..and two steps back.
Starting Saturday, that's how life has been around here. The battery died in our minivan, MG is sick, and the disposal under the kitchen sink started leaking. That's life!
The step forward is that I finished the Minoru jacket. No pretty pictures as it's cold and raining here today.
That's the jacket on the chair!
I ran into some trouble along the way. I wasn't "getting" the pattern's instructions and didn't feel confident enough to forge ahead on my own. The sewalong HERE came in handy for some of my head scratching moments. I did a lot of turning around to the lap top to make sure I was sewing the jacket together correctly. The one thing I wasn't happy with was the raw seam at the bottom of the hood inside the zipper compartment. I ended up ripping out all the previous topstitching, trimming that seam and then stitching it all back together above the seam allowance so the seam was concealed. And my new line of stitching isn't as pretty as the original. Boo.
I also made things a little harder on myself through my choice of fabrics. The main fabric is a stretch denim which I interlined with flannel for extra warmth and the lining is a polyester fleece. The collar doesn't hold it's shape quite so nice because of my main fabric choice. The jacket itself is a bit bulky too, though quite warm.;)
I'll get some modeled pictures later this week when the sun comes out again and maybe do a little more detailed write up on my thoughts regarding this pattern.
Until then, it's back to the sewing room to work on the growing stack of partially finished projects!