Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Burda Style Trousers 02-2015 #132

Like I said before, I love to challenge myself. So along with some other sewing challenges, I added my self to the Burda challenge where you make something from the magazine for that month each month. This time around, I chose these pants. The only "problem" is that this was a "plus-size" pattern. Well, Burda's plus size isn't that much different from my regular size, so I thought I'd give it a try. I traced the pattern but did not add any seam allowance.

I made a muslin and decided it needed a center back seam adjustment, so I added 1 inch there. I used a regular 5/8 inch seam allowance when sewing.




They do have a loose fit (they're supposed to). I could take in the front crotch area a little bit next time. But overall, I'm very pleased.


 
I usually see things in the magazine that I would like to try, but I never have the nerve to give it a shot. So this has helped me overcome some of my "fears"!
 
I also like the pocket detail of these pants. Functional side pockets and gusseted pockets just add a little more style to an elastic-waist pant.
 
 




By the way, I only have the shirt tucked in so you can see the details on the pants. Otherwise, I would not wear it this way.


Ahh, that's more like it!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Vogue 8747 blouse

This is called a "basic design" pattern. It's a simple, stylish blouse with some design elements (gathers at the bust) that makes it more than just basic. It has a variety of neckline options as well as sleeve options. I made View C which has 3/4 sleeves and a collar.



I did add an extra button on top.


This is a cheetah print fabric that I bought probably a year ago from JoAnn's. I don't think I've ever made anything with animal print before. But I like it. This is the kind of thing I can see myself making again in various ways.


Until next time... hopefully sooner than later if I can get my act together! Happy sewing everyone!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January BurdaStyle Make - Sweatshirt

Like I'm not doing enough challenges, I decided to give the monthly Burda challenge a try. I was thinking about this anyway since I've been getting the magazine for a few years now. If you're not familiar, the challenge involves making something from that current month's magazine. If you can't find anything you like in that magazine, then you can choose a previous year's magazine. Dawn talks about it here in her blog. So why not.

This is my first make. I just wanted to do something quick and easy, since I just decided that I wanted to try this and the month is almost over!


I used sweatshirt fleece that I already had on my sewing table waiting for a project.


This only has four pieces, so how hard could it be? With the sweatshirt fleece it's quite warm and cozy. Temps were in the 20s when I took these pictures, so I only took a few.


So next time, I'll try something more difficult (unless I run out of days again).

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

T-shirt and Craftsy Class

I took advantage of one of the Craftsy sales last year and bought a bunch of classes. One of those was "The Ultimate T-Shirt" class given by Marcy and Katherine Tilton. The pattern for the class is Vogue 8793. In the class you're told how to make simple alterations to the pattern and given some options for how to finish the neck seam.

I made the shirt from a reversible cotton knit I bought at Jo-Ann's last year.




I thought the class was great. I got some ideas for finishing and fitting that I probably wouldn't have considered had I not taken the class. 

In all honesty, the pattern itself is not one that I would have chosen had it not come with the class. There is nothing wrong with it, it's just not my style. I'm much more the "traditional" T-shirt person. I think this shirt could use some more alteration at the bottom so that it doesn't flare out (I don't like that. I might have inadvertently stretched the fabric).

Anyway, the shirt is VERY comfortable and I like that I was able to use the pattern of the material in the shirt. But, I do like the idea of creating a T-shirt as art concept that the Tilton's have.

Having said all that, I could see myself using the pattern again. I would just take more time for fitting.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Completed the jacket - B6104

I finally got the jacket I'd been working on done. I feel like it's been forever, but it was really only about two weeks. There are quite a few pieces to the pattern, but once you get going, it really isn't hard to sew together.


I made View D, which is the one with a high collar. The fabric is a wool blend coating I bought from LowPriceFabric.com. It's raspberry wool with a lining to match.




I have to say I really LOVE this jacket. It's warm (it was in the 30's when I took these pictures). And the fit is great. I didn't change anything about the pattern. That's what I like.



The length of this view was perfect for me. I could see myself making this again using a different view and a different type of fabric. I think this pattern is pretty versatile in that regard.

One more thing, this is a picture of the robe I made at the end of last year. It's red fleece and very warm and cozy.



I used McCall's 4320 for this which has been my go-to pattern for robes and pj pants.

Monday, January 12, 2015

I'm Still Sewing - Slowly...

Happy new year to everyone out there!

I really wanted to have my latest project done by now, but that hasn't happened. I feel like I'm fighting off a cold, so I haven't been totally motivated to sew too much right now.

But, here is what I'm working on.


I'm making View D. I think it will be great once it's done. I actually hope to have it finished by the end of the week. I try to get a little bit done almost every day.




I've got most of the lining done. At this point there's really not that much left to do. So far, this is actually a fairly easy pattern to put together. The jacket is in a raspberry wool with raspberry lining.

Here is something that I did complete this year.



It's McCall's 4320 robe. This is in lavender flannel so it's soft and warm. Just what's needed when it's a cold, rainy/snowy winter. I also made the same robe in red fleece on the last day of 2014.

Okay, so back to do some more sewing so I can get this done. I'm trying not to have any UFOs this year!

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.