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Jalie 2680 - "Stretch City Coat" in Windblock Fleece

I love to travel, and I love to use an upcoming trip as an excuse to sew something new!Next month I’m headed back to Seattle, one of my favorite American cities, and I decided I should make some outerwear for the trip.I’d had the Jalie 2680 Stretch City Coat pattern in my “to sew” pile for a while and decided the hooded version would be perfect.

I also had 3 yards of this black perforated windblock fleece in my stash that I bought last year from is medium weight, has nice stretch, and a soft fleecy interior.
Since I anticipated rain, I decided on the hooded view. I cut a size U based on my measurements.There are a lot of pieces, with seaming and topstitiching details, but the construction is quite simple.I made this on a Saturday while battling a cold and it was still easy!!
I used a 90/14 ballpoint needle and had no problems sewing it with the machine (hand-tacking was a bit difficult which I chalk up to not having the right needles for the job).
I decided to tuck…

Faux Leather Jacket - Butterick 6169 by Lisette

This will just be a short little post about my just finished asymmetrical zip jacket, Butterick 6169.
Described as: Semi-fitted, lined jacket has shoulder pads, seam detail, welt pockets, exposed zipper, and two-piece sleeves.  I want to make myself a full on moto jacket at some point, so I'm working my way up to, starting with this pattern.  I made a muslin for a straight size 12, and only made two small changes: First, a swayback adjustment. It was very roomy at the small of my back, and I know it's described as semi-fitted, but I didn't like the look and I took out a few inches back there so it would fit close when I had it zipped. Second, the pocket bags are not drafted for adult human hands. They are crazy small so I drew them large enough to put my hand in them (see the picture above? Her hand can't go any farther in!) Otherwise, it was a great little jacket pattern.

I spent about a day working on this, there's not a lot of hand sewing, just the lining at the…

Completed Project: Simplicity 5922 - Skulls! Faux Fur!


Sequins - for going out or staying in!

This post originally appeared on the Cali & Co. Blog for the Fabric Obsessed.

There are a few types of fabric that I am obsessed with since I’ve been sewing, but never would have bought off the rack. Faux fur is one, and sequins are the other! (You can take the girl out of New Jersey but….) Maybe some of you have a similar relationship with certain fabrics?
I had wanted to make a sequined jacket for the holidays, but those came and went and it didn’t happen, but it stayed on my to-sew list. So even though it isn’t entirely seasonal, my new blog project is a sequined blazer! Some of my inspiration:
Cali Fabrics has a great selection of sequin fabrics, including the amazing reversible sequins they've added to the site recently. For this project I chose to work with their matte silver ‘micro sequins’. I’ve sewn with micro sequins before and they are pretty easy to work with, even if you are new to sewing sequins. I chose the matte silver, but they also carry shiny si…