Sometimes when I see Vogue’s trendy stuff all I can say is “huh?” There are a few gems though.
First, I love Sandra Betzina’s new sportswear combo.
Here are the two dresses I’m thinking about buying. Trouble is I have tons of dress patterns I haven’t used. Why buy more?
Here some nice skirts but the tops are extremely questionable!
What are you all thinking? Any winners that will make it into your collection?
I’m probably going to shock you with the depth of my fabric stash. Just know that I know I am a fabric-o-holic. The first step is admitting the problem (and I’ve been admitting it for years, so it is all good!) Here’s what I unearthed when I took my Moto Jacket lining for matching:
OMG right? That’s of course not counting the other stuff I found in black, grey, tan, white, and navy as those are the neutrals that go with maroon. Of course, I began pre-washing and planning immediately. I also ran into Jo-Anns for notions and came across two remnants that were marked way down and were in the color grouping! Here’s what I’ve cut so far:
And here’s what I’m planning for a few others:
If you haven’t guessed yet, I am really trying to get the 8 other pieces together for Pattern Review’s Wardrobe Contest that runs April 1-May15. The Moto Jacket will count as my one “pre-contest or RTW” piece. Well I’m off to stitch up the two cut skirts and cogitate on the other items. I am really struggling for “top” ideas. Suggestions?
And of course, the cat, as always, wanted to help out with the photos!
I am so happy with my jacket!
In my last post, I was just about finished with the shell. Here’s the some of the sewing highlights and fitting issues.
I really enjoyed this sew-a-long. I am considering sewing up the fit-and-flare dress that Lisette is hosting a sew-a-long for next week. We’ll see. I have so many things I want to sew, but I really need some tops.
Here we go!
Personally, this jacket is looser than I usually wear. It clearly says “semi-fitted” and the McCall’s blog describes it as boxy. I slimmed it up around the hem, but left some looseness for layers. I did fit over a long sleeve tee this time! I’m still concerned about the amount of ease in the back, but no matter where I pinned out bits, it always seems to throw off the overall look. I guess boxy in a soft fabric isn’t a bad thing. It will definitely accommodate layers!
I took a little slice of my Thursday afternoon, an early release Friday, and a 5 a.m. sewing cram session on Saturday to make it to the Mid-Point of the sew-a-long. I call it mid-point because the lining doesn’t need all the technical extras like zipper and pockets, and I’ve fabric fitted the bodice already. I hope to finish in time to join the others in the sew-a-long round-up!
Final cat photo:
A Sew-A-Long should really be prep-a-long first! This jacket has a lot of pieces! Here are the “final” adjustments at this point:
First, the FBA for a C Cup, which is crucial for a fitted jacket. My son is helpfully pointing to the straight line I drew across the 3 front pattern pieces to ensure the adjustments lined up.
The full bust adjustment when completed. I chose to spread through the center of the bust point rather than use the seams because that middle front piece had nice parallel seams. I kept my adjustment below the bust to 1/2″ to keep the lines equidistant and maintain that styling (I feel the need to call my old math teacher and let her know I actually use geometry terms for my hobby now!).
My usual short back waist length adjustment on the back, side back, and lining back pieces. I really like that this pattern has special lining pieces and all the hem marks for lining. (Remember the fun of Burda for this? Cut and go patterns save so much time!)
Finally the “heavy upper arm adjustment” for girls with curvy biceps. That name is courtesy of Vogue Sewing’s fitting guide. Ugh! Anyway, whatever the name, I had to add an inch, because even though the finished measurement so helpfully printed on the tissue would work, I wanted to match designer ease. I wanted to avoid the Wool Jacket ease issue and insure I could layer as needed. I am excited that this pattern included a two piece sleeve! I am hoping to learn/practice my jacket techniques and come out with an edgy fun jacket.
The fabric finish survived the cold wash with mild detergent and is in the final stages of hanging dry. I’ve had to move it around to avoid cats and child. I plan to cut the fabric and start the sewing steps later this week. To follow the designer’s sew-a-long go here.
I can’t believe it has been a month since my last post. I have been sewing, but nothing photoed. Here’s what I started today:
Sew Lisette is hosting a Sew-A-Long this week for her new pattern B6169 View A Moto Jacket. I dug through my stash and found two maroon separating zippers one in 18″ and one in 20″ and matching rayon lining. I have no idea when and why I bought these items (love stash-busting!). After digging around, I came across this poly-suede with a fuzzy burnout/shiny finish. Here’s hoping it survives the approved washing method! If it doesn’t, I have some black denim that I will swap out. Here’s a better idea of what the red really looks like:
Now, why this and not spring? I’m going to Brazil for June and July (South American winter)! I’m going for 6 weeks with no central heating at my in-laws house. I decided to plan a few travel pieces around a new jacket since everything I’ve made lately has been “work.” I was inspired by so many “New York” style travel wardrobes from pattern reviews contest that had lots of black (a mother’s favorite color). More coming soon!
What a difference 6″ makes! Here’s my Laura now:
Here’s the original side pose:
Much better right?
I cut off 6″ before church this morning. I left it neat and unfinished. I am so much happier with this cardigan now. It flatters my curves with this length. I am going to keep that in mind for future jackets and cardigans. As for the skirt, I am passing it along to the charity shop. The fabric was poly/cheap and fine for a wearable muslin. No loss there.