And here we are in May, my favorite month, my birthday month. It’s when you can really get a taste for what the summer will hold.
I just can’t get enough of these two together!! So this will be a double feature…
The dress is McCalls 7115. It’s a cute summer dress or shorts romper.
I wanted to try this out before cutting into a more expensive fabric and I had just recently purchased this lightweight green cotton at the bargain store so it seemed a good fit. I love the army green color on this design.
It’s very loose and comfortable, however I may sew 2 size smaller next time since it seems a little too loose.
This was such a straightforward sew and I will make more of these for the hot summer!
Next up is a fabulous wool coat!
But why a wool coat when the days are warming to a toasty 80*?? Because I can… and also because of camping…
So the story here is I am part of a facebook sewing group and everyone is raving about their vintage wool blanket finds from thrift stores. I thought I want a a vintage wool blanket!! So I promptly went out to find one — this really heavy pink one.
When I got home I realized no child would want to wear THIS thick of a wool cape, coat, skirt, anything. I decided I could try an adult coat and see how it goes. Luckily I did because I LOVE this thing!!
I grabbed a denim pattern (butterick 257) from the mid 90’s and gave this sucker a try. It is heavy and stiff and half way through making it I realized there has never been a better camping jacket. The sleeves even stop at the 3/4 length so as to keep my new coat out of the dirt and grim.
The lines of the pattern really help this wool look intentional and professional.
Naturally I had to line this thing. I had no idea that the wool would still itch through the beige fabric!! Still looks great and the itch factor is tolerable.
This pattern did not include a lining so I quickly looked up the basics on this tutorial. Basically adjust the armhole a little and include a gusset on the back.
I did both those things and it must have worked because I do not notice any hindrances.
I hand sewed a lot on this project, all the lining was hand sewn in two rounds plus many other details to ensure all the seams were tucked away.
I took a few days to decide on these over sized snap closures.
I seriously love this look. I pretty much never look this cool, but hey, it’s my birthday month so I deserve it!
Thanks for taking a look.
Most photos by Anna Caitlin Photography who is the best!