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.


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.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!


Thanks for taking a look.



Most photos by Anna Caitlin Photography who is the best!






Lookin’ Cool in My Bomber


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


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.


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!



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.


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



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




A pretty good fit all the way around.


Here is the pattern used: Burda Bomber Jacket