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Friday, October 21, 2011

Decisions, Decisions...

Now that I've solved the Cargo Pant issue, I'm free to move on to other projects.
The question is, which one? Unless I'm specifically dedicated to finishing a certain garment, I have too many ideas.  I can easily overwhelm myself with choices, both in patterns and in fabrics. I have painfully limited myself to 10 or so patterns, and the same number of fabrics, trying to decide what to work on next.

The patterns:

  1. I have Vogue 1197, the pants, which I have made once, and want to tweak and try again
  2. Sewing Workshop Stella and Luna, I want to make the Stella top
  3. Katherine Tilton's new vest, which I'm dying to try
  4. Marcy Tilton's new jacket, ditto
  5. KT's new fleece jacket...really cute
  6. MT's zipper jacket, which I want to make again in an embroidered, mirrored dupioni
  7. A soft knit jacket from McCalls in a dark red ponte, and
  8. An unlined coat from Elements, which I really like the looks of.
  9. Vogue 2364, OOP, several vests I like, and
  10. Vogue 2914, OOP, a Sandra Betzina vest I have made once before.
The fabrics:
  1. 3 Ponte knits from JoAnns, in black, dark gray, and red.

  2.  Black embroidered and mirrored dupioni for a holiday top to go with some 
      flame red silk velvet pants I made years ago.

  3. A luscious cranberry quilted silk velvet which I want for a lightweight but
     warm vest which will peek out of my usual grays and blacks. The one on the

     My friend Laura has had one like this for years.

     4. A cozy reversible fleece with two different sides from Marcy Tilton.

        I haven't decided which one I want to make yet...

     5. Two double knit leopard print knits, one from Marcy and one from Emma One Sock.

     6. Some more Supplex in a nice medium gray from eBay...

     7.  A wonderfully odd, probably rayon mix, reversible dots, the black parts       
         are shiny

         which I happened to see on Koos Van den Akker's FaceBook page!

     8. and finally, the piece de resistance, this incredible boiled wool fleece from
        EOS with big black DOTS and a fabulous selvedge.

       I'm afraid to cut into it!!!

     ADDENDUM: One pattern I forgot, V8778, Katherine Tilton, and one VERY IMPORTANT fabric combo...

This is a beautiful silver gray faux fur from Emma One Sock, along with a quilted cotton/poly blend; this will probably be a reversible vest.


  1. Runs to Facebook to find Kos Van den Akker's page.....

  2. Jilly, that picture is a couple years old...

  3. lol Margy I came back because I didn't want to be so selfishly rude & not even comment on your decision-making. Which is sort of moot, because I really have nothing helpful to say; you have a lot of fun choices!

    I just wanted to thank you for the Koos mention - I got lost in his FB page & LOVE it! I wasn't even necessarily looking for that shot. What an abundance of inspiration-packed pictures he has!

  4. Yes, indeed, Jilly, he's an inspiration powerhouse!

  5. If we're voting, mine goes for the Koos dotty fabric. That is very cool stuff! As to a pattern - sorry, you're on your own. lol I've got too many of my own to decide on.

  6. Love your patterns and fabric options. I can see why you're having difficulty deciding which combination to jump in with. Love that Koos fabric, the animal prints, the silk velvet - divine!

  7. Ooooh, what a fabric feast!! I adore that Koos fabric, the boiled wool, the quilted red. Droooooool.

    I understand completely about being afraid to cut into that boiled wool! It is a one of a kind special fabric!

    No help here on making any decisions, but I don't think you can make a wrong one!

    I also love the Koos page on FB. I first discovered it a year ago when they posted a picture of the Koos coat I made, but I love love many of the pictures they've posted of his designs.

    I look forward to seeing what you choose!

  8. I forgot to mention... your friend Laura, what a knockout!! I adore that green crocheted (?) jacket and her jaunty hat!!

  9. Love, love, love to be in your shoes! 😄 Love your patterns and fabrics, can't wait to see which pattern you choose to pair with which fabric...