Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Sewing with wool in July??

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.
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39 comments:

Becky said...

That Vogue 7979 (view A) is what I used to make my winter coat-- I did the same thing you'll likely be doing, working on making it at the end of August! I had a really hard time with the coat, personally, but a huge part of that was that I have a wool allergy and a problem with getting cold easily. So I ended up having to make myself a quilted lining with a suedecloth outer, and had a lot of trouble getting the sizing correct and working with the kind-of-stiff lining. But don't let that scare you-- if you can just make it with wool so you don't need that bulky lining, I bet you'd have a lot easier time with it! (It ended up looking nice in the end, if that's any encouragement.)

I'm sure whichever one you pick will look great.

knittinbrit_in_wi said...

Oh what fun! If I were a seamstress I'd join you, but quilts are as much as I usually tend to venture into the sewing area. But, I would love watching your garments getting put together, I'm always so fascinated with the beautiful work you create, Marji.

I'm a little surprised at the log cabin blanket, but it is one that I have admired myself for sometime. I'm looking forward to seeing it develop further.

Sounds like you're feeling much better?! :)

Lisette M said...

I need a new coat! This is what I need to make me start on one. I'm game for this sew-along.

Vicki said...

That sounds like fun and it is coming into winter here. Which means I would have to put mine into storage when I finish.....haha. So, yeah, I may be interested.

merry-one said...

I'm in! I have my cashmere and 4 coat patterns to choose from (Vogue 7978 is one of them). I purchased it last fall to make the coat and the fabric is still sitting there. However, it's a thinner cashmere and I know I need to probably underline it.... I think. That's what stopped me last fall.

Great idea Marji!

Carrie K said...

I collect coat patterns too! If accidentally. I've never actually made one. Princess seamed garments are my favorite, it's why I tend to make blouses out of wedding gown patterns. (Back when I was sewing and not knitting.)

Knitting! You've been knitting on the sly!

Anonymous said...

Long time lurker coming out to say I'm game. I have a gorgeous navy melton that I got from FabricMart a couple of months ago and it'll be my first time sewing with it and I'd really like to end up with a nice coat when I'm done.

Debbie

Anonymous said...

Long time lurker coming out to say I'm game. I have a gorgeous navy melton that I got from FabricMart a couple of months ago and it'll be my first time sewing with it and I'd really like to end up with a nice coat when I'm done.

Debbie

Birgitte said...

Ohh the Montana is to die for... Living in LA i don't have much use for it though... But I will be following along and learn tons of new stuff.
The blanket-in-progress looks beautiful.

Laura said...

Love the vintage coat patterns. I might be interested - I've got a great vintage coat pattern I've been wanting to try.

Brigitte said...

Oh Marji, you have such wonderful taste! I just love the Montana, and I have a fall Brocade coat in the Burda 2615 style.

Glad to see you're still knitting!

Toby Wollin said...

For once, I am all ready - I have my Butterick Retro swing coat pattern AND my fabric and lining.

Lindsay T said...

Yes, yes, yes! Marji, your timing with this is perfect, as I've decided a coat is what I really want to make. I just spent too much time on Style.com yesterday adding coats I like to my lookbook. What do you think about McCalls 5247? I want to make a 3-season, lightweight coat, maybe out of wool bouclé? Sort of Chanelish?

Linda said...

I would love to join too. But I will warn you I may just have to be a lurker. I have a lot of changes going on in the next few months. I have no idea what sewing time will be like, but I am game.

Are you going to use NL6815 in the June Capsule contest? I have yet to take the time to stash hunt for that pattern. I am working on DD's prom dress.

rosecy said...

Hummm! Something new to try! I've never done any sewing with wool in July. I have done sewing with wool but never a coat. I have lots of coat fabric, coat patterns, and a trip planned to PA in the Fall. The only thing that I'm lacking is skill, but that has never stopped me from doing anything. If that's not a problem with you, I'd like to join you in July. BTW, I'm glad that you are doing better and back to sewing and knitting. You really got me thinking about those roller blades/related gear of mine sitting in closet. I've had a hip replacement from too many marathons and bike falls. I guess I shouldn't be roller blading (boohoo). Besides, that would give me some space just in case I have to buy a coat fabric and pattern. What an enabler you are! You entice me to join sewing groups, buy fabric, and even do some closet cleaning.

Claire said...

This is a good idea. I'll sign up and maybe I'll actually do it. That would be a miracle. I too love coats and coat patterns. I bought that Montana pattern years ago. Maybe it's time to use it.

Paula said...

Hmm, I'll have to think about this. I have a coat pattern that I really like. This might get me going on it.

ACorgiHouse said...

