Morgan Jeans Take 2

Oh my goodness you guys! Time just keeps flying by doesn't it? I had intended to have this post written and published no less than a week after my last post but that just didn't happen. I just always seem to have a lot of stuff going on, and blogging is usually the thing that gets pushed way down on the to do list. Anyway, better late than never right? Let's jump right in.

I'm not sure if you guys have noticed this about me, but I pretty much always like to make multiples of the same pattern. Sometimes it's because I absolutely love the pattern and I have to make it over and over and over, or sometimes it's because I'm not in love with my first effort due to my fabric or size choice, and I really want to give it a fair shot.

With Morgan, while I loved my first pair, I really wanted to make a second pair that would be the super comfy and relaxed fit that I look for in a boyfriend jean. My first pair was so stiff because of the denim, that for my second pair I opted for a little bit lighter weight stretch denim with about 1% lycra (and when I say lighter weight, I don't mean light weight, this is still a 10oz denim, I just mean lighter than the 12.5 oz I used for my last pair). Also while we're getting technical, this denim is a 2x1 weave, vs the heavy 3x1 weave I used last time. The 1% lycra gives this particular denim about 10% stretch, whereas a denim with 2-3% lycra (which you would want for a skinny jean like Ginger, or a super fitted jean like Birkin) would give anywhere from 20-30% stretch. The other thing that I did a bit differently with this denim, is I washed and dried it right away - no raw denim this time. So right from the get go, this pair was destined to be softer.

I also decided to distress this pair with some sandpaper as I went along. I used a 220 grit sandpaper with a little hand sanding block I picked up at the local hardware store.

FYI, if you decide to sand your jeans, prepare for your hands to turn really blue and to get blue dust and fuzz everywhere!

After I did my the majority of my sanding, I started sewing everything together, adding a bit more sanding as I went along. I also decided to add one of my Pug & Needle tags to the back pocket. I'm not 100% sure that I love the placement, but I was too lazy to change it. Anyway, here's what my jeans looked like when they were almost finished (they just need a hem, a button, and belt loops):

Once I finished them, I washed them (you kind of have to wash sanded denim right away, or you risk getting blue dust everywhere you go), and ended up sanding them even more. This resulted in some popped topstitching, which you might notice in the next few photos.

You would not believe how different denim can feel with even a light sanding. Have you ever worn or tried on high-end designer jeans that feel super soft? I'm thinking like Citizens of Humanity in particular because I had a pair years ago that felt just like these, but I also have a pair of Gap jeans that feels similar too. Anyway, It's gets all soft and almost flannel like. I really wish I could send you all this pair so you could touch them and feel the difference. It's amazing. If you get a chance, try it with a swatch for yourself. Even just a light sanding can really change the feel.

Also pictured, a Grainline Studio Lark tee with scoop neck and short sleeves made out of a luscious bamboo knit from Blackbird Fabrics.

Anyway, back to the jeans. This pair is made with the second rendition of the pattern (there were 3 rounds of testing), so I can tell you that they are a size 12 at the cropped length. This pattern has two lengths, but the cropped length actually ends up being the perfect regular length on me. And in the pictures, I've rolled them 3 times. I didn't make any fit changes again, and am really, really happy with the fit right off the pdf.  I chose my size based on the size chart, and I'm happy with the fit, but if I were to make these again in an even stretchier denim, I would probably size down. For reference, I usually make a size 10 in Gingers. I also could probably use some very minor adjustments, like added a little to the back thigh inseam and maybe shaving a tiny bit off the front crotch curve, but honestly, I'm quite happy with how the fit as is.

I actually made these jeans at the very beginning of March, and we even took some pictures of them back then too, but I decided that they were a bit to wintery by the time the pattern was released,  so we took some more "springy" shots. Anyway, I thought I'd share a couple of the old photos with you too so you can see how they look uncuffed, and because a couple of the close ups show the distressing a little better.

