Happy new year!! Yeah, yeah, I'm late to the party...
I don't feel like I actually sewed very much in the past year. Sure, I had some big projects, but it all felt like I was focused on special-event stuff (costumes, Smithson gown, etc.). This year, I want to work on regular sewing, with an emphasis on stretching my skill set and challenging myself to make more of my clothing.
To that end, I've signed up for two separate challenges this year. The first is a "Ready to Wear Fast" for all of 2014: I have pledged not to purchase any RTW garments (except socks and undergarments). If I need an article of clothing, I will have to make it. How's that for a challenge!
The second is that I have joined a Make a Garment A Month challenge(MAGAMC). I've intended to do this before, but this time I'm joining a group to hold me accountable. Not that I'll be punished or anything for failing to keep up, but just knowing I'll be expected to post about my projects should be enough to inspire me!
My January Project
I've never had a warm winter coat that I was entirely happy with. Either the fit isn't right, or the sleeves don't sit in the right place, or the collar pokes my chin, or it's too long or too short. So it's time to make my own!
My husband had a Barn Coat from LL Bean that he adored, and it had some great features: toasty lining, big pockets, and it wore like iron. He's been after me to duplicate it, so I'm going to make one for myself to test the pattern before I make one for him.
I found a pattern that was pretty close to what I wanted: Green Pepper's Frenchglen Barn Jacket.
Unfortunately, my local Joanns doesn't carry this pattern. And besides, I was planning on using PatternMaster to draft the pattern. I'm pretty confident I can figure out how those pockets are done by looking at the drawing.
I'll be working on this jacket as my main project at the Virginia ASG Retreat in three weeks!