Life Updates And Autumn Sewing

Happy November, my friends!

I feel that I need to start this post off with an apology. I decided to take a step away from Sew for Victory for a while. This wasn’t really planned or intended. However, I found that creating content was becoming a bit stressful (and, I thought, kind of insincere) given that I haven’t actually sat down at my sewing machine since August. As I’m sure you know from your own experiences, life happens and weeks can zoom by with unexpected speed. So I honestly didn’t even realise how long it had been since I’d last posted. After receiving messages from a few of you lovelies concerned for my wellbeing, however, I feel like I’ve made a bit of a misstep. I’m so happy that I’ve had this blog – and all of you – to help through the difficulties of the past couple of years. Being able to write openly and vulnerably about my experiences and mental health has been an incredible gift and one that has helped me to connect with a wonderful community. What I didn’t realise was that this openness means I can’t just disappear from the face of the earth without worrying a lot of people. Being open about my struggles has allowed me to create a special kind of connection with all of you. And, although I’m really happy that I took the past couple of months to focus on what I needed, I do feel the need to say sorry to those of you who have been worried about me. Rest assured, I’m happy and healthy! Thank you to everyone who reached out. You reminded me precisely why Sew for Victory and the sewing community at large are so valuable! I appreciate you all more than I can say.

With that serious stuff out of the way, I can now talk about sewing plans! As I mentioned, I’ve taken a couple of months away from my sewing machine. I found myself gravitating towards other kinds of self care (I’ve read a truly incredible number of books over the past few weeks) and was just generally feeling a bit uninspired. Fortunately, a lovely friend of mine sent me a Joann’s giftcard for my birthday, which got my mind ticking once again over potential projects. Since the weather has turned dramatically and I’m back in my favourite season of layers and massive jumpers, I decided that I wanted to make something super cosy.

With perfect timing, I saw that Sew Over It have released a new ‘coatigan’ pattern – the Jessie coatigan. This pattern speaks to my soul. I love an oversized cardigan, particularly in combination with leggings and a shawl. I’m all about comfort. So I ran off to Joann’s, newly inspired, and ready to find some super cosy fabrics! Fortunately, the trip didn’t let me down.

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The fabrics I found are so gorgeously soft. I was slightly concerned because I don’t wear wool and was worried that I wouldn’t find something adequately thick and soft. But these two fabrics seem totally fit for purpose! I ended up getting both because one was end of bolt and falls slightly short of the fabric requirements for the pattern. But, as standard for my US fabric buying experiences, the width also falls somewhere in between the standard 1.15m and 1.40m given on patterns. So I decided to take my chances and buy a back-up fabric just in case. Let’s be honest, I would probably wear two versions of a good cardigan pattern anyway! I’m starting out with the checked fabric because it’s my favourite, so fingers crossed there ends up being enough to accommodate all of the pattern pieces.

I’ll be returning to normal content next week but I did want to stop in to give a few updates. I’ve missed posting and chatting with you all! How are you enjoying your autumn? And what are you currently making? We need to catch up!

4 thoughts on “Life Updates And Autumn Sewing

  1. designedbydanita says:

    Oh, I love your fabric picks, they just jump off the page and feel all warm and snugly! I hope they both work for your project! ❤

    I am undertaking the Megan Nielson 4 new pattern challenge head on and attempting my first winter wardrobe in grey, black and white with some pops of color! We'll see, all the fabric is not in yet, but I'll post when I have a plan! SOOOO glad you are back!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • sewforvictory says:

      Wow! That sounds like a serious winter sewing challenge! But what great motivation to get some more sewing done (not that you need it because you’ve been turning things out at an amazing rate!). I’m so excited to see what you make!

      Thank you so much for all of your support. You’re definitely a big part of the reason that I’m back and I’m so grateful for that. ❤

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  2. Emily Kitsch says:

    It’s so good to read a post from you! ❤ That said, I'm really glad you were able to take a step back and focus on caring for yourself! I hope you're feeling better. *Huge hug*

    The fabric you chose is gorgeous by the way! The checked one is definitely my favourite as well, what an amazing find! 🙂

    I've managed to work on a couple of sewing projects this Autumn and so far have failed to post about every single one! Oops! My most recent make was a Tilly and the Buttons Coco dress in a yummy dark green knit that I made on Saturday – once my city gets less gloomy and grey I'm going to take some photos, because I love it! And I'm about to start working on some Little Women cloth dolls for my sisters – we may all technically be "too old" for dolls at this stage of our lives, but we're all also massive fans of the book and films, so I figured they'd be perfect Christmas gifts! I always get the urge to sew dolls once the weather turns cold, it's so cozy! I definitely need to make some more warm Coco dresses too, so I'm going to have several sewing projects on the go in the next few weeks!

    Sending you lots of love and hugs! ❤

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    • sewforvictory says:

      Wow, it sounds like you’ve been really busy! The Coco dress sounds lovely. I’m obsessed with green so I can just imagine how gorgeous it must be! Let me know if you post any pictures because I’d definitely love to see them. It’s also so interesting that you make dolls. I love Little Women so I’m really excited for you! Do you use a pattern? I’ve never sewn dolls before but I love them, so maybe it’s something I should branch into!

      I’m really excited to see all of your autumn projects! Hopefully my coatigan will be done soon. Unfortunately, the temperature has totally plummeted here and it’s already snowing, so I’m afraid that the coatigan will end up not being warm enough for me to wear until the spring. But never mind! Maybe it just means I’m extra prepared for next year!

      Lots of love! I’m so glad that I’m posting again so that I can chat with you. I’ve missed you! ❤

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