Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Finishing out the year...

It's time for me to start thinking about what goals I want to accomplish for 2015. I have done more sewing in 2014 than I think I ever have in one single year! That is due to the RTW (ready-to-wear) fast that I participated in this year. I plan to do the same next year. I have had so much fun sewing things (for myself) and trying new techniques that it's really been a great learning experience for me.

But, I'm still working on the coat. I had originally decided on Vogue 9069.

V9069, Misses' Coat and Belt
Then I realized that the pattern I purchased was too big (I made a muslin). I bought this in a large and it's just too large. So, I decided I would make a different coat. But the problem is I really like this one. So, as I type this blog post, I am drying the fabric and lining I'm going to use for this. I re-sized my muslin (one thing I've learned to do pretty quickly this year), and will, hopefully this week, make or at least start this coat. Then I will have ended the year as it began - with a coat.
This is Vogue 8933 that I made in January.
So I hope to do another post before the end of the year. In any case, I wish you all Happy Holidays! Today (December 16) is my birthday so I will be celebrating with my family and NOT cooking tonight.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Very Easy Vogue pattern 8824

This is my latest completion. It's Vogue 8824 knit dress. It really is very easy. Actually, I'm really not sure if this is supposed to be a knit or woven dress. The material list says jersey, linen and crepe. So, I went with a charcoal gray ponte knit. I made the dress in a medium, so I figured the stretch would be a good thing.

The dress does have a very deep V in the front so something needs to be worn under it (unless you're very brave). So, rather than have to wear another shirt underneath mine, I chose to add a panel in the front to cover most of the V. I don't always want the additional layers of another shirt. But, here I show that it is easily done.

This picture is with a self-drafted quick cape that I made last year (I think). It's about 30 degrees and breezy, so I was freezing.

This dress is simple enough to dress up or wear casually. It can also be made with 3/4 sleeves and longer at the bottom (more of a midi length dress).

Quick and practical...that's my kind of sewing!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Burda Style Dress 10-2014 #105

When I first saw this dress I was really intrigued. I liked it, but I was wondering if I could really have success with the pattern. If any of you have ever made a dress from the Burda Style magazine, you may know what I'm talking about. I wasn't concerned about the tracing (I've gotten the hang of that for the most part). But, the directions for these patterns are minimal, at best. It's just very different from using a pattern from the "big four". But I was determined to get it done!

And I'm so glad I did! The lines of the dress are very simple. And there are only three pieces, so I figured as long as I didn't put the sleeves in some weird place, I'd be okay.


I think this dress could be made from a bold print (obviously) or a more subtle solid. It's up to you. I think that's what makes the best patterns and makes those patterns classics.

The sleeves are about 4" longer than normal according to the pattern, so I actually shortened those when I traced. I actually didn't have enough fabric and I really wanted to use this piece, so I wanted to make sure I could fit everything (I also don't like super-long sleeves). I actually couldn't get the neck/shoulder right because I couldn't understand what the instructions were saying to do. But I knew what it was supposed to look like, so I basically had to work backwards for that section. After that, the dress was really easy. This is the kind of thing I can see myself making again. And maybe I'll get it right next time - LOL!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Another skirt...

Initially I wasn't going to blog about this skirt, but then I thought, "why not?" So here it is. It is one of my favorite patterns - McCall's 3341. This is a very easy pattern for an A-line skirt which is flattering on just about anyone. This can be made in a few hours (yes it really is that easy). Honestly, it took me a few days because I got distracted - LOL!

This is made from a wine-colored corduroy. I didn't make any changes to the pattern (which can be made in 5 lengths, by the way) but I did use an invisible zipper since that's what I had and the color matched perfectly. There was a time, not too long ago, when I dreaded using invisible zippers because they were so difficult for me to get right. Now, I can hardly remember how to insert a regular zipper (I actually had to look it up). Practice makes progress as some people like to say.

The blouse in the picture is another McCall's pattern - 2094. It may be OOP, but it's a great basic blouse pattern with different sleeve lengths.

Anyway, that's all for now. Happy sewing everyone!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BurdaStyle Pullover

It's been a long time since I made anything from my collection of Burda Style magazines - but I really like getting them. So, I decided that I should do what many people have done and make at least one thing from the magazine every month. We'll see how that goes, but anyway...this was the first thing I've made from them in quite some time. I always have to start with something easy and this pullover top fit the bill. It's from 11/2012 #128. 

I used a sweater knit that I had. The only adjustments that I made to the pattern was to raise the neckline by about 2 1/2" and reduced the width of the cuff bands. Everything else was the same. 

The back is longer than the front, so this is a great top to wear with leggings and the sweater knit just makes it really cozy.

So now that I've had success with this, I'll have to challenge myself and try something with more than just a few pieces!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Vogue 1364 Jacket

This is one of my latest completed projects. This is a Sandra Betzina Today's Fit jacket pattern. I really LOVE this jacket! This material is a wool/poly blend (50%/50%), so it is dry clean only. Because I always like to prepare my fabric first and this isn't washable, I used the damp towel with the fabric in the dryer method. I've done this before with wool and it worked out well. As soon as I saw this pattern, I knew I had the perfect fabric to use for it.

As you can see in the picture, I did add the optional pockets. Since the jacket is unlined, I serged the edges and seams to give everything a nice finish.

While I really didn't make any major changes to the pattern, there were a few changes. I cut off about 3" from the front length and tapered that to the side seams (this is actually explained in the instructions). I knew that I was going to do this because some of the finished jackets I saw online seemed a bit long.

For the back of the jacket, I didn't add the cording (didn't have any), but in the end it didn't seem to matter since it looks like it's there. I love the V of the back panel too.

And for the fringe trim, I actually used the selvage edge of the fabric since it was basically fringed already. I cut it the width needed, and attached it as stated in the instructions.

This is a very nice, easy pattern to make. I might do this again sometime in a solid.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Jenny T (again) with a twist...

I made another of my favorite T-shirt patterns, but this time it's a little different. First of all, this is the first time I made the long-sleeve version. I made a number of the short-sleeve tees a while back here. But with Fall and cooler weather on the way, I wanted to try the long sleeve. If you're not familiar, this Jenny T, by In House Patterns, is a PDF pattern so you get both the long and short sleeve versions.

For this particular one, I took the front pattern and split it. Then added seam allowance to the newly created seams. I had rounded the neck on this one also (the pattern is actually a V neck shirt). I used contrasting fabric for the center and created a new neckband.

I kept the back and sides solid. I'm fairly happy with the result, although the neckband is a bit wonky. I think I need to make the band shorter so that it fits tighter. But I just wanted to try this and see how it would look.

Overall, I think my experiment was a success and I will definitely wear it. Next time I will cut the sleeves a bit wider from the elbow down. It's very fitted and I think I would like a little bit more room (maybe just an inch).

Anyway, that's all for now. I'm almost done with my next project so I hope to show that to you next week.

Thanks for reading!