Thursday, April 18, 2013

Vogue 8781 Complete and paired with New Look 6150!



Pattern Description: Lined jacket has shoulder pads, side pockets and two-pieces raglan sleeves. Skirt has a raised waist.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes...for the most part. I'll explain in more detail below.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really love the look of raglan sleeves. It may be that I don't wear them well. I like the skirt, too; however, I find that Vogue patterns sometimes have too much curve in the hip.
Fabric Used: A woven tweed--the quality wasn't that great.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I eliminated the pockets.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Probably not.... I found there was too much fullness in the sleeves. I typically have to make an FBA for most patterns. However, I didn't have to do that for this one. Also, if you at the pics closely, you can see that the jacket fronts don't hang straight or level. I don't think I straight-grained the fabric. So, it may be that the whole thing is off-grain. What a TERRIBLE me-made mistake! This is one of the reasons we make our own, so that we don't end up with garments that twist and curve in the wrong places! AAAAaaaarrrrggghhh! I still wore it to church and made the best of the situation.


The top is New Look 6150.  It is fast becoming a TNT.  This is the second time I've made it, and I've already committed four more pieces of fabric to the pattern as well!!!



Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Project Runway for the home sewer!

You gotta check this out!  It's Project Runway for the home sewer....  The Great British Sewing Bee! 
Home sewers in the UK are put to the test....


Monday, April 8, 2013

Last call...to join The Challenge!


This is a re-post for the last call to join the Sew Your Own Wardrobe For A Year Challenge.  This is a year-long challenge to create fabulous "me-sewn" wardrobes, enhance our sewing skills, and find encouragement along the way.  We currently have 40 ladies who have taken up the challenge.  April 15, 2013 will be the last day to join the challenge.  

Feel free to post this announcement on your own blogs as well as the link to the Welcome & Intro Video.




Friday, April 5, 2013

Simplicity 1699 Complete...

I'm all done with this one....

I'm not sure I'll do it again.  I love the color (fuchsia).  I also loved the embroidery detail on the linen blend.  I used that piece on the top and a plain (non-embroidered) version for the pants.  I love the pants  in this pattern and will likely use it again.  I will, however, move the zipper from the side to the back.  The pants are a good fit--even thought I tend to wear my slacks a bit loose.  

The top is another story....  I love peplum tops and this one is really cute.  However, I'm not sure that a "full-busted" girl should wear a jewel neckline w/embroidery.  It just seems like waaaaaaaay too much fabric happening above the waist to cover "the girls!"  Perhaps it just me, but a few times I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and thought I saw a "bright pink version of the Michelin Man driving an ice cream truck...."  It's just a whole lot of pink moving at one time!  LOL!!! 

Print/embroidery detail








Revisiting New Look 6150...

I just love this top!  By the time the Sew Your Own Wardrobe challenge is complete, I will have many in my collection.  The next colors will be black, off white, and purple!!! 

Challenge intro:  http://sewyourownwardrobeforayearchallenge.blogspot.com/2013/04/and-sew-it-begins.html

Front

Shoulder detail


Side gatherings