It is almost winter in Australia – my favourite season. I looove the cold. I live in Ballarat – which is about 300 metres (1,000 feet) above sea level, inland and in the south of Australia – so we get cold (well for Australia anyway!!).

I decided I needed a new coat to wear. With my new teaching schedule taking me out of the warm, snug house at night and the teaching venue only a few minutes from home, I am not in the car long enough for the heater to heat! So a warm snuggly coat is needed.

A quick flick through the pattern books and this Simplicity pattern (number 2208) jumped out at me. View A is my ‘blanket with arms’!  
All the designs in this Simplicity pattern are meant to be made with polar fleece (I think in the US this is simply referred to as fleece???).  I choose artic polar fleece because it is the thickest and warmest. Polar fleece is fabulous to wear – it is soft, light weight, comfortable and warm. And to sew with it is terrific.  It doesn’t fray – so no seam finishes to worry about. It is not too stretchy – in fact, I used a straight stitch when sewing it, I just lengthened it a little to avoid too much drag. And it can be combined with normal weight cotton or woven fabrics – like in the edging on my coat. It feels so lovely against your skin.  Pretty good all round really! In fact, I used it as backing (no batting needed) on quilts for three of my boys and in the winter they all put these quilts, fleece side to skin, underneath their doonas because it feels so good and is so warm and toasty!

I had some wonderful Denyse Schmidt fabric put aside for a dress but I had to cut into it because it was just perfect for the self faced edging for the coat. Sigh – what can you do – the teal colour was almost a perfect match. Guess my dress will now be a skirt!
This pattern was very easy and quick to put together – in fact, it was my Mother’s Day afternoon sewing!  And since there is no shape to it there are no fitting issues to worry about. Magic! Simply sew and wear. 
I wore it last night when I taught my sewing class and it was so lovely and warm – a little stylish too I think!  When I came out of the shop at 10.30pm it was about 2 deg Celsius (35 Fahrenheit) but I was a warm little gal – I just snuggled into my blanket with arms!!

Until next time, happy quilting, knitting, sewing, crocheting and crafting ….

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Until next time, happy sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting and crafting ....

 
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