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Sunday, April 3, 2016


As I've mentioned before, I am going to Paris in November with Marcy and Kathrine Tilton (squeal!)My friend Shams is going, and possibly my friend Joan.
As you and I know full well, I could simply use the wardrobe from my recent trip  to Portugal...it worked well, I loved it, it was fall-in-Europe, etc. 


I would miss out on one of my favorite parts of travel...MAKING A NEW

so here is the first key element of the wardrobe...it's the Minoru Jacket by Sewaholic which I auditioned here 6 weeks ago. You will notice I am changing
my color scheme a little   by using a claret red. I fell in love with this French
Jacquard from Emma One Sock...

Linda didn't have quite enough for my jacket, but my dear friend Shams had
bought the last yard on the bolt and generously let me have it! THANKS, SHAMS!

Isn't that a gorgeous color? The fabric was quite light weight, so I interfaced the whole thing with a medium weight fusible from Fashion Sewing Supply. I will still need a heavier coat/jacket but this was the fabric that sparked my creativity.

I also made the turtleneck top, a modification of V 8691,an OOP pattern by Katherine Tilton. The fabric is a silky double knit from JoAnns.

(showing off my roses and wisteria a little...)

I wore the jacket to a funeral yesterday so that I could assess its wearability...

It got an A+!

We have been blessed here in our valley with a really superb year for wildflowers...the first in several years. Friday, Dave, Paddy and I took a
picnic up our local mountain, 10 miles from our house, and enjoyed the beauty.

This is known locally as "Grass Mountain" and right now, it's glowing neon orange from the poppies (and lupines, which you can't distinguish here)

Such a beautiful place...Dave and I spent the New Millennium Eve here,
toasting the end of the century with a bottle of champagne.

HOWEVER, there is no gain without pain, or something like that...and we have both been suffering from horrendous allergies all week. Luckily I recovered by
the weekend, as my eyes had been looking just like my friend from Papua New
Guinea, here...

Here's a photo of Paddy, me and the roses (and the sunspots)....


I will be hopping over to Visible Monday at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style in a few hours...come on over!



  1. Margy--I'm so glad you got that fabric. I actually thought of you when I first saw it on EOS. I like to do a travel wardrobe too--please visit me:

  2. I can't wait to read about your travels with the Tilton sisters and what you all sewed for the trip. We'll need pictures of your outfits!

  3. Oh funny, what BIG change to your color palette ;)
    I have recently put together a stack of fabrics for my spring & summer sewing and I though of you - my colors are black and red. You have shown me just how exciting a wardrobe can be while staying within your own favorite color palette. I did consider coming on that trip to Paris with you and Shams but alas, other priorities have taken over. I know you will have fun.

  4. I love your claret Minoru, Margy! A great piece for Paris!

  5. It is a lovely Minoru and I hope it will serve you well in Paris!

  6. Okay, now I'm going to have to get that jacket pattern. It's just too gorgeous. You've convinced me, enabler that you are.
    Theresa in Tucson

  7. Beautiful jacket with superb styling! I now limit my travel wardrobe to a couple basic colors (teal & black adding aqua & white touches for summer) as you do. It certainly makes packing easier and lighter! Karen

  8. I love this jacket pattern , and your version is yummy. Love the color and the styling! We are also enjoying a colorful spring, and suffering from allergies too. Thanks for an inspirational post.

  9. The mountain is breathtakingly beautiful! And I do relate to your allergy-eyes: we have extra high pollen here for weeks. Lovely jacket, and yes, you're having fun making a new travel wardrobe! Thanks for linking, xo


  10. Margy, could you describe what changes you made to the Minoru? It looks great.

    1. I eliminated the hood, changed the gathers on the sleeves to darts, added 4 inches in length, added side-seam pockets, eliminated the inside pocket and the sleeve bands.

  11. Margy you are a clever stylist with putting your colours together and pieces, the coat is lovely and a lovely colour and great it got an A+ for wearability, how lovely that Shams gave you the fabric...thanks for the sights of your mountain, glorious, so get the allergic reactions and many a time my eyes share your 'head' on the wall.
    Lyn, Australia

  12. Gorgeous jacket and fabric.

  13. Lovely jacket, Margy, and of course, wonderfully styled as always!

  14. I can just see you on the streets of Paris in that jacket. Fantastic.

  15. Sewing double-knit - I bow down to you. I'm afraid my version would have "ruching" everywhere!! HAahaha. This one looks fantastic. And I just love how you make new clothes to go on your trips. The jacket is gorgeous. True friendship is when you run out of fabric and your friend gives you their last piece. Sigh. Looking great here, Margy!! I'm so excited about your upcoming trip.

  16. You suit the softer shade of burgundy just as well as your signature red. You could show the Parisians a few style tricks, no doubt.

  17. You will knock the socks off of the French :)

  18. In the photo with your dog, perhaps those are Orbs and not sunspots.

  19. Nice post...I look forward to reading more, and getting a more active part in the talks here, whilst picking up some knowledge as well..

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