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Wow, what a lot of nice comments on my coat. Thank you! And it feels good to have all things finished, though that wasn’t for long. I’m making pants again. I still don’t have a TNT pants pattern, so that’s what I’m working on now.

I’ve sincerely thought about making another coat (from the september BurdaStyle magazine), but decided against it for the moment for various reasons, the most important one being that I need a few more basic additions to my wardrobe right now.

My next projects will be pants, shirts and knit tops. Barbara from the blog Sewing on the Edge is doing a white shirt project, followed by many in blogland. Though I’m planning a few shirts, I won’t join, as not all of my shirts will be white. I’ve some striped fabrics I want to use, and a combination of fabrics. But I’m looking forward to see what everyone is coming up with, I hope to be inspired to try a new pattern or technique as well, and probably I’ll sew a complete white shirt too.

One shirt I will be making is a remake of the shirt below. This summer Threads had an article on combining fabrics for shirts and it reminded me of this shirt, that I made last year. I wrote a review, but made it during my short time leaving blogland so I never showed it here.

It’s was a very nice shirt, but I only wore it once. The first time I wore it was on a day I had two business meetings. The first meeting was with someone I’ve done projects with for many years. After a while he went out of the room to get us coffee, and upon his return he told me (in a very careful, gentle way) that my shirt was tearing in the back! One of the seams had come loose, how horrible. I was lucky he knew me well enough to mention it, so for the next meeting I wore the scarf that went with my coat over my shoulders and back. Completely not matching, but at least covering the ruined blouse. I thought the fabric was a good quality, but the weave was not stable enough for the narrow seams I had used.  Live and learn. But since then I have wanted to make another version.

I’m thinking of using this cuff/placket again, which I made 2 years ago and still like.


  1. Woops! It's too bad, because it's a nice shirt. It's a great way to use up those remnants too small for a whole garment, but too big to throw away.

  2. Oops about your white shirt, so nice of him to tell you. I really like the striped placket.

  3. I get so bummed when things like that happen to my nicer projects :(

    I've been eyeing that coat too! I have a beautiful fabric I think will work well. And, my fabric is thick and stable and shouldn't need all the interfacing I've been dreading.

  4. The colorful facings look so great - so sorry it was torn in the back. I am also looking forward to sewing some shirts. I am not sure I'll sew 10 white shirts, but I hope to sew quite a few.

    It sounds like a lot of us are in the mood for (or in need of) shirts. They really do help fill in the wardrobe.

  5. What a shame about the shirt. I had a dress that was loosely woven that came apart at the back. And I really liked that dress :(

  6. Sorry to hear about your shirt, but I'm glad that I'm not the only one that these things happen to. All that work!

  7. Euphoria from a very large successful project can lead to plunging right into the same thing. But it is probably a good idea to clear the palate with some easier things first, or to vary the scale. You don't want project fatigue, even though more gorgeous coats are always good.

    Very nice of your client to tell you about the rip. That's how you can tell a true friend, that they don't leave you flapping all day for lack of courage to tell you..

    I really like your striped placket too! More :-).

  8. Your shirt is so nice that it's a shame not to wear it, despite the tear. Yet, I agree sometimes that it's best to just let it go. I really like that sleeve placket.

  9. Oh dear, how terrible about the shirt! It is good when friends tell us about our wardrobe malfunctions. Love that bias stripe placket!

  10. BIG NEON WARNING - I'm in love with that Burda Sept coat, too. But I made a muslin this weekend (to be blogged about in due course) and it is absolutely awful! Seriously. Email me if you want the muslin pics in advance of my review. Save yourself! (Or at least do your own muslin first)


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