Thursday Ramblings-December Plans

Good Morning

I haven’t touched my machine in a couple of weeks. Shameful I know, but I’m working a second job right now, so I’ve been super duper tired. Every day, I say I’m a quit the second job, then pay day rolls around and I’m like well its not so bad.

Truthfully I love my second job, most days, I’m on my feet and I walk a ton, I average about 14,000 steps a shift. I wrote out a 5 year plan/goals, stuck it on a board, and I guess you can call it a vision board, lol. I need a photo of a couple tho, because I’m thinking its time to actively start dating. So my mother can stop asking me, Anna, you got a boyfriend yet!!

Moving right along, so my goals for December, is to start my winter coat, here is the inspiration

Winter Coat Goals
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Dior Fall 2013 or maybe 2014

Oddly enough my friend sent me a text saying, I better make her a head scarf before I start a whole Olivia Pope winter coat.
I don’t watch scandal so I wasn’t aware, that this was worn by Olivia Pope, I may try to locate the episode to see if any shots of the back of the coat.
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 I thought this coat had a curve front hem now found another shot of this coat, and its straight, so maybe it was the camera angle, and the leg moving, but I’m leaning toward curving the front hem

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Back of the coat

I love the back of the coat, not sure how much I plan incorporate into my coat but I do love it

My Pattern Choices

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Butterick 5824

It’s out of print and was hard to find in my size, I even sent a instagram message to McCall’s pattern company, and Gertie herself no response back of course. I posted in a few facebook groups, then I remembered Gertie had a group so I posted there, and found one in the UK, so it should be here this week.
What I love about the pattern is the skirt and the collar, I feel this collar could be flipped up or worn down.
I started looking at different versions of this coat, and realized I wasn’t liking the bodice and sleeves fullness, which she designed to be like this per her blog post, and seeing the finished garments on multiple people I wasn’t sure if I wanted that. I wanted a more tailor cut. Because I already have larger arms and didn’t want all that extra space.

So I went back and looked at this

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Vogue 9040

Honestly I think this pattern is suppose to be inspired by the Dior, just my thoughts. I sort liked the coat but wasn’t thrill by it, however the bodice and sleeves, are perfect. So the goal is to take View D bodice and sleeves and put it on Butterick 5824 skirt.

I do want to keep the collar of the Butterick but I may play around with both to see which one I like the most. If I use Vogue I will have to have it extended to meet the front, it stops and just flaps the way it currently design and I don’t like that.

I don’t like either pockets, so I will have to figure out how to do my own.


My body coating is from Fabric Mart, its a dark blue cashmere wool blend.
I’m leaning towards ordering this kasha satin lining from Vogue Fabrics

I’ve been reading about interlining/underlining, and I haven’t really grasped it yet. If I use the kasha satin lining, which has flannel backing will I still have to interline the coating itself. Not so much the interfacing of it. If that makes sense.

I was debating if I should go with a cheaper lining, and just use a interlining for the whole coat, or just stick with the Kasha satin lining.

Other December Plans

Well that’s enough about the coat, I also want to make two dresses this month, one I want a really fancy velvet dress, 70’s vibes but I have no where to wear it too, unless my couch with wine counts.
I can’t think what the second dress was for, oh the Little Red Dress project I may skip it tho because I can’t think of anything to make.

I do have some cognac velour I want to make into a jump suit, we shall see. The only downside of the jumpsuit, is the zipper and not having anyone to unzip me when its time to go to the bathroom. I thought of making it off the shoulder, that way I have no problems. If I make it off the shoulders, I want fancy sleeves then.

Granted its already December 7th, lets see how much of this really gets done this month. I do plan to blog about the coat making process.

Well that’s enough rambling for now…

Until Next time Sew on


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  1. December 8, 2017 / 12:10 am

    If you have Kasha lining, that takes care of the reason people interline. The flannel provides an extra layer of warmth/wind protection. Underlining in a coat is usually used when the fabric is fine or frays a lot. It doesn't sound like you'll need to interline or underline. But Interface. Interface. Interface!!

    I would read Erica B's coat posts, Beth's (, Gorgeous Fabrics' blog. I think Renee ( posts a lot of her coat construction info too.

    It's definitely a project worth taking your time on and doing some light tailoring on if you don't want to go all out.

    I'm IN LOVE with the back of that coat! It is glorious!

  2. December 8, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    Thank you I will look at their post, and Im glad I only have to get the Kasha lining, and I will make sure I got interfacing.
    Im excited I plan to take my time, and tailor this coat. I did pick up the Vogue 9040 Craftsy course, because it was on sale with the pattern, so some tailoring tips is in that. And I got a tailoring book. Im hoping to have it done by January but depends on my schedule, but this is the one project I will not rush

  3. December 8, 2017 / 5:43 pm

    Yep. You'll be so happy with it in the end. Take the time and enjoy the process!!

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