Now... what do I sew? I've been making separates, but there is the possibility of another big project in my future. My sister is getting married next summer, and can't quite put her finger on what she wants (it does not seem to exist.) Perhaps when she figures out what it is, I might be able to help her with that. I also am on the hunt for a good down jacket. I have a Primaloft jacket from high school, which is enormous on me but I haven't gotten rid of it - instead, patching it as needed, all to the embarrassment of my Very Stylish Husband. He has to be seen with me after all, and is merciless about this jacket. I wore it to meet up with my parents for dinner last year and my mom asked me why I am wearing it still! So I'll be honest, it's not just my husband who's on my case but pretty much anyone who has seen this jacket. And I will admit, this jacket has lived out its useful life. I need something that will fulfill many functions and this jacket can't do it.
I want a lightweight down jacket that I can wear under my hard shell for skiing, will keep me warm at the crag (I am entertaining the thought of ice climbing), and can be worn out and about as a stylish kind of thing. This jacket has to live up to a lot!
And, as I've been trying on jackets - not naming names - I am finding that they are just too big if they are women's sized and too childish (what is with the colors for girls?) if from the girl's section. I am in this weird land between L or XL girl and XS woman. It's really the sleeves. I think I could handle a boxy jacket torso if only the sleeves did not engulf my hands.
So I am toying with the idea of making a down jacket. I've gotten so used to having sleeves that fit (I now hate trying on ready made button down shirts) that I likely never buy another shirt or dress for as long as I can sew. I've made coats. Why not a down jacket?
|Just imagine cleaning this up. This is what I imagine making a down jacket will do to my house.|