Great idea Marji. I'll bite. I live where it is heavy wool coat weather about four months (maybe) of the year, but I love to buy woolens and have a boat load of cool coat patterns. I hate starting something like that in the proper season, because I never get it done in time to wear that year. This is perfect. If I weren't so lazy, I'd go upstairs and find the pattern I'm thinking of and post to my blog. I'll have it on there by the weekend. Yee-haa! K

SewingLibrarian said...

Sounds like fun and I do want a new coat even though I rarely wear them in San Diego - usually just throw on a sweater or jacket. But I love coats, too, and I have at least two pieces of fabric in my collection that I purchased to make coats. So if I can get my kids to cooperate, I'd love to sew along in July and August. If not, I'll enjoy reading about everyone else's coats!
Linda

Charity said...

YES! I just posted on my blog about an artwear coat I'd like to make. I'd love to join. And I ADORE that Vogue pattern with the white coat. Love the collar on that.

Charity

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Hey, I'm with you and I have a couple of those coat patterns...been collecting them for years just like you. I think I could actually get it made if I work in a group, have some encouragement and direction!

When Ladies Dressed said...

Great patterns Marji!! I might be interesting in a coat sew along. I've not yet made a coat and it's something I've been contemplating for next winter. I have vintage pattern I'd like to try.

Sigrid said...

Good to read you're well again (a few posts earlier, just catching up).
I like the idea of sewing a coat, made my first coat last year, but I can not say I wore it a lot. But I liked the experience and want to sew a short winter coat. So I'm game too.

gaylen said...

Marji - I was talking about you and this great idea at my ASG meeting this morning. I really, really want to play along. I'm headed over to Ann's Fabrics now. Thanks so much for doing this.

Everyday Sewist said...

I can't commit to the blog right now, but I'll join you "in spirit". I've had a Burda coat on my project list for months, and I just got some lining swatches today--so I'm *almost* ready to get started. Unfortunately I won't have much spare time this summer, so it may be a while before I can get started on it. But I'm looking forward to reading about the process. I've never made a coat before.

Beth said...

Can I play, too? I have some coating wool that I bought last fall with big plans. I'd love to move it from "Stash" to "Garment" and frankly could use the accountability/support of a coat-a-long.

Thanks!

paco peralta said...

Marji .- is a good schedule and very proactive. I always go with my late patterns. I am currently considering reviewing a Donna Karan (Vogue pattern) that I have for twenty years. is a very beautiful coat, cut diagonally on the canvas and with the appearance of a layer. I love all the patterns you put into the post, especially the shelter of the haute couture of Molyneux. greetings. Paco

Kathleen C. said...

Ohhhh... I am in love with that Montana!
I have almost all of the ingredients already as I *was* going to make a coat for last Winter. A community of encouragers is just the thing to get me back onto that plan. And doing it in the Summer so it's done by the time it's needed... genius!

BTW... I got the magazines. I'm sorry I didn't send my thanks quicker. I've never seen Rebecca before though I'd heard of it. Cool designs! Thank you again!

jeannie crockett said...

I'd love to join a sew-a-long, too! Especially for a coat. I think I need the extra incentive to take on such a major project.

Count me in.

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Ann's Fashion Studio said...

What a wonderful idea.
My sewing time has been almost non existent but I may just have to find "some" time! :)

Summerset said...

Oh! Count me in! I need a couple of coats and wanted to make at least one this winter, but with the way life went it didn't get done. Starting this summer would be ideal.

Kelly said...

Great idea!! count me in too. I have been wanting to sew a coat forever. I have some great vintage patterns and I bought all my supplies last winter but sadly the coat did not get made. I took way too many credits at school. School is almost over so now is the perfect time to make one. Thanks.

k

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Nancy W. said...

I love wool coats too! Unfortunately, the ONE I have gets worn about 10 times a year. I think I should look for more spring/fall fabric to make more coats. They really are a pleasure to sew and wear.

Tany said...

FABULOUS coat pattern collection, Marji! This being said from a "coat girl" to another, because coats are by far my favorite garment to sew! I have lots of coats and keep wishing for more!

Nancy K said...

Great idea. I have 2 coats I want to make. I have the Burberry raincoat fabric and lining and need fabric for the button out lining. I also want a , what used to be called a carcoat. I don't really need a long coat but a nice winter jacket would work for me. So, count me in. I am looking for a good pattern for the raincoat. I don't know if I want to make a real trench coat because I am not sure if it is flattering on my figure. I do have a couple of patterns that are possible for the jacket.

MaryJ said...

I would love to join in. I was only thinking yesterday that I want to make a coat but I didnt know if it would be like making a jacket with all the stuff going on inside. So yes please count me in.

alethia said...

Sounds like a great idea. This may help me with my sewing blues. Count me in on this one