This year I thought I'd make a different kind of coat altogether. One that would be presentably elegant, would cover any wardrobe item I might choose to wear in deepest winter, would be warm, but would be L I G H T. This requires abandonment of heavy wool, and the embracing of impermeable synthetic fabrics and Thinsulate!
For my pattern I chose a Burda envelope pattern, number 7731. Like my heavy wool coat, this one is quite long and has a nice easy A-line. It has an interesting collar. Unlike my heavy wool coat, it has no difficult-to-sew details. The sleeves are cut-on. It has princess seams. It does have pockets, unlike the ostentatiously impractical Vogue Couture pattern. And it will not be heavy!
I had a marathon cutting-out session a few weeks ago. But I'm having trouble getting into this project. More to come.
I'm also going to be making men's shirts. I've asked my husband how he would like to be referred to here - he didn't go for "Mr. Sewing Lawyer" so "my husband" he shall remain. Anyhow, he has designed some fabric for himself, which he had printed up at Spoonflower. The motif is trilobites. These ones are from the Ordovician era (488 to 443 million years ago, give or take). In our city (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), the sedimentary rock was laid down in this time period and fossils of trilobites and other creatures of the time can be found, if one looks carefully.
My husband created the image using rubber stamps cut out of gigantic pink erasers. The stamped images were then coloured with chalk pastel and scanned. He manipulated the scanned image using PhotoShop. Stencils were also involved. The resulting print is very attractive, and it's going to be my job to turn it into a truly one-of-a-kind shirt. Stay tuned.