Winter Sewing Update

The theme for #bpSewvember yesterday was planning, which got me thinking about my winter sewing plans. It's finally cold here in Austin - the weather suddenly shifted straight from summer to winter. Sadly there were no changing leaves or crisp autumn days to be had. Oh well, at least I can wear coats and jeans again!

Speaking of coats, what I'm currently working on is my Gerard Coat. As the pattern comes with the pieces nested and no seam allowances (like a burda magazine pattern) the tracing step took up a good chunk of time. As did cutting out the fabric and lining and interfacing the pieces. But I finally started sewing yesterday and I don't think I should have any problem meeting the Dec. 4th coat-along deadline. By the way, I didn't end up using the blue coating. It's a very long story involving some truly terrible customer service, but I eventually got my replacement coating for free (although I think the free-ness was just another oversight on Mood's part). All the fabrics I got from Mood are gorgeous and great quality... it's just too bad it took twelve e-mails, a phone call, and two weeks before I finally got them all. Anyway, I'm using this charcoal gray herringbone coating from Theory, and I LOVE it, so all's well that ends well I guess.

Also high up on my sewing list is a second attempt at the Jamie Jeans pattern. My first pair was okay, but there are definitely some fitting issues I need to work on. Heather's jean fitting guide is super helpful and *fingers crossed* I think I know what adjustments to make. I'm planning on ordering a couple denims from today so hopefully I can get a pair made up in the next couple weeks!

Another Bruyere. I love my first Bruyere, so a second one is definitely happening, although this time I'm going for a less shifty and easier to work with fabric. Namely, Kaufman chambray dots. This fabric is the darling of the blogosphere for good reason. I've previously used it for a short-sleeve Archer, and it's sooo nice, both to wear and to work with. I think I'm going to go with either the olive green or dark indigo colorway this time.

Last Christmas I made my husband a Cooper, and this Christmas it's my turn! I usually carry a big totebag for short trips, but I think a backpack will be a lot more practical and easier on the shoulders. I bought this gorgeous Nani Iro water window canvas at Form & Fabric (actually my mom was visiting and bought it for me - thanks mom!) and I think with some careful pattern piece placement it'll be a great looking backpack. It's not terribly thick, so I'm planning on using some stiff interfacing and maybe a studier fabric for the lining too.

A flannel Archer. So excited about this one! This black and white buffalo check was part of the aforementioned Mood order. The fabric is so soft and comfy - I know I'll be wearing this shirt a LOT once it's made. It's not my first rodeo with the Archer, so I think this'll sew up pretty quickly.

I'm also still planning on making the faux fur jacket I mentioned in my fall sewing plans post. I bought the snow leopard fabric I linked to in my post and it is NICE (haha, sorry guys, I know I keep gushing - I guess I just get really excited about high quality fabrics). It doesn't have that plastic feel that faux furs sometimes have. In fact, I totally pet it for a minute and daydream about the jacket it will turn into every time I walk into my sewing room. I think I'm going to draft a pattern and make a simple, boxy jacket.

I'm still jealously hoarding the silk I won in the Anima pant comp. I solicited ideas about what to make with it on instagram and there were so many good ones that I still can't decide! The colors are more springlike anyway, so this fabric may just have to wait a few more months. We'll see...

With the other fabric I won I made a Sigma. Well, I mostly made one, then decided I hated the silhouette and left it hanging in my closet for a few months. But now that it's about to be holiday party time I figured I should pull it out and fix it up. I again solicited advice on instagram and the consensus was to change the skirt to a pencil shape. I'm also either going to shorten or get rid of the sleeves. Fingers crossed it'll turn out okay! I'd hate to waste such pretty fabric.

I think that should be enough sewing to keep me occupied for a while! Plus I'll probably need to sew up some Christmas presents... How about you? Any exciting winter sewing plans?

<3 Lindsay

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