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I think it pretty much goes without saying that sewing winter stuff is not as light and happy as sewing summer stuff. Dresses and skirts and little tops can be churned out at a pace and are fun and not too taxing. But trousers, jeans, coats, jackets, sweaters - if you’re a knitter - are much more time consuming and daunting. And let’s be honest not as exciting to wear.

I say this but I do love making a coat. I have many many coats which is kind of ridiculous really. For a large part of the winter I can only wear the ubiquitous RTW puffer that wards off the north-east US elements, but I love making them so blithely I continue. But also, when you spend so much of the year covered up it’s nice to show your style and some variety on the outside, when all the rest of the lovely handmade stuff is hidden underneath.

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