I’ve had this project on the back burner for ever. Initially it formed part of my 2018MakeNine plans but never quite made it to the top of my sewing queue. I had the pattern, fabric and notions and, not to be undeterred, I duly put it into my 2019MakeNine plans too. And finally, finally, I’ve sewn it up!
I’d go as far to say, I’d started to have something of a mental block when it came to this pattern for reasons I couldn’t quite put my finger on…and now that I’ve sewn it, what do I think?
Well, it may be obvious from the pictures already…but I made a fundamental mistake when tracing out the pattern; a lesson I thought I’d learned when sewing up McCalls patterns previously and that is to size down a couple of sizes and do a Full Bust Adjustment. I didn’t do that – reasoning that as it a Jacket, I wouldn’t mind a bit of extra wiggle room. I don’t have extra wiggle room; I have room enough to fit an extra person in with me!
But I still feel triumphant in having sewn it. The coat is wearable – as long as I wear it over thick under layers. Fitting issues aside, I’m happy with both my sewing and pattern matching. And I stand by this pattern – it’s actually very close to what I was aiming for. Perhaps I’ll consider this a wearable toile and make it again.
*As this was this months’ sponsored make for theMinerva Craft Blogger Network, you can find the full construction details and pattern review – you can also access the wool plaid and lining fabric I used, as well as the pattern itself – over on their blog HERE.
And now I’m free to tackle other things, not least to finalise the planning for this years’ #sewtogetherforsummer sewing challenge which launches next month. You’ll find me over on Instagram as @sewsarahsmith … together with my co-hosts Suzy (@sewing_in_spain) and Monika (@rocco.sienna) We’ve already lined up some excellent Sponsors and some brilliant discounts for you all! We’ve known for over a year what 2019’s theme was going to be and we’re very excited that we’re so close to launching now! Join us on Instagram to join in the fun – you can also check back here on 10th April for the launch post, details of the sponsors and access the discount codes for some amazing patterns!
Until next time,
*Sponsored Post – all fabric, notions and the pattern were chosen by me but supplied free of charge by Minerva Crafts in exchange for an honest review. Post contains Affiliate Links. As always, any opinions are honest and my own.