New Coat – Purple of Course

Minoru coat

I’ve finished the Minoru Coat at last.  The intention was to have a wearable toile and I think it’s very wearable.

Hood up

I made the version with the hood – it zips into the collar if it’s not needed.

I followed the 2012 Sewalong at Sewaholic patterns and learned a lot.

Now for the technical details:

What did I change?

I didn’t elasticate the waist because I made it from such heavy fabric it would have looked bulky.

I added a couple of in seam pockets for a handkerchief or a dog biscuit or two.

Would I make it again?

Definitely. I am going to make a waterproof version with patch pockets.

What was best about the pattern?

I like the two hidden pockets inside and the extra hip room -my hips are small compared with the rest of me but the extra room is good for cycling and riding.

Would I recommend the Minoru pattern?

Yes, definitely.  But if you are not very experienced I think the Sewalong details really help.

I really made the jacket to ride in but I can’t quite bring myself to get it dirty.  Not yet anyway.

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1970s Dress and Some Plans for 2013

Woman's Weekly Dress 1970s

This dress appeared in Woman’s Weekly in the 1970s.  Looks pretty awful doesn’t it? I think if I’d seen this photo rather than the pattern drawing I wouldn’t have bid for it on Ebay. But…

Woman's Weekly Dress Pattern 1970s

Much better like this isn’t it?   I’m thinking of long sleeves but I’m not sure whether short or midi.  Anyone any thoughts, please? I’d welcome some advice.

Minoru pattern

I’ve just signed up over at Did You Make That? to make this jacket this year.  I was going to make it in the autumn but I never got round to it. I couldn’t find any waterproof fabric so I did nothing.  This year I plan to make a wearable toile and keep looking for attractive waterproof stuff.  Is there such a thing?  I think there must be, but where?

New Look 6000 Pattern

I bought this last year when so many people were making it.  It’s a lovely dress and I could do with more dresses. So, wearable toile here we come!

I ‘ve made a skirt and nearly finished a top over the Christmas break so I’ll show some photos very soon.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!

1950s Sewing Giveaway – the Winner

One of the fabulous 1950s patterns won by Carolyn who blogs at Handmade by Carolyn.  Congratulations!

Please email your details to me Carolyn and I will send you the patterns very soon.

1950s Sewing Giveaway

One of my giveaway patterns.

Who doesn’t like a gift?  If you like vintage sewing then this one is for you.

The suit pattern is from 1958 and in really good condition.  It’s a size 38 inch bust but I know lots of you can regrade patterns easily enough if the size isn’t right.  It even has a lining pattern. Weren’t patterns amazing back then?

This one is a fabulous blouse – much used by a previous owner.  It would be fun to see it made up again.   It’s from 1955 and a size 36 inch bust.

I’m giving them away as one package to someone who would like to make at least one of the garments and show the finished item on their blog.

If you would like to take part please leave a comment on this post saying which item you would like to make. I’m going to make the deadline midnight British Summer Time on 12th October 2012 and I’ll choose the lucky winner the next day.    You must have a live blog to take part as I would love to see the results of your sewing and link them here.

Good luck!