Uh, so I just placed my very first online order for fabric. I'm sort of terrified, someone please hold my hand! Although I'm not really sure if I'm more afraid that the fabric won't be what I expect, or that I've just opened up a very expensive can of worms....
I'm buying with a purpose though. I know I haven't done much sewing of late, but there's two specific types of things missing from my wardrobe that I can't seem to find in town: 1) a coat that's not overly expensive (I'm looking at you, Canada Goose) and/or ill-fitted, and 2) pants. PANTS omg. I have one pair of jeans that I sort of like, and another pair that are okay so long as I'm wearing a long top, and that's not doing it! I have other things I want to make, but I think I need to focus on those two.
Let's start off with number 1: Winter Coat
Cascade Duffle Coat, the cropped version, probably with a hood. I plan to do some mods to it, probably an FBA (maybe? I'll have to double-check to see what Suzy did with her version, because it's fantastic) and I want to change up the pockets. Patch pockets look fun, but they're useless for me since I always keep my hands in them and patches that high won't work. Unless I do a side opening on them. Hmmm.
The fabric on the left is for the body, a heavyweight steel grey melton fabric that's 80% wool and 20% nylon. The lining is on the left, and is a 100% nylon "charcoal grey" bemberg. I'll probably find some sort of thermal layer for in between, because these two won't cut it alone up here.
I know it's a boring colour palette, but that just means I get to play more with colourful knitted accessories!
And then there's the dreaded 2) PANTS.
This is entirely Gillian and her polka dot pants fault. I love the pair she made, and since I like narrow legged pants (but NOT skinny pants), I think it'll be pattern to try. It's Style Arc's Elle pants, and even though I've never tried this company before, they look pretty simple to put together and Gillian recommended them. If I'm going to be playing with fit, I might as well try an easy pattern!
The recommended fabric is sort of annoying though - they want at least 30% stretch, which is not easy to find. Hence the fabric.com order! I found two pieces that I'll try, including an indigo super stretch denim that's 96% cotton, 4% spandex, and 25% stretch on the left. I hope it'll be enough! The fabric on the right is called Chicago Jacquard Stretch Denim Pindot Midnight Blue/Black, and is made up of 65% rayon, 32% polyester, and 3% spandex. I'm less certain about that one, but who could resist the look of it, and it has 40% stretch. They're both medium/heavy weight, so I'm hoping they'll be alright for this.
I'm really good at planning, and not so good at actually sewing things, so we'll see. But I've already ordered the fabric so maybe!
I mentioned above that I'm afraid of ordering fabric online. I'm more afraid of sewing pants. SOMEONE HOLD MY HAND PLEASE.