Thanks all for your comments on the coat. Yes, you are probably right I should be showing off rather than pointing out all its faults. I read a great quote last week, "a New Zealander could not blow their own trumpet even if presented with a 24 piece brass band." It's not strictly true cause I can immediately think of a couple of kiwis who have no trouble hootin' their toot.
Still, in the interests of personal growth let me share 2 compliments I got today on my coat. I was up at Websters fabric store and the woman said to me " I wasn't going to ask you if you made your coat because it looked too professionally finished. I thought you must have paid a fortune at a fancy boutique." And some friends at lunch today said (unsolicited), "great coat." Well, I love retro styling as you know, so it's right for me. See Trinny and Susannah, you can have your coat and do it up too.
But it was a lot of work. Tissue preparation and fit, sew lining, fit lining, cut fashion fabric, sew fashion fabric, hand sew in interfacing and hems, attach lining, shoulder pads, press etc. But I'm glad I got it finished because school holidays are over, which means it's back to playcentre (a parent co-operative play group) which is a big time commitment.
You won't be surprised to find that I'm a little sewed out. So I'm taking a little break and I'm getting out a different set of needles, the knitting ones. Apart from anything else, I need to do something at the Playcentre meetings, which are fortnightly and seem excruciatingly long to me. (and everyone else too, except the two people who have to have an opinion on everything).
I've found this pattern book filled with nana knits. I've narrowed it down to 3:
What's your pick? It's in triple knit with size 7 needles (big wool, big needles) so it should see me sanely through a few meetings.