I absolutely love coats, jackets, vests, raincoats - I love denim and leather and fur and anything other than the same coat all winter and fall...I wear it all! The real story is: I really want a white trench coat and I started one (McCalls 7480) and I scrapped it. This was also the second time making this coat and it still didn't work. The white denim I chose was not behaving and I called it after the beautiful welt pockets and fused self-facing and topstitching every seam - it just died on the form. Too heavy for the pattern design and one day in the Spring you'll see the fabric as a clutch with a leather bottom...I'll remind you.
The Sapporo Coat from Papercut Patterns was popular last year and the pattern is available for me at Topstitch Studio in Decatur GA and I had to have it. It was different, it was casual and I was determined to make it with a unique fabric. Mom and I were in the fabric store and I saw this cashmere that was sold by the panel because of the design. I got 3 panels and it was a challenge to make the pieces of the pattern work, but I got it done after a weekend of looking at it on the floor. I love the pattern and the colorful lining which I had in my stash. The most fun part of this coat was the fact that it snowed the next week in Atlanta and I made a hat and went outside to take pics. The snow added to the design.
SIMPLICITY 8418 - Believe it or not I did have a bomber jacket and I was waiting on the right fabric to come along especially for the winter and I wanted a heavy one. Here is Simplicity's 8418 - just a fun project!
The surprise piece here is the t-shirt from Sasha Secondo-Piano, an indie pattern of the best t-shirt I've seen. The fabric is a light faux leather and I've made it 3 times.
My favorite January project - McCall's Vest 7291. Here I thought I was testing a piece of faux leather I got at my local fabric store and it turned out so cute and you guys loved it, so maybe I'll make another. The fabric was easy to work with and I topstitched every seam. It's unlined so it's done in an hour including the belt. I'm sure different fabrics will behave differently so expect that.