First of all, thank you so much for your very thoughtful messages of support after my last post about work-related stress. I generally don’t expect to get much feedback on random non-sewing related posts, but it was wonderful to hear your encouraging words, suggestions, and well wishes. I was really touched – thank you.
After several weeks (months?) of dealing with pressure at work, I’m delighted to announce that I’m taking this upcoming week off from work. Yes, a whole week to myself, hooray! Essentially I’m taking my holiday vacation a few weeks late, since I wasn’t able to take it during the usual time. Unlike the holidays, however, I have no travel plans and have decided to make this an epic sewcation. I’m thrilled!
To really take advantage of an entire week off, I’m embarking on a more in-depth and completely “for fun” project – the Sewaholic Robson Trench. Screw my usual practical projects; this time I really want to dive in and make something beautiful! I spent the day today assembling the PDF, which was quite a few pages (61 to be exact) but was thoughtfully put together. I appreciate it when the pattern pieces are placed to avoid as many overlapping pages as possible.
I’ve realized lately that I much prefer PDF patterns over paper patterns. I know most people fall solidly into one camp or the other, but to each their own. Personally, I like the lower price and instant delivery of PDFs, and I actually find cutting off the edges and taping everything together quite relaxing and all part of the fun of sewing. Since I have no desire whatsoever to rush my sewing process, taking the extra time for assembly is no big deal for me. Plus, I like that all the pattern pieces come out flat, with no fold lines or creases.
Now, in all honesty, I broke my usual rule of only buying patterns that are drafted for my body type. Sewaholic’s narrow-shouldered, pear-shaped model is quite the opposite of my inverse triangle body. However, this pattern was downloadable instantly and had most of the classic trench coat features I was looking for, and with a week off, I figured I could take some extra time for adjustments. I took a bunch of measurements today (of both the pattern and my body) and confirmed that some major shoulder re-working is in order, but I think I have a handle on it. There will be a full muslin, as usual.
After spending the day with paper and pencil, look what arrived at my doorstep this evening! This gorgeous stretch cotton sateen is from Mood and features a blue and purple floral print that’s just the right scale for a coat – not too big or too small. (As of publishing this post, there’s still some left if you want to scoop it up!) I wasn’t sure about the scale when ordering online but was really pleased when I opened the box. The fabric quality seems good too, but we’ll see how it holds up to a pre-wash.
I’ve also ordered some white cotton flannel to interline the coat for added warmth, as well as some purple Bemberg rayon for a full lining. The Robson pattern doesn’t include a lining, but it won’t be too difficult to draft one. I have the time, after all. 🙂 I won’t be doing any tailoring or adding much internal structure to the coat other than the usual bits of interfacing, and I’m hoping the coat won’t really need it. We’ll see though. I may change my mind once I get going.
If you’re thinking to yourself, “Wow, that is going to be a bright coat…”, then we’re on the same page. 🙂 I really wanted to go for it with this project, just for fun! You may have noticed that I enjoy wearing bright colors anyway, so this fabric choice shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. If the finished coat is eye-searingly fabulous, I will have accomplished my goal. 🙂
I hope to post a few in-progress photos every few days over the course of the week, so stay tuned if you’re interested in seeing the coat come together. I don’t think I’ll finish it this week, but I might come close. I’m so glad I finally have some time to dive into a big project. If nothing else, hopefully I’ll be able to replace my stress dreams with fabric dreams. Yay, sewcation!