Let's start with the boots, shall we?
As an American, I am very vulnerable to the phrase "40% off." And the word "Nordstroms." Add "Free Shipping" and I am helpless.
|This is the Red Wing Moc Toe boot.|
Be honest: are these boots too Brooklyn hipster for me? I don't care, I'm keeping them because...40% off! Plus they fit and are super-comfy.
Moving on, the ditching continues. I took two big bags of Michael's clothes -- his choices, mind you -- to the Salvation Army today, plus I sold the plastic cart below (I still have one in orange) on Craigslist last week. Which is sort of why I felt I could treat myself to boots.
That's the true challenge of selling your used stuff: it's hard not to spend the money you've made on new stuff. Still, I'm very proud of myself for not bidding on a vintage Necchi Supernova on eBay this afternoon -- I consider that progress.
But there's still more news! I have decided to take the Japanese Pattern Challenge and sew myself one of the jackets from the Japanese men's coat pattern book I recently purchased. Duane did it, Sunni did it, Claudine did it. What's to fear?
This is the coat I want to make.
Even though I fit in Claudine's coat (a size Small), I may go for the Medium. I'm right on the edge, size-wise. At least I think so: I don't read Japanese.
I am assuming that second measurement down refers to Chest. Mine is roughly 92 cm around.
Anyway, I spent some time today examining the pattern that comes with the book and it doesn't really seem all that daunting.
Even though the instructions are in Japanese, the drawings are clear. As you can see, this will be a lined coat.
I have no idea what fabric I will make this out of (probably not leopard print wool knit). I'll certainly want to make a muslin first, which I hope to do this week.
And that's it! I am excited to be starting a new project, especially one that involves a pattern I'm unfamiliar with. I hope Mainely Dad doesn't mind late-night phone calls!
Have a great day, everybody!