Lovely things and lovely plans

It’s true that I’ve been a bit below the radar recently. This post has been in my head for weeks. So I’m combining some loveliness: some gorgeous things I’ve been lucky enough to have won in giveaways ( yes, me! I seem to have had a lucky streak), and finally an attempt to de-clog my imagination with all the lovely things I’d love to sew this season.
So first on to what I’m considering gifts:
Check out this brooch from Ladybird Likes. I was amazed to win this courtesy of Amy at Almond Rock. A big thank you Amy and to Ladybird likes as I chose the beautiful lady but she popped in the flutterby brooch too.

Then Evie at Pendlestitches was in cahoots with Simplicity and I got to choose a pattern as my prize. Now I’d been ogling this Cynthia Rowley set of separates (1783) for a while and therefore my choice was easy. I am bursting to make these up, there’s something about the trousers and the blouse I’m entranced by.  The blouse, by the way is woven & deserves to be made in silk I think …

20131004-124321.jpgAnd while I’m at it I have to give a shout of thanks to the guys at Coats crafts for sending me this vintage pincushion and thread set.  

20131004-124458.jpgWant to know something bizarre?  I didn’t have a pincushion!  It’s true.
And these awesome lace edged zips which I am aiming to embellish something unexpected with….

And if that wasnt enough, I feel as if I’ve been on a bit of a winning spree, having also won this mother!!

It’s a big ‘un folks!!  Party on down!  (after the marathon….;-)  )
Now I’m not trying to gloat. I am just counting my blessings as I’ve had rather a tough year so far, and this is a stackful of bounty when you look at it altogether.

So, onto plans.
My head has been and continues to be all awhirl with trying to get some sense and order to what to sew next. Ive been a bit of a pinball sewster, knocking from one quick project to the other without any real strategy. It’s been great, rather decadent sewing!! But. There are things I need for the winter. I’m talking jackets and outerwear. Those makes that require time, patience and a number of sittings ! Not to be made in one afternoon. The opposite of hedonistic sewing.
Remember my plans to sew a coat? From starting contemplation in August 2013, where did they end up last year? No where. I didn’t even cut the pattern out. So in no order of priority here are some of the coats and jackets I would like to sew this season:
Simplicity 2508 in this awesome wool

I’ve seen that Minerva sells faux leather piping! That could be a match made in heaven and fits with my vision for this fabric.
Ok, I also have the fabric and pattern to make a Minoru

And lets not forget the beautiful vintage vogue jacket, (3007) pattern lent to me by Jane

20131004-125927.jpgTeal wool with floral lining.  The teal doesn’t show up very well in this picture sadly.
And finally on the jacket front, I’ve found the perfect pattern, from this month’s Burda mag ( 10/2013) andfirst time I’ve bought one,  to finally use some Chinese brocade , a gift from my Mum a couple of years ago now

20131004-130347.jpgIt’s got a mandarin collar, princess seams and fitted waist.  CUTE as a button.
And whilst I’ve got other things tinkling away, and jackets and outerwear will keep me very busy ( and scared!) here’s something else I want to scare myself with: making this wonderful Super130 wool into a nice pair of trousers, maybe these Winnie (has to be dont you think?!) wide-legged trousers by Maria Denmark

20131004-130712.jpgAnd to blurge out even more of my ideas so you can get a feel for what it’s like to be in my head, mirroring the stateof  my sewing room:

  • A wool Chardon skirt
  • A wool Miette skirt
  • A needlecord shirt dress
  • Some more Renfrews
  • A pair of flannel PJs
  • A merino cardigan
  • A Darling Ranges dress in burgundy linen
  • Polka dot leggings

And that’s not including the gifts I’m sewing for family and friends ( not for Christmas presents either). Hmmm. Good job I’ll get some of my pre- marathon life back!!

And I’m off work next week too!  Woo hoo!!
I think I’ll have one bigger thing on the go for me as I sew something for someone else. What do you think I should start with?

18 thoughts on “Lovely things and lovely plans

  1. SewSleepy

    I will interested to see both the wool coat and the minoru. I would love to make a coat. I plan on making some comfy pj’s too as they are a winter essential.

  2. Miss Demeanour

    Ooh that brooch is darling! I’m on a coat mission too. I want to recreate a Courreges in either lime green or tangerine. I’ve decided 2013 will not be the year of the sombre winter coat 🙂


  3. Philippa

    So happy to know I am not the only one with more plans than time! I a coat and a warm skirt would be a lovely start to winter sewing…and if you start now, you should definitely have your coat for Christmas 🙂

  4. Sølvi

    Ooo – coat sewing, exciting! I love all your plans, and the faux leather sounds just perfect. And I am also intrigued by how you´ve managed without a pin cushion. Sounds impossible to me! 🙂

    Have fun sewing and planning!

  5. Rachel

    Wowzers, so many wonderful plans and such a great haul of prizes. But how on earth did you survive without a pin cushion! When is the marathon? Wishing you all the very best for it x

  6. Sam

    What gorgeous goodies and exciting plans. I love that Cynthia Rowley pattern, the blouse could be exactly what I’ve been searching for for some gorgeous spotty silk I bought a while ago.

  7. Taracat

    Love the brooches, and I can’t wait to see the coats. I have one that has been in progress since last November, I’m currently deciding whether to finish it but I’ve sort of gone off it so I may have to use the fabric for something else.

  8. MrsC (Maryanne)

    Minoru, it isn’t tailored so a good transition make. Wow, we’re just starting to look t light weight fabrics for summer. I never get used to this upsidey disey world we live in xo

  9. Pat

    Start with the coat. I was scared to death to make a coat. Then I figured out that there was nothing in the pattern that I haven’t done at some point of my sewing life. It took me two weeks to make, but it was worth it. I’m loving the lace edge zips. I immediately went to Coats & Clark in the U.S. and their website is down for maintenance. I’ll check back from time to time because I really want one (or a few).

  10. Roobeedoo

    Whooosh! Another blast of fresh sewing air from the Badger! Thank you so much – that’s all my cobwebs blown away! Maybe I will actually sew something myself! 🙂

  11. Barb

    Well done on some great prizes. Last thing I won was a goldfish at the zoo…it didn’t even make it home alive!

    Look forward to seeing all your loving sewing results – love it when you add beautiful linings and groovy buttons, always so much nicer than anything I can ever buy!

  12. María

    I saw those zippers in my local fabric shop the other day. They are really fancy and I’d like to try them sometime.
    I like the jacket/coat sewing plan. I am also working on one at the moment. And I love that fabric you have paired with the Minoru. Is it houndstooth? It look like that.


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