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!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

One of my favorite skirts

I made Simplicity 3754 again. I had first made it here, and really liked it. I made view D. This time I used a patterned denim fabric I bought at JoAnn's.

This is just an easy to make and easy to wear skirt. I did not make any alterations to the pattern.

Until next time...

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

McCall's 6610...again

I made another pair of these jeans a couple of weeks ago. I basically made the 16, then narrowed the legs down to where I wanted them. I like this pair, but they are a little big in the waist. The material is a stretch denim. I think I should have just made the 14.

They fit well with a belt, so I'll definitely use them.

I should also add that these are the first pair where I used actual jean top-stitching thread. It was a bit of a pain to keep changing thread, but I like the look.

I hope to have a post about my latest project soon!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

McCall's 6844 Cardigan

I love this pattern! It was easy to make (it only took a few hours with the serger). I fits well. And it's the kind of thing that, depending on the fabric, you could dress up or down.

I made View A. I did grade up to the large from the medium (which is what I bought). I think I bought this on sale and the only size they had was XS-S-M. Sometimes I'm delusional about sizes...anywhoo. I really like the fit.

The whole point is to have a well-fitting garment, and I think I've achieved that. The only change I would make is to lengthen the front band. It doesn't seem to meet the hem like it's supposed to. I did have to work with it for a bit. And I was aware ahead of time that that was the only sticking point for most people. So next time, I'll just make the band longer (it only needs about 1 5/8"). That extra inch is going to alleviate my stress!

This is something that I will definitely make again!