for the preview, the jessica mcclintock gown is a must!

  7. Great purchases!

    I headed over to Simplicity to check out the new patterns, but they're not up on the site. So you're a lucky gal to have snagged them early!

    Merry Christmas!

  8. Merry Christmas, Victoria!!

  9. I have taken an interest in coats myself lately. I am looking forward to seeing what you sew.

  10. I really like the coat fabrics you purchased! And the Simplicity patterns are really kewl too!

  11. mmm, a coat! That's on my list of things to make -- eventually. I'll be eager to see how yours shapes up!


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