A weaving publication has expressed interest in the cashmere coat, and it’s got a tight deadline: the photo shoot is just two months away! Â For a couture coat, with an as-yet-unfitted sewing pattern, that’s practically nothing. Â In fact I’m not sure why I agreed to it, but I did – perhaps because I was thinking of doing it anyway, and I love the suspense of a tight deadline. Â And there’s nothing wrong with being published, of course!
Here is the pattern I am planning for the coat, Vogue 8674:
This is basically a vest combined with a cape. Â The vest front will be black suede, with red-and-black buttons. Â The cape will be the Celtic braid fabric, with the stripes running down the front, lined with black silk charmeuse. Â I haven’t yet figured out what fabric for the back of the vest will be – possibly the same silk charmeuse, possibly a wool suiting. Â (I don’t have enough suede to do the back.) Â The collar will be a contrasting fabric – perhaps the black silk charmeuse or the Celtic braid fabric with the stripes running lengthwise. Â A trip to Britex Fabrics may be in order!
(If you don’t remember what the Celtic Braid fabric looks like, here it is:
I really love the fabric and am pleased to find a use for it!)
So, today I am working up my first muslin for the Celtic Braid Coat. Â (I’m renaming it from “the cashmere coat” because I think it’s more descriptive.) Â If I have time, I’ll do the first round of alterations before Sharon comes by on Sunday to help me with a second fitting. Â Usually it takes three or four rounds to get things perfect, so there’s no time to lose!
Meanwhile, we have harvested our first cucumber and a handful of beans from the garden. Â The butternut squash is really cranking out babies (unlike the zucchini which is taking a more leisurely pace) – I’ve counted seven or eight so far, with more yet to come. Â I’d take Julia’s suggestion (from a previous post) and eat some of them young, like zucchini, except that mature butternut squash is my favorite vegetable and I can’t bring myself to sacrifice delicious butternut squashes for the sake of a better-tasting zucchini. Â Perhaps next year I’ll plant two butternut squash, one to produce mature fruit and one for eating young. Â There is plenty of space in the backyard, after all! Â We are “farming” only about 1/3 of it so far – next year we’ll likely do more, and prepare the beds better. Â I love gardening, especially since we finally have enough land to do it. Â I remember fondly the days when I had an 1800 square foot garden, and grew 83 tomato varieties (and a dizzying array of other vegetables!).
Off to the farmer’s market! Â When I get back, I’m going straight to work on that muslin.