Simplicity 2256


A Colourful Canvas, Simplicity 2256

A Colourful Canvas, Simplicity 2256
{Jacket – Simplicity Pattern 2256
White Jeans –  Pure by Alfred Sung
Pretty Pink Shoes – Anne Klein} 

Another week gone by…another Project Sewn garment completed!  This week’s theme is Make It Pink, and I was eager to participate.  I mean, just look at that stash of pink fabric.  All thrifted goodies, all waiting to be morph-ed into beeyouteefull clothing.  Honestly, I didn’t intentionally set out to have a pile of pink.  I didn’t even think I was a pink person, if you know what I mean.  But here I am, practically buried in the rosy hue, and loving it!  How did I choose?  Well, the pink paisley fairly screamed, Pick Me!   So I did!  I was, I’m pleased to say, decisive on this point.  It was deciding what to sew that kind of tripped me up.  Every brilliant idea I had, would get mentally pushed aside by the image of a pink paisley spring jacket.  But I already have a pink jacket, and surely one pink jacket is enough, whispered my practical self.  But, as you can see, this fabric was destined to be just that. I guess one pink jacket is not enough.  

This project was one big happy sigh of relief!  It ticked along from start to finish with nary a hiccup.  The pattern, Simplicity 2256, was almost the exact mental image I had in my mind, {yes that one, the pushy one} and it sewed up like a dream.  I quite look forward to sewing it again.  I did tweak the pattern, but ever so little.  I moved the inseam pocket from the center front seam over to the side seam.  Having previously made a jacket with an inseam center front pocket, and not particularly loving that feature, it was a no-brainer.  With this simple change, I was able to make the pocket larger.  Okay, see those little flappies with the gold buttons?  Strictly a design feature on the original pattern.  Me…I made those flappies functional.  Inseam pockets there too. Uh huh!  Not sure that I’d actually put anything in them, but they are official, working pockets, and I’m proud of ’em.  Let’s see, anything else?  I altered the button tab on the back a little; it’s a little larger, and fastened via actual buttonholes.  Oh!  D’oh, almost forgot to tell you…I lengthened the pattern 4 1/2″.  I would have gone longer, but I didn’t have any more fabric.  I also added a back vent…which probably isn’t really necessary, but I quite like it.  And!  I lined the coat as well.  Okay, I promise, that’s it!  The directions were straight forward, but I rarely follow every step as outlined.  Case in point.  I never sew a set in sleeve! Without fail, standard instructions are to sew the front to back at the shoulders, sew the side seams, sew the seam of the sleeve, and then go to great efforts to stitch the sleeve into the little armhole.  N’uh uh.  I have, for as long as I can remember, sewn the shoulder seams, and then sewn the sleeve to the armhole flat.  Soooo much easier!  Then, after the sleeve is sewn, all I do is sew one continuous side seam from the finger tip end of the sleeve right down to the bottom of the garment side seam.  I have a photo above that shows the sleeve pinned in. Sorry about the poor lighting in those sewing room photos.  There is also a photo of an inseam pocket in the works.
Okay, completely off topic, but last night I had the strangest dream.  I was in a very old, very cold, abandoned house.  You know, the type with decaying furniture covered in musty sheets, and a thick layer of grey dust clinging to every surface.  I was in danger, someone bad was coming after me.  I made my way upstairs and entered into a bedroom.  I had been sewing, and had a sewing needle and thread in hand.  As I went up the stairs and along the hallway, I somehow left a tangled trail of thread in my wake. It was strung across the banister, it was woven through tarnished wall sconces, and looped around door knobs.  As the bad man, {whom it turns out was Pierce Brosnan and hello what could be bad about that I ask} made his way up the staircase, he became entangled in the thread, finding it more and more difficult, not only to move, but to orient himself.  He did finally end up in the bedroom, {again, the problem is?} only to have the chandelier fall on him.  I think it killed him.  Woops!  That’s it…I woke up.  What does this mean other than nothin’ really?  Well, I’m thinking that it’s deepest meaning might be that sewing does indeedy have the ability to save your life. Bwaahahahaha!

