Friday, January 28, 2011
I wasn't going to post another update but after seeing just how incredible this dress looks with the neckline finally stitched, I just couldn't keep these in-progress pictures away from you.
Well, as you can see the grading worked! The neckline came out gorgeous. Look how neat and professional it all looks? Now, this isn't personal bragging, no, the way it looks is a testament to Sarai's design.
Check out the inside of this dress! The rear neck facing sets off the back nicely. Because it is stitched on top of the lining there is no worry about the facing ever flipping out.
Surprisingly, my favorite part of this dress is now the part I was most worried about in the last update...the front facing.
I LOVE the facing that Sarai developed for this dress. So much, in fact, I wish I could wear the dress inside out because of how cool it looks and because the colors are amazing together. Another ice blue and winter red dress is definitely on my wish list now. I am seriously tempted to make a dress where this color combination and that neckline detail would be seen on purpose. Perhaps I'll attempt it with the Chantilly, my next favorite Colette Patterns dress.
I kind of wish the sleeves were also going to be lined in blue so that the interior of the dress would be as impeccably finished as it is on the outside. However, I think I may have a fix for that.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Pattern Sizing: Size S out of a multi-size pattern containing XS-S-M-L-XL.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it does.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the fit across the chest and the v-neckline. This is my second version of this top and I am still wearing the first one even though it is a bit snug now.
Fabric Used: I used the coolest printed flannel (a Snuggle flannel print in Ripple Circles on sale for $2.39 per yard) I have ever seen, even though the pattern specifies 25% stretch. I ended up prewashing the fabric in my bathroom sink. It was scary how much ink washed out, yet the fabric is still as vibrant as can be. It took three thorough rinses to get it semi clear. As a result, I will probably wash it by hand from now on.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made no design changes and only one alteration. Because of my fabric choice I needed a way around the 25% stretch requirement. I cut the neckband on the bias and about an inch longer than the pattern piece provided in order to have it fit the neckline.
Would you sew it again? I will probably not make this top again as is, but I definitely plan on making the other pieces (the tank and boy-leg briefs) in coordinating colors for the spring. For those I will use either a thick interlock or fleece as suggested.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Here are some shirt/jacket hybrids of the 1960s. This one is so cool you can smoke a pipe in in! Note the jacket-like waist band and the side pleat detail on the back. I had a white cotton jacket in the 1980s (McCall's 9637 - very Miami Vice!) that had that same detail.
Very Route 66, right? This is the sort of shirt/jacket that I can see made in a cotton/poly blend that would be rain repellant, don't you? The one in the top right has a sporty detail of outside patch pockets placed directly at the hemline. I think I have a soft spot for that hip navy blue and green madras version.
Ooh, this one practically screams Bill Bixby and The Courtship of Eddie's Father* to me! Lovely Nehru jacket design can go as out-there as you want it to go depending on your fabric choices. It strangely is also the first mens pattern I've seen without pockets as an option.
Look closely! I had to include this fairly conventional shirt because it actually features princess seams! I suppose they are included to ensure a slim fit on the front; however, they are abandoned on the back of the shirt. You can't ignore View E's super long lapels, now can you?
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
What I like about it:
- it is purple*!
- the fabric has texture and a metallic finish (it is a lurex jacquard)
- the style
- the neckline
- the fit
- the simple black leather belt
- it looks a lot like Vogue 8701 with a dirndl skirt and slightly longer sleeves!
Click here for more pictures of the dress in action at the Palm Springs Film Festival on Jan 8th.
*or violet, or eggplant depending on what wire service describes it. I say it's PURPLE!
Monday, January 10, 2011
So I searched through vintage pattern sites to see what was out there for home sewers to make for their men. I choose none of the normal button-down shirts since those have not changed much over the years but instead chose shirts or jackets that were a little different and that might make an impact if worn today:
Here is an updated polo style with a more relaxed collar construction and the added bonus of an unusual hem line. Anyone see this lately anywhere? I kind of like the checked version, triangle point and all.
Friday, January 07, 2011
Last month, I wrote about Little Green Dresses by Tina Sparkles that I had been coveting for months. Well, the publisher, Tauton Press graciously offered to send me a review copy. Now that I've been able to REALLY look through it I have more points to make about this book.
