Greetings in 2020

Yes, I went missing again. I seriously considered shelving my blog but I find it useful to look back at what I did to patterns, and the feedback I get from out there helps with my direction. Also it seemed mean to use other people’s blogs for inspiration and not reciprocate so here I am.

In my last post I said I was about to start a coat – but as you can see I haven’t got far.

The pattern is from Patrones issue 380, and is allegedly designed by Guess. The fabric is fairly deep stash boiled wool bought in Birmingham in October 2016. Time it was used πŸ™„. I knew if I made a toile I would probably grind to a halt again so this was cut directly into fabric before Christmas, and the interfacing ironed into place shortly after that. I even got a few major seams done between Christmas and New Year so I could try on for fit. And stopped.

Seeing this waiting is acting as a log jam against some other ideas I have so I’m putting it out there to shame me into finishing it. I have a full day available tomorrow (provided I don’t spend an age reading the Sunday papers) so I should see good progress by tomorrow night. Hopefully.



I have been enjoying the art group I attend weekly. It’s wonderful being among like minded people and just playing. We are all exhausted by the end of the day but mostly it’s a happy tired. We made marbled paper before Christmas and I brought some home to try book binding. Sadly the pieces weren’t big enough to use as end papers (like in some old books) but I think they look pretty good as covers πŸ™‚.

I hope you’re being more productive than I, but next time I hope to have real progress to show. Bye for now!

29 Comments on “Greetings in 2020”

  1. I like that coat pattern – lovely big pockets and unusual lapels! What lining will you use? I’d been intending to use a bright pink for my very similar green wool coating, but then someone suggested putting the green with grey and now I’m very torn.

    • Kim says:

      I found an almost identical coloured lining on the trip to buy buttons so I’m going with that. Had I gone for just the lining I’d probably still be searching!

  2. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Same thing happens with me and projects – “logs” jamming up the whole show more times than not. If either of us, or any reader, has a solution I’d love to hear it, wouldn’t you? Meanwhile, do carry on with your art as it may inspire you in other areas, and its lovely! 😘

  3. Happy New Year!
    Your coat looks great:)

  4. DON’T YOU DARE STOP BLOGGING! Must try to meet up at half term- anyone else want to join us?

  5. tialys says:

    I love the colour of your coat and the marbled papers are gorgeous.
    I think I would miss the ‘like minded people’ I meet through blogging if I stopped and, although you haven’t mentioned missing us at all in your reasons for stopping, I’ll try not to be offended and assume you really meant to say that you would. πŸ˜‰

    • Kim says:

      Thank you – and believe me when I say I have spent more time reading all of the wonderful blogs (and coming away with more ideas than I could ever make!) than sewing. I would miss you all enormously !

  6. Sewniptuck says:

    Hilariously I have the same issue today. If I make a toile of the Style Arc shirtdress it’s likely to get stuck in process. I’ve measured the pattern and there is ample ease, but I luuuuurve my fabric and if I hate the result I’ll be in deep mourning – dilemma? Note to self, stop reading blogs and go cut the calico Lesley!! But I do love to hear what you’re up to Kim. BTW, just wrote an assignment on dementia last night and apparently creativity is one of the last things to go, so do continue creating those synapses Kim, mwah luv πŸ˜‰ xx

    • Kim says:

      I think I spent so much time having to work so precisely for clients in rebelling. I love this fabric too so I understand what you mean about the result. Good to know that creativity persists against memory loss – although how that stands against my not remembering processes is baffling 😳.
      Great to hear from you. Good luck with that shirtdress!

  7. itwasjudith says:

    Happy (almost) new year.
    The coat colour and the marble paper look lovely ❀️
    Thanks for sharing !

    • Kim says:

      Thank you Judith! I’m hoping that this is the year I get really creative.
      The colour of the fabric is what grabbed me. I love it.
      Marking was great fun – and outstandingly messy 😳

  8. Naomi says:

    I know that fabric! It was worth waiting for!

    • Kim says:

      I can’t believe how long it’s waited!
      I hope you’re sewing more than me – though your new job may interfere with that for a while πŸ˜‰

  9. sew2pro says:

    It’s always lovely to hear from you Kim (you’re doing better than me on the blogging front, despite my best intentions). Happy new year! And happy creativities! PS Love the marbled paper.

    • Kim says:

      Thanks M! I was wondering how you were so it’s good to hear from you. The art class is often outstandingly messy – all the marbling looked vile until it dried but it’s made good book covers 😁

  10. Fadanista says:

    The coat is coming along and I love the design. You have a lot going on in your life so don’t beat yourself up about slow progress. We are here, waiting to read all about it when you do make some!

  11. SewingElle says:

    Love the coat and always love to read your posts. I find other people’s blogs are both inspiration and procrastination. And sometimes more one than the other… Bit there is no way that is going to stop me reading them.

    • Kim says:

      Thank you. I love reading other blogs for the same reasons. I have found some fabulous patterns that I wouldn’t have considered had I not seen someone else’s version. All I need now is to make them up!

  12. I too have been remiss about blogging… I’ve been so busy making. I’ve finally nearly completed a crochet cardigan that I started years ago and gave up on because the pattern was so bad that I couldn’t follow it…. It has been bothering me ever since, so I finally bit the bullet, did my own thing and now I just to have ends to weave in and buttons to sew on. Sometimes these UFOs do feel like they drain creativity, but it feels SO good when they are done.

  13. Tia Dia says:

    I prefer reading blogs to IG, so keep up the odd post if you can!

    The green is just beautiful. I can see why you need a coat from it! And backlogged creativity is my life, too. I’m altering a jumpsuit for DD3 right now, and it *must* be completed before I begin anything new!

    • Kim says:

      We give ourselves these rules. I’m fairness if I didn’t finish things as I go I would have the biggest UFO pile imaginable. Good luck finishing that alteration so you can move on.

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