Thursday, March 31, 2011

Something practical...



This is my latest project. I completed this robe from McCall's 5248. I made it from a very soft cotton fabric I bought a while ago at G Street Fabrics. It's basically a light-weight robe for spring (if it ever warms up around here) and summer. The only change I made to the pattern was that I added pockets. A robe without pockets is not worth having for me. So I used a pocket pattern from another robe pattern and added it to this. I'm very happy with the results since I tend to be quite particular (picky) about certain things and robes are one of those things.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Completed Vogue 7975





It's finished! I completed the jacket I told you all about. It's a Chanel-style jacket and I must say, I love it! Not only the vibrant color, but the style and ease of wear. This was far easier to sew than I thought it would be when I started making it. I combined two of the views because I wanted shorter sleeves and patch pockets along with the shorter length. Although I never could find the trim I really wanted, I found some satin ribbon that was almost the same color as the fabric, so that's what I used. I also did something I've never done before: LOTS of hand sewing. I actually followed the instructions and sewed sections by hand where it suggested. Usually that's something I try to avoid. So, for example, the sleeve lining is attached by hand. For those of you who get the Vogue Patterns magazine, the April/May issue has a "hand stitches primer" article on what stitches to use where and how to do them. This was very helpful for me, since I had forgotten (or never knew) how to do many of these stitches.

This jacket is something that can be worn with jeans or with a skirt or over a dress. I definitely want to make another probably from something of a boulce-type fabric for cooler days. The material used for this is a washable, linen-like fabric I bought at JoAnn's a couple of years ago.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Working on the jacket...




I finally began work on the jacket (Vogue 7975) I plan to make. I have made the muslin and checked it for fit. I'll be making a size 16 in the jacket and this seems to fit well. I don't want it to be too loose. I'm making one without buttons, with 3/4 sleeves and patch pockets. So, I'm combining two of the views. The fabric is a linen-like material (washable) I bought from JoAnn's probably two years ago. The lining is a basic lining material I bought at G Street Fabrics a couple of weeks ago. The only thing I've had trouble with is finding the trim I want. I haven't seen anything like what I had in mind (chenille to coordinate with the pink), so I may just use satin ribbon. I'm not sure yet. In the meantime, I can still start the jacket.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

In the meantime, a quick skirt...




I made this skirt yesterday. It's McCall's 3341. It's a very simple A-line skirt pattern with 5 different lengths. The fabric is original, 1970's, 100% polyester. I got my late mother's fabric stash and this was one of the pieces. It washes surprisingly well. It just reminds me of Spring, so I had to use it. The pattern took about 2 hours to put together, so it's great for beginners. And, it's a good staple item to have since it can be made from just about any type of material.

I did (finally) cut the muslin out for my Vogue jacket. I have to mark it and put that together before I do the real thing. I'm so tempted to skip that step, but I know that I shouldn't. So I won't. I just have visions of what I want the finished product to look like. I think I just needed a quick project to get me back into sewing after a few weeks off. Now I have to keep the motivation going.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

My next project


I have decided to try Vogue 7975 as my next project. I want to make the view with the 3/4 sleeves, but possibly with the chenille trim around it. I have some pink linen-look fabric I want to use. I've had trouble finding the trim I want, so I'm still looking for that. I can't find chenille trim. I have found some satin ribbon that would look nice, but I had my heart set on the chenille, so we'll see. I haven't gotten around to making the muslin yet. I hope to at least start that this weekend.

But I had a great conversation with the salesperson at G Street Fabrics today about interfacing. So told me what she uses for everything(French Fuse)and she does make all her own clothes (mostly tailored). Isn't it great to get helpful information? Especially after having some bad interfacing experiences...

I'll keep you posted on the jacket progress.