Monday, 1 February 2010

I love to sew but ........

Here’s some good advice for everyone – if your temperature goes above 100 degrees, step away from the sewing machine! I hope your week has been better than mine because I’ve spent it in a semi-delirious, coughing, sneezing wretched state caused by the flu. Not the “oh I’ve got a touch of flu” kind of flu but the real, authentic, “I’ve never felt so ill in my life!” wailing kind of flu. However, although I am still feeling extremely vulnerable and very pathetic, my temperature has now returned to normal and I can at least see the vague possibility of life returning to what it once was.

But enough of my self-pity, let’s talk sewing! I have, of course, achieved nothing in the last week but in the couple of days before my viral meltdown forced me off to bed I had begun work on the jacket that I have mentioned I was planning. After much indecision I chose this pattern


which is style no. 120 from Burda Magazine, August 2009. I’m using some wool coating fabric in ‘winter white’ and I’m lining it with the fabric that I showed you in my earlier post. I’ve traced the pattern, made a muslin, cut the fabric and hand basted an underlining to the main pieces.

This was my first time using a Burda Magazine half size pattern and, when it came to fitting, I was quite excited because, although I still had to do an fba, I didn’t have to do my usual petite adjustments (for short waist, short arms etc). Hey, at only 5’ 2” tall, – I’m a half size! Now I know this, I’m going to be taking a closer look at Burda half size patterns in future.

It’s very frustrating seeing my jacket in pieces and being too feeble to get to my sewing machine but I’m hoping there will be some progress with it very soon. In the meantime, I think it’s going to have to be back to the sofa with a big box of tissues, a hot drink and yet another undemanding, made for TV, movie!

24 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry. I really try hard not to get sick with 4 boys. They all can be so creative with my house when I'm under the weather. I hope you recover quickly. If you have Netflix, they have instant download movies. Yves St. Laurent and Valentino are two I've been playing while I sew.

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  2. Poor you! I've gotten bad colds and flues every winter since I've had children. The boring old advice of lots of rest and fluids does seem to be the best advice, if you are in a position to follow it! :)

    It sounds like you're half way done with your new jacket. Tracing out the pattern and making a muslin must be at least half the battle. I can't wait to see it, once you are "up and running again."

    Feel better soon!

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  3. Feel better. Sick...cold weather...has to get better soon!
    I love the jacket pattern. Take it easy. Sometimes thinking about sewing and future projects is just as fun as sewing!

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  4. Oh no! Yuck! Feel better soon.

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  5. Sorry you're sick, but I'm glad you are making this jacket. I just love it, although not being petite myself, I'm going to have to figure out how to make it into a full size. Feel better!

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  6. Boo, so sorry you're under the weather! Rest up and feel better.

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  7. Hope you feel better soon! I can't wait to see your new jacket.

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  8. I have only gotten the flu twice in my adult life and both times were absolutely the worst. So, I certainly feel your pain. I hope you rebound quickly.

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  9. Oh no! The flu is miserable! I'm glad you are on the mend and hope you a fully back to your self soon. That jacket is absolutely fabulous. Have fun with it!

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  10. Love this pattern. Look forward to seeing it!

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  11. Hope you are feeling better. The flu is definitely not fun :( I like the jacket you are making, winter white sounds nice and the lining will be so pretty!

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  12. Poor thing! Having the flu is horrible - I hope you're feeling back to your normal self soon.

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  13. Get well soon, hopefully dreaming about your jacket will help you get back on your feet.

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  14. I'm so sorry you are sick. Hurry and get well.

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  15. Get well soon Eugenia... Would love to see how the sewing pattern turned out for you... I am petite too.. Getting patterns my size is a problem...

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  16. I am also sorry you had such an awful time with the flu, I have escaped a major one like that for some years now but I guess it may catch up with me some day. Thanks for being the first one to post a comment on my new and very dull blog. I was so pleased. It has given me the impetus to make my blog more interesting! All the best, great to have another brit around.

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  17. I'm so sorry you are sick.Get well soon!

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  18. OH, that is the worst! Though sometimes it *is* nice to have a reason to lie around and do absolutely nothing... That jacket looks amazing. I'm sure the finished result will be fabulous!

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  19. Oh dear, I hope you get well soon! But when you do there will be this lovely jacket waiting for you to work on.

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  20. This pattern is so pretty. I like it a lot :)

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