The scenery today, or lack thereof, is due to a few tiny snowflakes starting to fall.  I may be dressed for spring.  I may be dreaming of spring.  I may even be dreaming of wearing this jacket in the spring..but spring it most definitely is not!  I have to tell ya though, it’s kind of cool sewing for the upcoming season, and not for the nearly over season…

Thanks bunches for stopping by and saying Hi! 

Won’t you please…


  • Reply Carelia Moran February 9, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    You are the greatest! Kate Spade better watch out with you, seriously!! I completely adore the polka dots detail, that's just genius. Your gold bag matching the buttons of your top is another touch that I love. What can I say, I love the entire look.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 9, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Kate Spade?!! That's a huge compliment Carelia! Thank you!!!

  • Reply Mrs C February 9, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    PRETTY! I love paisley and in that tone of color it looks delish! You are a 'maestro'! Brava!

    Mrs Jack Of All Trades
    Dubai, UAE

  • Reply Gaye February 10, 2014 at 2:16 am

    That is absolutely amazing. I hope the actual participants in project sewn do as well 😉 … but that is going to be hard to top!

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  • Reply Pam @Threading My Way February 10, 2014 at 2:33 am

    I LOVE the pink paisley!!! An awesome jacket!!! You look fabulous.

  • Reply Margo B February 10, 2014 at 3:28 am

    Great jacket Sue!! I also like to sew my sleeves in the same way….why don't patterns instruct us to do that more often!? I envy your winter weather, we are under a blanket of snow right now BUT spring will come…eventually and you'll be ready in your new jacket!

  • Reply Suzanne Carillo Style Files February 10, 2014 at 4:40 am

    Wow! Psychedelic baby! Great job. I keep thinking what can this gal NOT make? Seems you can do it all.

    Your hair is looking extra soft and lovely lately.

    My parents have been bragging about their great weather so now I see it isn't quite so warm anymore.

    That dream was hilarious. I had a dream the other night I was in France talking to some girls and telling them how I strictly eat petits choux (cream puffs) now. LOL That was my whole diet. They were impressed.


  • Reply oonaballoona February 10, 2014 at 6:00 am

    you are just a beautiful blooming day of spring. i hear ya on the cold. i froze my ass off taking pics yesterday!

  • Reply Nicolene Richards February 10, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Wow, the jacket is sensational, you look fabulous! Great outfit!!

  • Reply Ripple Dandelion February 10, 2014 at 6:06 am

    Beautiful on you! Love everything about it!

  • Reply Patti February 10, 2014 at 6:19 am

    I think it means if you keep sewing, Pierce will end up in your bedroom and then . . . I wake up! Gorgeous jacket, I love the patterns and the cheery color. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday! xox

  • Reply Renae of Simple Sequins February 10, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Oh my goodness, Sue! Such a darling coat and you model it so perfectly. I love how sharp and crisp it looks. And the spring time look it has is so appreciated here, let me tell ya! ♥

  • Reply ann wood February 10, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Now Sue, you are doing the spring coat beautifully! I love it, such a great color on you. Perfect length and I love the retro details. You are one talented seamstress. By the way, fabulous pictures too!

    blue hue wonderland

  • Reply Trina February 10, 2014 at 7:31 am

    I am tickled pink just looking at this ever-so happy, beautiful and wonderfully stylish jacket. If I were to be shopping and spot that jacket, there would be NO way I would leave the store without that in by possession. You are one talented lady. Isn't is wonderful you are able to enjoy your gift and talents not only for as a hobby but for practical reasons as well? I must add your detail of adding the polka-dots, wow!

  • Reply Diya February 10, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Superb :):) – – Diya TheHobbyHarbor

  • Reply M. Edwards February 10, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Sue, you are truly adorable! What a fantastic way to wake up and start my Monday! Loving the pink (you should consider linking up with Anne @ Spy Girl this Wednesday) and the pattern mix of the jacket is genius. I wish you actually were a designer 'coz then I'd offer to commission you to make things for me. I never learnt to sew; alas, all I can do is knit. Which, in SoCal, is a really ridiculous craft to know.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Well, it turns out we didn't get any snow last night. Raining this morning. Your dream is very funny! Only le petits choux, mais oui.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 8:36 am

    I can NOT begin to imagine being out on the roof in NYC right now. Here I am a wimp when the thermometer hovers at freezing.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Thanks Nicolene…always enjoy seeing your 'likes' on bloglovin'.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Aw, Gaye, thanks so much! You know the contestants always knock it out of the park and wow us.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 8:39 am

