Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Distractions a Plenty...

Pardon the low quality of the photo, my only way of getting pics to load right now is via the camera phone. The computer won't recognize the memory card or the camera (via USB), so I'm left to this. Hopefully I'll have the problem solved soon, as I'm dying to show you my jacket progress. But, before I get to that, let me explain the beautiful silk above. It's from Gorgeous Fabrics, and I need a new dress for DH's work holiday party next Saturday. I was debating strapless or sleeveless, but realized that this (view B) would achieve the short flowy look without the discomfort (and boning) of a strapless. This silk will give this simple cut all the "Wow!" factor, as it is truly gorgeous, the way the color slowly changes from burgundy to black. But, it's a little light-weight for Michigan in December, so I'll need to work in another layer. Stay tuned, as I need this in 10 days! I'm thinking burgundy at the hem, and black at the shoulders...

As for my beautifully constructed Burda jacket... every seam is pressed open and hand-stitched down. There are the shoulder plackets I stitched upside down, ripped out, then stitched backward, then ripped out again. Third times a charm, right? I had to set the back of the sleeve cap 3 times, too. It just kept rippling, and when you search NYC for the perfect wool and don't know when you'll get back to do all again, you suddenly don't mind taking an entire day to set sleeves!

So, before I sew in the lining (which I had completely pinned wrong sides together) and collar, I will try a new memory card and take a new set of photos. It's been a bad week for sewing, just a lot of distraction at the house with the holidays and such. Seems like there just isn't enough time in the day, but I know I can find 30 minutes in there somewhere. Hoping that all of you are finding some much needed quiet time during this hectic time of the year!

*ETA*: After careful review of the pattern stash and the 2 yards I have to work with, I've decided to change patterns. Gathers at the waist (on me) may give people the wrong idea (aka "NO! I'm NOT expecting!"), so I'm seriously considering Vogue 8382 instead, the short version.Since I'm laying the pattern out on the cross-grain to use the color gradation, I measured the skirt circumference and it will work! The reviews I found are positive, with the recommendation to shorten the "V" in the front. As for lining, I'm using some black Ambiance. I will update you soon!

12 comments:

KID, MD said...

That fabric is amazing!! Isn't that the pattern you used for the Homecoming dress? It will look awesome in that ombre'd fabric.

Gail said...

It will be gorgeous. Are you making a long or shorter dress?

Bunny said...

Beautiful fabric! Will you self line it or use something different?

Marybeth said...

what pretty fabric - I can't wait to see the finished product...

Sewfast said...

Beautiful fabric...I'm sure it will be a beautiful dress! Can't wait to see your creation!

JoanneM said...

Love this pattern!!!

Kim said...

Very pretty! I've been thinking about getting that pattern. Vogues are on sale at Joann's this weekend I think. The fabric is gorgeous!

julia said...

That fabric is very pretty even with the phone camera quality.. I love that pattern.

Handmade said...

Gorgeous fabric indeed!

Lindsay T said...

I think this should look faboo on you!

Lindsay T said...

I think this should look faboo on you!

PhyllisC said...

You're going to love this jacket! I have to say also re: fabric covered snaps: today I'm wearing a RTW jacket that has them and the fabric cover does affect how tight the snaps will close. If you have snaps that have a loose connection even before you cover them they will pop open when you wear the jacket. The tortoise snaps I got from Pacific Trimming are medium tight and snap open rather easily, I’d definitely never use them on outerwear for example.