It’s been a while. You OK? I’m OK. I’m coming up for air after a year of online teaching, and waiting out this third wave and continued stay-at-home orders here in Toronto. The mental load is difficult these days, but this too shall pass.
I was just on Bloglovin’ scrolling through my sewing feed for the first time in *forever* and it made me realize that I’ve missed you! It’s been almost a full year of not much sewing for me. So I’ve dusted off (ha! — see what I did there?) these photos from last Spring of my Cambria Duster and put together this post just to say hello and check in.
I don’t remember much about sewing this, but I do remember it was a sewing kit I bought from Needle Sharp. And now that I’m looking at the pictures I’m sorry I didn’t sew that hem by hand — that stitching line just doesn’t look good. No matter; I’ve only worn this once or twice since I sewed it, because it actually makes me feel like I am wearing a bath robe. In fact, if I tie it closed in the front, I feel like I should be toddling off to the shower with a towel wrapped around my hair. (Sorry, I didn’t take any pics of it tied closed in front.)
Which is such a drag because I really love this jacquard fabric! It’s grey with blue dots and tiny flecks of gold, and has a lovely sheen to it when you see it in person. And I’ve gone and made a bath robe out of it. This is almost as much of a disaster as when I thought I was sewing a dress but it turned out it was a bathrobe with storage compartments for groceries.
I think it looks less bath-robe-ish when it’s tied up at the back. But it’s a really rare situation in which it’s cold enough to wear an outer layer but warm enough to not need it closed in the front, know what I mean? It’s kind of like the paradox of a down vest — I just don’t get why they exist. If it’s cold enough to be wearing goose down, how is it comfortable to have your arms just hanging out there in the breeze? These are the challenging mysteries of our time.
Others who’ve sewn the Cambria Duster have pointed out how impractical the design of the pockets is…and of course I forgot to do anything about that before cutting out all my pattern pieces. You can see that the pocket opening scoops down very low, leaving not that much depth to the actual pocket itself. It was so shallow as drafted, in fact, that you can see I ended up flat-felling an extra couple of inches to the bottom of each pocket piece so that I could actually carry something in the pockets without worrying it would easily fall out.
I’m very pleased with the bias-bound seams on the inside.
I’m hoping I’ll have more to report in the coming months — let’s see if I can get that sew-jo back!
Thanks for stopping by for a read, and I hope you’re doing well!