Tuesday, 22 April 2008
* Simplicity 4699 - for the jacket, both pairs of pants and both shell tops
* Simplicity 4076 – Wrap over top in burnt orange viscose knit
* Simplicity 5099 – Wrap over empire link top in crinkle chiffon
* Simplicity 4125 – Wrap over print blouse
Loes Hinse 5007 – 6 gore skirt with godets - http://www.loeshinse.com/categories/skirts/gore.html
*NewLook 6177 – Print skirt with asymmetric panels
Saturday, 19 April 2008
The five items in the left half of the wardrobe picture are all made from my Wardrobe Pattern Simplicity 4699. I made the shell top in a soft peach slinky, and a firm brown slinky. The pants are made in brown stretch denim and a self stripe stretch suiting. The jacket uses my fabric purchase from Timmel fabrics of a burnt orange embroidered and sequinned corduroy.
Simplicity 4699 – Knit shell in brown slinky
Simplicity 4699 – Pants in brown stretch denim
Simplicity 4699 – Pants in brown self-stripe stretch suiting
Simplicity 4699 – Knee length jacket in burnt orange corduroy
The six items in the right half of the photo are made from other patterns as follows.
Butterick 3131 – Cowl neck tunic blouse in bright coral polyester
Simplicity 4076 – Wrap over top in burnt orange viscose knit
Simplicity 5099 – Wrap over empire link top in crinkle chiffon
Simplicity 4125 – Wrap over print blouse
Loes Hinse 5007 – 6 gore skirt with godets
NewLook 6177 – Print skirt with asymmetric panels
Tuesday, 15 April 2008
Monday, 14 April 2008
I had a great time with the Prym covered button maker doing these and it really makes things simple.
I do love sewing gadgets that make tasks easier.
Saturday, 12 April 2008
I have no idea what convinced me that a burnt orange embroidered and sequinned corduroy coat would be a key wardrobe item. It's sure is FUN though, but I can't see me wearing it to the rather conservative office I work in.
I was hoping to take some photos outside today but its raining and horrible so no luck.
So I had a tidying up session and sorted out my ribbons, beads, buttons, threads etc which had just been put randomly in boxes. Now everything is in an appropriately labelled box in the cupboard.
Having had some neutral time during the sorting process, hopefully I will wake up tomorrow all alert and with a cunning plan on how to take an indoor photo of all the wardrobe items together. My brain hasn't come up with a good idea yet, but maybe sleeping will help
Thursday, 10 April 2008
Wednesday, 9 April 2008
In which case once I finish the jacket I am making now I will be done sewing and will only need to do all the photography.
Monday, 7 April 2008
I have not stuck exactly to the plan.
The print blouse and skirt are there, as are the shell tops, burnt orange jacket and both pairs of brown pants.
Instead of the rust pants I went for a brown gore skirt. One of the blouses changed fabrics but is still burnt orange. Another became a burnt orange knit top, and the third is as yet undecided.
Sunday, 6 April 2008
I managed to cut out the burnt orange embroidered corduroy which I bought from Julie and will be my SWAP jacket from the wardrobe pattern. (I won't cut out on a hard tile floor on a space only slightly larger than the fabric ever again though - caused terrible pains in knees and legs.) I've already made this up as a test jacket in another fabric, so it should be OK.
To finish I need to sew the jacket and a blouse (already cut out) and then need either a purchased blouse or the waistcoat(vest) I already made or another top/blouse of some sort. So I probably can just about make the deadline.
Thursday, 20 March 2008
I want to make a collared wrap over blouse from crinkled fabric.
The pattern is New Look 6252 and the fabric is a burnt orange and gold crinkle polyester fabric.
How should I approach the collars and cuffs etc?
Should I iron some of the fabric flat and use that for the collar/cuff/facing, or somehow try to fuse whilst maintaining the crinkle?
How do you keep the crinkle when assembling? What about pressing seams, hems etc?
I would appreciate any tips you might have to share on this, because I really want to make this wrap top for my SWAP :-)
Monday, 10 March 2008
On this pair because of the amount of stretch in the fabric I had to take an additional 4" or so out of the waist to keep the pants up.
Onto the test jacket/coat next which is all cut out ready to go.
