I have been sewing. What you ask? Pants. I am on my third pair and they fit! If you'll remember I have written a lot about my frustration with pants fitting. I can tinker endlessly fine tuning the fit, but basically I really, finally have a tnt pattern that I can lay down, cut out and sew up. How did I get here? Not on my own. After seeing a comment that Claire Kennedy had left on PR on yet another query of why don't these pants fit, I contacted her and asked her to look at the pants I had recently posted here. What I got in return from her was a long wonderful e mail with lots of information on what to do. She teaches pants fitting classes and she has a wonderful eye and knows how to fix what she sees. I sent her photos of these pants and she sent me more information, including a video on how to figure out how your pants are hanging on your body. This was very informative because I realized that somehow my side seam was no longer hanging plumb. When I fixed it, that nagging weird pleat at my center front disappeared.
I'll post some photos of my new pants next time.
Enough on pants! It must be two years ago now that I bought some real Burberry raincoat fabric and the lining from Michael's Fabric. I even bought some gorgeous red cashmere blend for a button out lining. But I couldn't find a pattern that I wanted to make. There are plenty of double breasted trenchcoat patterns out there but I couldn't find a single breasted one with a lapel. Until this morning! The September issue of La Mia Boutique had exactly what I was looking for so you can bet I ordered it from Around the World pdq before they sold out. They've even have a special on shipping for $3, so a bargain. Hepi Press has a preview of the issue. Couldn't get a direct photo link, but it's #5 if you click through page by page. Actually a cool preview with a good zoom feature.
I also traced out the new Hot Patterns Aphrodite draped t and couldn't figure out how the draping lines up. I emailed Trudy and got a phone cal from Jeremy and a diagram of how to do it. The first, single notch is match to the first of the next double notch and so on. Not hard, but I couldn't figure it out.