January is here and it’s the perfect time to reflect on the past year and set goals and resolutions for the year ahead!  Looking back on my sewing projects last year, I noticed that the second half was predominately quick sewing projects and repeats of patterns that I knew could be whipped up in an hour or two. I think it turned out this way as we were moving to a new house and had lots going, keeping the projects quick meant that I didn’t stop sewing altogether. 
My 2018 Sewing has started very differently, we have now moved house and I have my very own dedicated sewing room which means I now have the luxury of joining the ‘slow sewing club’! In a fast-paced world where we are used to having so much at the click of a button and immediate satisfaction (the same effect a quick hour to make garment has) and you begin to take things for granted. With speedy sewing you forget to take time to enjoy the process, after all so many of us use it as time to ourselves and a form of self-care. With that in mind 2018, for me, is the year of slow sewing and the Deer & Doe Lupin Jacket was my first project using this mindset.
The Lupin Jacket is the first Deer & Doe Sewing Pattern I have used, and it did not disappoint! The pattern is beautifully packaged and comes with easy to follow instructions. The company also have a blog on their website with lots of tutorials for anything you may be unsure of – I referred to their blog as it was my first time sewing a welt pocket and the website helped me learn quickly and simply. 
The jacket is fully lined and there is no fastening to worry about, but if you would prefer a press stud or button at the waistband this could easily be added. There is an option for shoulder tabs but I opted not to add these, in hindsight it may have helped make the jacket a little more casual and a little less eighties chic!  
For the exterior fabric I used John Kaldor Coast Linen Look Suiting Fabric in Coral and the Anti Static Dress Lining in silver for the inside. I was very tempted to choose a black fabric for this make but I thought as its dull enough outside already I wanted to sew something to make me smile – and the Lupin does just that! It’s a cute and versatile cropped jacked that can be teamed with a pretty dress or even with jeans and a jumper, also not just for the colder months as we all know here the UK our summer only lasts for a sporadic 4 weeks and that one day in September to keep everyone’s spirits high! 
For my next Lupin I’d love to make it in faux suede, Ive already been eyeing up a few contenders on Minerva Crafts. I’d recommend the pattern to everyone, if you’re a confident beginner I believe you could take your time and have your very own lined jacket to feel proud as punch in! I can’t wait to see your version if you make one, be sure to let me on Instagram (@sewbytheseaside). 
It was great to be able to make the most of my sewing room and pick up this project over the span of a week and really take my time to learn new skills like the welt pocket and not rush for the finish line – taking it slow for me kind of made me fall back in love with sewing all over again.