Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Ignorance Is Bliss






Happy New Year everyone! Christmas is now all packed away and like everyone else, I'm looking forward to a new year. I love new beginnings and goals....fitness goals, financial goals, personal growth etc... but when it comes to my sewing, this year I am going to ignore my thoughts about resolutions and goals. yikes!  Yup. Let's just wait and see what happens and where my wardrobes needs and more importantly, where creativity leads. I just want to keep sewing fun and enjoyable!
Here's to blissful ignorance of sewing goals in 2016!


Butterick 6244 has been pretty popular these days. Eryn from Sew Style Me made an awesome sleeveless version in orange, I love the classic camel color of Lori's of Girls In The Garden, and Frivolous At Last's Lori's plaid version is GORGEOUS! I made this red one back in early November and have worn it so much, I think I wore it for every Christmas shopping excursion I went on. It just seems to be a perfect addition to my wardrobe.


This pattern is a really good staple to have in your collection. The style is a loose one, so of course fit issues are minimal and it is a simple make....although...I did have some trouble with the darts but once I figured that out, I was fine. I couldn't find a good explanation for this at the time but after looking for help on sewingpatternreview.com...to share with you and found a sewalong for this coat through Lori. Thanks Lori!! Go read about the front darts before you start...save yourself the trouble.

For my coat, I used a lightweight basket weave coating. When choosing a fabric for this pattern be sure that either both sides are the same or the wrong side is nice because it will show.


So, now I'm off to catch up on my favorite blogs... I have missed you all!
Let's have fun with our sewing this year!



45 comments:

  1. I love the RED! This is a great pattern. I sewed a grey version and wore it endlessly in the fall. I'd like to sew a sleeveless version to wear as a top layer during these cold months. Happy New Year and happy sewing!

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    1. I love the sleeveless versions I have seen too. I think this would be great in a cozy knit for the winter. Thanks Michelle!

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  2. The coat is gorgeous in that rich colour and I totally agree with the go with the flow no goals thing :)
    Happy 2016 sewing !

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    1. Thanks Sasha! Let's all have fun sewing this year!

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  3. OMG it's beautiful! You look stunning!

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    1. Thank you Shanni! I think it's the color that makes it.

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  4. LOL....I'm all in too...blissful ignorance of sewing goals 2016.

    Now you...the lady in red...you absolutely know your colours and silhouettes Margo! This is a stunning make! One thing, of many, that I'm learning from you is that sometimes patterns can be more simple construction-wise. I'd make it a sewing goal 2016...if I was doing that LOL...to really concentrate on making pieces that fit so seamlessly into my wardrobe, just like you do!

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks Sue! Sometimes life calls for a simple pattern in a more wow fabric. Can't wait to see what you make this year. Happy New Year my friend!

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  5. Gorgeous! I just peeked at the sewalong and I see what you mean about those darts. You look phenomenal in red.

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    1. Thanks Allie! The sewalong is super helpful...just wish I had seen it first..

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  6. Red is definitely your colour. Perfect coverup for this time of year.

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    1. Thanks Manju! It's a great transition piece.

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  7. Hi Margo! Thanks for your lovely compliment on my plaid version of this coat. Yours is FABULOUS! Red really suits you and this looks like a piece you could throw on over just about anything and look stunning. Well done.

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    1. Thank you Lori! I loved your plaid version so much!

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  8. I can see why you wore this coat on all your Christmas outing. It's lovely!

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    1. Thank you Heather! You and I like our red... don't we?

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  9. Lovely. A super bright colour to chase away the dullness outside. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you Anne! Happy New Year to you!!

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  10. My goal is always the same-Sew as much as I can and whatever I feel like making. This year I may even chronicle my adventures.

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    1. Yay for keeping it fun in 2016! Starting a blog is so fun...hope you love it!

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  11. So beautiful! Love the red on you--classic and dramatic all at the same time.

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    1. Aww...thanks lisa! I really like those adjectives...classic and dramatic.

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    1. Thank you Noelle, I think the color is what really makes this coat work.

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  13. Perfect coat Margo. Happy New Year and 'let's see' sounds like a 'plan' 😀

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  14. Gorgeous coat! The colour and style suit you beautifully. This will be a fantastic garment to add some colour during the drab winter.

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    1. Thank you Jean! A vibrant color is a sure way to brighten any day!

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  15. Gorgeous! now please tell me that fabric is from Fabricland so I can get some too???

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    1. I bought it a Fabricville...it was on one of those sample tables. Hope you can find some!!

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  16. Ooh, I just made this! I struggled hardcore with the darts and found the sewalong really useful for that step.

    As for goals, I'm repeating what I did last year: do whatever I want for a few months, then set some goals based on what I've gotten most interested in. It was nice to have part of the year for organic, creative exploration and then narrow in on things to feel accomplished about in the later part of the year.

    I fully support your decision to do whatever you want and can't wait to see what you create. (Apparently what *I* want is to talk about myself endlessly in other people's comment sections...)

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    1. Great idea Sara! I love that we can share in the comments section!! TFS!!

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  17. Beautiful, gorgeous coat, Margo! Another coat for your banister. :) As a beginner sewer (with lots of dreams), I have to keep my goals fun and simple. My Christmas pillows were a hit with family and friends and now I am making my grand daughter a new bathrobe. Your coat looks tempting, thanks for the sewalong site. I may be in to look for this lightweight basket weave coating. Any red left? :)
    Almeda

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    1. I think that this may be more of a Coatigan... ;) I bought it at the Bedford store so I hope you can still find some there!! Good luck!

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  18. What a gorgeous version, Margo! I love the burgundy. Oh gosh, I'd forgotten about those dang darts! Love it!

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    1. Thanks Eryn! Yeah those darts....I wish that I could forget them...

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  19. I love this! It's so flattering :-) do you think the pattern would work for a sweatshirt fabric?

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    1. thanks Margaret! The main consideration is the drape of the fabric...it would work well with heavy ponte.

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  20. This is fabulous! I really love you in red. I like the idea of ignoring goals and going with the flow. I think sometimes being rigid causes rebellion! ;) I look forward to your makes in 2016!

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  21. I'm sorry the dart were challenging! But it's great to hear that the sew-along helped. Your finished coat looks fantastic on you!

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  22. Such a gorgeous coat! It is the perfect shade of red!

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