Wednesday, December 31, 2014

What Are You Sewing for New Year's Eve?

No gala balls or Paris jaunts for New Year's Eve at our house.  Our decade in Florida meant that we picnicked at the beach for sunset then watched fireworks at 7:30.  This year we are enjoying a mild winter in Baltimore and are having a small gathering among friends with just substantial apps before we go to see another friend's rock and roll band.  I bet we're home before the big ball falls in NYC.
So what to wear?  Casual, comfortable with maybe some glitz for the celebration.  Back in late November we visited my cousin in Beaufort, SC, and did some shopping a charming local boutique.  Now, when sewing friends visit places like this, we're always seeing a version of a pattern and then maybe the fabric we'd like to buy.  So my cousin saw this cute lightweight shrug/cape polarfleece in a wonderful caramel color that looked terrific with her coloring.  I saw her look as lovely as can be but then I also saw a pattern I had sewn a few years ago before a trip we took...Vest-S-Cape from Safety Pockets Patterns  Awful name, IMNHO, but it's the simplest thing (as her children said, just a tablecloth with holes) and I decided I needed a few more in my wardrobe.  So here's my New Year's Eve version.  I'll wear it with a simple black top and skinny black jeans.  I finished the outside edges with my serger and did a narrow bias binding on the armholes. 
Vest-S-Cape from Safety Pockets Patterns

I will try to edit this post later in order to get a picture of me wearing the outfit but winter indoor pics are rather a challenge.  
Ok, I braved the cold to get some shots this afternoon:

I liked having that lightweight layer, especially around my neck so I made another one from some black and white and glitz tweed.  Both Fabric Mart pieces that needed to leave my resource center and have a life in the real world.

No end of year perspective post nor sewing resolutions for next year from this lowly sewing blogger.  But I do wish each one of you sweet, kind readers a wonderful new year full of good things, adventures and friendships.  I never dreamed that sewing and sharing my little attempts at fashion sewing could bring me so many great friends....ones I see regularly and ones I have still to meet.  I am lucky indeed.


  1. I like this cape pattern-not crazy about the pattern name either- but the results are very good!

  2. I saw this modeled by a fellow ASG member at a meeting recently and until it goes on the body, it DOES look like a table cloth with a hole! But it's cute on and, as you said, great for keeping the chill off.

    Thanks for all your blogging during the last year. I don't comment but I do enjoy keeping up with you. It's nice finding another sewer of my same age who has the same wardrobe needs. Here's to a great 2015.

  3. I bet both capes will get lots of wear! They are gorgeous. Happy New Year!!

  4. Love your vest capes. Happy New Year and I look forward to many more of your posts!

  5. lovely capes. they look better on your body than on the dressform.
    have a wonderful 2015.


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