I hit these pretty hard with the sandpaper, intending to get some holes, and it worked out pretty well. My husband thought I was crazy at the time, but I think he's come around on the distressed look. 

I'm also wearing the Knitbot Lesley sweater that knit over the winter and I'm really happy with how it turned out.

So I'm really happy with how these jeans worked out and they are my go to super, comfy, pajama jean. I can't wait to make more pairs (like I need more jeans). If you've been following along with me on Instagram, I'm sure you've seen this pair a number of times during this Me Made May. Anyway, I'm off to work on some belated Mother's Day sewing. Fellow Canucks enjoy your long weekend, and everyone else I hope you have a great weekend too!

 

 

Closet Case Files Morgan Jeans - Tester Version

Ola peoples! Look at me go. I'm blogging again this week! I have a feeling that this will be a quite a long, picture heavy post, so maybe grab a latte and a cookie before we get started. Don't worry, I'll wait, and I promise not to judge if you grab 4 cookies......got it? Good, me too. Let's get on with it.

In the last days of January, just before John and I left on our trip to London, someone casually asked me if I was testing the new Closet Case Files jeans pattern? I was like: What??!? There's a new pattern?? No, I'm not testing it, but why aren't I?!?!?! I then proceeded to write Heather Lou an extremely excited email pretty much begging her to add me to her testing roster. And long story short: she did. She then graciously sent me the pattern, which I furiously sewed up in the 2 days before we left. I wish I could tell you what size I made but the pattern hadn't been completely graded yet, so Heather just sent me the version she thought would fit, so I'm not 100% sure but my best guess would be a size 10.

I already had some rigid 12.5 oz Cone Mills denim in my stash that I thought would be perfect.  Katie told me that she had originally stocked it because she thought it would be a great denim for men's jeans, so I had added it to my stash with the intention of making one of the boys a pair of jeans, or even my Dad. My father gets kind of googly eyed when I talk about any denim over 12 oz because it reminds him of the jeans his Dad wore, and that he used to wear himself when he was younger ("They just don't make jeans like they used to Heather......". 

But, I digress...I had never worked with raw denim before but I have read lots about it, and years ago, I even had my own store bought pair of raw denim jeans (they were a men's cut which never totally fit right, and I think I may have "outgrew" them 😉). Anyway, I was pretty excited to join the ranks of the real denim hipsters. My ideal denim weight is about 9.5 - 10.5 oz. Generally speaking those are the weights I tend to like best. So I knew that the 12.5 oz would be heavier that what I normally like, but I figured that I needed to try it out so I would know. I learn best from experience. The pattern was/is great, and things went together without a hitch. This was my first attempt at a button fly, but Heather's instructions were fantastic and it was much easier than I would have imagined. 

 Anyway, here's what they looked like the day that I finished them (these are just some quick photos John snapped of me in our family room, as it was quite chilly that weekend, and I had to go and pack for our trip LOL):

Photographic evidence that we didn't take our Christmas stockings down until mid February. 😂

Pretty sweet right? This is the jeans made up exactly as the pattern dictated. No changes whatsoever. I was (and still am) really impressed with the fit. I didn't do it on my second pair either, but next time I will probably scoop out the back crotch curve slightly, and shorten the front curve a teensy bit too.  Doesn't the super dark denim look really sharp? It turned my legs all blue; raw denim bleeds like crazy because it hasn't been washed, but more on that later.

 I love them cuffed, and if you look carefully you might be able to see the selvedge of the fabric. Because boyfriend jeans are so straight at the side seam, you can use the selvedge for your side seam. It looks super cool with red line denim too.

