February 1, 2014


...well with January gone, it is now time to embark on my second annual Fearless February garment. 

I thought that this year the challenge would only involve dealing with the fabric that's had me paralized for 4 years.  But actually it's turned out to be not only the fabric, but the pattern choice too.  I've flip flopped back and forth several times on pattern choice.   I've also made 2 1/2 muslins in the process of  the flip flopping.  Yep, I am the self proclaimed THE MUSLIN QUEEN.  Time consuming?, YES.  Worth it?, I think so, and I'm so glad I went through the process.  I realize that the fabric only cost about 10 bucks, but I do love it (hope that feeling lasts), and I can't readily replace it so I don't want to mess it up.

Here's my pattern choice, the latest muslin rendition, and my first "FINISH LINE LIST" (so named by Oonaballona) of what I need to do to fix it so I can get to the point of actually cutting into the fabric.
Oop Vogue 8548, I'm making View C, the middle version
Muslin #2 1/2
First Finish Line list:
  • increase center back bodice seam 1/4"
  • lengthen shirt length 4"
  • make a 3/4" sway back adjustment in back skirt
  • add faced side seam pockets
  • taper side seams from proposed pocket area to hem 2 1/2" (it's a little to A-lineish for me)
  • ??? Raise shoulder 1/2" (not decided yet)
  • ??? Shorten sleeve and add cuff (not decided yet)
COATS, COATS, AND MORE COATS!!!  I must add here that I am completely OBSESSED with coats and outer jackets this season.  Completely!  I've been so inspired by Tany et lamode's coat wardrobe, the coats made by EricaB, and for everybody elses coats for that matter, that I just want more coats for ME.  Let's just call it newly found COAT GREED, shall we!  

On top of all this, my MOTHER has been strongly insisting (in her subtle Motherly way) that I make a full length coat for at least 5 years.   I HAVE STRONGLY RESISTED!, saying that "I DON'T WANT A FULL LENGTH COAT"!  In a recent conversation when the subject surfaced yet again,  I even offered to make one for her instead so we could change the subject.  Well that didn't work either because she wants it for me???  Well, deep down I always want to please my Mother, so I've finally given in.  Late last month she asked me what my next project was going to be.  I told her it was a secret.  She said, "but you never keep secrets from me". ????  So I had to tell her.

So here's to you Mother!, you'd better be keeping your fingers crossed for me and praying (which I know you always do) that all goes well with this...


  1. Anonymous2/01/2014

    Faye let me say thank you . You have always pleased me.You know I will be there for you.
    So get going!

    1. You are the very BEST Mom ever!!! Bar none!!!

  2. Good luck! (Not that you'll need it.)

  3. Looking forward to seeing how this works out. Should be fabulous with all those muslins :)

    1. Thank you Vicki. You know I always give it my best try!

  4. Good luck Faye! Great pattern. Looking forward to seeing it.

  5. Muslins are always worth it Faye. Good luck with this lovely garment.

  6. Your coat will be fabulous, Faye. Can't wait to see it.

    1. Oh I hope so Lori. thank you.

  7. Good luck as you embark on a great coat adventure.

  8. I have coats on the brain too but that's as far as it's gotton lol! Happy sewing!

  9. Good luck! I have purchased coat fabric, but I think I'm going to put it on the back burner tip next winter. I'll wait and learn from you;)

  10. THis is going to be LEGENDARY! I've made this coat twice because I love this design so much! I remember that I tested a lot with interfacing because I wanted the collar to stay up and the front edge straight, without becoming too stiff...
    I'm sure you'll do a wonderful job, good luck!!

  11. HA, i love it, forced selfish sewing for an unselfish non-recipient!!!

    i was racing through the end of a project yesterday, and i thought of you and made a finish line list. i'm pretty sure it saved me from doubling my time with a seam ripper.

    1. Exactly, forced sewing! I think I'll start calling her "sew bossy". Let me know how that finish line list works for you!!!

  12. I agree with your mother. I'm a person who has an entire coat wardrobe. When I first moved to Chicago, I nearly froze to death and I vowed that would never happen again and it hasn't ;) You are going to love your new coat.

  13. The fabric and the pattern choice are beautiful! I can't wait to see the finished product!

  14. WAY TO GO Faye!!!! Looks like your coat is going to be amazing. I know your Mom and all of us will love it. You picked a great pattern. Hey, I'm a muslin girl myself! I rather take the time to get the fit right before I sew too!




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