    You know Ann…I truly think that seeing you in your wonderful and flattering coats inspired me to really consider what would look good on me. I'm happy you like mine!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Thanks Margo. It's weird about those pattern instructions, isn't it? And yes, we have been spared this winter, that is for sure.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Hi Pam! Thank you so much! I just think it's so fun to see paisley in such bright and cheery colours.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Yep…I'm a little surprised I was able to turn out this coat in a few days. Power sewing for sure!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Thanks Ripple…often when sewing there is that *one* thing that doesn't feel right, but I too love everything about this coat!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 8:46 am

    hahahaha…thanks hostess with the mostess!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Thanks Diya. I appreciate you popping by and saying Hi!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Hey, thanks for the heads up on Anne's theme…I usually have trouble keeping up with the various themes and links going on…Anne's are always fun!

    You made me laugh with your knitting story!

  • Reply Louise Perry February 10, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Beautiful jacket, you look stunning in it. Love the way you styled it to with the flowers and shoes.

  • Reply Glenda February 10, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Oh wow Sue, you look so pretty and happy. I adore the polka dot surprise under the collar. It reminds me of a Kate Spade design. They always feature an element of surprise. If I could sew, I doubt I would ever go shopping.

  • Reply pastcaring February 10, 2014 at 10:23 am

    The jacket is an absolute beauty, Sue. All the details – the contrasting linings, the back tab, the pockets, the buttons, and that glorious paisley print, I love it! And I can tell you do too, you look as though you are really enjoying yourself in these photos!
    The dream? I have NO idea, but poor old Pierce, bet he didn't see that coming! xxx

  • Reply Beata B February 10, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Sue this is an adorable outfit! You got all the pinks to match perfectly! Very lovely look that is perfect on you! Hugs, Beata xxx p.s (tulips are my favourite flowers)

  • Reply Vix February 10, 2014 at 11:12 am

    I'm in love, I could tear that jacket right of your back and have it for me! You are sooooo clever with a great eye for a fabulous fabric.
    That dream is funny, poor Pierce! xxx

  • Reply Unknown February 10, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Very pretty indeed

  • Reply Peggy's Closet February 10, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I love this! Absolutely gorgeous!

  • Reply Shirl February 10, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Stunning colour on this rainy day!. Love the hot pink and orange, girlfriend. And excellent sewing. Great pics. So cheery!


  • Reply Olga Becker @ Kid Approved February 10, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Wow! The jacket is awesome!

  • Reply yosami February 10, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Beautiful jacket and great photo shoot!

  • Reply Emalina February 10, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Gosh you are so talented to have made that beautiful paisley jacket for yourself! You need to start selling your designs! Looking so pretty in pink too.

    Many thanks for your kind congratulations on my news dear Sue!

  • Reply Natalia Lialina February 10, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Your blazer is absolutely stunning! Great job on complimenting lining too – I love such thoughtful details. You look so radiant on these photos (and on all of your photos, really!), and all the details are so beautiful and touching, including the flowers in your purse!

  • Reply Martha February 10, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Loooove this! You look so light and bright. Paisley, polka dots, and stripes–fabulous. I've been hungering for bright pinks like your fabric pile. Thanks for the fun.

  • Reply Laura February 10, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Your sewing projects are so fun! And the details amazing! I love the polka dot details… so cute! thanks for the encouragement– on my sewing journey… It truly means so much!

  • Reply Sheila February 10, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    I love the polka dot fabric with the paisley – what a glorious piece! Amazingly gorgeous.

