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Wishful sewing

2013 November 21
by elizabeth_admin

Do you ever wishful sew?

It’s finally fall here in San Diego, or what passes for fall.  Temps are cooler, especially at night.  There are one or two trees that turn color here and there.  Oddly  enough, palm tree leaves don’t turn color.  I think I’ve mentioned maybe once or twice or thousands of times before that I love fall.  It’s my favorite season.  Fall in New York City is just so beautiful.  Have you ever seen the movie When Harry Met Sally?  I love all the fall scenes in that movie.

I miss the smell of leaves on the ground and the brisk fall air.  I miss wearing a fall wardrobe.  I have a sudden hankering to wear tweedy coats and big fluffy sweaters.

So, if I sew tweed coat, will a real fall magically appear  here?  Oh I know it won’t, but a girl can wish, right?  And that’s where wishful sewing comes in.  You see, I saw the new Mood blogger Nikki’s post on a tweed coat last week and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind.  Seriously.  I keep looking at it.  Looking at the Burda pattern, looking at tweed fabrics on-line.  I’m full on obsessed.  I can’t even finish my vest right now because I can’t get my mind off this coat.  It’s the perfect lightweight fall coat.  Really, it is.  No closure, loose fitting, simple lines.  Fabric choice is gonna be crucial here if this coat is gonna work in this climate.  I will have to search my stash to see what I have.  If I don’t have something just perfect, I might have to make a special trip to LA now, won’t I?

Burda 12-2010-101 Coat

Burda 12-2010-101 Coat


Ain’t that coat suh-weet?

You think I’m crazy, right?  I mean, I live in sunny San Diego.  I need a faux fur vest AND a tweed coat?  omg, I am nuts.

But I’m gonna make that coat.  Oh yes I am.  I’ve already downloaded the pattern.  I’ve traced it off and I’m gonna make a muslin of it.  I’m hoping I won’t have to do much in the way of alterations, but we all know how successful wishful thinking actually is by now, right?

Do you wishful sew?  Do your wishes come true?  Please say they do.

11 Responses leave one →
  1. November 21, 2013

    I wishful sew all the time. And I’ve made a wool coat the past two years. And I actually get to wear them! Not all the time, but enough. Wishful sewing – do it! Wishful pattern fitting… maybe not so much.

  2. Shams permalink
    November 21, 2013

    I think that is a great coat pattern with lots of potential! And, yes, it will really sing in a great fabric.

  3. November 21, 2013

    Ah, why do we always want what we cannot have? As I write this it is -11 C/10F outside. My fantasy sewing is linen and cotton all the time, regardless of time of year. Don’t get me wrong, I love the change of seasons, but once the change has happened I want the season to be spring/summer again. Immediately please. Except for one week this winter when I want to try snow dyeing. 🙂

  4. Judi permalink
    November 21, 2013

    Yes to that coat! No you certainly aren’t crazy…it is the best coat pattern ever! It sure wouldn’t be good here now…cold 23F, very windy and snow today, but in San Diego when it’s a bit “chilly”…perfect!!!

  5. November 21, 2013

    I too love fall and fall sewing and I finally getting to enjoy it after 10 years of spending the cool and cold seasons in Florida. The pattern you have chosen will be wonderful in that fabric and I can’t wait to watch your progress. I find it funny that I am also frequently “sewing in my mind” the next project before I’ve finished the current one.

  6. November 21, 2013

    so, this may seem pretty depressing, but i think you should sew it, because you WANT it, and because mother nature seems to give a rat’s tuckus about us & our expectations of weather! it was 65 two days ago in NY!

  7. Karen permalink
    November 21, 2013

    I feel your pain as I live in hot, humid Houston, TX having grown up in St Louis, MO where they have all four seasons. I’m in love with sewing jackets even though my lifestyle (since retiring) doesn’t really require them on a daily basis. But I will continue to nurture my creativity and sew jackets – lots of them – because it makes me happy. So, I say, go for it and make that tweed coat!

  8. November 21, 2013

    I’m wishful sewing a coat right now too… ridiculously warm and heavy for LA. Marc Jacobs boucle that would keep me warm and toasty in Nizhy Novgorod if needed. I’ll literally never have a chance to wear it there. I think you should sew what you want. So, you may have to pack it and book a special vacation to somewhere very cold!

  9. November 22, 2013

    Fall will definitely appear if you make the coat.

    Oh, and palm trees don’t turn color because they are not trees. They are actually a kind of grass.

  10. Pam permalink
    November 23, 2013

    I’m afflicted by the same obsession…and live fairly close to downtown. So if you come up, tell me, I’ll meet you there and we can grab a coffee – post shop! That’s an AWESOME looking-overly-warm-for-so-cal looking coat pattern though! Anyhow, you can wear it in the mornings for the 52 minutes of chill before the sun is all the way up, right? (glam mornings and little kids – an oxymoron?)

  11. November 29, 2013

    I sure do have wishful sew lists and a jacket is one of them. I’m waiting at the moment for a pattern to arrive to make my very first jacket. Mind you I don’t know if I’ll get much of a chance to wear it where I live as it’s so stinking hot most of the year. But like you I want to sew a jacket and have done for quite some time so I thought I’m just going to do it anyways. I might just have to crank up the air conditioning and wear it around the house LOL

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