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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Pics to go with my last post!

First off, here is my new tee shirt.  I used Butterick 3344, which is now OOP.  I had it in my pattern stash, and this is my first time making it.

Pattern Description: Close-fitting knit top has neckline and sleeve variations and stitched hems.
Pattern Sizing: 6-8-10
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

Big plans

Oh my goodness, this post is way overdue.  First, I have a top that's been finished for over a week.  I've already worn it twice.  And of course, now I'm having Blogger or network issues and can't upload the pics here.  You can check out the Pattern Review.  I'll try again tomorrow.

I also have a finished skirt that I need to take pictures of.  

And finally, I organized my sewing thoughts for the month of October, and I think I have a plan I can accomplish.

1.  Finish gift jammies that I just started this week.  They're going to be super cute!
2.  Halloween costume for my little man.  He's going to be a "kitty" - his favorite word.  There is faux fur involved, so I'm not sure how easy this will be.  It's little, though, right, so how painful can it be?? (famous last words).
3.  I have a corduroy skirt idea that I want to make for the cotton pattern review contest.  I keep thinking I'll enter these and never finish in time.  Well, this is the month!  Of course, this is third on the list, so it may get bumped!  :-)
4.  I want to finish an 80% complete jacket to actually wear this fall.  It just needs the sleeves finished and the lining put in (the lining's already sewn together).
5.  I have a beautiful brown/orange-y herringbone I want to make something from sooooo badly but haven't found the perfect pattern yet.  (ok, I think we're past October sewing now.  I'm really not a quick sewer).
6.  Then there's still that coat sew-along coat!  I need to figure out what I'm doing about the shoulder pads.  The ones I put in just look too big.  Then, I just need to finish the sleeve hems and buttonholes and put in the lining and hem!

I think that's it.  It feels good to just get it all written down so I have a plan!

Pictures to come tomorrow!