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Grey Cashmere Coat Simplicity 3672

Simplicity 3672

For the past few months, Fabric Mart has had the most gorgeous array of Michael Kors Wool Blend Coatings that I have ever seen!  During COVID stay at home time, I've been letting my gray grow out, and I thought that even though some of the delicious sounding shades like apricot and apple green would be beautiful, the heathered gray shade would be the most flattering to my gray hair and the most versatile for a winter coat.  And it was one of the coatings that listed Cashmere as one of the fiber components, so I was curious as to how that would feel.

Cafe au Lait Linen Dress Vogue 1694



Hello everyone. This linen dress is the first thing that I made after my husband passed away 2 months ago.  At first, it was a real struggle- I kept putting things together the wrong way and having to rip it out and do it over again.  I probably shouldn't have chosen an asymmetrical design with fabric that looks the same on both sides for my first project!  But as I finished, I felt a real sense of accomplishment!  I have to say that creating something unique and special was just what I needed to feel a little like myself again. 

I used three coordinating pieces of linen- a deep coffee colored brown, a milky cream, and an abstract print with whipped cream, cloves, and cinnamon it- thus, my cafe au lait dress!    Linen is so wonderful to work with.  You do need to accept that wrinkles will be part of the look though, which I am fine with.  For the pattern, I used Vogue 1694 which is a Marcy Tilton design and the fabric was from Fabric Mart Fabrics.  

This is an interesting pattern to make, as it has both an asymmetrical neckline and hemline.  The hem is completely faced with separate pieces.  I would put it in the intermediate skill category- not hard, but like a jigsaw puzzle to figure out.

 I used the print to make a coordinating face mask.  I have to say, linen isn't as comfortable as the cotton face masks that I'm used to- it's a little rougher on the skin.  But it is nice to have one that matches!

 You can see how the back pieces connect to the front pieces here.    You really could use as many different fabrics as you want to mix together.  The pattern sizing is generous and long- I am tall and didn't add anything to the length.  I'm also a DD bra cup size, and didn't do a full bust adjustment.   There is an inseam pocket on the right side seam.

 And then another pocket is in the horizontal seam on the left!  I like this pocket placement.  It feels natural and at the right height.

 Since it is getting a little chilly, I made a little bolero to go with it out of the deep brown linen- figuring if it cold and sunny, the dark color will absorb more heat.  I used McCall's 6461 to make it, which is just the easiest pattern.  I also made it out of a white lace here last summer.  

 After making the dress, I had about 1-1/2 yards left of the printed linen left, and decided to try a new culotte pattern from the Burda Plus magazine with my leftover fabric.  

These are design #416 from the Spring/Summer 2020 Burda plus issue.  They have a faux fly front, pockets, and partial elastic waistband and come in European sizes 44-60.

 They are very comfortable, and I will probably wear them more next summer, since they are a white background.  The cream linen asymmetrical top is one that I made back in 2016!  Here is the original post.  The pants that I originally made to go with them wore out a long time ago, so I'm happy to have another item to wear with it, and give it a second life.

 The bolero shrug works well with this top too.  


I like these culottes, but this color-blocked dress-oh, it just makes me happy, as I imagine sipping all of those delicious flavors in my cafe au lait!  


Hope that you are having a wonderful October, and sewing something that makes you happy!

Kind regards,


In Mourning

One month ago, I lost my husband, Noel, suddenly, to an aortic dissection. This picture is from our 33rd wedding anniversary, and I never dreamed that it would be our last- I anticipated spending another 30 years together. Noel was an amazing man- so smart, funny and caring. I couldn't have asked for a more supportive husband- he made me laugh everyday and I will miss those moments. Together we raised three incredible daughters and he influenced the lives of thousands of his students. Even though his time was cut way too short on this earth, he lived life to its fullest- https://www.morganmemorialhome.com/obituary/noel-brodsky/

Noel was a big part of this blog from behind the scenes.  For the past few years, he's been the main photographer.  He also maintained all of my sewing machines- which was a lot considering the classes that I taught and the afterschool club sewing machines as well.  He was always my biggest fan when it came to my sewing, and if I sewed something for him, he would wear the heck out of it! 
I've been humbled and am grateful for the love and support our family has received from our friends, relatives, and colleagues. Thanks so much for your words of comfort and acts of kindness- it is so appreciated. 
I know that it seems like 2020 is a mess, but take it from me, every day that you can spend with your loved ones is a precious gift. Don't wait- tell them how much you love them every day. I am grateful for the 33 plus years that I got to spend with Noel.
It may be a while before I post again here. I am adjusting to life without my anchor.