The coat was made last year here using a lush wool from Mood.
The pattern used for this skirt was Butterick B5285 view B with the following alterations:
|Shirt- Mens button up
It snowed here most of the day yesterday. So rather than risk a fender bender, or worse, I stayed in and sewed. I’m really making great progress, and feel pretty confident that I’ll be able to finish before the deadline. Having made this jacket before is a huge advantage.
I’m not exactly sure how these Pattern Review contests work. Apparently I get to submit two pictures. One of the “inspiration”, and one of my interpretation. I’m not sure if I can refer back to my blog. But if I can, it would give people a better idea of my process.
For some of you this is old hat, but here’s where things currently stand.
The patch pockets are finished and sewn onto the jacket fronts. They’re a big part of the design, so I take my time and sew them as accurately as I can.
My camera really doesn’t do this Missoni-esque” fabric justice. Trust me, the overall effect is very green. I’m interlining the jacket with a substantial cotton jersey in a sort of light avacado color.
The knit fabric and jersey are basted together to act as one.
The pattern is very simple, which makes it go together quite quickly. “Snug hugging” the seams is the time consuming part, but it does make for an attractive inside finish.
Lastly, the sleeves are made and lined. The undercollar is interfaced and rows of zigzagging are added along the roll line to beef it up a bit.
The next step will be to add two bound bottonholes to the front. That’s something better left for when I’m fresh. Once they’re done, things will really move right along.
I can’t believe time is going so fast. I was a little under the water last week with a fierce cold but managed to sew a few easy pieces in the evening that are the first of a few mix and match garments. They are finished but not yet photographed, I’ll post pictures later in the week.
In the meantime I’m thinking of sewing a dress for an upcoming dinner that I can wear on other occasions as well. The dress code for the dinner is not very formal, a knit dress will be fine. Browsing through Pinterest boards I stumbled upon this dress which I want to make in a ponte knit. This is an Oscar the la Renta dress which apparantly was sold for the bargain price of nearly 2000 euro (yes, 3 zero’s). For that you got unfinished seams too ;).
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you can guess that’s not what I’m doing. It’s not me.
An enlarged detail of the original hem/seam:
The colors are a struggle: the off-white is very nice but an online supplier selling all the colors I would want could not guarantee the dark colors not bleeding in the light fabric and I don’t want to go to the dry-cleaner for it. Today I looked in a brick and mortar store that had beautiful ponte fabric in a lot of colors, but not white or off-white. In the end I did not yet buy any fabric yet (also because I’m not yet sure how much I need for each color).
The color scheme I’m contemplating now is black, dark grey and a bright blue. My computer drawing skills are basic, in my line of work I don’t need that but using what programs I have I came to these variations. Colors are not accurate, I even forgot to take a picture in the shop, but you’ll get the idea. I’ll probably go for one of the alternatives with black in the skirt for the obvious reason that doesn’t give an accent to the hip area as much. What do you think?read more
Happy mid-January! To celebrate me finally dragging myself off the heater, out from under a blanket, and to the computer to be just a tiny bit productive, how’s about some super-crazy-adorable little pants on a super-crazy-adorable little girl?! And not just any super-crazy-adorable pants, the Bottoms Up Pants by If Only Design, the first release by the fabulous Jess at If Onlyread more
A year ago I made a Sandra Betzina blouse as a jacket. I have worn that jacket a number of times and I wanted to revisit this pattern and make some changes: to lengthen the hem and the sleeves, add the button closure (which I’d left off of the previous version), and to use a stretch woven for increased wearing ease. When I saw this beautiful double-sided, stretch denim on Marcy Tilton’s site, I snapped it up.
When I was sewing this up over the end-of-year break, I was having some trouble pinning the darts properly so I visited my friend, Ronda Chaney, head of the fashion department at Cañada College, and she pinned them for me. She also suggested that I add slits at the hem. Thanks so much, Ronda!
Here is the full list of modifications:
This denim was a dream to sew and very comfy to wear because it’s extremely soft and stretchy. I expect to get a lot of wear from this!
P.S. I just saw on Sandra Betzina’s Facebook page that she had surgery recently to repair pain in her neck, arm, and shoulders. It’s so good to hear that she’ll be in top form again soon!read more
How I’ve missed shivering half naked on the driveway in twenty degrees! Anyway, Marfy 3520 is finished and I love this dress, its simple, understated and incredibly comfortable. And while I am really very happy about that, there is a tiny part of me that wishes it looked a little…read more
Anyone with a love for making things has probably fielded the comment “You should sell that!” at least once or twice or a hundred times. In general I just scoff at this suggestion, but the truth is, I’ve thought about it plenty. About what I might sell, how much I’d charge, how I’d set it […]read more
There are also two darts at the back which normally I omit on some patterns as it makes me look like I have a sway-back, but I kept these in. Because the dress is well fitted I didn’t have this problem of the swingy-ness back there
I didn’t use the facings to finish the neckline as the fabric was bulky enough and I knew it would have problems sitting properly. (I had to use a vinegar/water solution to get the collar to press crisply). Instead I used a cute stripy bias binding to seal the neckline. It matched the fabric colour wise, and so the pattern clash was a nice match.
I obviously need to practice lining up the bias at the back though…
YO! Hello everyone! Well, I hope we have all managed to get through the first full week back at work after Christmas (I know not all of us, but I think this describes this week for many people). I’ve had quite a strange week. For me personally, it’s be…read more
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