  • Reply HerFineHand February 10, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Ohhhhh, ahhhhhh! Love love love! I feel the need to go out and search for pink paisley and polka dots. And I don't even particularly like pink. As for your dream — please, please just send Mr. Pierce B. my way – I know just what to do . . . I've been thinking about this for a long time. I'll subdue him and send him back, I promise!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    hahaha…Yes, I have this sudden desire to watch some old James Bond movies…or maybe the Thomas Crown Affair. Thanks for stopping by!!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Oooh, I love that word glorious. Yep, that's how I feel about it too!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Laura!! One of the reasons I've gotten back into sewing is because I had more paintings painted than wall space. Sewing is so great because it is a creative hobby, but it's practical too! Keep at it, and email if you have any questions.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    The fabric pile just cheers me up too! Can't wait to get everything hanging in my wardrobe…I'm gonna need those sunglasses.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Aw, thank you so much Natalia! Sometimes, I get more excited about the lining than the fabric.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 5:25 pm


  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Thanks Olga! You have the cutest little photo here. I'm gonna head over to visit!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Thanks Peggy!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Oooh, that's true, you are the paisley princess…okay, I'll watch my back Vix!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Okay, another Kate Spade mention. I'm doing the happy dance here Glenda!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks Beata! Tulips just say so much with their simplicity, don't they!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Thank you so much Louise!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Thank you lovely Mrs. C!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Spring always seems to be the most anticipated season!!! xo

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Oh, you are a wizard with words Trina! Yep, you and me both…can't get enough pink in our wardrobes…

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I have to agree that it was fun doing the photos at home…the warmth of the house being just meters away…thanks Curtise for the lovely comment! xo

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I do thank you for taking the time to comment!! I'm happy you like it!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Shirl! And aren't we grateful for rain instead of snow!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Thanks Yosami. I was a little hesitant about taking photos against the garage, but the freezing weather made me change my mind pronto!

  • Reply Dana Bishop February 10, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Sue this is a good mood kind of project. I'm happy just looking at it. Your workmanship is unbelievable; truly. I would never undertake something so complex, which probably doesn't seem complex to you because you are so accomplished. Anyway, I do love the way you mixed your prints beautifully~ there is such a great mesh and the coast becomes you. LOVE!

  • Reply Chelsea B. February 10, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    What a great coat! I love the colors and the pattern is perfect for thinking about spring. Great job

  • Reply Val S February 10, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Sue, you are a genius! This is my favorite outfit of yours, after the Traveling Yellow Skirt one. Pink and orange and paisley – you can't go wrong! I think adding the extra four inches was a brilliant idea, too. Not only does the coat look more graceful, but you get to see more of that beautiful fabric. And I loved scrolling down to see your shoes and the bag full of tulips, too. I'm sure you can keep the snow at bay just from your sunny presence!

    Your dream is interesting. I think it means you want to wrap Pierce Brosnan up in your threads and keep him in your web/lair/nest – whatever. Too bad about the chandelier killing him!

  • Reply amy mayen February 10, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Let's start with Pierce. Okay, it could be that sewing saves your life…or it could be leaving a trail of thread for boogey men to come after you. You are so talented, and notice every tiny little error in your work…what if the boogey man is the pressure you put on yourself for such perfect garments? Or being judged in the awesome sewing contests you've done? Or maybe you don't put an insane amount of pressure on yourself…but your work is flawless. To sew with that precision I'd need someone behind me threatening me with a whip…or a lot of experience. Or maybe a lot of motivation.But if you are a perfectionist, then the boogeyman is you!! Or maybe I over analyze dreams. Either way, your jacket is a dream! My God Sue; one pink jacket is never enough. And you look so good, 2 may not be enough. You will never see ready to wear made so beautifully made. Stunning work!!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Your comments always make my day Amy! Remember, I'm 53 and I have a LOT of years to practice sewing. xo

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    hahahaha – you might be right! And about the coat….I might be my favourite too!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Thanks Chelsea! Yep, the jacket just seems right for spring!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 10, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Aw, thanks Dana. It was one of those projects that just seemed to come together. I'm sure you know of what I speak.

  • Reply Flo February 11, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Just beautiful Sue, I love it! I especially love the fact that they were thrifted fabrics, what a great assortment and they came together beautifully. And what a dream too, don't you wonder where ones like that come from?!

  • Reply Ariane Lasalle February 11, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Aren't you clever with your sewing – I love the detail in the collar
    The fabric is wonderful- i like the first pic, love th pose, love the gold bag with the flowers, such a good prop! It's the perfect touch!

    Oh yes! Spring! It will come sooner on your side of the country, here we will have to wait a bit longer



  • Reply Anonymous February 11, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Absolutely the cutest jacket. I love the style, love the fabric, love how you lined it. Outstanding. Hope you win the challenge – you deserve it.

