Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 11/28/2013
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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 www.smugglersdaughter.com, 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.
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.