Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
... and the cuff! If you haven't made your hubby a shirt yet, I recommend this pattern strongly, but with a word of warning! If the fit is right, he'll want more than just one! The fabric is a fabulous cotton shirting you can get from Gorgeous Fabrics (on sale right now, run! Go get some!), although I bought mine at Metro Textile in NY this summer.
Making this shirt made me wonder why I haven't made any button-downs for myself yet!!! But, since Santa brought me 4 new patterns...
I will definitely be working one up (using the Hot Patterns seen above) very, very soon! I also got an extension table for my Viking! I didn't realize how nice it is to have the full weight of your project supported until I sewed on my vintage machine in it's cabinet. So, I found this at Sewing Mates, put it on my wish list. Thank goodness I was not on the "naughty" list this year!!!
Santa left some other stuff under the tree, too, but who cares about that?!?! Just kidding, the kids were thrilled with their new toys, and my fingers are raw from transforming Transformers. Little Miss Princess got this cool little fashion toy called a Harumika, which is a tiny dressform she can wrap fabric around and lock into place. She's had a lot of fun with that, and I just can't imagine where she gets that interest from??? The package only includes 3 tiny scraps of fabric though, so we'll go dig through the scrap box, er... uh, I mean "treasure chest", for more pieces to add.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
The fit of the pattern was great, I'll make it up again in spring with a cotton or rayon, and ignore the center front notch. There are only 4 pieces, and it "should" go together very quickly. My fabric and structure choices added on a lot of time in handstitching, but it was worth it. The cap sleeves are very comfortable, not too restricting. I would recommend making a muslin though, if you have large upper arms and to perfect the front neckline.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Wouldn't you be, too? This is just the outside and the side seams are pinned since the lining isn't in it yet. Just have to assemble the lining, insert it, add the zipper and hem. I should be done Friday night or Saturday morning. See you then!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
You might not be able to see the transfer markings above, but you can definitely see that my hand-stitching. I stayed inside the seam allowances all the way around, and used a single length of embroidery thread, since the silks are both so fine and to keep the stitching smooth.
I had to place the pattern pieces closely and carefully to make best use of the color change in the fabric. I don't want a noticeable black/purple line at the empire seam! I also made 2 pattern alterations: I raised the "cleavage notch" (all the reviewers said and showed it was really revealing) and added a 1/4" to the s.a. at the waist, just to be safe on the fit, since I'll be sitting most of the night. The lining was much, much easier to cut since it's just black Ambiance. The bodice lining will finish the neckline and sleeve hem, I'm so thankful I don't have to deal with facings!
Hope you're all staying warm. We got our first really cold winter night and woke up to a dusting of snow yesterday. I heard that Texas and Louisiana got more snow than we did, so hopefully that forced you indoors and made for a fun sewing day!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Me: "Well, just an hour if you take an airplane."
Her: "One day when I'm old like you, and have lots of money, I can go to New York and buy you some fabric, okay?"
Out of the mouths of babes!!!
Hope you are all enjoying productive weekends and I'm looking forward to seeing what you're working on! I've made a new rule for myself: no sewing unless I've done my exercise for the day. So far, it's working. All week, I've only missed one work out this week, and I'm making exercise a higher priority than sewing. The soreness is also helping to keep me on track with lots of water and healthy food choices! No pain, no gain...
Thursday, November 19, 2009
In my last post, I asked if any of you wanted to swap doll clothes patterns for fabric. Salinda quickly replied, and not only sent me a doll clothes pattern, but also included a pattern I've been wanting for so long! (Sorry, Blogger rotated them and I can't seem to fix it...) I was rather confused (but very, very pleased) to find 4 more patterns, too! Apparently, her daughter outgrew them before she had a chance to make them up, and knew I would be able to use them. Thank you, Salinda! You are amazing! You said you'd love some sweater knit, so I have these 2 to pick from: There are 2 yards of each, and both are 60" wide. Both are light (wear a cami under!), and will be perfect for you in Louisiana! Let me know which you prefer, but I should send you both since you sent me 6 patterns!!!
They are both poly/cottons and are both soft. The ivory has accents of taupe and the black has a nice amount of teal.
I also posted a classified "wanted" ad at Pattern Review, and also got a quick reply from Alice, who had 3 patterns, for the price of shipping. I love the internet...
So, there ends my happy tale, and I must keep them under wraps, as the doll clothes will be Christmas presents! Hope you all are just as fortunate in your sewing endeavors this weekend...
Monday, November 16, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
- Ana's version, she commented on the last post. Love her version, especially the buttons!
- Okie2thdoc, from the One Wool Contest thread at PR
- Phyllis C's version, from the reviews at Pattern Review, with details on how to do the snaps.
- Burda Fashion: Petiting a Pattern (from the PR board "Patterns and Notions"), which is also great for un-petiting a pattern, just work backwards!
I am happy with the new result, and think I will let out a 1/4" on each back princess seam from the armpit level down to give myself a pinch more ease, as it still gets hung up on my hips/butt. Although I plan on wearing it open, I may be inclined to snap/button it at the bottom, and wouldn't want a bunch of creases on my back/bottom!
I've never made 2 muslins before, but I'd rather perfect the fit than be done with the project. I love this fabric, and would rather take a day to make the necessary and correct changes than rush through and end up with a jacket that I never wear because the fit just isn't quite right. Since taking these pics, I've left the muslin on to update this post, and find the fit quite comfortable (unbuttoned), and look forward to the weight and warmth of it in lined wool!
Now, I must head to bed and get some good rest and kick this bug out of my sinuses! Do you think muslin #3 is necessary, or am I ready for the "final copy"?