Hi All. The Farrah I’m wearing is a new pattern from Sew Over It, just released this week. As a Pattern Insider, I got a copy in advance. I love anything that has a utility look to it, so this boilersuit caught my interest right away. It gives functional a fresh look with big flapped pockets and a button-down front.
I made my version of the Farrah from a medium weight cotton- linen blend. I think the drape of this fabric really contributes to how I feel about this make. For the Farrah, any medium weight woven will work (cotton twill, corduroy, linen, stretch denim). In my opinion though, the softer the better. With a soft fabric, the elastic waist doesn’t bunch at all.
The pattern is designed with a good amount of ease so fitting this pattern to my own figure wasn’t hard. The only adjustment I had to make was to shorten the bodice by about an inch. I’m 5′ 4″ with a short waist so I expected this would be the case.
It’s quite comfortable to wear. The oversize style contributes to this as does the elastic waist. I did make one change to the pattern. I dropped the flaps from the lower pockets because I wanted to be able to stick my hands and cell phone in there easily. The pockets are roomy, perfect for my phone or wallet and I’m glad I made that change!
Although the Farrah style was a bit out of my comfort zone, I’m so glad I gave it a try. The one piece look is definitely on trend now and I enjoy wearing this so much. I could imagine another version of this pattern in a rust or olive colored corduroy. There are lots of cool versions popping up on Instagram, so check them out for inspiration.
Happy sewing and thanks for stopping by!
P.S.. I received a copy of the Farrah for free, but the opinions expressed here are my own.
Happy New Year! This is my first make of 2020 and I am happy to say it was a success. It’s always good to start a new year with a project that you love.
I’ve made the Coccon Coat before (see it here), based on a version Sew Over It released as part of Lisa Comfort’s magazine. Now they’ve released it as a PDF pattern, available on their website (I received a free copy as a Pattern Insider). I loved the pattern so much the first time, I had to give it another go!
There are many things to love about this pattern. The cocoon shape of the coat is modern but classic. There are two piece sleeves and two pocket options. I chose the welt pockets, which can be challenging, but with their in-depth instructions made it seem easy.
Pattern Construction and Modifications: The Cocoon Coat is meant to be worn open, but that just isn’t an option that works very well in Oregon. So, I extended the front lapels by an inch and added hidden snaps to secure the opening. It changes the look of the lapel and collar a bit from the intended design, but I still like the look, and it makes it much more wearable for me. My coat is made of a good medium weight wool (Millendstore) and lined with silk from my stash.
Construction of this coat is a breeze. The lines are simple so there aren’t any tricky fit issues to resolve. I think the Cocoon coat would be a good option for someone who has never made a coat before.
2019 was a pretty successful sewing year for me with 39 blog posts:). It seems as though the number of sewing blogs has thinned out a bit in response to the growing presence of Instagram and the option to post quickly and often. I understand that, but I quite like the longer format of a blog post and the chance for a more detailed discussion. So, in 2020, I’ll continue to post here too. Thanks for reading and for keeping me company here.