By the time you read this post, I'll be headed off . . .to a 3-day Alabama Chanin workshop in Florence, Alabama with Vicki. (Plus a bonus visit to Nashville. Stay tuned!)
I haven't knit a stitch this week, but I have been stitching. I've been working hard to try to wrap up an Alabama Chanin project to take with me.
And while it's ALMOST done . . . it's not actually done. (I still need to sew on the snaps down the front.) So I'm planning to cram it in my suitcase and maybe work on the finishing touches while I'm down there.
What is it, you ask?
Why, it's a new pattern from Alabama Chanin . . . the car coat.
I have some bad photos to show you. Photos I took myself. In the bathroom. After the sun went down. In a black garment. (Just so you won't have high expectations here.)
I wanted to use a contrast lining - sort of like the one in the pattern link (above). In fact, I wanted to use JUST that contrast lining - from Alabama Chanin. Until I found out it sells for $50/yard. And I needed 3 yards. So. No. I visited my local fabric store instead and found the herringbone knit you see above. Only $9/yard! A bit wild - and definitely not of the same quality as AC - but sort of fun.
While the design is a basic boxy jacket (with intense bat wing action), the actual sewing was a bit more demanding than other AC things I've made. Partly because there is a collar and a facing, which just ramps everything up a notch -- but also because the sewing instructions are a bit . . . vague. (Let's just say it's a good thing I've done a lot of collars and facings before.)
For this project, I did some of the stitching (seams; hem) by machine, and did the topstitching by hand.
The verdict is . . . I like it! I'm planning to pack it - along with the snaps and my sewing supplies - to finish it up in Alabama. Maybe I'll even talk Vicki into helping me take better photos (that don't have my toilet in the background) (just sayin').
As for reading? Who's got time for reading!??
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