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.