Taking On the Flannels and Sewing Lemonade

Time to Tame the Flannels

Good Morning!!! After the Inspirational Flannel Dress Remake I realized The Flannels were getting out of hand. I have been collecting them this winter and they’ve been hanging out together in the Idea Closet, pitching pennies, forming their own little gang (WSF: Winston Serengeti Flannels), and picking on some of the other garments. Just the other day I heard one of them call a lace dress their “B” word. Not good.

Don’t get me wrong. The Flannels are basically good garments. But they need some attention. They have been bored and they don’t see their purpose and meaning. Its time to get to work and transform them into productive members of the wardrobe.

I am totally up for this challenge. Working with naughty kids was my favorite part of being a teacher and principal. It didn’t matter if they were starting school or getting ready to graduate, there was something about an ornery child/teen that brought out my heart and sharpened my brain. In my experience, most kids that consistently misbehave are lost. And lost kids needed to be seen, heard, loved and treated with respect and consistency. Getting mad never helped (although sometimes I did….and the kids universally showed me grace with this)and babying them didn’t help either (although sometimes I did….and the kids universally showed me grace with that too).

Are you excited??? I am too! Over the next few posts I will keep you “posted” on the progress of the flannels. I have great faith in them and can’t wait to see how they turn out!

Sewing Lemonade

If life gives you lemons…………

Well my friends. It has been quite a week. And I don’t mean in a good way. I am not going to turn this post into “Oversharing with Strangers” so I’ll just tell you that the last few days kind of stunk. And still life is good. There is a phrase that ran through my head all week; “God is good; even and especially when things are hard”. And that is true. I am healthy. My family is healthy. My home is intact. I have loving friends and faith to help me through all kinds of stuff. Life is good because God is.

Sometimes we just need to do a little altering and adjusting. That has happened with our Sewingjourney. It will now be more of a “sewing-stay-cation”. I hope you are okay with that.

We will follow the same format but do it in Roseburg. The rules will stay in place. Once the stay-cation begins, we have to find our materials and create something (hopefully) wonderful. My extra challenge will be to share some of the interesting things ab byout Roseburg with you. That will be easy. For many of you Roseburg will be a new and exotic place. For my friends in town, you are now officially the “insiders”.

One Last Thing: A Tale of Two Coats

I haven’t talked too much about sewing so let’s change that. Here are two coats I worked on a couple of weeks ago. I have this habit of getting my groove on with a season right when it is ready to change. Does that happen to you? I make all these garments I can wear for a week before it’s time to pack them away in the closet. Of course, the upside is next season. I open the closet and have all of these cool clothes I have made and forgotten about. It’s like a mini-Christmas!

Both of the coats are remakes from thrift stores. I followed a similar formula with them using different materials. For the Kitty-Cat Coat I used decorator trim (the kind for upholstery and pillows) that I found on Amazon. If I haven’t said it before, I have been able to find some great buys on Amazon. This trim was marked down to 12 yards for around $8.00.

I stitched the trim to the cuffs and bottom of the coat and then applied the applique with a glue gun. Yes, a glue gun. I ask you my friends, is not the glue gun a tragically overlooked sewing notion???? It attaches fast, easy and straight. True, gluing has its drawbacks, but sometimes when stitching isn’t the best option, the glue gun comes to your rescue.

For the Faux Fur Coat I first attached a collar taken off of a thrift store sweater. The collar fit the coat perfectly!!! I stitched this by hand so I had control over how the collar would lay against the coat. After adding the collar, I used my machine to stitch faux fur to the cuffs and pocket flaps. Faux fur is messy but fun to work with. For me, the trick has been to not over-work it. I usually leave the edges raw and use our trusty zigzag stitch to attach everything. I am careful later when washing the garment (gentle and hang to dry).

To finish off, I replaced the buttons with some velvet ones from my stash and attached the heart applique with our newest trusty sewing notion—the glue gun. Voila!! We now have 2 beautiful coats to wear next winter!! By the way, if you love the appliques thank my Sewing Sister. They were some of the (many) cool things she picked up in LA’s Fabric District during her rain-bird trip down south.

Okay my dear friends, it is time to say goodbye! It was a good day. We took on a challenge; adjusted our Sewingjourney and upcycled two beautiful coats. Life is Good!

Have a great day and I will talk to you soon!

Published by kristimcgree

Hi, my name is Kristi. I love to sew, write and travel and I think having opportunities to be creative is the greatest thing ever!

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