I’ve mentioned that I’m following along with the Wardrobe Architect series and participating in the Albion sew along, both over at Colette, right? I thought so.
Well, the sew along has started and I’m already behind! I haven’t had the time to buy buttons or even wash my fabric yet! At least I’ve managed to trace the pattern is sew up my muslin so there’s that…
My measurements had me between a small and a medium and I wasn’t quite sure what to pick. The finished measurements are huge! (Love that they’re provided at least.) I ended up measuring one of my favorite coats, a navy blue trench. I measured the upper back between the shoulders. It was a full inch smaller than the size small. I briefly entertained the idea of making an extra small but something told me that would be too small. Besides, the trench is a little dressier (i.e. more fitted) and this jacket is casual so it should be looser. Small then. I don’t want to float in it.
I sewed it up. I was rushing a little and couldn’t get my pieces pinned together properly. You know, I’ve been sewing so much on a short deadline this past month that I feel a little stuck in an adrenaline-fueled rush mode. I took a deep breath, sort of calmed myself (as I type, I still have that “hurry hurry hurry” feeling), and managed to finish up. And then I tried it on. Perfect. The shoulders are right where they need to be and I have just enough room to move. The extra small would definitely have been too small. So no need to adjust the shoulder width, and the sleeves are perfect. I want it shorter though. I’ve already pinned it up by 4 inches in the picture. It’s a more flattering length for me.
The only issue I have now is the lack of waist definition. Kind of sack like… I though of doing a simple alteration to add waist shaping but I think I’d rather leave it like that. Later on in the sew along, there will be a drawstring waist customization and I might be doing that instead. My other idea is simply to make a belt with leftover fabric. Since I’m shortening the coat by 4 inches, I should have at least that much to work with.
Hopefully, I’ll manage to catch up next week. And calm down.
And then, there’s the Wardrobe Architect series. I only managed to get to the second worksheet on Wednesday. I wish I could have taken a little more time with it. However, I know that if I don’t do it now, as the series is being posted, I’ll never do it. Fast is better than never, right? I’ll just skip ahead to the conclusion of the exercise which is 3-5 words that describe you. Here are mine.
- Thoughtful : this encompasses a lot for me. For me it means introspective, quiet, well thought out, socially conscious.
- And here is the one I don’t have a word for. It’s about appreciating good food, beautiful things, lovely scents, sounds, tactile pleasures. Appreciation of the pleasure of the senses. Got a good word for that?
And then I did take the time to make a Pinterest board to represent it all. I had to rush it a little but here it is anyway.