The first tailoring class I did at Craftsy had a pink-haired, tattooed young woman as a host. Cheery, perky, and pretty casual about her errors, she led us through the creation of this curvy little jacket — or, in my case, through the correct cutting of the jacket.

I watched a couple more lessons, but it really seemed hard and I didn’t gather up the courage before I gave up entirely. I have since read quite a few reviews of the course that suggest that there might have ben some issues with the course, even from people whose completed jackets look awesome, so I don’t know. I’m all about taking responsibility, but maybe I will do better with the new course.


The new class is being taught by a serious, black-clad woman. In the first lesson, she mentioned that she assumes we have already made a muslin and fitted our jackets properly.

I am daunted.

I am not sure whether I will make a muslin or attempt tissue fitting. Or what.

However, I have two garments cut already, both of which I should be capable of sewing. As I sew them, I will gather up courage.

Actually, I have to confess that I ordered new fabric for tis project. I have no business doing that. I own half a dozen nice lengths of wool.

However, none of them quite works with my Spring SWAP.

Can you believe I said that? Seriously, once it is spring here I will have about one week to wear a wool jacket. Next fall, am I going to wear an orchid herringbone jacket? Maybe.


But seriously, isn’t this pretty stuff? Marc Jacobs, 54″ wide, $14 a yard. Such a deal!

No, this is the way addicts talk. When I started blogging, people all over the web were writing in creepy addict-like ways about their stashes of fabric or yarn and I had none. I bought the materials for a project, completed the project, and moved on to another project.

Like a sane person.

But now, I plan a SWAP each season with the colors of the season and often go ahead and buy a whole SWAP full of fabric and then don’t have time to sew the garments. I have yards of fabric. I could probably sew a garment a week for the rest of the year without buying any new cloth.

I could have spent the cost of this orchid wool on… hmmm… a book? a pizza? a haircut? Okay, the money is not significant. But I don’t want to be one of those people who buys materials instead of making things.

Let’s just say I need to finish my class this time.