Here it is, Christmas Eve. The last minute rush through overcrowded supermarkets and shops has come and gone. Food and presents have been bought, holiday leave arranged and a last bit of sewing squeezed in. I'm also moving so I've been packing up, sending off and giving away my things. I have taken photos of my bicycle and - gasp - sewing machine to put up on the 'for sale' notice board at work in the New Year. Before I sell my machine I want to make one last thing, a cheerful red duffle from the Burda November issue.
It is a very simple pattern, not much shaping, loose, easy, right? I'd had it in mind ever since I first saw this issue. I even set off to Amsterdam to meet up with European sewing friends and go to the huge fabric markets there with the aim of buying some red wool fabric expressly for this pattern. I did buy wool but not a woven. I fell in love with a thick double sided knit with a little bit of stretch. The stretch wouldn't matter, would it? I could stabilize it right? Well dear reader this is what comes of putting oneself under time constraints and not listening to the inner sewing voice. I preshrunk my fabric, got eye strain tracing the fiendishly crowded pattern then found I did not have enough interfacing in my dwindling stash to interface to whole thing and decided to go without. This coat was coming back to the mild winters of Sydney.
I ended up with this. Pardon the laughter-shaky pic ..
To say it is too big is an understatement. I considered chopping it up into something else entirely, then I started playing with it and folding bits back. It wasn't so bad after all. I love the colour and the spongy texture of the fabric.
I have a feeling that 2012 will be a very good year. xx
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