Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wool: The Official Fabric of Fall!

Vogue 8603 is finished, and I'm really happy with the final product. Please excuse the wrinkles, the photo was taken after a long day in the [math] trenches!

It's just your basic pencil skirt. I moved the invisible zipper to the left side and lined it (omitting the facings). It did not fit me according to the pattern measurements, I had to take the center back seam in an additional inch from waist to hem. So, take the time to make a muslin! I also eliminated the center back slit, but will include it in the next version. I can move, but not as easily as I had hoped.

I will be making the version with the gathers using a fabulous silk tweed from my trip to NYC. In a of couple weeks...

In other news, the vest fabric has arrived!!! Gorgeous Fabrics had the perfect black amicale (thank you Ann!), and it's exactly what I was hoping it would be! Solid black, and so very soft. It will be an interesting contrast to the texture of the leather... The muslin I whipped up fits perfectly, it included B-C-D cup pattern pieces, so that always helps! I've ripped the muslin apart, so I should be able to start working {cutting} tomorrow.
I was busy this weekend editing an embroidery design for my husband. In the last couple months he's made a couple dreams come true: he's now a paramedic and a union firefighter! I'm so very, very proud of him and was happy to work up a design that he's been admiring. In the process, I've gotten much more familiar with my embroidery editing software, so that's an added bonus. I've never done a varsity jacket before, so I'm pretty happy with the outcome!

Time to retire for the night. Next couple days are busy (math tests and Halloween parties), so I'll check back in after the weekend! Hope you all enjoy the Halloween festivities, and if you should happen to get too many Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in your treat bag, send them to me!!!!

20 comments:

Gail said...

Beautiful skirt and I love those boots. I'm interested in your vest pattern. Who is doing patterns with cup size variations?

KID, MD said...

Fabulous! Between you and Gertie, I'm convinced that I need tis pattern.

julia said...

You look fantastic in the skirt!!!

Marybeth said...

Nice! I like the whole outfit!!

amber said...

Great skirt and I love the way you have it styled. Excellent work on the jacket, too. He looks really happy with it. :)

Anonymous said...

You look fabulous in that outfit. Congrats.

- Myrna

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robin said...

What a cute outfit! I love the skirt and the way you styled the whole look. Very nice. I always need to do a muslin on wovens.

Sewfast said...

Congratulations to your husband on becoming a paramedic and union firefighter! My husband is shop steward for his local (which can be a headache at times...i.e. contract negotiations...UGH!!!) Luckily he can retire in 3 years, so he may only have one more contract to worry about! What embroidery software do you use? I had PE design, but sold it when I bought Embird. I found it much easier to navigate. Also...nice skirt! I agree...wool is the fabric of the season!

Susan said...

Your skirt came out really nice! Can't wait to see the gather version, too. Every one I've seen so far has been a hit. Gotta get this pattern.

Bunny said...

That is a great outfit you have going on with that skirt!

Congrats to hubby! Great job on the embroidery.

gwensews said...

Yes, fall is definite now. Your outfit is perfect for our weather. Nice job.

Cindy said...

pencil skirts are everywhere! i love your version. The fabric is perfect!!I am tempted by the hip ruche version--although i don't know if my hips need too much attention!

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

Cute! The back seams are very flattering. It looks like it fits you perfectly.

Summerset said...

Cute skirt! Congrats to your husband - this is a big step. I have a BIL who is a firefighter and it was quite a big deal to get in and go through all the training.

Patty said...

Cute skirt, and now I can't wait to see the vest!

Lindsay T said...

Lookin' good! Are the bangs new? I like 'em. And congrats to your husband.

Brandie said...

That is so cute Kristine! I need one;)

Faye Lewis said...

I love your new skirt. I just bought that pattern yesterday. Originally I thought I didn't like it, but after having second thoughts I decided to get it. Wool is so great - love it! Also love your Chanel Jacket, you did a great job!

Kathi said...

The skirt looks really cute!!! The whole outfit is a winner!