Okay, so now let's take a minute to talk about the denim (or maybe 30 - once I get going I can talk about denim for ages ) . First of all, a 12.5 oz denim is pretty thick, and if you want to keep with the raw denim look, you do not wash it beforehand, so it is incredibly stiff. Raw denim is not treated in anyway after the dying process. This means it is not pre-washed, pre-faded or pre-shrunk. It may or may not have been sanforized (depending on what the manufacturer decides). Most denims go through a process called sanforization. This means the fabric is stretched, fixed and shrunk at the mill to reduce the shrinkage that happens with washing. So a sanforized denim will shrink about 1-3%, where an unsanforized denim can shrink up to 10% with the first wash. I do believe that this denim is sanforized as it did really shrink too much, but I also didn't put it in the dryer.

Anyway, when I finished them, these jeans could pretty much stand up on their own. Rigid, unwashed denim is very stiff and really doesn't have much give right off the roll. Now the appeal is that as you wear them in, the 100% cotton molds to your body, for a unique and flattering fit. But that initial wearing-in period can last anywhere from 2 days to 3 weeks to 3 months, and it can be painful. It all depends on how much you wear the jeans, how they fit when you start, and of course the weight and weave of the denim. I don't mean you are truly in pain, I just mean that they can dig in a bit at the waist when you sit down, and generally make it difficult to crouch and bend down. Especially if you are someone who is used to exclusively wearing stretch denim all the time, and/or your jeans are super fitted. If you made skinny jeans out of raw denim, you probably wouldn't be able to get them on, and if you did, you wouldn't be able to move. 

I've read that with raw denim, your jeans should fit tight, but after a few hours of wear, they should give about an inch, and sometimes even two. In this case, these just didn't give enough for my liking.  But after some serious denim research, and several discussions with my stepson who loves wearing raw denim, I was assured that this really is all part of the process, and part of the fun. My stepson said that after about 3 weeks of constant wear, they begin to soften and get really comfy, and then, they just keep getting better from there. Again, it depends on the denim, and they can start to feel really comfy much sooner than 3 weeks. My stepson's experience mainly comes from the Swedish brand Nudies, and none of his pairs are heavier than a 12oz. All my boys have worn Nudies off and on for a few years now, and they all love them, but they are quite expensive.

It's also worth noting, that different denims wear-in differently and feel differently on the body. This has a lot to do with texture and weave too. This denim, as with pretty much all denims over 10.5 oz is a 3x1 (three by one) weave. This means that there are 3 warp yarns going under and over every 1 weft yarn. (The weft is the horizontal thread/yarn and the warp is the vertical thread/yarn). This also creates that cool diagonal pattern you can see when you look closely at the wrong side of the denim (you can see it on the right side too, but it's more obvious on the wrong side).  

Here you can see the diagonal pattern, and you can also see the selvedge at the side seam. 

The 3x1 weave makes for a really strong, but stiff denim. It's great for work wear, and men's jeans, and other men's garments. Typically men's jeans are less fitted, so a stiffer denim works well, and in my experience the men in my life seem to wear their jeans in (and out) much faster than the women in my life do. A slubbier or lighter weight denim, may not feel so stiff. Slubiness is essentially a soft nub in the yarn that adds texture and unevenness to the denim. The manufacturer intentionally knots or twists the yarns or uses a mixture of different lengths of fibers to change the feel of the denim. The effect is almost a bumpier denim, which in my opinion makes it feel a little softer. There is also denim with nep too, which feels like the denim is pilling, but I think we've covered enough for now. And I think smooth and slubby denim is more common anyway.

Another integral part of the raw denim process: you can't wash them. First of all, they will shrink even if you keep them out of the dryer, and in order for them to keep molding to your shape, you are "supposed" to just keep wearing them everyday without the chance of the washing machine undoing all your precious wearing in work. There are lots of tips out there for keeping them fresh, like putting them in the freezer overnight, hanging them outside to air them out, and even lightly spraying them with Febreeze or diluted vinegar. Seriously, google raw denim - it has huge following. Mostly male, but with new designs, we ladies are finally seeing the benefits of non-stretch denim. You can also soak your jeans in the bath tub, then let them air dry, but this will change the feel, and I've also heard of people wearing them in the shower and then wearing them while they dry so they mold to the body. It takes commitment.

