I have been noticing that many folks on Instagram or in their blogs have been doing a bit of 2020 review. Now, I am not too excited about looking too closely at the year from you-know-where, but I did do some sewing and a little stock taking in that area is always interesting. I find that each year there are a few themes that pop up. Some are things that I want to remember and keep, others are, well, meh? So here are a few observations from the past year...
My love affair with Merchant and Mills was only enhanced by a wonderful week long workshop in adorable Rye, England. I didn't know it at the time of course, but it would be the last time in 2020 that I actually spent time with anyone except my husband!!!! (I do have to say how incredibly fortunate I am to have someone that, even after 34 years, I still am glad to hang out with...even though this year has definitely tested those limits.😬)
The best part of any workshop for me is getting to see things in person. I was very surprised by the patterns I actually chose to make. They were definitely not the ones I would have expected and I am so happy that I tried them I have used all of them several times since bringing them home to the US.
I had a last hurrah for coats. I love making coats, wearing coats, the fabrics that coats are made from, the engineering of coats...all things coats, BUT, I will be living in perpetual summer and coats will not be an important staple of my wardrobe anymore. So, as I was sorting through my stash and figuring out which pieces would make the cut into my new wardrobe future, there were a couple of pieces that I just had to make, whether or not they ever get worn other than for the pictures in this blog!
The fabric for this coat is a bit of a mystery. Besides the fact that I can't remember where it came from, I also have no idea what its fiber content is. It is a chunky sweater knit on one side and has a faux leather look finish on the other side. Whatever it is I had fun making it into what my Mom would call a "carcoat." I think that meant that the length of the coat was such that it didn't get caught in the car door when you closed it! I don't know with this one since it hasn't even been in the car!