Not a great deal of sewing has taken place over the last few weeks. I am readjusting to a new schedule as I started a new job a month ago as a retail manager/buyer for a local art cafe! Basically I get to spend someone else’s money buying up beautiful handmade and artisan gifts, accessories, jewellery and homewares to sell in the retail side of the business! Plus it’s 5 mins from my home and I still get to drop my little boy off to school. Not a bad gig huh?? I’m also responsible for creating window displays, marketing and building an online presence. So plenty of opportunity for flexing my creative muscles! And lot’s of work ahead. I’ll be sharing some of the creative projects I get up to here on this blog and will share a little more about the business in the fullness of time. But yeah, basically the news is I got a proper job!
But in the meantime, I have been hatching sewing plans. Readers, meet The Andy Coat from Named Clothing….this is exactly what I had in mind when I threw my challenge into Karen’s Sewlutions Jar. I was planning on drafting a pattern for my coat because I hadn’t been able to find a pattern that matched the coat I had in my mind, but having seen Marie’s post about Named, and checking out their range, I immediately fell for the simple, uncluttered lines of this coat….I’m making it in a teal wool….
The fabric is from Dragonfly Fabrics and is from their boiled wool range. It arrive so gorgeously wrapped and with a lovely handwritten note from Dorte, who has been fabulously helpful if offering advice on working with boiled wool (it doesn’t fray peops!!). I plan to pick her brains a little more during the process of this make! I cannot quite convey how squidgy and soft this fabric is. The only word that comes close is, quite simply, DELICIOUS!
Tomorrow I get started on this pattern. It will take me a few weeks as I now have to go to work every day 😉 But that is perhaps a blessing. I probably need to take this slow and steady, as it is by far the most ambitious project I’ve attempted to date; and I want to do both the pattern and the fabric justice. Eeeep! Can’t wait to get started in the morning!!