|First Vintage Pledge of last year|
|Portia's Refasionhers Challenge|
I had wanted to make a smart coat for the Child for a while, but it was a trip to London to see the Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House that really nudged me into finally doing it. I just decided that she couldn't possibly wear her anorak to London (country bumpkins!) despite the fact that no one would be looking at her or her coat anyway!!
I used Vogue 9043 for the pattern and made a straight size 5 for my nearly 6 year old (sob!) with the only change being less height on the sleeve cap. The coat fits well now, however if she has a big growth spurt I don't think it will last next year, which is a bit of a shame so I'm planning on making her wear it a lot!
I bought the fabrics, lining and interfacing from Stone Fabrics and they couldn't have been more helpful in helping me choose. I ordered 4 wool swatches and 2 velvets and did a quick Instagram and family poll and the results were fairly unanimous. For once I went with the majority vote! Unfortunately this wool is now sold out (I bought the last bit, sorry!) but it was a gorgeous British herringbone tweed at £17.95/m - I bought 1.35m which I think makes this a fairly cost effective coat. I chose a quilted lining for warmth but this does take up some room inside the coat, hence it fitting perfectly now with no room for growth.
Also towards the end of last year I made a couple of bags for Love Sewing Magazine! I cannot describe my excitement about this, and about seeing the published article this week. It was pretty amazing to be Star Maker a few months ago, but to actually make something for the magazine was just brilliant!
So, 2016 has started with a bit of a bang and I am really looking forward to seeing what the rest of the year will bring. We have lots of exciting stuff planned already for the year, including a wedding in Italy at which I will be Matron of Honour and Child will be a flower girl - we are both giddy with excitement! I cannot wait to see what the rest of the year will bring! I hope you all had a lovely festive period too and are feeling relaxed and refreshed for the New Year!