All Is Not Lost… Just Sidetracked

Last month I made a grand pronouncment that work would commence on an Anthropologie trench coat knock-off. Then, the storm happened and I had to work through it. When I wasn’t working I was shoveling. And, when I wasn’t shoveling I was resting my wrist. So, I really only got to spend a few hours on the coat before I was back to work after the storm and haven’t had a moment at my sewing machine in six weeks. But, I thought I could at least show how far I made it.

You’ll see there are no sleeves. I’m on draft number two for the sleeves. And, of course, I also managed to lose the center back bodice pattern piece πŸ™‚ Β All is not lost! Overall, it’s not bad. I think it’s going to be big, but I also gave it huge seam allowances. I wanted to finish this mid-April and that’s not going to happen. I’m not sure if it’ll be put away for a while and picked up again in late summer or if I’ll just plug away at it this year.

But, I won’t be working on it this upcoming weekend! I’m going to visit my friend on the Eastern Shore of Maryland again. And, in May I’m on for PR Weekend in Philly. And, tonight, I’m booking my tix for PR Weekend in Montreal. I’m just a traveling woman, eh?


  1. I was so hoping that I could attend PR Philly this year (from NC), but unfortunately, the personal “economy” did not improve enough to make it feasible. And who wants to be faced with wonderful fabric that you feel terrible about buying. And who wants to spend time with that person πŸ™‚

    Trench will be gorgeous, I’m sure. I know that dilemma about working on it, or putting it away. I’ve got a red wool winter coat that I’m determined to finish. I’m going to force myself to work on it this summer. It’s been in progress since 2004, so I really should get it done. I was stumped on what to do about the buttonholes, and stopped at that point (bound have to go in at the beginning, but my machine wouldn’t do them, but now I might be able t embroider them on.)

  2. I am a new reader, and I had to comment when I saw that you are coming to Montreal!! What is PR Weekend? For me PR means public relations…but Meredith’s comment makes me think otherwise. It sounds like something I might want to attend…

    Have you been to Montreal before? Have you been shopping in the fabric stores on St. Hubert? I can give you the details if you are interested! Happy travels!

    • PR Weekend is weekend. It’s an annual event when PR members gather across the world. This year there are two meetups, one in Philly in May and the Montreal trip in June. I went to Montreal in high school and have been dying to get back ever since. So, this year I’m taking a full week and making it my summer vacation with my mom, aunt and Trena. Montreal information is here:

      I am SO EXCITED πŸ™‚

  3. Oooh I’d love to go to PR weekend in Montreal, but I’m actually going in early June instead and can’t change the dates… But you will have a blast and see some awesome fashion and fabric (I lived there for grad school and fabric shopped prodigiously on my itty-bitty budget!)

    The coat is looking VERY nice so far πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  4. I am also going to the PR meeting in Montreal. I am very happy that I will meer you and also Trena. I love reading your blog. The coat will be fabulous.

  5. I am so late to post on this, but it strikes me – Isn’t it incredible how the snowstorms affected us? We are STILL recovering from the fallout. sheesh. And it will take a while to thoroughly put it all behind us.

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