My coat is finished! I am quite proud of my efforts. After all the fuss and preparation, I finally own a coat that fits. Never happened to me before, seriously. Every coat I've purchased in the past had some kind of fit issue: sleeves too short, can't lift arms, shoulders too narrow, etc. All those issues were fixed, with relative ease I must add. This coat makes me so very happy.
First things first, today is my birthday. I'm kind of meh about it. Yay, 33. Big whoop.
Of course, I had to buy myself something. And of course, Colette Patterns would release something new at the same time.
I admit when I saw that an over-eager pattern tester posted a photo of Cooper on flickr two days ago, I was meh about it. Actually, I thought, "Oh wow, a backpack. I am underwhelmed." Then I saw it presented in all it's glory today and I was quite relieved that it was more than just a backpack.
I asked my husband about the Albion coat pattern. It's simple enough that I could make it for him without too much headache. He made a face. "You mean you'll talk about making this for me, then two weeks later you'll buy me a coat?" I was supposed to make him a messenger bag two years ago. He now carries a very nice canvas Fossil bag. Anyway, it was the toggles that kept him away. The Albion coat was just a bit too "woodland adventure" for him. He's more of a lapel kind of guy. I hate toggles. No Albion coat for me either.
Now there's a sewalong and contest. I was going to make the bag anyway, so I might as well enter the contest. I even created a Pinterest board with all sorts of tutorials, links to trims and bag inspiration. I have leather and canvas on the brain which will be obvious once you check out the board.
Second, I'm still waiting for swatches for my coat. The muslin has been tweaked and every thing is ready to be sewn. Just can't decide on fabric. I ordered 17 swatches from Mood so hopefully one of them will be a winner.
Finally, I find that I don't like sewing with plaid as much as I thought. I bought some flannel for another Darling Ranges dress but I have no desire to match up the plaid. Argh. I had hoped to finish this dress this week so that I could wear it with my new boots. Oh well.
Like most of the blogosphere, I was blown away when Megan Nielsen first introduced her Darling Ranges dress pattern in 2011. It was love at first sight when I saw this one. I had to have that pattern. I ordered it and fantasized about how cute it would look with my Dansko Sally clogs.
The pattern looked simple enough: button front dress, no collar to fuss with or separate plackets. I was ecstatic. You see at that point in 2011, I had sewn clothing for less than a year. Buttonholes didn't scare me, but trying to make things fit properly was a little beyond my skill set. I figured that there wouldn't be too many fitting issues seeing as my measurements matched exactly to the size XL on the Darling Ranges size chart.
So, there has been much progress on my coat project. The muslin is about complete. I want to shave just a bit more off the shoulders, about 1/4". I went down to a size 16 from my original size 18 but the shoulders were still a tad too broad (you were correct Meigan). This almost never happens with other patterns. Usually I have to go up a size in the shoulders. I also added length to the waist, skirt and sleeves.
Anywho, since I'm fairly satisfied with the fit of my muslin, I've started with daunting task of ordering swatches. I plan to stick with jewel tones (thanks for the suggestion Mrs. Smith), with my favorite colors being shades of jade and emerald green. There's also some mustard yellow coating that I'm slowly falling in love with. Of course, every time I come across the perfect fabric, there's only one yard left. Argh. But the search continues. Deciding on the fabric is the easy part of this process.