Monday, 25 February 2008
The minus is that I was stashing unsorted boxes in this room and now have a LOT of sorting out to do, all of which keeps me from sewing :-(
But hopefully it will be all worth it in the end.
Sunday, 24 February 2008
An offwhite colour from Crown called Soothing LOL.
However complete chaos has ensued form this and will get worse before it gets better as I still have to move all the office portion out of the way to paint the walls in that area.
New Look patterns are on sale in the UK at only £2.95 instead of £5.75 ($6 in the sale instead of $11.50) so I went to the sewing store in the next town which sells New Look and picked up New Look 6617 and New Look 6755 whilst the paint dried!
I might use the blouse pattern in the SWAP, though since it has a waist seam and peplum it may need some alterations to the pattern tissue to fit well.
The jacket/coat I plan to use for a mini SWAP type wardrobe in the summer in the Safari style which is popular again this year.
Friday, 22 February 2008
Here's wishing you all a very productive sewing weekend.
Friday, 15 February 2008
In real life I feel the cold, so I would wear this with a soft knit cardi with 3/4 sleeves in burnt orange (yes its a darker shade of the shell honest).
I tend to wear these shell tops under other things, but its not too scary if I then take the top layer off! (Compared to a camisole where you can see bra straps etc)
These are the garments made so far
- Simplicity 4125 wrap shirt in green/rust/brown print
- New Look 6177 panelled skirt in green/rust/brown/print
- Simplicity 5099 knit top in brown/orange/coral print (extra)
- Loes Hinse 5007 Gore Skirt in dark brown
- Simplicity 4699 pants in dark brown denim
- Simplicity 4699 top in dark brown slinky knit
- New Look 6943 waistcoat in rust wool (extra)
- Simplicity 4699 pants in dark brown self stripe suiting
- Butterick 4295 skirt in brown with gold/cream/orange stripes (extra)
- Simplicity 4699 top in peach slinky knit
Still to come
- Simplicity 4699 jacket/coat in burnt orange embellished cord
- Simplicity 4699 rust cropped pants (extra)
- New Look 6252 wrapover orange crinkle blouse
- New Look 6513 fitted blouse in cream broderie anglaise (eyelet)
- New Look 6513 fitted blouse in orange stripe
Thursday, 14 February 2008
Saturday, 9 February 2008
Obviously the print top second from the back is an extra piece as it doesn't work with the green print, although it is fine with everything else.
Since I took this photo I wheeled the rail back into the sewing room and added more hangers with the partly completed garments.
Partly done are:
- Self stripe brown pants
- Brown skirt with orange/gold stripes (extra piece)
- Green print wrapover blouse
This is a great way to keep the current items off the sewing table, and encourage me to get to them, and make them garments instead of projects!
Thursday, 7 February 2008
This evening I managed to cut out view A from the leftovers from my skirt. This involved cutting the facing with the print running in the wrong direction and cutting the two front out individually to make best use of the fabric.
One thing you can't tell from the drawings, but is in the directions is an inner ribbon tie and an outer button and button hole keep the blouse closed, the tie belt is then just tied on top. I'm not a frilly girl so would not add the flounces even if I had enough fabric. I'm also not keen on any of the sleeves but my fabric yardage made that choice for me, and I have the extended shoulder with sleeve bands instead!
Wednesday, 6 February 2008
I wore this today, and whilst its way more colour than usually goes in my office I loved wearing it.
DH made me laugh just as the flash on the self timer went off, but I quite liked the shot so included it.
Sunday, 3 February 2008
So I cut out this skirt and sewed it up in glorious green, which I enjoyed very much!
Apologies for the hanger shot, I will wear it in earnest tomorrow and take a photo to share.
Saturday, 26 January 2008
The print is centre far left on the picture below
For the skirt I need to have below mid calf (due to chunky legs) and my two options are slightly flared with side zip or asymmetric panels. For the top/blouse I have a choice of two different wrap/mock wrap blouses. The idea was that the skirt and wrap blouse worn together would look like a wrap dress, but that they could also be worn separately.
Thoughts? I will say that my friend (although dear to me) is very conservative in her dress style, and thought me wearing a burnt orange sweater/scarf with a dark navy pant suit was adventurous. On the other hand my sometimes inappropriate love of colour and pattern has resulted in more than a few UFOs and charity shop donations.