first up, a progress shot on something no one even knows I'm knitting yet. The log cabin blanket from Mason Dixon Knitting
some knitting - not impressive, garter stitch. Yarn, Elspeth Lavold Silky Wool
We all know Summerset collects Bridal patterns - so do I, but not the extent she does. She's got some fabulous ones.
anyway, someday I'll photograph those and it'll be a treat to see.
I also collect Coat patterns. I should go downstairs and get more of my coat patterns, just to create a pretty collage. (later, I'll do it later)
Right now I only have 6 of them up here. There is a reason.
I love making coats. Love wearing coats. Don't live in a climate here that is especially conducive to wearing them - it doesn't get really cold enough here for the coat collection I'd like to have. In fact when moving here I gave away something like 10 coats. I digress.
I also have a collection of coating wools. A fabulous collection, and while I've given 4 of them away in the last 12 months, I'd kind of like to get some of what I have left made up.
There has been a discussion about making a coat lately on Pattern Review, started by Michelle who lives right here about 15 miles +/- from me.
Anyway...I have a tendency to want to start a garment once we're in the middle of wearing season. With a coat - that would leave me finishing it, just in time to put it into warm-weather storage.
So, I've been giving some thought to starting a coat in June, and then beginning in July, posting once a week, to run a guided sew-along for making a coat.
I know most everyone I know will be wanting to be sewing cottons and linens and even some silks in July and August, but imagine devoting some time each week, for say 8 to 10 weeks, and having a beautiful coat finished BEfore cold weather hits. I'm not talking full-time sewing a coat - I'm talking a few hours a week.
Bonus is, right now there are some incredible coating wools for SALE around the net. Especially check out Ann's selection at Gorgeous Fabrics and Michaels.
What the above patterns all have in common are princess seams - all except one have shoulder princess seams. Shoulder princess seams have a couple of real advantages when making a coat. The vertical lines are flattering to almost every figure type, AND they are the easiest to adjust for fitting.
I'll be posting prelim info as far as materials and what is required long before starting to post construction info.
I know Chris and Michelle are game. Anyone else interested? If there is enough interest we can set up a blogger blog just like the knitting KAL's for everyone to post to. And if it's just the three of us, a sew-along on PR is all we'll need - except that if I'm going to guide it I still want a blog to post pics and directions to.