I online-fabric shop much like I used to bid on eBay: find something I like, decide if it’s worth the price, then spring into action once someone else is close to getting it.
Fabric Mart had this enticing wool blend suiting, and for days I couldn’t stop thinking about it. The price was high (for me) and the fabric was too light to be more than a warm-weather option, but it was so striking! And then someone bought three of the seven yards in stock, so I pulled the trigger on the remainder.
Then I had a real stroke of genius: April is Sexy Month! And what is sexier than a leather jacket? Immediately I headed over to Fabric.com in search of pleather, and ordered swatches of these three fabrics.
I already knew what coat pattern I wanted to use for this sexy — but still very ‘me’ — warm weather coat. It’s got plenty of seams for getting a perfect fit, a nipped in waist to make me look like an hourglass, and a lots of length to play with. And using a Lekala pattern for my first ever coat, instead of a too-small non-custom pattern (I’m bigger than 98% of all patterns I’ve come across), should make fitting a little bit easier.
Also, please follow me on Instagram: makingtheflame! I think I’m going to start posting my progress photos there, and fabric purchases, etc. Or is Pinterest preferred for sharing among sewers? Let me know. :)