It has been really cold here the last few days - minus 30c and then a windchill taking it down another 10-15c. Seriously, there is absolutely no need for this it all. In fact, with some of our buddies vacationing in Belize right now, we are considering that as a retirement location - just think, long, hot, sunny days, photo shoots on the beach. It certainly is tempting.
So, what to do when the weather is so cold? Well, try a bit of cross pollination of course! To start with I have a pattern that I have made up once or twice (McCalls 6168):
And a newcomer to the fold (Simplicty 1668) that I have made up once:
I love the longer length, drape and sleeves of McCalls 6168, and the lapels and shorter length of Simplicity 1668, Ladies and gentlemen . . . . . I give you McPlicity 68:
Shorter length and with sleeves:
Fancy a close up?
And look at this scarf that I found . .
Annnd, to finish off the insides (although I used matching serger thread) I added some lace to hide the serged seam that could show through when the jacket swings open:
I am really pleased with this - I do like a collar at the back of my neck as I am developing quite the dowager hump, and a collar helps to disguise it somewhat. I also prefer the fitted sleeves . . . even though I am fan of the '80's (bite me!!) and I love dolman sleeves and dropped shoulders. I also think that this length is more suited to summer cardis, and this is a great cotton knit - I think it is a double knit (looks like a knitted stitch on both front and back), and it is a great medium type of weight. I do have some lighter tissue weight cottons and wool mixes, but I will wait until I get a coverstitch machine (planning later this month!) to make those up.
In fact, I am so pleased with this . . . . . I have cut out two more, one in lilac and one in a pale blue. Hey, you knew I would!!
So, how about you? What are your favorite hybrids?