So how can it be February already? Believe me, I am not complaining. January was snowy and cold…really cold…like single digits cold for 3 weeks. Good riddance I say. Last week I read about the Fearless February Sew-along on Victoria’s blog Ten Thousand Hours of Sewing. It struck a chord with me. I often let my fear of making a mistake in the sewing room stop me from starting or sometimes finishing a project. So, I have two goals for my own Fearless February. 1). Finish the Claire Shaeffer tailored jacket I started 5 years ago in a class and 2). try my hand at piece work for a local clothing manufacturer.
I am happy to report that I have made progress on one of the two. On Monday, I called C&C Sutlery. They make and sell Civil War and Indian War period clothing, and I had heard that they were looking for more seamstresses to do piece work for them. They gave me a men’s shirt to sew up as a trial garment. Today I delivered it to them and they were really happy with the work. I have a couple of reasons for doing this….first off, it is a way to possibly subsidise my fabric obsession. I mean, I won’t get rich, but every little bit helps when it comes to fabric accumulation. Secondly, I want to stretch my skills. I want to become a faster, more organized, and more confident sewist. I think this will help. I just need to make sure that I keep time for my sewing because I need to work on my first goal for February, sewing up that jacket. I will keep you posted.
I have this wonderful brown and black wool plaid that I think it would look great made up in this. Of course I wanted to try it out first before I cut into my beautiful wool, so I pulled out a rayon/poly (insert icky cheap) fabric that I picked it up at JoAnns a few years back for .99 cents a yard. I have enough to make a skirt too. Yay me. The fabric is pretty to look at but not really that much fun to sew. Anyway, moving on. Here is how it turned out.
I’m not sure if you can tell from this photo, but the fronts are on the bias, so I think it would look really cool with a plaid. The only changes I made were to shorten the body 1 inch and the sleeves 2 inches.
The fabric misbehaved a lot…here is one of the sleeves after pressing.
I had to give it a stern talking to.
There, that’s better
The color of the jacket is a dark chocolate with pastel slubs. It reminds me of an Easter basket.
I’m glad I shortened it.
Here is the side view, and Sam. He was soaking up the sun in the bedroom windows. I have no idea what he is looking at…maybe he is beseeching God that he won’t get swallowed by my sleeves. I think I will taper the next ones.
I really like wearing the jacket, but I am wondering if the style is too trending to commit my wool to. Hmmm….what do you guys think?