It’s black and fuzzy and being dragged away by a black fuzzy thing

Wow so June is done and dusted and July is speeding by, I’ve seriously struggled to find sewing time this month. I did complete my top-secret project that I’ll post as soon as I am allowed to but for now, here is some Lady Grey progress.

Spoiler alert: It’s not finished…yet.

These photos are from Monday night, Harri and I had the house to ourselves and I seriously thought I might get to at least 95% done. I dreamt about my rainbow swallows dress on Sunday night but I HAVE to finish Lady Grey first and when I am done my machines are going to need one heck of a vacuum out. This wool makes its own fuzz babies everywhere!

Normally when I have a day of sewing I can convince Harri to take a nap in her bed, which I move into my sewing room. Her bed has had an extra incentive added recently, a hot water bottle.

Yes I spoil her, I’m allowed πŸ˜‰

This is an example of situation normal, taken a week or so ago:

But on Monday night it just wasn’t happening. Instead we had this:

And then this:

And this:

There was not going to be any situation normal this night. Harri LOVES this wool. At one point I turned around from stitching a sleeve seam and she was on the cutting table dragging the WHOLE coat shell towards the edge. I have no idea where she was planning to go with it but she was giving it her best shot.

So she’s not the best helper but I guess when only one of your humans is home you have to apply all your love to that human even if they really just wish you’d curl up in their lap.

I did achieve quite a lot, in-between plonking Harri back on the ground every 10 minutes but when she decided she liked the look of the iron (which was HOT), I called it a night.

Sorry in advance for these absolutely terrible night time photos but we’ve been over this: It’s WINTER!

The shell front and back, is all assembled and top stitched, just the collar left to go on:

The lining is 80% there, I have to pre-hem the bottom then facings are next followed by the sleeves and then I can attach it to the shell.

I am debating if I want to try my hand at a pair of bound button holes (and that reminds me that I don’t even have any buttons picked out yet!). I think a bound button hole would look better than a machine stitched one with this fabric and look infinitely more professional and “RTW”.

Colette has a beautifully photographed tutorial and they look like miniature welt pockets to me, which I have made successfully before. I think I just convinced myself…

So yes, that’s as far as I have gotten. Indie month is officially over and I am dragging my heels on my second item but I’ll get there this week and I am really excited to finish this coat.

Over the next few days Kat and I will be winding up the month with some posts featuring a few of our participants.

Did you enjoy Indie pattern month? I hope so. I found it motivational and a great way to show our love for the independent pattern designers. I definitely spotted a few new patterns I hadn’t considered before! I also enjoyed Burda month because both themes left the sewing open to suit everyone’s individual skill level and it also meant I could pick a project that suited my sewing mood the current season. How about you?


31 thoughts on “It’s black and fuzzy and being dragged away by a black fuzzy thing

  1. I love your jacket!! And of course your lovely assistant. I enjoy reading what you are up to sewing. It is very inspirational.

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  3. Oh, my so far so good! The lining is so pretty. And, Harri obviously has great taste, that’s the issue. Love the pic of her peeking at your sewing machine foot!

  4. That’s going to be an amazing coat! I really enjoyed Indie pattern month, although I didn’t get as much done as I would have hoped, I need to pick up some lining fabric for my Cascade skirt when I’m in the UK so in the meantime I am working on the Pattern Runway sundress.

    • If we got you inspired then we did our job. I hope you can get your lining soon and finish up your skirt, I’ve been eyeing up that pattern for a while now…next time, next time… πŸ˜‰

  5. You seem to get a lot done despite Harri’s best efforts πŸ™‚ I don’t know how they do it but cats can be adorable and infuriating at the same time! Lucky for me my cat is now 13 and is content with sleeping on the chair next to me!

    • You know I think that might be it, a little jealousy that I am “playing” with my machine more than her, hehe, but I can’t resist her little furry face! I hope she’s still bouncy sand playful at 11 years old too πŸ™‚

  6. What a CUTE lil kitty ..I love that pic of him glaring at the needle. I hope his paws dont get in the way one day. The coat looks like it is coming along nicely. well done

  7. Woah! It looks awesome, I can’t wait to see it IRL. I’m looking forward to the “prizegiving” for indie pattern month. I really meant to take part but you know, no sewjo and all that. Here’s hoping I can get it back for the Cake sew-a-long!

  8. It is looking great! I did bound buttonholes on my version and just love it. Good luck with choosing your buttons. I loved the Indie pattern month, despite my change of plan mid way through!

    • Oh thanks, I love Walnut, he’s so fluffy! Harri was afraid of the serger the first time I used it so I started by sewing slowly and she got used to it eventually, so now I go full speed πŸ™‚

  9. What a beautiful kitten! Sigh, I miss my lovely sweet and affectionate cat; I remember having a warm cat on my lap as I sewed. I love the lining material you have used; can’t wait to see the finished product. My sewing has also stalled for a bit; too many competing priorities!

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