This is how UFO’s happen


Mint Harris Tweed


Well, I’m starting another pile of Unfinished Objects.  The first is a winter coat for my DD1 from Harris tweed!  YAY!  I love Harris tweed.  I was first introduced to it when a very good friend of mine asked me to re-line his Harris jacket.  I was amazed at the fabric.  The lining was completely worn out, but the fabric looked like it was new.  I just had to make something with that famous fabric.

I ordered Mint from Harris Tweed and Knitwear, and they promptly sent it off.  Unlucky for me, but Canada Post decided to show off it’s poor customer service, and sent the package back to Scotland because they didn’t like the way the sender’s forms were filled out; and they blamed Canada Customs, of course.  However, the company very graciously sent out another package with other samples and it arrived within 5 business days!   The picture doesn’t do justice to the colour.  DD1 is very pleased with it, and after purusing my Burda Style for September, decided she liked style #101.  I traced out the pattern today, and used the London method to pre-shrink the tweed (more on this tomorrow).  Then I put it aside on my sewing table because I don’t have flannel to underline it, and I need to purchase lining.


Burda 09-2010-101


So, I turned to a project that has languished for the last 3 winters.  It’s green cashmere from The Wool House in the Fashion District.  They don’t have a website, but here’s a map in case you’re ever in Toronto.  I didn’t splurge on the amount of fabric, so I cut out a lapel-less jacket from an old OOP Vogue Pattern by Ungaro.


Vogue 2017


I stopped after cutting out the jacket, the lining and the silk organza underlining.  I cannot remember why I didn’t complete it, but I left it to gather dust for about 9 months, and then shook it off and put it away with the rest of my wool stash.  And because I couldn’t go any further with my DD1’s tweed coat, I thought I might as well work on this.  The colour’s all washed out in this picture, mainly because it’s dark outside, and the lighting in my makeshift sewing room consists of a single floor lamp that has a yellowish tinge.


silk organza underlining hand-basted to cashmere


So there you have it… I got rid of one pile of UFO’s, and now I’ve started a new one.  Do you do this, too, or are you super disciplined and complete a project prior to cutting out another one?



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