How about the fact that it includes:
- Complete instructions on taking measurement of the body at thirty-three different places. I was flabbergasted how many! However, only certain ones are needed for certain projects and only two to four are usually needed for the Level 1 beginner projects.
- Instructions for drafting a complete sloper/fitting shell/template garment (a basic long sleeved dress) based on one's personal body measurements! I will be trying this out in the spring (I need to finish a few things first) and writing about my results.
- The book is arranged to help beginner sewers and pattern makers move up to the more advanced levels. There are four skill levels for sewing and three levels for pattern making, with each project listing the ability the sewist should possess in order to complete each project.
- Many of the pattern projects are adapted from one beginner "builder" pattern, so that one can build on their prior pattern making skills.
- Level 3 patternmaking consists of the actual drafting of patterns using one's own measurements, including the manipulation of darts, while Level 4 projects involve refashioning secondhand clothing.
- Some projects have been contributed by independent clothing designers (including my fave, Elizabeth Dye) in the Austin TX area, and many members of the Austin Craft Mafia (which was founded by the author, Ms. Sparkles).
The "Genius" leggings pattern that will not have side seams. This is probably the most intricate pattern in the book.
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Built By Wendy's Sew U black corduroy skirt
A perfect basic. This pattern will be used again definitely. I also have a stretch gabardine earmarked for the jeans in this book too.
New Look 6838 black interlock tee
Ok, this pattern did not turn out to be the TNT I was hoping for. I have a Burda T pattern coming that I hope will be the one.
Butterick 4948 purple corduroy 1970's jumper
Love this SO much! It also gets compliments every time I wear it. Turns out when people love purple, they really LOVE purple!
Sew Stylish "Good n' Plenty" dress
A simple pattern drafting exercise created a dress that I love. This one will be made again too.
DIY orange grosgrain ribbon bow belt
Too cute and too easy. I have two more to make for my spring and summer dresses.
Butterick 5429 "Good n' Plenty" twist top
Though the pattern illustration was deceptive about the fit I will alter the pattern and make this again. I want to move away from plain crew-neck t-shirts.
Butterick 2564 red vintage overblouseI finally finished this fourth item from last year's Pattern Review contest entry. Will make this one again too, but with one structural change.
Though these were the only finished projects for 2010, they were not the only sewing that I did. There were alterations to existing garments, draft muslins for future projects, and most recently, work on the Colette Oolong dress. I hoped to finish it before the New Year, but I had to face the fact that I'm not the same size I was and am now taking a few seams out. My birthday is in early February so that is now the goal I set for this dress.
Goals for 2011:
Monday, January 03, 2011
Pattern Sizing: Size 14 (Bust = 34", Waist = 26")
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very. Especially after I decided to not do the bound buttonholes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the two set of darts in the front of the bodice. There are two at the collarbone which control the shape of the top above the bust and two that shape the under bust. They are really flattering. The instructions also suggested cutting your own bias binding for the sleeve hems. That worked out really well, I love how it looks since you can see the inside of the arms while wearing it.
What I didn't like were the instructions for the bound buttonholes. Now it's been a while since I did one but these instructions seemed too fussy. Luckily, I did find these on the pattern~ scissors~ cloth blog that sound much simpler.
Fabric Used: A lovely red cotton twill that I'm also using for the Colette Patterns' Oolong dress. I also used four white pearlized buttons from my late mother's button stash.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I applied fusible knit interfacing to the front neckline and on the back facings. I made the right decision in picking a knit interfacing instead of one for wovens because it adhered really well and didn't change the drape of the fabric.
I debated long and hard on doing bound buttonholes. My mind was changed when I started having more tension problems with my machine. What if that effected my machine stitched buttonholes too? So,
I practiced on leftover scrap fabric. After doing that successfully, I then applied fusible knit interfacing to the back facings and carefully measured out my button placement. Luckily, the buttonholes worked out wonderfully, even if I forgot and used two different shades of red for them. Do I really care now? No!
Would you sew it again? I hope so, it very cute with just the right retro flavor. I would probably make any others with a button and loop closure instead of buttons though for an easy slip-on type of top.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes, it's very flattering and easy. What more could you want?!
Conclusion: A great top, even though I will make any others with a button and loop closure instead of buttons down the back. Now, I want to make the coordinating jacket too!