Muted May Colors

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.

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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.

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This was such a straightforward sew and I will make more of these for the hot summer!

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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…

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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.

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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.

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The lines of the pattern really help this wool look intentional and professional.

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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.20170522_085525

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.20170522_085803

I took a few days to decide on these over sized snap closures.20170522_09021020170522_09332120170522_09003920170522_09342120170522_09342020170522_09343220170522_09340620170522_093346

I seriously love this look. I pretty much never look this cool, but hey, it’s my birthday month so I deserve it!

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Thanks for taking a look.

-Laura

 

Most photos by Anna Caitlin Photography who is the best!

 

 

 

 

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Lookin’ Cool in My Bomber

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I saw a bomber jacket available by Burda and I had to have it! I really like it.

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I gave myself an early mothers day gift by doing some thrifty shopping and had just found this acrylic fabric in a red, black, white check pattern in a second hand store. I hadn’t loved the fabric, but knew I could use it — and I am pleasantly surprised at how well it meshed with this design of a jacket.

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I needed a lining and remembered flannel birds I picked up a while back (for my daughter — but I needed it more). I just sewed the two fabrics as one which means exposed seams. This project is one I wanted to fly through soooo… seams be damned!

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I also dyed white ribbing into the red ribbing which is used on the sleeves and neck/waist band and it was my first successful try.  It’s dark enough that it blends in better with the dark colors of the jacket.

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I purchased lots of snap hardware and while it looks good, it’s major overkill and will never actually snap them all.

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This was also my first welt pocket. It took some mental power, but it turned out very processional looking and worth the effort.

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A pretty good fit all the way around.

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Here is the pattern used: Burda Bomber Jacket

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