Needless to say, these jeans were too stiff to make it into my suitcase for my trip. I didn't feel like wearing such stiff denim, and that idea really didn't fit into my usual holiday eating style either. LOL. When I got back though, I started wearing them A LOT, and I found that even after hours of wear, they really didn't loosen up enough for me to be comfortable. I was having a hard time sitting in them for long periods of time (it just wasn't comfortable) and you would have laughed your faces off watching me get in and out of my car. Ha ha! I think the biggest reason for this, is that they just weren't the right size, but also the denim is probably just to heavy for my liking. In a lighter weight denim, or a denim with a teensy bit of stretch, I would have been fine, but for rigid denim, I probably need an extra 1/2" or so.

Anyway as previously mentioned, I am incredibly impatient, so I decided to hit this pair with a bit of sand paper. And (all you raw denim-heads can gasp) wash them!! I sanded the legs while I had them on and then threw them in the washer on a cold, gentle cycle and then hung them to dry. This softened them significantly and also gave them a really cool worn in vibe. Honestly, they are still quite snug and I have a bit of a hard time bending over to pick up my Quincie, but I still wear them a lot. 

So my intention here is not to scare you away from raw denim, but to share my experiences with you so that you can make the best choices when you make your pair. I actually LOVE raw denim, and I fully intend to make another pair of jeans out of it, keeping everything that I have learned in mind. Also not all non-stretch denims are raw, lots of them are pre-washed and treated so they can been quite soft and comfy right off the bat. 

Anyway,  here's my advice, choose your size based on the size chart and then either make a muslin to check the fit, or add a little extra to the side seams (before you cut them out) and baste your jeans together to check the fit. Then if you need extra room, you have it, and if you don't need it, you can trim it off easily. If you are new to raw denim (and/or non-stretch denim), maybe choose a lighter weight. I personally have some 10 oz on order which I think will be perfect. If your denim is particularly heavy or stiff, you may want to size up or at least add a little fit insurance to the side seams as mentioned above (I learned that trick from Sandra Betzina). Something else to consider is how your sewing machine handles denim. 2 or 3 layers of 12.5oz denim is pretty thick. My sewing machine handled it pretty well, but my serger struggled a little bit. Also, a hammer can be your best friend when making jeans. You can use a hammer to flatten thick places like the belt loops, hems and pockets, and it can help with distressing too. If you plan on using the sanding technique for distressing, do it while you are sewing, not after all the topstitching is done.  If you want distressing at the seams, do it just before you topstitch (sanding the legs while you are wearing your jeans can help you get the wear patterns right, but you can also drape the the unfinished jeans over your leg and get cool patterns that way too). If you sand your beautiful topstitching, it will not survive. You can see where that has happened a bit to me, as I sanded my jeans as an afterthought.

And as always, if you have questions or need help, while I am no expert, I have sewn a ton of jeans now, and I will happily do my best to help you. And if I can't, I will try to point you to someone who can. Making your own jeans is so incredibly satisfying, and easy, once you make a pair, I really encourage every home sewer to give it a shot.

If raw denim, or even non-stretch denim isn't really your bag, don't worry, I made a pair out of stretch denim and they worked out pretty well too. I even distressed them, but I'll save that pair for another blog post as this one is insanely long already. 

Thanks so much for hanging in there with me. Did you finish your cookies? It went though about a dozen writing this. Ha ha! If you just checked out the photos, no big deal, but you may want to check out that last long paragraph that starts with "Anyway" for tips about making your own raw denim jeans. I promise not all my future blogging will be this intense!

What's Been Going on in the World of Heather Gibnoid?