  • Reply Jan Graham-McMillen February 11, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I love pink. I love these pink prints, and I love them on you. You are beautiful and they look great on you. Spring herself, you are!
    I had a little epiphany looking at these photos. I've not been looking forward to spring brights as they feel jarring to me and on me in the electric shades we've seen recently. I will look extra hard for more discrete pastels this year … perhaps I'll do better. You always inform!
    I've also been a whiny baby because I couldn't find a pink dress coat anywhere. And since I couldn't find what I wanted, I stubbornly didn't buy anything pink. Probably need to rethink that, huh?

  • Reply sabine February 11, 2014 at 11:33 am

    What a lovely jacket Sue! I am amazed by your sewing talent and by your special style. I love the paisley pattern and the shape of the collar particularly. Both reminds me to the 70s.
    I look forward to spring, with a jacket like yours I would impatiently long for it.
    Sabine xxx

  • Reply Jo-Anne February 11, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    I LOVE how you mix patterns, you must have a fabulous collection of fabrics. Your work is always so perfect. You're so inspiring!

  • Reply Merche Martinez February 11, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    I learn so much from reading your posts! And your photos are always fantastic! Your attention to detail is amazing. Love the jacket, love the photos…Everything!!

  • Reply Seeker February 11, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    OMG, Sue what an amazing work!!!! I'm really in an awe……
    You look gorgeous and your jacket is perfection, with such lovely colour and all those details!!
    As per usual your smile softens my heart, beautiful.
    I'm flattered that you linked with Très Chic Style Bits, thank you so much!!!

  • Reply Nicole February 11, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    What a gorgeous coat, Sue! Looks wonderful on you!

  • Reply Melanie February 11, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Now I'm dreaming of spring too, Sue. That is one INCREDIBLE coat! The fabric is joyful madness. Your 007 skills with needle and thread proved themselves even in your dream – Brosnan had to go down.

  • Reply dan February 12, 2014 at 12:26 am

    You have sewed another fantastic outfit, dear Sue! I am in love with the delicate colour of your coat…so spring!! ( and I am wearing a similar shade this week!) Your bag full of tulips is … lovable! I love, love, love your today's post! ( in which you are a beauty! )

  • Reply barbarajane February 12, 2014 at 3:24 am

    love the paisley, love the polka dots, love the pink, beautiful.

  • Reply Elizabeth Truscott February 12, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    This jacket is stunning Sue! What a special addition to any outfit!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 12, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you! I actually already feel like a winner with this coat!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 12, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Thank you Elizabeth!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 12, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    Thank you Barbarajane!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 12, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    We're all about the pink this week! Thanks for your sweet words Dan!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 12, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    …now that would be a dream…me looking all bond girl like. ahahaha

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 12, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Thanks so much Nicole! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 12, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Thank you bunches Jo-Anne! It's not a super big collection, but it is colourful!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 12, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Pastels are in this season!!! And you will rock the softer hue Jan! There's nothing wrong with waiting for the right article of clothing. It will happen!

  • Reply Anne M Bray February 13, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    THAT PAISLEY!!!!!! Love, love, love. You are the embodiment of Spring!
    Thanks for linking up with 52 Pick-me-up.

  • Reply WordsPoeticallyWorth February 13, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Nice jacket. I like the colour and the pattern.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

  • Reply Alethia February 13, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    This is adorable,I love it!

  • Reply Flo February 14, 2014 at 4:55 am

    Sue, what would you rate this particular pattern as far as degree of difficulty? I notice you said that you only had to tweak it a little, the rest of the things you did were by choice.

  • Reply No fear of fashion February 14, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I adore this jacket. And it suits you so well. I am glad that you ran out of material as this length is just right (well… In my opinion. Feel free to think differently haha). Now for your sewing…you changed everything that was easy about the pattern (no lining, no pockets). You are very good seamstress. I had a look at all your other coats too: so pretty and well made. As for already having a pink coat.. come on… that other one is totally different.
    And for your next dream… I hope Pierce Brosnan catches up with you in the bedroom and turns out to be ever so sweet instead of threatening hahaha. I love Pierce too.
    Nearly forgot to praise you for the shoes and the bracelet and the shiny bags (big and small). Very well styled. Great post.

