Sep 14, 2014
My mojo has returned. It's not quite as strong as it could be but I'll take what I can get.
It wants to make a parka. Since I just received my vintage 1983 Daisy Kingdom parka pattern in the mail (up top), that's what I'm going to make. More info on the garment in the pics below:
I've never made anything quite like this before. Yesterday I bought fabric for it. I still need most of my notions, including a two-way separating zipper and lots of velcro.
I chose two fabrics, both sturdy, relatively water-repellant cotton blends, for the inside and outside. This double-faced black and tan is for the outer layer (the coat will be black).
The plaid below is a bit lighter weight and will go inside.
Today I traced the size Small from my pattern and whipped up a muslin from a very funky, if faded, vintage cotton-poly flat sheet.
The fit is good but not generous: I don't think there's room for a lining. It's not hemmed here but I wouldn't want it much shorter, so I'm going to try the Medium, keeping the size Small sleeve length.
I'm also considering keeping the stiff black/tan cotton blend for a future project and using the plaid on the outside and a thin gray wool plaid I bought last year for the lining. I think it's a little snazzier and will be warmer too. It will also make for a softer garment.
And that's it. I do love the black/tan fabric but since it's double-faced, it might work better as a single layer, like a simple shell with taped seams, rather than this parka. Thoughts?
Have a great day, everybody!