The NEC Challenge 2016

The NEC Challenge 2016

I’ve been racking my brains for quite a while to try & come up with a challenge for the Sewing For Pleasure exhibition which starts next week. Last year if you remember I tried to make a jacket, I would have succeeded but for a last minute alteration. I have worn that jacket quite a lot, so the alteration was worth it. Anyway back to this year. I was at a trade show a couple of weeks ago when I came across some shower proof fabric which was originally a fabric used by a well-known raincoat manufacturer beginning with B. I have never been able to get showerproof fabric before so it is a treat to get it & of this quality.  I bought some for the shop which is now available online. We have it in three colours black & navy in a matt finish & chocolate brown in a shiny finish.

ECF169 Small ECF168 Navy & Black small

This started me thinking, I have always wanted a parka coat. Two things stopped me buying one, first the drab khaki colour that most parkas come in & secondly the terrible strip of fake fur around the hood, it is always the worst quality fur they can find. So I’m going to make myself a parka coat out of the black shower proof fabric. I’ve been looking around at pockets & quite fancy having a go at patch pockets with a gusset & a flap, like the very posh waxed jackets have. This will mean I have lots of room in my pockets for putting loads of rubbish which I seem to collect wherever I go. I was also thinking about doing some piping. I haven’t worked with this sort of fabric for a long time so I’ll need to do a few experiments with interfacings & techniques before I get to the show. I will be using the grey/black paisley lining which is also fairly new to the shop. I have used this lining in the suit that I’m hoping I will get finished in time for the show & it makes up like a dream. I fell in love with this lining as soon as I saw it, & judging by the number of you who have bought it, so did you.

Silver Grey Black jacquard lining small

I will be on the stand every day of the show, I think we have a good spot this time. As you come in to the show you will see Spellbound beads directly in front of you as they always are. My stand is next but one down on the long side. I have a corner stand this time so you will get a good chance to see everything we have to show you. I’m hoping to write a blog post each day to keep you informed of the progress of the coat & anything else that might be happening at the show. Our stand number is ZD23 & my long suffering sister Wendy & I will be more than happy to see some friendly faces coming to say hello. See you there.