Sew Gadgety: Reversible Tape Measure

This is the kind of tape measure I grew up with in the ’70s. I’m not sure how it got misplaced, but I was ready to take to to look for one. I think the onset of the metric system caused manufacturers to create tape measures that were inches on one side and centimeters on the other. Invariably, I’d pick up the wrong end of the tape. I was delighted to find one of these at Joann Fabrics in a hot pink color a few weeks ago. Every time I reach for it I feel the relief of knowing either end will work.



I made a muslin of the jacket again, even though I made a “wearable” muslin already.  I wanted to work on the sleeve placement, so I rotated it forwards and backwards, with no definitive results.


Muslin Sleeve Craziness



Finally I just re-sewed one side a size smaller, and it’s a little better.  It still feels torqued, but I think I can live with it, and I have to get going on this so I can have it done before our fall trip!


Gulp, I Did It


I did it.  I ordered all the fabric and most of the notional items for my future waterproof parka.  The total, not including $21 in shipping:


Yeah, I could buy a waterproof jacket for that much, right?  Not so fast.  Just to make sure I couldn’t get what I wanted in RTW, I saw that Land’s End had this one:

But it’s not in stock in my size in a color I’d want, and the last few times I’ve tried a Land’s End jacket the sleeves were too small.  The fact that it’s almost sold out tells me that this is an item in demand for plus sizes.  I could not find one like it for the winter months.  Yes, there are raincoats, but nothing “technical”, meaning truly waterproof and breathable.

I’m going to stay pretty close to my last jacket, modifying the hood to cover more of my neck, and maybe adding a drawstring waist.