Wednesday, May 14, 2008

of coats and boats

Wow, what a fabulous response to making a coat beginning in July!

Because there is so much interest, and there are some incredible seamstresses here who will also have great information to add, I'm going to go ahead and set up another site specifically dedicated to this sewalong.


In other news, (and the reason that I've been running up to Michigan several times lately):
It's no secret that eventually we'll be selling our home and moving onto a boat, to become citizens of the blue water cruising community. Well my friends, this week we're one step closer to that dream. This week we've become the proud owners of an IP45 sailboat.
IP 45 1
My husband still has some years left in the working world, so for awhile this will only be our summer/weekend/vacation retreat, on Lake Michigan.
Eventually though, we'll be boarding her and sailing through the Great Lakes, out the St Lawrence Seaway, and into the blue yonder.
to answer the most often asked questions:
yes, I'll continue blogging and
yes I'll have internet access and
yes I'll be taking a sewing machine, and
yes, I'll be knitting more than sewing.

29 comments:

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Marji - thanks for setting this up! Now I know I will be able to finish a coat since I will be working with such a talented group of sewists!

Erica B. said...

I'd love to join too! I have the perfect fabric. This will be the motivation I need!

Christina said...

Wow, nice boat!

Mary said...

I've got the perfect vintage pattern, too, so can I play?

Gwen said...

A coat seems a bit beyond my skills at the time (plus I rarely wear them in Florida), but I'm looking forward to following along as everyone else makes them. :)

And, WOW!!! What a beautiful boat! And what a cool plan!

Charity said...

So glad you're doing this! I'll be haunting my mailbox. I've done lined jackets but never a coat. I'm looking forward to this soooo much. Thank you for being willing to set this up. I truly appreciate your gift of time to us. :)

Charity

Kathleen C. said...

Hooray for the coat-a-long! I'm going to sit down tonight and peruse my pattern and fabric options.

And hooray for the boat! It's so beautiful! I hope you'll give us a photo tour of it sometime?

Lindsay T said...

Hi Marji, I've bought my fabric and the fusible interfacing you recommended for the bouclé I'm using. I sent you a copy of the HP pattern I now plan to use; hope you think this pattern will work. (It's with your t-shirt via postal mail.)

I will be going to the garment district this Saturday so it would be great if you could pretty please post our materials list by then; I know you're working on it.

Love the boat! We used to sail on Lake Michigan when I was a kid in Milwaukee.

Toby Wollin said...

Looking forward to this in a big way. Also - awesome boat. Just lovely. It sounds as if once you get started you will be close enough(if you ever get close to land on Lake Ontario, give me a shout; I'll bring up dinner and some Finger Lakes wine)for us to have a meet-up.

Birgitte said...

Ohhh... she's a beauty... I'm jealous :( I really really miss sailing. Oh well life's a box of chocolate...

Hope you're feeling better. The sew-along is inspiring, can't wait to watch from the sidelines.

Nancy K said...

Wow that's a great boat! For how long do you plan on doing this?

MarilynB said...

I would love to join this group. Even though my current winter coat is still in good shape after six years, I think it's time to make a new one. I have found that the coats I make are so much warmer than store-bought coats.

Claudine said...

Congratulations, what a wonderful adventure! Oh, and nice boat, too.

Vicki said...

How exciting - the boat and the sew along :))

Carrie K said...

Purty, purty boat! The sewalong sounds like it's going to be fab.

Sandra said...

I don't know how I missed the original post. I am very tempted but I already have too many coats! (I have always loved that Montana patter and think it may be somewhere in my coat pattern collection.) I will be cheering you all on from the sidelines.

Terry & Jonesy said...

Congratulations! Beautiful sailboat!!! Yippeee - you're on your way to joining the rest of us vagabonds. Add a kayak lashed to the foredeck and you'll be totally outfitted with the cruising "look".

Terry - SailingKnitter

Claire said...

Oh what fun!!! I'm so happy that so many want to come out and play. There are so many talented seamstresses signed up and we get to pick their very knowledgeable brains. Love it!!! I guess I'll have to put the air conditioner in my sewingroom this year.

The boat is stunning. Enjoy her and your weekends.

Claire said...

PS. Oh dear, where are my manners???? I forgot to say thank you for setting up the blog and leading the way.

AllisonC said...

Congratulations on your boat purchase. Even though i have a complete phobia of sailing I can appreciate it's beautiful!

Sharon said...

Congrats on the boat!

Somehow I missed your original post on the coat sew along - I would love to join in...with our weather one can never have too many coats :-)

knittinbrit_in_wi said...

The boat is beautiful. I'm sure that you and DH will look equally beautiful together on it. I'm so excited for you. I find your quest to fulfill your dream with the boat inspiring.

Dreams coming true, couldn't happen to a nicer person.

SewingLibrarian said...

Thanks for setting up another site for the coat sew-along. Looking forward to it. Your boat is very classy looking.
Linda (SewingLibrarian)

Lorraine said...

Marji- The boat is terrific. Congratulations.

And is there enough closet space?

Mary Beth said...

She's a Beaut! What's her name? Oh, you probably haven't had time for a christening party yet... (big grin!)

melissa said...

Congrats on your lovely boat! C'mon, dish out the stats - length, breath, airdraft? Let's see some interior shots and floorplans! The boat perv in me wants to know more!

And you might just find, like me, that you'll need to start another blog just on boat stuff to keep the sewing and boating separate but still stifle the "So how's the boat?" questions you'll get asked ten times a day!

Alexandra said...

Cool boat! Stats? What stats? All I want to know is, will it be sunny and warm where you're going and can we all go with you?

paco peralta said...

Marji .- you have a large collection of patterns for coats. I love the design of Donna Karan, fabulous, it had not seen in Vogue patterns. this very well this initiative of making an overcoat in July. Congratulations ...... ahhh! and enjoy your boat. greetings. Paco

Rosemary aka fabricfan said...

She looks wonderful. Happy sailing to you and your hubby. I didn't appear on the coat list, must be hard to keep track of everyone.