Saturday, December 20, 2008

JOY ~ Woman of Mystery

I know, it's been a while. Between the trip to Georgia for Thanksgiving and finishing up all of the Christmas presents to be mailed by Dec 12...well, there just hasn't been any time. So, now that the Third Grade Christmas Party is over (smashing hit I might add..."Best Room Mom EVER") and the Husband has calmed down (his students are well on their way home for Christmas break), I finally have some time to share my latest projects.

I have promised you all pictures of my new Trench Coat. This has to be the neatest project I have completed in a while. I know, I say that all the time but seriously, this one was fun. This is a pattern I picked up at Fall Market in Houston and am currently carrying in the store. It was created by Kay Whitt, owner of Serendipity Studio ( It's called the Sophia Trench Coat. Can I just tell you something? I feel so incredibly sexy in this coat! Not only because it's a fine looking coat but, I made it!! Sure, I sew all the time, I make new things everyday, but there was something about this piece that I am just so proud of! It is the second garment I have ever made (that is actually wearable). First of all, the directions were in a word...FANTASTIC. For someone who has never attempted a project like this before, I was amazed how easy it was to put together. And FAST!! I think I had it cut out in about an hour and it was completed by noon the next day. Okay, here are my goofy pictures:

I used Amy Butler's August Fields Home Decor fabric. (Kay suggests using this weight of fabric and I can't imagine making it out of anything else. She also suggests wool or a vinyl coated cotton.)

I wanted a fabric that would really stand out since I will wear this coat in my booth as we travel next year. That's how I noticed it in the first place. Kay was wearing hers in her booth at Market and I instantly gravitated toward it!!

I know, right? HOT! Look out, Paris. You have some serious competition in the pose department!


Marie said...

Wow, you sure do look great in that coat. I've never made anything for myself, only the kiddos, but I'm afraid I'll just waste good fabric and my time will be spent with the seam ripper. But you make this one sound so easy and it looks so flattering on...I don't know, I'm still on the fence about sewing for myself. Anything with sleeves and a collar scare me!

A Joyful Soul Fabrics said...

I've never done a collar or sleeves either. These sleeves are easy easy!! They are raglan sleeves which means you don't have an arm hole to navigate. The seams go from the wrist all the way up to the collar. The collar I did mess up on the first time but had I sat down, looked at my pattern pieces and really read the directions, I wouldn't have had any trouble. Make sure you know which is the top and which is the bottom! (I'm not a patient sewer. I need results immediately. If I can't finish the project in less than two days, it's not for me!!) Kay does suggest using a "not so expensive" fabric first so if you do make a mistake, it's not going to break the bank. I don't have patience for that so I just went for it. Thank you so much for your compliments! I really am proud of this. I wore it in my booth yesterday at the Oklahoma City Winter Quilt Show and got so many compliments. If you decide to try it out and need help, I'm just an email away!

jona said...

I've had that patterns since Quilt Market too but have I made anything??? Nooooo! You did a beautiful job on that and I'm completely inspired!!

A Joyful Soul Fabrics said...

Just do it!! It was so neat to see it completed! What a sense of accomplishment. I can't tell you how many compliments I got on it at the OKC Quilt Show this weekend! (Plus I sold about a dozen patterns!) You'll really love it! Just take your time and read the pattern if you aren't really familiar with garment sewing. Like I said, this is the second garment I've ever made and I couldn't have been more pleased! Good luck and send me a picture!