My husband lovingly pointed out last night that I haven't updated my blog in weeks! I really didn't think it had been quite that long, but there it is, my last post on January 29th. Have I really not blogged since then? I have been sewing, and posting on Instagram, but my poor blog has once again been neglected. I am currently out at our country place at the lake, and had planned to do some great blog photos here, but then I forgot to pack the makes. I don't know where my brain was at really, I think I was just envisioning wearing warm and comfy clothes and thought I could probably make anything that I had forgotten. I didn't think I'd be wearing cropped boyfriend jeans and pretty short-sleeved tops this time around. Oops! So you'll have to settle with whatever photos I have on my phone (sidenote - not last night, but the night before I dropped my phone in the toilet!! Ugh!! I was actually cleaning, and had bent over to pick up the garbage can to empty it and as I did, my phone slipped out of my hoodie's pocket and straight into the toilet. I fished it out, dried it off and it is now sitting in a bag with a rather large Silica packet that came in a box that John had just unpacked. I checked on it this morning, and it's working but the screen appears to be screwed. I'm taking it in to my nearest "Apple Authorized" Servicer tomorrow. Fingers crossed something can be done.)

Anyway, let's get on with what I've been sewing:

1) A second pair of Carolyn Pajamas.

I made these with an adorable pug - boston terrier printed quilting cotton I've had in my stash for about 2 years. I would have loved to have made the pants version instead of the shorts this time, but I had barely enough fabric to squeeze out the shorts. Head's up 3 yards is j-u-s-t enough to make this version of the Carolyn pajamas if you are a size 12 (which is what I made) or under, and you shorten the top by 2 inches. ;) I love these jammies! They turned out exactly as I had hoped and are super soft and comfy. I used pre-made piping and had a much easier time constructing the notched collar the second time around. My first pair are awesome too, but made out of a more slippery rayon which made the collar a bit tricky. I'm sorry you don't get to see me in them but they look very much like my last pair, and I assure you, my legs are still just as white. 

2. I made 2 tops from Marilla Walker's Roberts Collection. The first one is made from a beautiful viola print fabric (Caroline called the flowers pansies, but I think they look more like violas which are one of my favourite garden flowers) from Blackbird Fabrics. It's so pretty that I bought it in two colourways, this one and the navy. It's a poly crepe and it is soft and drape-y, and it was nice to work with. This top is a size four and I left out the cool back seaming detail as I thought it would be lost in the busy print.

For the second one, I did a button down version inspired by Katie, and I LOVE it. I had a small 1 metre piece of this beautiful Liberty print (I think it's called Castile, but I'm not sure) I bought at Shaukat (what's the deal with Shaukat? I don't know, but I tend to think if they weren't at least "under the table authorized", Liberty would shut them down, don't you?), and it wasn't quite enough but luckily, Marilla added this cool seaming detail that I could use to my advantage. Thanks Marilla!

The tencel denim I used for the back, is from, you guessed it Blackbird Fabrics (I'm a Blackbird Fabrics addict!). Anyway, I really love how this top turned out and I have already worn it a ton.

3. Hot Patterns Weekender Boyfriend Jean

I won't say too much about these because I do want to do a full post on them. But I really like them. I've had this pattern in my stash for a long time, but never made it up. It was pretty easy sew, and I distressed them a little too. I did end up using a stretch denim when it called for non-stretch. Non-stretch denim just isn't very comfortable! Also, I don't usually have my sweatshirt high up like that, that was just so you could see the rise in the photos.

4. Secret sewing - I've been doing some pattern testing and I can hardly wait until I'm able to share my makes with you. That's all I will say for now, but here's a bit of a sneaker (hopefully I don't get in trouble for this).

5. T-Shirts!

I have had the Hey June Union St Tee pattern for a long time, but have never sewn it up, so a couple of days ago, I went to town and made 3. For the first one (the tye-die looking one), I made the elbow length sleeves with a scoop neck in the medium. I liked it at my initial try on, so I went ahead and made 2 more (both mediums again but shortened by 2 inches and shortsleeved). Once all 3 were done, I tried them all on again and was kind of meh about them. I actually think they are too big, at least in the shoulders. I think it was a mistake starting with such a busy fabric as it distracted me from the fit issues which really showed up in the two lighter colours. Also I think the lighter ones are just a bit boring for me. I really love the fabrics, but maybe on the lilac one I should have done contrasting sleeves and neckbinding or something like that. They both feel a bit, dare I say, old-ladyish on me. Anyway, the pattern was fine and the instructions were great, I just don't think it for me. 

