Winter Cozy

It’s that time. Time to start cozying up for winter. The cold kind of stinks, yeah…but that just means there’s all this opportunity for warming up and staying toasty :) To be honest, in the winter I am often donning a hat and scarf when I’m sitting at my sewing machine and with tea or cocoa nearby. Mostly because, I am inherently cold…as is my sewing room.

One of my sewing goals lately (and for the upcoming year) is to make more practical wardrobe items for myself. I tend to go for the novelty, both to sell and for my own closet–which I am okay with because you certainly need that fun stuff too!–but I want to incorporate more ‘everyday’ items into my sewing repertoire.

That’s why I recently made this sweater coat with a New Look pattern #6536. The pattern itself is an “easy coat pattern”, so by making it from a knit, there were a couple adjustments necessary.

The pattern didn’t call for any lining, again making it super compatible for a knit. Instead, I just left some of the raw edges exposed.

The knit I used was from Joanns (#15488166). It’s a double knit, so I thought I would make the seams contrast (wrong sides together) to add a little interest.

One of the adjustments I had to make was with the sleeves. When it was all said and done, the sleeves looked much too large. Had I used a heavier fabric so it was more of a coat, they probably would’ve been fine. But with a knit, the roomier sleeves just looked off. So, those got nipped in from the armpit to the wrist.

I’ve been making it a yearly goal when winter comes ’round to make myself a scarf. Last year I made a pretty slate blue infinity…and this year I opted for a cranberry red one. I’ve been wearing it with basically everything, so I’m thinking it was a good choice. ;)

I also made this favorite blue wool coat last year. It’s a Butterick pattern (#6385) that I made from blue wool that belonged to my grandma–which she so wonderfully preserved over 40 some years (!!!) More about it on this post.

Even though everything is frozen and dead for the winter, there’s something so peaceful and calm about nature in winter. It’s always a very quiet and tranquil experience. Don’t you think?

 

Outfit details:

Jeans-Gap; Booties-BedStu, similar; Carpet bag/purse-Vintage from FlowerChild in Columbus, OH.

 

Coming up next: Some holiday sparkle ;)

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Cozying Up for Infinity

I doubt I’m the only one in this region of the country who knows that once the cold hits, it feels like it’s cold forever. So, what else is there to do on these cold and gloomy Ohio days other than bundle up and go for a hike in the #CVNP? Might as well forget about the cold and take advantage of the great National Park we have at our disposal.

We took a wander around some trails near Everett Covered Bridge, which is a pretty cool historical bridge that has been standing since the 1800’s (restored in the 1980’s). I will admit, I had visions of Sleepy Hollow when we first saw it and walked through it…luckily, there was no headless horseman to be seen :D

 

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Of course, taking a hike in early December means cozying up is a must. I did just that with this hand-knitted infinity scarf that my sister made. (And you bet I added another coat layer for our hike to stay even warmer. ;) )

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Handmade necklace is listed in the Etsy shop in a few colors :)

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Outfit Details:

Hand-knit scarf found here, necklace also here; Cleveland Metroparks tee from one of their nature shops; Duster sweater from Old Navy (I can’t seem to retire this sweater…it’s about 10 years old!) Jeans from Anthropologie, similar here (except these are a velvet version); Slimpack Riding Boots by Sorel.

Chenille For Real

“What could I do with these?” is what I asked myself about the re-purposed wool sleeves I used for this coat. They had come off of another wool sweater coat of some kind because it was decided they would be better suited on some other garment. And well, they are. I found the fabric I used while rummaging around textile piles, seeing what I had and what I could use for what. It is a multi-colored woven chenille with a really cool diamond pattern that you don’t really notice up-close.

I admit, setting these thick wool sleeves was a bit of a challenge, but we made it through. And I’m glad we did. This coat is what their ultimate destiny was, after all. ;)

I will say, we took these pictures on a pretty chilly Fall day. This coat helped with the chill by far, but I only had on a long sleeve t-shirt underneath… so if you tend to err on the side of freezing all the time (such as myself), then I suggest throwing on a little something more, or heavier, under this multi-colored beauty.

 

*Warning: Photo-heavy post ahead. Sorry… but all the Fall colors! 8)

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Have a couple versions of this necklace in the Etsy shop right now.

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Mono-clasp closure. This one is also vintage and re-purposed.

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See those diamonds? ;)

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Outfit details:

Coat: Here

Denim: AG, similar here

Necklace *versions of*: Here

Earrings: Made by me

Hat by Converse for Target, No longer available.

BedStu “Sonic” Booties, No longer available but similar here.

Basking in Shibori Glory

A rush of Adrenalin. This is what happens to me when I have a creative light bulb go off. This is also what happened to me the other day when I was wandering around the fabric store, lost in my head of ideas but probably appearing dazed and confused. I can assure you, I was not dazed and confused, only entirely consumed by the right side of my brain.

This post brings you that flashing light bulb. A shibori dyed sweatshirt. I know, I know…”there she goes with her dyeing again”…but you guys…I’m seriously into it, and my addiction is only getting stronger. Textile science is so cool, and the nerd in me obviously agrees. What is sooo awesome about shibori is that it is near impossible to replicate something identically. Every piece of shibori is one-of-a-kind, unique to itself…just like you and me! :D (*Enter cheesy, after school special song*) Seriously though, no two pieces are the same, and truthfully you never really know what you’re going to get until the process is done.

Well, I went a little shibori crazy. I started out just doing the sweatshirt, which I have listed in my Etsy shop, and which you can purchase from 7 color choices, and 4 size choices. But then as I was standing there with a giant pot of dye in front of me, I thought…”what else can I throw in here?” So, I went ahead and also made a 100 % cotton shibori scarf, (also available made to order in 9 color choices) and 2 100% silk purses–which are listed in the Etsy shop, as well.

Check out my Shibori glory below:

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One-of-a-Kind evidence, right here. I was totally in awe when I noticed what looks like little perched owls on the front of this sweatshirt. There ain’t no way that is happening again.

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What else is so cool about shibori dyeing is how different textiles take the dye in their own way due to their own properties. If you look at the cotton scarf and the silk purse-you can see how the color differs slightly.

 

Outfit details:

Shibori scarf, purse, sweatshirt: Found here!

Gap slim straight denim

BedStu Sonic booties, no longer available but similar here.