Monday, October 27, 2014

Patterns and Planning; Oh My!

I got back in town Friday night, and was without sewing mojo. I'd started a new hat during my 6 hour airport stay and was eager to finish it. I knit a little on Saturday and Sunday morning and realized I really could finish it if I pushed. So I did. Yay!


The pattern is Boardwalk, free on Ravlery.

I made this one before and chose it because I remember it being really fast. I made it up in Paton's classic wool in this deep berry color. 

Sewing plans!

When I planned on making the S2311 coat, the plan was caramel fashion fabric and a 'very berry' pongee lining. Well...the new Simplicity patterns were released and I was all gaga over this Leann Marshall coat and S2311 got shelved. I mean...SWOON


This coat will be main focus for November. I think it is absolutely beautiful. I will be cutting it close, squeezing it from 3 yards but I think I can do it!

My second big focus for November will be my first quilt. I know I said I had no interest in quilting. And people keep telling me I'm going to become addicted (I will try not to!). I really want to make a full-sized quilt for DD when she leaves for college and I have just under 2 years to do so! :) I'm taking it easy this time and making my own jelly roll strips to do a "Jelly Roll Race Quilt" in baby size. It looks easy and fun and I don't have to worry about a pattern. 

The fabric on top is the backing

Lastly, I have a couple of cuts of fabric that want to become blouses. These are the patterns I'm considering.

Simplicity 1253, McCall's 6898
Vogue 1387, In-House Belle Bow blouse

 I may be able to eek out S1253 plus one of the others since it's a simpler style...we will see. The McCalls pattern has 813 pieces and I unfolded it to cut it out and put it right back in the envelope! The Vogue seems really scary and complicated and the In House blouse is a wildcard because of fitting (although they draft for a D cup - YAY!)

As for the rest of October...I will be making a quick & easy knit dress for myself - I'll pass out candy as a witch! And a dress for my daughter for Halloween. So that will definitely consume the rest of the week.

28 comments:

  1. I really love this coat pattern. I have to go check that one out. I cant wait to see your version of this.

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  2. That coat is gorgeous! The collar is so swoon-worthy!

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  3. Darn it, my first comment disappeared. Argh.

    I love that coat but I need another coat like I need a hole in my head :-p

    Then again I don't have a one in navy....

    Butterick 6097 is a good alternative to McCall's 6898. It's just as cute but with fewer pieces.

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    1. Oh, c'mon queen of the coats! You know you want it!! :-p

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  4. Cute hat. And I really like that new Simplicity coat pattern.

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  5. Freaking love the coat pattern. I bet I make one too.

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  6. You know that I'm all over that Leanne Marshall coat pattern. As far as your blouse options go, I've seen a few versions of that Vogue blouse pop up on other blogs, and I really like how that one makes up. That's my vote.

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    1. I want to make that one so badly! I know I shouldn't be afraid of it :-)

      I cannot wait to see this coat sewn up. I bet it will be a popular one!

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  7. Girl you are good to finish knitting that hat. I am a slow knitter, but better at crocheting. Maybe, this will put a fire under me. Did you join Ravelry?

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    1. Thanks Dorothy!!! I was a crocheter first so knitting definitely feels slow! :)

      I've been a Ravler for a few years now - MrsCharisma over there!

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  8. That is a nice coat. I think it will look great in your camel fabric.

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  9. That is a gorgeous coat pattern! I just saw another blogger working on this coat too. My guess is it will be a big hit in blogland.

    Your hat is cute!
    I think you will love quilting. I made my first quilt for a friend's baby, and I love the way it turned out. I have not made another one since...so you can make a quilt...and not end up becoming addicted (but it's hard).

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    1. See!? Baby quilt - smart place to start :) Thanks! I was walking around with that hat on yesterday even though it was nearly 60 degrees. I love it!

      I don't know why Jenna was no longer on my reader. I'm so glad you mentioned it so I can follow her progress. Her Minoru was fabulous!

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  10. I'd never heard of In-House Patterns until reading this post. I want that top! It only appears available as a PDF and I hate taping 100,000 pages together. I might be willing to give this a try...maybe. Possibly.

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    1. I printed mine today - 30 pages. I have not taped it. Because really, that's where companies are differentiated. Does it go together easily...

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  11. I'm with L - but I love that top - so I'm going to find the glue stick :)

    You will love quilting - the one reason I don't is that I figured years ago I do not have time to knit, sew, study, work, and support a very busy medico husband. Quilting is on the one day list - but I think you have a very good reason to indulge yourself here - it's going to be gorgeous.

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  12. Blouse Vogue 1387 was going to be part of my frankenpattern, but I lost track of the time....it's still on the top of the pile, I have the fabric for it...just too much else to do.

    I don't knit anymore, RA issues, but I still hang on Ravelry in the LSG group. I love the Ravelry website and am perpetually nagging Pattern Review about walking down the highway to talk to them about it. I heart my disagree button!

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    1. Can't wait to see the frankenpattern!

      I'm supposed to be being diagnosed for RA and I'm dragging my feet on going to the specialist.

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  13. The Leann Marshall coat is AWESOME!!! I cannot wait to see your version of it! Good luck with your quilt, I'm sure it will turn out as well as all your other makes. :)

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  14. wow wow wow!!! That coat is ah-ma-zing!!! I must have it! (good luck with your quilt)

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