Project Planning

Hi there!

I’ve got a few stitching projects in the pipeline that I’d like to share with you.
There are a couple of dresses – of course. 

First up is Simplicity 1802, a Cynthia Rowley pattern, in this navy and cream polyester crepe de chine.

Hopefully I’ll be making the sleeveless version – although it’s been so cold here recently I may have to rethink that.   I want a pretty dress to wear on a visit to Luton Hoo for afternoon tea in celebration of a friends big birthday in August.  I’m really hoping it will be warm enough then for a sleeveless dress!
I love the dress paired with orange sandals, but I'll probably be wearing navy ones.

Secondly, a maxi dress from icandy handmade's Hint of Vintage tutorial here. 

I’ll be using a navy and grey stripe jersey from Ebay, with a plain navy for the trim.
Another Sorbetto top is also on the list (is it possible to have too many of these?), this one with a lace collar and possibly a gathered peplum, similar to the Topshop loose peplum top I posted recently about.

This is the fabric I will be using, a lightweight cotton from Ditto Fabrics.   Again, I’m concerned about warmth.  I’m craving pretty tops, but it is cold enough to need a sweater on today, so maybe I should move onto my next – and most ambitious – project, a coat.
The Riveria Kiss Me Coat, from Hot Patterns to be specific. 

I have some blue and grey floral wool mix fabric, also from Ditto Fabrics for this.  I bought it several weeks ago, and am glad I did as it’s no longer on their website. 

I’m a bit scared about this one, I’ve never made a coat before.  The pattern envelope says that is an advanced pattern, but Hot Patterns have a “show and tell” video description of the coat on their website, and the woman in that says its easy.  We’ll see......
If anyone has any super tips for sewing a coat, I’d be more than happy to read them!

I don’t tend to plan very far ahead with my knitted projects, but there are a couple in my queue. 
Firstly a crochet top, based on this one, the Eden tunic from Anthropologie. 

I’ll be “winging it”, using a free Japanese crochet pattern as a basis.  I have some wonderful cotton/cashmere yarn from Colourmart for it.

Then I need to start thinking about the knitted dress I completed about 2/3 of last year and then discovered it was far too big.  I shoved it in the cupboard, unable to face miles and miles of stocking stitch again, but I really want to wear it this winter.  It is this dress from Rebecca, a German company, which I will be knitting in some orange extra fine merino, again from Colourmart. 

So, that's the plan for the moment.  I'm sure it will change, as plans have a habit of doing!

I'd love to hear your opinions, particularly if you have any helpful suggestions for coat making.     

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