Featherings: Coat—check!


In our last episode….yes, the tale of the winter coat seems like a cheeky reality show, but it is finished! In fact, it has been finished since March 1 and given it’s trial run that same weekend.

We had the opportunity to travel to New York City that weekend with a planned stop at Mood Fabrics. I proudly wore my coat on this visit and it performed mah-velously, dahling. Comfort, warmth and ease of wearing topped the performance list, followed easily by a great aesthetic. I’ve received numerous compliments on this piece, including some from the Mood staff!

Due to our extended winter, I was satisfied with two or three additional weeks of wear. In short, it’s been worth the wait.

On to other adventures.

While at Mood, I used a generous gift certificate to nab three great fabrics. My return home led me to assess my fabric stash, as I attempted to squeeze these new additions into my collection. This seemingly foolish attempt broke open a greater truth—I have more than enough.

This truth seems to be a constant theme in my life these past ten years. I have had the financial freedom to collect, and so I have. Lately, I have felt uncomfortable with all the “stuff”.  Sometime in the next seven years, we will be downsizing. That reality is giving me a kick to take stock and honor what I have been given. Along with the idea of downsizing, I am more acutely aware of the footprint the fashion industry has and is making on our environment. This realization stirs my creative juices. I am jazzed to sew, excited to weave, delighted to bead. Having been in a buying mode for a while now—and it is so very easy to do—I need to think harder and plan more strategically for the making.

Sewing, beading and weaving take time, and are well worth the effort. The creative process is a spiritual journey of sorts and I do not care to rush it. The time and energy involved in this process slows down the accumulation factor, hopefully. It also is cause for me to do alterations and simple renovations of existing garments if I am in more immediate need.  For example, I needed to wear a black cardigan the other day. I took it off because the sweater has white buttons that were distracting me and not playing well with the skirt I had chosen to wear. I had another black sweater that I wore, but felt a bit grumpy and frumpy all day long. Solution? Buy a new black cardigan that was on a 50% off sale at Ann Taylor or replace the buttons. I chose to replace the buttons. Even with the sale, a much less expensive option.

Back to the stash.

I decided that I really needed to see just what this haul looks like. I buy with an idea in mind, and perhaps an appropriate pattern as well. So, it was time to do the Marie Kondo thing, pull it out and lay it on the line.

Can you say, “that’s a lot of fabric?”

Good points:

  • Beautiful fabrics
  • Colors I live in and love
  • Appropriate pattern choices
  • Flexibility in design

Con points:         

  • Where do I start?
  • How will I triage this stash?
  • How can I be sure I won’t go down the rabbit hole with all of these textiles?
  • What will I do with the odd pieces I just cannot love?

My first move–catalogue this mess. I pulled out a lovely, fresh, hardcover sketchbook and some new markers, my scissors and double stick tape tabs and got to work.  For the next couple of hours, I delved into the blue portion of the stash and sketched, colored, and tabulated ideas.

I felt so good!

That was ten days ago and I haven’t had the time/energy since.

However, my sewing room floor is still covered with piles of ideas and fabrics so catalogue time is on the list.

I may or may not accomplish all of the projects that I will dream onto the pages of this wish book, but it doesn’t really matter. I am gaining a perspective, I am exercising my illustration muscles and I am creatively dreaming.


See you in a month. ~

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I am a fabric artist and a professional minister in the Catholic Church. I am married for 40+ years to a most fabulous man. We have 4 adult children, 2 daughter-in-laws ( who we also consider to our children!) and 4 grandbabies. I love to weave, paint silk, sew and design garments for myself; bead, read, write and color. I am also a spiritual Companion/Director and have a special place in my soul for women who are healing and in need of healing from trauma and abuse. I love coffee, quiet reflective prayer time at my kitchen table and long walks to breathe in the Holy Spirit. I would like to learn how to spin yarn and will someday create a spun, hand dyed/painted, beaded, woven fabulous garment of peace!

4 thoughts on “Featherings: Coat—check!

  1. Working on the same with my scrapbook and paper stash. It is laid out all over tables in the basement. It is all sorted but now I have to go through each category and Purge it and then figure out proper storage. It is a task, but feels good to be working on it

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