Happy 2015! We have a couple of new finished projects from this and last year, that we haven’t shown in the blog yet! Lets start with my new coat – Actually, I made this Yona already some months ago, but we haven’t had the time to shoot it or to write this post until now.
I’ve been waiting for a nicer weather too, so that we could take some nice and sunny ‘winter wonderland’ images that would look very cute with the pastel colors. But as usually, the nice weathers come and go too fast and too seldom, so this is as good as it gets. Here you have it: gray, foggy, slippery and sad-looking Helsinki…
And that slippery part I know from my own experience, since a couple of weeks ago I was introduced to a whole new type of stitching. Stitching in my knee! Why do they even care to sprinkle that gravel all over the place, when it only seems to be able to tear up your clothes and your skin, but not prevent you from slipping in the first place!? Just wondering. So, I got stitched, which was horrible, but what happened to my only pair of jeans was even more dramatic:
I guess I have to add a pair of jeans to my never-ending to-do, or just patch these up. Anyways, since my knee was kind of out of play for a while, I was forced to skip my workout for two weeks, which made me feel very frustrated and frightened that I’d lose all my strength. But there was a silver lining: when I didn’t go to my usual workouts every evening, I had some time to devote myself to another, long-lost hobby – knitting!
I’m actually not much of a knitter. I can make the basic pair of mittens or socks, a hat or a scarf, but that’s pretty much it. And since I knit only about once a year, it takes some time for me to get used to it after each break, and to get my knitting ‘fluent’. Anyways, I needed a beanie and a scarf to suit my new mint green coat (my old combo of red and navy blue just didn’t work anymore), and that’s why I decided to start the knitting project in the first place.
I found this perfect shade of baby pink merino wool yarn at Lankamaailma (that is ”Yarn world” in English, but I think ”Yarn heaven” would be more like it. They have simply any type of yarn in any shade you could ever dream of!).
I didn’t even remember how much fun knitting can be! At first my fingers and wrists were cramping and aching, but they got used to it pretty fast. And I like that I could kind of turn my knitting autopilot on and watch TV while I knitted – that’s not something you can do when you sew!
Anyways, as you can see, my scarf and the beanie are pretty basic, no big deal. Let’s get back to the coat! I used a dirty mint green wool blend for the bodice and an off-white one for the collar and lapels. I lined the coat with my favorite, 100% super slippery viscose satin lining, and made an interlining too (still waiting for those -30° days, though). All fabrics were bought from Eurokangas.
I’m very happy with the result, even though I feel that I’m kind of sticking out from the sea of black and gray winter coats, haha! I LOVE pastels, especially pale pink, but I’m not sure if this combination is kind of an overdose? I don’t want to look as if I were trying to pass as a child to buy cheaper train tickets or something…
Well, I used the size 38 for the coat, without any changes to the pattern, but I made a button closure instead of just a belt. And look how cute button I happened to find! I bought this from Nappitalo (“Button house”, but again I’d suggest changing to “Button heaven”).
What do you think, too much pastel or not? And last but not least, a sneak peek of the inside of the coat, and a Leotie Dress underneath it – I’ll post more images of this one soon! Or late, but some day, I promise!
Happy sewing everyone!
– Laura (and thanks to Saara for freezing her fingers in order to get these photos!)