So onwards and upwards as they say, I've set off to sew a Lark this afternoon. I'm starting off with a size 6 (I know right?) and at the initial try-on, it looks pretty good. I'll be sure to let you know what happens.

I was going to include some other things that I've been up to, non-sewing related, but I think this post has gotten long enough, so I'll save that for another day. I hope you are doing well on this lovely Thursday.

What's on your sewing table?

The Christmas Sewing Post (Better Late than Never)

Hi Guys! Me again! Can you believe it? I'm on a roll! I know Christmas seems like it was ages ago now, but I thought I would share a few of my Christmas makes with you.

My Dad loves to wear sweatshirts, and he used to buy these great ones at Mark's Work Wearhouse (I'm dating myself because I guess they just go by "Mark's" now) all the time, but recently, he's been complaining that they aren't the same and that it's getting harder and harder to find the style he likes. So when I spotted this Kwik Sew pattern, I knew he would really dig it. I wish I had gotten a photo of him wearing it, but I forgot when he tried it on for me. Anyway, he has worn it a ton (which my sister has attested to), and phoned me a number of times to rave about it and ask how he can get more. LOL The fabric is a "Roots" sweatshirt fleece I picked up at my local Fabricland and the ribbing is the closest I could find on the shelf near by. Why is sweatshirt fleece and matching ribbing so hard to find?

I decided to cut out at little triangle detail because I've seen it on lots of RTW. I interfaced the little triangle piece and then just zigzagged it on. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Sorry that I don't have a better photo of it, but it looks really good in real life. 

The rest of the Christmas sewing is centred around the boys (my stepsons - I guess they are more men now than boys. Ha!). Last year I made them matching map shirts and they loved them. So early last year, I started hunting for more fun novelty fabric.  When I spotted this cool galaxy print at Fabric.com, I thought it would be perfect.

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I used McCall's 6044 again, only this time I went down to a size medium. Last year the boys complained that the shirts were a bit too roomy. So for two of them I went with a Medium but sewed everything a 1/2" seam allowance (except the collar and button bands) instead of a 5/8", and then the other one is just a straight medium. I think it worked out pretty well, and they all seemed happier with the fit. 

Because I had so much fun making these shirts for the boys last year, I decide to make them each an individual one as well. John actually picked all these fabrics out with me when we were at Thread & Paper in Salmon Arm during the summer. They are all really nice quilting cottons which seem to work really well for a button down shirt, especially a novelty one.

 I also have to include this silly shot. Such hams for the camera.

With short sleeves, this shirt sews up really quickly. I think it took me longer to cut everything out and get it all interfaced than it did to sew them up. If you are looking for a good place to start with some sewing for the special dudes in your life, either of these patterns are great! And when it comes to shirts, men just seem so much easier to fit.

Do you sew for the man in your life? What are your favourite patterns?

Happy New Year!

Oh dear! How did it get to be January 15th already?!? I had hoped to blog a bit more than I did in the past month, but so many things got in my way. I caught a terrible "man cold" from who knows where, which kept me in bed for days, and then sadly, a few days after Christmas, my dear Uncle passed away. He had been battling pancreatic cancer for the last year or so, so it wasn't really shocking, but having just had a really great visit with him over Christmas, it was a surprise that his death came when it did. I am so grateful that I was able to have such a great chat with him on Boxing Day and I will hold that memory of him for a very long time. Anyway, enough about that. Let's talk about sewing! 

