Tuesday, 22 April 2008

The patterns I used

* 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

RuthieK's SWAP 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 peach slinky
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

Monday, 14 April 2008

Jacket back detail

Here's the detail of the shaping on the back of the jacket. The buttons are covered using the unembroidered fabric at the edges.
Click on the picture to see it larger.

The whole SWAP Collection

Here's the whole SWAP collection shown together. I am not sure which shot I shall use.

The Jacket - finished

This is the jacket finished, complete with lining and 13 covered buttons (3 large at front, 1 on each pocket flat, 3 on each sleeve and 2 on the rear tab.
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

SWAP did get finished

My SWAP did get finished by the deadline, but I am increasingly convinced I am a little mad.
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

Partially made jacket

Here's the partially constructed jacket. Will be finished on Friday!

Wrap Knit Top

Made at Easter but not photographed

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Other items in the SWAP

Including previously made items

I have decided I am going to use two previously made soft blouses in a mango colour which works well with the burnt oranges etc used in my plan
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

Comparison to original Storyboard

These are the original drawings I did at the start of the SWAP.
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

Almost there

I got back from my vacation at 1:30am last night (this morning?). It was a big contrast from warm and sunny Portugal to snowy England.

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.