My Blue Heaven
I am just starting to make some double sided throws for Christmas presents (a feature will appear early November), but yet again a fabric has seduced me when I was not expecting it. I usually line my double sided throws with a mohair, as it is light and cuddly as well, but mohairs are in short supply this season, and when I decided Summer Sunshine lined in blue would brighten a room, I turned to a slightly more dense weave and selected Tranquil Cerulean, which still has lots of mohair in it. It looked a good match.
The moment I opened my fabric parcel the wow factor hit me. The Summer Sunshine will indeed make a lovely throw (and if you are young and jazzy, it would also make a ‘look at me’ kilt type above knee skirt (try Simplicity S8746 - so you could let out your inner ‘Outlander’).
However, it was the Tranquil Cerulean that had me transfixed. The photos, however good, cannot do it justice. The colour is one shade off exuberant. It is a cornflower blue with confidence, even a little swagger, and yet it is not OTT. What is almost more wonderful for sewing is the weave, handle and weight. The weave you can see on the reverse is a twill firm enough not to need a stabiliser at all, though the face is dense and short, yet cuddly. The drape and weight mean it is not a’winter coat thicky’ but something light enough that you can be imaginative in terms of coats, coatigans and gilets. It is not a skirt fabric of course, but there are so many options I have been dithering all weekend.
Do I make a waterfall front unlined coatigan, a proper lined coat or a casual jacket? There are advantages to each. I am indoors more than outdoors, so a coat would be worn less often, but then at £14 a metre, it would make a stunningly cheap super wool/mohair coat (lined perhaps with Old Blue Eyes polka dot acetate/viscose). Bright blues are in vogue this winter, and such a coat would cost hundreds off a shop rail but would cost (assuming 4m of fabric and also lining) only £72 plus thread, which is better than even a mega sale deal for a wool with mohair coat. I was thinking of using Butterick B6497 as a pattern, though it has just been discontinued and supplies are getting shorter if you also want it.
If I make a jacket, will its drape be wasted, but would a coatigan be more than I need, since it takes nearly as much fabric as a coat? Either Simplicity S8742 or Butterick B6370 would do nicely and take 3m and 4m respectively for the larger sizes, so would cost between £42 and £56 plus thread, which is stunning value for natural fibres and would cost oodles in a shop.
If I made a jacket in Simplicity S8468, which is unlined, it would take 3m (actually a little less so you could make a nice scarf or hat with the spare), and again it would cost you £42 for a gorgeous wool and mohair jacket.
It, would look good with a black skirt, or even better a skirt or pinafore dress in Byron Windowpane Check, of which I grabbed a few metres a month or so back (and is still, amazingly, in stock with Fabworks). Decisions, decisions! All I know is several more metres must be mine, all mine, so stand back, I am head of the queue.