Monday, December 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except for my design changes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were, although I ended up using a different hemming method.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really like the fit. I think it is flattering. I dislike the length. I will lengthen the body by four or more inches next time. Maybe the shorter tops were the dominant style when this pattern was released (it is now OOP).
Fabric Used: Striped cotton blend knit from Gorgeous Fabrics
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: No fitting alterations. I made a straight size 10. I made my own sleeve cut-off to make them 3/4 length. I also modified the neckline to make it more boatneck, and I ended up adding a band of fabric to the bottom to make it a bit longer. I also finished all the hems by hand because I wasn't happy with how straight machine stitches looked.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will definitely sew this again and would recommend it to anyone out there. It is a flattering top that is drafted well.
Conclusion: I'm very happy with this top. Just wish I had a coverstitch machine to get a professional-looking hem!
Here's the fabric I'm using to make some jammies for a gift. The floral is cotton flannel, and the solid blue is some kind of poly satin.
Grrrr! This is my little man's "Kitty" costume fabric. We'll see how much of a challenge the faux fur is. I also go lining material - just boring brown.
Here's the corduroy for the skirt I have planned. The brown is for some accent - I'm thinking flat piping.
And here is my purty herringbone... sigh... I love you so much.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
This is a baby sweater for a gift, and I've already finished the back. If you're really curious how it looks, you can check it out on Ravelry (I'm a new member! - JennyAnne) - that is, if I figure out how to post photos there.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Here's a close-up of the front bands. I machine-sewed them to the front, and then hand finished the reverse side. I put some light weight interfacing in the curved band on the top to stabilize it. I didn't interface the middle band since I didn't have any knit interfacing on hand.
Here you can see the bottom edge on the body and sleeves isn't sewn on. It's just the border of the fabric.
I got this beautiful knit from Gorgeous Fabrics. I think this knit is sold out, but they have so many other great ones!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Ok, here's my big problem. I seem to have scorched my fabric. Where, you ask? Why, center front of course! It's looking a bit yellow-ish right under the buttonhole below. I think it's pretty noticeable. Is there anything I can do about this, or is there no fixing it now?
To end on a good note, here's a picture of my lining (not yet pressed - I'm scared of the iron now). I guess some of the fun butterfly print is lost since there's so many pieces, but oh well, I like it anyway. I put most of the lining together while I procrastinate dealing with the collar.
I also started (and almost finished) a cute knit top. That should be done this weekend. I needed a quick fix.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
After I took the above picture, I made my bound button holes. This is only the second garment where I have used this button hole technique, so I'm pretty happy with the results. In the picture, the lengths look a bit uneven. I'll have to check that out tomorrow. I'm spent for this evening.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Again, the pattern I'm using is Marfy 1414.
The pattern was cut perfectly for me except for the sleeves, which I will explain below.
Here are my first pictures, before sleeves, collar, and details. I tried it on over a heavy sweater, the heaviest I would wear with this coat. The only thing I want to change is to close the slits in back to the bottom of my derriere. I think they look a bit high as is. I was happy with the overall fit, so I finished the muslin.
I like the collar and pocket placement. The collar will have more body and stand up in the coating fabric with interfacing. I already added three inches onto the sleeve pattern for my freakishly long arms, but I will add another for the final pattern to be safe. The back belt looks a bit high for me. I will put it an inch or two lower on the final garment.
Finally, the sleeves... I put in my right sleeve first and it was so tight I couldn't get my arm through with the sweater on. I also did a crummy job of setting in the sleeve cap. I put too much ease too far down. For the left sleeve, I left the sleeve cap seam allowance out another inch and put the ease in the top of the shoulder. I also left out the two long sleeve seams to 5/8 inch instead of the original 1 inch. This made the sleeve fit me and the coat much better. What do you think? My left sleeve is the fixed version and the right sleeve is the poorly-fitting one.
Finally, I didn't hem the coat or the sleeves on the muslin.
As you can probably tell, I'm very happy with my coat muslin. If you see glaring problems, though, please let me know. This is my first muslin and my first coat, and I am open to constructive critiques. Thank you!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
My coat muslin is about halfway sewn together, and I have quite a bit of knitting to show and tell in August. Until then, I doubt I'll be doing much blogging. Just having way too much fun being lazy.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I am packing up my sewing machine for the move. I'm only moving about a half hour down the road, but I do still have to pack. I kept my vintage (my mom's old) machine up as long as possible, but I haven't done much sewing in the past week what with all the cleaning and packing.
Fear not. I'm about to go on a 6-week vacation to the States and will be working on my coat for the Great Coat Sew Along at my parents' house. That means I get to play with my mom's fancy machine and serger! I also have several knitting projects on the to-pack pile.
All is not lost.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
I've been knitting for almost seven year now. I taught myself how my sophomore year in college (not counting my nana's lessons when I was about 10). Yesterday, I started reading my first Elizabeth Zimmerman book, Knitting Without Tears. You can see in a post below that I bought this book to knit my husband a sweater for Christmas. Anyway, I've read MANY knitting instruction and pattern books, and somehow, this is the first time I made a very interesting realization:
I've been purling incorrectly for seven years!!
I don't wrap the yarn the correct way around the needle. I go the easy way (no wonder I think purling is easier), which makes the knitting side a bit more awkward from my vantage point. It all comes out the same in the end, but that accounts for why I prefer purling over knitting, unlike any other knitter I know. It should be interested when I start some circular kitting I have planned, to see how knitting is easier when I don't have my funky purl stitches on the previous row.
I tried a few rows the "correct" way today, and decided that since it's all the same in the end, I'll keep doing it my way. Now I have my own knitting idiosyncrasy.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Here are closeups of each side. First, the plain version
Friday, May 30, 2008
Today, I'm thinking a light jacket. But it needs something special. A big collar? Maybe. Or maybe no collar, Chanel-style. But with gathered, ruched trim? I think that would be good. Or maybe I could do some kind of beading or embroidery around the edge? I just can't decide!! It's rediculous. It's just linen... not like it was super expensive or difficult to find. It's just so perfect...
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
...and I plan to use this Marfy pattern.
I love the slightly different collar, and that neckline is just begging me for a fabulous knit scarf or three. My biggest concern is the prospect of possibly having to alter the shoulders, since the shoulders and collar all look to be one piece. I usually don't have to do much altering, but I've never made a Marfy before.
This will be my first Marfy attempt as well as my first coat, so it should be interesting. If you're not familiar with Marfy patterns, they come with the pieces already cut out, but there are minimal markings on the pieces, there are no seam allowances, and no directions. I will definitely have to make my first muslin with this project.
Monday, May 26, 2008
I am really happy with how this turned out. It was really simple to make, and I think it turned out cute. I did a pattern review here. The fabric is by Amy Butler, bought at Trendy Fabrics for less than I've seen it other places. Now I want to re-decorate my bedroom with Amy Butler fabric! I bought the white shirt at the mall here in Germany and put a new turquoise button on it to match the dress. I think it's cute!
One thing about the pattern. Although I really like the style, and it went together easily, it was difficult to determine what size to cut. By measurements on the envelope, I am a 14. Based on finished garment measurements, I cut a 10, and it is a bit roomier than I'd hoped. I could have fixed this as I went along by better tailoring the side seams, but I was on auto pilot! :-) It's ok a little big since I wanted a casual sundress, and it makes it nice and cool. I think next time, I will cut an 8. Can you believe that? Who needs 4 inches of ease at the bust of a fitted dress??? It would have fallen off of me! It's craziness!