  • Reply Rebecca February 14, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Oh my goodness this is the cutest jacket! I really want it for myself! All the details are gorgeous from the lining to the polka dots under the collar! You have really done a great coat! 🙂


  • Reply mazeliving February 14, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Wow! Nice jacket! And photoshoot is to die for! Great work!

  • Reply Shannon and Betsy @ February 14, 2014 at 11:32 am

    you did an amazing job, I love the coat and all the details!

  • Reply Rosy February 14, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Bravo! I would sing three Hip, Hooray! for you, my dear lady. This sweet jacket borders on genius! I wish my English vocabulary was better to explain all the beautiful feelings it provokes in my brain. Oh, darling …. You are a genius!

  • Reply Lita February 14, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Amazing! I absolutely love it. Great job

  • Reply LuaBleu February 14, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    A little late to your paisley party but I must say you look just fabulous! You are such an accomplished seamstress & your projects are truly inspirational… the pink. Wishing you a wonderful weekend Sue & hope you are keeping dry 😉

  • Reply Connie February 14, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Pink Paisley AND Shiny Buttons. Oh my gosh! This is my junior high school dream come true. But updated for us grown up girls. Seriously impressed with your sewing skills….and your ability to look so cute and cozy when it's sooooo cold outside!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 14, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Good question Flo, but difficult to answer. I think I am an advanced sewer, so I'll work from there. I had no problems in any area with this pattern. Having said that, the coat has fitted sleeves which are tricky for a novice sewer. There is also a bit of finessing when sewing the facing and collar onto the garment. This is to be expected when sewing this kind of neckline, but again, it can be challenging for a sewer with less experience. I was say it is an intermediate pattern, definitely not a beginner's pattern. Hope that helps?

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 14, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Thank you very much Alethia!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 14, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Thank you!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 14, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Thanks Rebecca! You would style this brilliantly!!!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 14, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Thank you bunches Shannon and Betsy!!

  • Reply Flo February 15, 2014 at 5:13 am

    Yes, that does. I don't consider myself an advanced sewer, but I'm not exactly a beginner either. I read a review of the pattern itself elsewhere and that person had similar sentiments. Sleeves always seem to be a bit tricky, thank heavens the big poof ones are no longer in style, those were always a nightmare!!!

    Now I just have to wait for Joann's to run a 99 cent sale on Simplicity patterns! I had another thought too–I wonder how this pattern would work with fleece fabric? It wouldn't look quite as tailored, but it sure would be toasty warm! I definitely want to try making one of these in pink fabric as well.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

    I only buy patterns on sale too. My local fabric store is discontinuing Simplicity and New Look, and I bought this and others for $1.50 – $2.00. A good investment! I'm all for sewing garments in unexpected fabrics, but I'm not sure I would use fleece for this particular jacket. I think the lapel and collar would get too floppy.

  • Reply Tamera Beardsley February 16, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    You look absolutely Fabulous … and styled this to perfection! Kudos my dear friend!


  • Reply Helene February 16, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I adore your jacket! I love everything about it! And you look so delightful in it! I'm guessing you can't put it on without breaking into a smile, and with a spring in your step. Just gorgeous!

  • Reply Helene February 16, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I adore your jacket! I love everything about it! And you look so delightful in it! I'm guessing you can't put it on without breaking into a smile, and with a spring in your step. Just gorgeous!

  • Reply No fear of fashion February 18, 2014 at 4:52 am

    Reading my reply again, I realize that my comment on Pierce sounds rather sleazy. Sorry about that. Was not my intention.

  • Reply A Matchy Matchy Midlife February 18, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Another amazing project Sue! You are soooo gifted! That pink paisley is glorious. I have to shoot a picture of my purple paisley stash!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas February 18, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Hey Greetje….I think your comment was written with wit and humour! And hey, a girl can dream, 🙂

  • Reply Anne M Bray February 22, 2014 at 6:32 am

    The more I look at that paisley, the more I love it (check your email!).
    A+ on your sewing skills. Outstanding!

  • Reply EveryDay Bloom February 23, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    This pink jacket is perfect for you. Beautiful, beautiful colors, beautiful pattern (and I'm impressed with your “minimal” changes to the pattern!).
    Dreams are so fascinating. Had to smile at yours… great interpretation!

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