No it's not the last post that I am doing here, gentle reader, but it may be the last trully sewing related one for a while. This is the last garment that I made before I left Sydney. I'd bought some exquisite merino wool knit from The Fabric Store in Surrey Hills. If you are in Sydney they are worth a visit. For everyone else I'm sorry they don't sell over the internet. They sell a beautiful mixture of designer leftovers and end of season from Europe stuff. They seam to have a steady supply of this New Zealand merino knit though and I'd bought some with this wrap in mind. The pattern is the Simplicity 2603 that has been reviewed almost a hundred times on Pattern Review click here and I can't recommend it too highly. If you like cardi wraps for trans-seasonal wear or travelling this is the one. The cut is beautiful, there are set in sleeves, a separate nicely shaped piece for the back and bias pieces for the fronts. They are long enough to tie around the back or fling around one's neck or whatever way you like to wear them. This is my wrap for wearing on planes. Give me this, old jeans and a pair of woolly sox and I can travel for twelve hours. I chose black for practical reasons but I can feel my black phase coming to an end. Who knows what material I'll find in Brussels? I'm going to the European get together there in a few weeks!
Dear Sewing Friends
I've packed up my worldly goods in the land of endless sunshine and moved to the other side of the world to Britain. Mid life crisis? No, just the realization of a long held dream to somehow base myself here and see more of Europe.
Before I left I took a blissful day away from packing to do a very therapeutic all day session of sewing.
Here are the results.
Firstly I shortened my black trench coat from this
which quite frankly looked a bit clunky, to this
It's three inches shorter and looks a lot better. I've already worn in in London drizzle and it's just right, waterproof but warm enough to keep the chill out. (In the photo I hadn't actually hemmed it up yet, just pinned and took a shot to see if it worked.)