February 3, 2016

The last fabric that I bought before leaving NYC was this gorgeous felted wool. I went out looking for boiled wool as is suggested by the Sydney pattern, but I didn’t like the texture of boiled wool once I saw it.  I instantly fell in love with this large buffalo check wool. It’s thick and soft and the edges don’t fray so it had to come with me.

The Sydney pattern by Tessuti is such a winner in my book. It’s very easy to sew up in a couple of hours and the end result has a big impact. The hardest part for me was trying to figure out which pattern piece connected where as I was cutting it out. Because of the large check pattern I was trying to do a bit of pattern matching. In the end I just couldn’t make it work and honestly I don’t think it mattered, but if you decide to choose a fabric with an obvious print as I did be warned. The pieces come together a little like origami and it can be a bit confusing during the cutting out process.

I have some gray felted wool put set aside for another Sydney Jacket, but I’m honestly still trying to decide whether I really need two jackets like this in my wardrobe. If I do try it again I was thinking that it would be fun playing with some decorative edge stitches such as the blanket stitch since the pattern leaves all of the edges raw.

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  • Reply Clio February 3, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    Love this on you! And I think the pattern worked out just fine!

  • Reply Grace February 3, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    That fabric is amazing! Where did you find it? I’ve got a similar project in my queue but my wool is just solid dark charcoal (acquired from HM).

  • Reply Dilliander February 3, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    What a fabulous coat… the pattern origami with the large checks/stripes has worked out very serendipitously too.

  • Reply Heather February 3, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    I am seriously drooling over that fabric!! It is so beautiful and you picked the perfect project for it! Now that you’ve moved a bit closer, you are in more danger of me coming to steal things out of your closet. LOL

  • Reply Meg February 3, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Gorgeous! Love that check!

  • Reply Carolyn February 3, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    The perfect fabric choice for this coat. You look amazing in it!

  • Reply barbara February 4, 2016 at 2:51 AM

    Gorgeous fabric, love your Sydney jacket. I get a lot more wear out of mine than I thought I would.

  • Reply Prune February 4, 2016 at 2:52 AM

    Bravo!!! J’aime beaucoup !

  • Reply coco February 4, 2016 at 5:03 AM

    Great jacket! the oversize plaid is stunning, nice choice.

  • Reply oonaballoona February 4, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    you know everyone is talking about you, right? *WHO is the new chic neighbor down the block?! with the perfectly dressed children???*

    you look amazing, as always.

    • Reply Wanett February 4, 2016 at 9:53 AM

      YES!! And don’t forget the fabulous hair and babe-y hubbyy ;p

  • Reply Mie February 4, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Gosh, this is amazing!! And may I suggest you make one (or ten) in some stable knit like French Terry etc. Maybe you need to size down one size. Then it will become more like an oversized cardigan and you can never have too many of those in your closet 🙂

  • Reply Bianca J February 4, 2016 at 3:59 PM

    This is gorgeous!! Love it!

  • Reply Sophie February 4, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Stunner Kel! I am sure you’ll get a lot of wear out of this. That wool is d.r.e.a.m.y x

  • Reply Suzanne February 4, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    I ove everything about this!! Where did you find that fabric?

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  • Reply Erin February 4, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    This looks amazing!!

  • Reply nicole February 5, 2016 at 3:46 AM

    I love this 🙂 So cosy but still chic

  • Reply Margo February 6, 2016 at 6:56 AM

    Perfection! Buffalo check is one of my favs and I really like the large scale of yours. You look amazing!

  • Reply kristin February 7, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    ooooooo i love it! must feel good to walk out of the house wearing such a stylish blanket. 🙂

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  • Reply Sonja February 11, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    I literally love everything about this! It’s so, so good, and I want one exactly like it! 🙂

    • Reply True Bias February 16, 2016 at 4:32 PM

      its from metro. you should make a matching one!

  • Reply My Handmade Space February 14, 2016 at 3:22 PM

    Beautiful! I also want to know where is the fabric from. Moods?

    • Reply True Bias February 16, 2016 at 4:31 PM

      no its from metro in the garment district

  • Reply Suzie February 16, 2016 at 11:43 AM

    Stunning. I really wouldn’t be that interested in the Sydney jacket, but this version is changing my mind! I think it might be that your wool seems to have a little more drape than boiled wool, would that be right? Anyway, it’s fab!!!

    • Reply True Bias February 16, 2016 at 4:31 PM

      yeah. its a bit thicker I think which i like.

  • Reply Gail February 23, 2016 at 3:26 AM

    I’ve just bought this pattern. Its hot as hades here in Sydney but I’m already plotting my winter wardrobe. The Sydney jacket is the most outerwear we need here for most of winter.

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  • Reply Ajay Dumasiya November 15, 2016 at 4:24 AM

    Such a nice and simple attractive design.

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