Friday, January 18, 2013
My favourite jacket
I bought this Paddington Bear-style coat last year in Edmonton and since then, I have very nearly worn it to death. I just love everything about it. I love the toggles. I love the pockets. I love the way it fits. I love that it gives the perfect amount of warmth for a -10 C day. It's just the perfect jacket.
Or, at least, it was perfect. You see, months ago, I broke the zipper. *Womp womp.* I wear it anyway, but now the breeze creeps in the holes between the toggles and it doesn't keep me quite as warm. I've been debating for a while about what I should do – just keep wearing it as is, take it to a seamstress to be fixed or learn how to sew zippers myself. Considering how much I love the jacket, I feel like leaving it as is would be silly. But, the idea of taking it to a seamstress when I have a sewing machine at home holds me back from that option, and the fact that doing it myself is totally intimidating holds me back from that one, too. I haven't sewn much of anything in my day. I mean, this weekend I hope to sew a liner in a crocheted e-reader case I made and even that seems daunting. I just wish I had an instructor who could talk me through the basics. Ian's done a bit of that. He knows how to thread the needle and fill a bobbin and do some basic straight-line sewing, so that's helpful. But, what I really need is someone who can take me through a project from start to finish – a project that's more complicated than upcycling placemats to make a purse.
A couple of weeks ago, when I wrote about my fear of failure when it comes to trying new crochet projects, a bunch of you gave me great online resources for simple videos and patterns to help me improve; does anyone have anything like that for sewing? I'd love the help.
Happy Friday everyone.