Green [Sewing] Thumb

Yes. It is summer. And yes. I have also made yet another coat. Though, I will say, for as cool as June has been this year in CLE…there are some nights I could have probably used a coat like this. Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving this coat…but I am definitely crossing my fingers the rest of the warm weather months are you know, warm.

This make has been festering in my brain for a while now, I just wasn’t sure what color lining I wanted to use so I’ve put off making it. Finally, the other day I found this beautiful periwinkle colored lining fabric on sale at JoAnn’s for $2.99 a yard and figured it was fate. Though the print itself is mostly a green floral, there is a very faint hint of a purple-y shade that is totally brought out by the periwinkle lining.

It wasn’t something I thought of until mid-making, but I was glad I chose to do a Mandarin style collar for this coat because the print really blends well with it. I actually used the same pattern (B 6385) for this coat as I did for this post from the winter.

I also made the top I am wearing. It was a VERY simple and straight-forward pattern (M 7570; recommend for beginner sewists) the only thing is that I will have to alter the shoulders slightly because they are a bit tight and probably need a little more ease.

Check out my Instagram post for a look at my sewing stages! ;)


Outfit details:

Coat & top: me made; Jeans: Gap; Shoes: Target (no longer available); Purse: J.W. Hulmeย ; Necklace: coming soon to Etsy shop.


How the Flowers Grow…

This month, I’ve been trying to participate in a sewing photo challenge via Instagram, initiatedย by Bimble and Pimble. Today’s challenge is Prints or Floral, and since today is also Small Business Saturday, I thought I would feature this floral statement coat on both my blog, and for my #bpsewvember Insta post.

Supporting small businesses is very important to me. Growing up, my mom was a small business owner and the exposure I was able to get from that is something totally irreplaceable. She absolutely loved what she did, and for a kid to see that kind of passion at a young age instills some very important values. Small businesses are truly the bread and butter of any economy. It is those entrepreneurs who are just following a dream to do what they truly love or care for andย who make a difference in our world that inspire others to do the same. To me personally, (and I’m sure many others as well) supporting those businesses especially in today’s world of giant conglomerates and fast fashion, means a whole lot more.

So cheers to you, small businesses…keep on keepin’ on. You got this.

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This is definitely an early Fall (or Spring!) weather-appropriate coat. Layers recommended for added warmth. ;)

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You guys! I made my very first GIF! Call me a dork, but I was quite proud. :D Expect more in future posts. ;)

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Striped pockets?!

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AND a striped collar. ;)

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These leaves and berries look like they could have inspired some of the fabric pattern. :D


Outfit details:

Coat, handmade, here.

Vince Camuto blouse from Dillards, no longer available, but similar here.

Pilcro denim from Anthropologie. Similar here.