It's A Coat and I Am Truly Grateful

Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 11/28/2013 to Sewing Projects
New Coat in Backyard
 Oh what fun it was to sew a new coat using Vogue 8934 and Whirling Dervish Wool from this site. Vogue 8934 is a fun and easy pattern, and although it is listed as "average" difficulty, beginning sewistas should not be put off by the challenge. The pattern designer is Marcy Tilton and her instructions are very clear - probably the best in the business. So I recommend this pattern and the Whirling Dervish Wool to one and all. 

A couple of items to add about fitting. I wanted this coat to land below my knees so I did not have to shorten the pattern length as much as I thought I would. However, I did need to taper the sides more than usual, and I like a roomy coat. So this pattern is loose-fitting as stated, perhaps more so than it appears in the pattern photos.  I may use this pattern to make a raincoat with the patches - a very cool look. I will be wearing this coat over my standard winter uniform of black or brown two-piece outfits, with plenty of room to move. 

Not today though, because today I will stay home and cook a turkey, then sit around and visit with friends and maybe play a game or do a jigsaw puzzle. It is Thanksgiving, a wonderful holiday that is free of many commercial pressures and I would like to keep it that way.

It is part of my spiritual practice to keep a gratitude list and sadly, I have let this habit lapse recently.  My excuse is that I have been busy establishing the site and starting the blog, etc. But I have noticed that true gratitude is a magical quality in life.  It offers perspective and engenders respect for the fact that many people do not have all that I have.  It encourages me to share what I do have, and to avoid any form of self-pity.  Gratitude is a sign of maturity and recovery, and I'm embarrassed to admit that I have not had enough of it lately.  

So I hope that I have not forgotten to express my thanks to all of you who have shopped at, to all of you who have taken the time to read my blog, and to my friends and family who have faith in me even when I don't always have faith in myself. I'm grateful to all of you this Thanksgiving.  Enjoy the day and be well.
Share |
The Conversation So Far
Maridy Roper Date 11/30/2013
I loved every word of your blog. Without gratitude I find any humility I might have gained slowly slips away, together with serenity. So, Susan, thank you for the reminder to never stop practicing gratitude.
Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter Date 12/1/2013
Thank you Maridy - grateful for you and your friendship!
Don't Hold Back - Say What You Think
Follow my blog with BloglovinFollow

 Sewing Projects
 Fiber Arts
 Book Reports

 Vogue 9081
 Fall Patterns from Vogue
 The Creative Muse and The Madrid Top
 Sewing Retreat
 Exciting Designs from the Winter Holidays Collection at Vogue Patterns
 Summer Patterns from Vogue

 December 2018
 August 2017
 June 2017
 November 2016
 September 2016
 March 2016
 November 2015
 October 2015
 September 2015
 August 2015
 July 2015
 June 2015
 January 2015
 December 2014
 November 2014
 October 2014
 September 2014
 August 2014
 July 2014
 June 2014
 May 2014
 April 2014
 March 2014
 February 2014
 January 2014
 December 2013
 November 2013
 October 2013