Slow sewing, like slow cooking can yield great results. And that's exactly what I've been up to...and I confess obsessive Olympic watching. My camel cashmere coat is the first of the projects I've had on the simmer. I wanted a soft cut jacket that could double for work or play. I also wanted to use my remnant piece of camel cashmere bought a few years ago before the moths attacked it.
For this project I used Vogue 8756. I don't recommend this pattern for anything heavier than a light knit, in fact I'm hesitant to recommend this pattern at all. I cut a size 14 with a 3cm full bust adjustment. Part of my slow sewing effort was to steam and mould the fabric into shape, starting with the shoulders which needed a shoulder pad and a bamboo sleeve head to look anything like the design drawing. I chopped 5cms from each side of the drape collar piece to stop the jacket from looking too front heavy. After a lot of steaming, the folds sit quite nicely, much better than they appear in the photo.
The real winner is the fabric. The fibres are long and soft, very luxurious to wear and a dream to sew. The colour is camel not orange, much closer to the second photo. My photographer, DD aged 16 and into special effects thought "like it would look nicer and no I don't have time to another photo''.
Meanwhile, I've cut a pair of plain black linen pants with a fly front. Despite a cold, cold weekend, there is a whiff of Spring in the air. I saw the first cherry blossoms yesterday.