This is the Silvia Coatigan by Schnittchen Patterns. (Heads up - these are not the greatest photos. The white background is not really doing me any favours, plus I seem to have *ahem* misplaced my remote, so I had to do the whole push the button and run in front of the camera thing. Then just as I was all set up it started to snow, so if you see weird white flecks, they're snow flakes.) 

This pattern wasn't really on my radar, until Caroline (of Blackbird Fabrics) made mention of it somewhere (I can't find the post on her blog or instagram, but I swear she mentioned it somewhere). Anyway, I checked it out, and I thought it would be a great in between seasons piece. Calgary is so weird in the winter because of the Chinooks. One day it can be freezing and you need a super warm, down parka, and the next day it's sunny and warm and you are sweating in said parka. So I thought this would be a great "coat" for those days, but I also wanted to keep it soft and fairly unstructured so that I could wear it inside when I'm feeling like I need an extra snuggle.

I ended up choosing this fabulous wool boucle from Blackbird Fabrics, and it worked out perfectly. It's nice and warm, and wooly, but still soft and drapey like a cardigan. I thought that I might be able to get away with not lining this little number, but when the fabric arrived, I decided it was a bit too itchy against the skin to go without a lining. 

I have never worked with wool fabric, or wool coating, so I wasn't exactly sure how to pre-treat it. I did a bit of reading, but then emailed Caroline for some advice. As always, Caroline was very helpful and after emailing back and forth with her,  I decided to try the steam function on our new dryer. After about 30 minutes the steam cycle was complete and the wool looked great with very little shrinkage. If our dryer didn't have that feature, I think you would have steamed it with my iron, but that seemed like so much work - especially when there is another option. I also asked Caroline for her suggestions about lining, and she graciously sent me some lovely modal knit from her personal stash. Sewing friends are the best! The knit fabric is perfect!

As for the pattern, I have never worked with a Schnittchen pattern before, so I was very surprised that the pattern pieces were contained in two separate pdfs. This took me a while to figure out as there was no print/pdf layout. At first I thought I was missing some pattern pieces, but then I remembered the second pdf, and lo and behold, there they were.  This was not my favourite experience putting together a pdf to be completely honest. I had a hard time getting all the markings to match up and the borders weren't super clear, so my pieces were slightly wonky in a few places. Now this might be my printers fault, as it can be cranky sometimes, but I haven't had this much trouble with other pdfs, so I'm not sure.

All that being said, this coatigan came together rather quickly, and I mostly put it together with my serger. I did have a bit of trouble with the lining but I think that's because I haven't lined very many coats/jackets, so I didn't really know what I was doing, plus I was using a knit fabric with a woven. The instructions are only written (and fairly brief but they are translated into english so that's a good thing) with no diagrams which probably works just fine for an experienced coat sewer, but I am very much a visual/kinetic learner and so I require more hand-holding than just words (at least when I'm doing something for the first/second/third time). Anyway I turned to Jen's fabulous tutorial and kinda did my own thing. It turned out pretty well, so I can't really complain. And the knit lining is part of what makes this so cozy, so I'm really happy I didn't leave it out. 

I have pretty much worn this non-stop since I finished it. I wore it around the house with my Hudsons while I was sick, and I reach for it pretty much anytime I'm running out the door (unless it was one of those really cold days we had there). It's slightly bulky, but I think that's part of the appeal. It's like being wrapped in a blanket and I feel really stylish when I'm wearing it. I also love the colour and it goes with everything.

According to the size chart, I should have made a size 42, but I ended up going with a 40 because I knew I was mostly going to wear it open, and I didn't plan on adding any closures. I didn't make any changes to the pattern at all. I thought I might have to shorten it, but I didn't and I think the length is just fine on me. I'm really happy with the fit, and I know I will continue to wear this a lot.

I hope you all are doing well and enjoying your New Year so far. I feel kind of crappy that I didn't get any year end roundups done like I did last year, but C'est La Vie!

Have you ever made a Schnittchen pattern? What did you think?