Cozy Winter Cabins

When I was developing Cabin, the initial launch was planned for Spring 2014. Needless to say, life got in the way.

After conceding to the inevitability of a fall release, I got to work on a wool version of cabin (you may recognize it from the product page shots).

A good, versatile shape (of a garment) can usually be made up in seasonally appropriate fabrics with great results. Paired with tights, scarf, and a cardigan, cabin becomes an excellent winter staple. I tend to be a tights-and-skirts in winter person...though the newbie country-person in me has been, dare I say, fantasizing about some kind of stylish flannel lined jeans a la LL bean.

I thought I'd show off my new (and less new) cozy winter cabins, both in styling and material, which could easily be paired with said flannel-lined-jeans.

In case you missed it Here's my trusty black & white wool boucle cabin paired with a scarf for a pop of color. Cabin works great in a medium weight wool with a bit of drape. It would be lovely in a heavier weight suiting or light weight coating. I think of beautiful tailored wool dresses of the 60's. Like a big, warm, dress shaped poncho.


After my studio being out of commission I was thirsty for some serious power sewing. I banged out this Cabin in a few evening hours. The finishes aren't 100% perfect, but honestly, who cares? (More on perfection and sewing in a future blog post...I have a bit of a story about my relationship to it)

Here's a cozy cabin in some amazing Robert Kaufman mammoth flannel purchased at JP Knit & Stitch. The plaid flannel is THE COMFIEST and despite the intense plaid, does not feel too extreme, especially with a solid cardigan and tights.

Choosing fabric for the contrast bias binding was tough. Small scale prints looked busy, especially with the plaid, but no solid color was right. Plus, I love mixing prints and wanted to give the tiny bit of trim a little texture. I ended up choosing a Cotton + Steel quilting cotton (so lovely and soft, by the way!): a print from Rashida Coleman Hale's Mochi line.  On the bindings, the flags and butterflies and occasional stars create an abstract but subtle contrasting print. The best part? There's a butterfly in the pocket!

Be sure to share your #blueprintsmakes! I'd love to see them!

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