Saturday, September 29, 2012

Creamed coffee wardrobe...heavy on the cream!

Well, I like my coffee with lots of cream and sugar.  Not exactly healthy, but I rarely drink it, so when I do, it's a treat.
And my new (mini-)wardrobe is quite a treat as well!  I'm extremely pleased with how 3 of the 4 items I made came out, and overall, I think there are some great pieces to continue building upon.

Mini Wardrobe

My favorite single a toss up between the white eyelet blouse and the corduroy jacket.  Both will get a LOT of use.

My favorite overall look is the coffee vest over the eyelet blouse. My husband says it's very 70's and I agree, I kind of look like I am dressing up a s Donna on that 70's show, but I'm cool with that.  It's a chic look, IMO.  I've already worn it out grociery shopping once, and it is totally pretty and practical at the same time.  Who could ask for more?

The Corduroy jacket is also getting a lot of wear.  Since it's a medium weight, it's great for these fall mornings.  Not too warm (like my grey wool), or too light (my windbreaker).  I never thught I'd be able to make my own jacket, and one I will get so much use out of!

I wanted to note that a good portion of the fabric for this wardrobe is upcylced or recycled, and the remainder was gifted to me.
Upcycled: Cotton Eyelet: first life as a vintage duvet cover.
Jacket Lining:  found at goodwill.
Recycled: The grey buttons on the jacket are recycled cotton.  Wierd, eh?  They look like stone, up close.
Gifted: The cordoroy came from SewMama (Angie), and the rest from my great Aung Barb, who turned 92 this year, as well as celebrating her 75th wedding anniversary! A truly amazing lady, and her husband, my Uncle Robert, as well.  Aunt Barb has kindly given me most of her remaining stash, and I am trying my best to put it to good use.
So this entire look is from the stash she passed along to me. Thanks Aunt Barb!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Classic white shirt with a special touch

I have long needed a basic white blouse.  I have a white t-shirt, but nothing that I can use for more dressy occasions.

I have had this cream eyelet fabric (originally a duvet cover) in my stash for a couple of years.  My father got it for me at a vintage store in Rockaway beach, Oregon.  I don't know how old it is, but it is in pristine shape. The entire piece was well cared for, no stains or sun damage at all.

So I finally got up my courage, and sewed it up into the top I have been imagining for it, using my TnT pttern, McCall's 6035.  I am SO in love with the finished top!  the fit is perfect, the shape, the sleeves, everything!

Although this isn't officially the key piece for my "mini-wardrobe", I know it wil be something I contiue to build around.  I have so many ideas now, pants mostly, to go with the top!

I love having my mojo back,and feeling in the groove again.  For now, I need to take a break for sewing form me, and make a few long sleeved knit tops for Liz for fall/winter.  I have some knit remnants I have been saving from my own projects, and once I get all 3 knit tops for her finished, I'll post pics of them.  Nothing too exciting, I plan for them to be functional, but still cute, of course. :)  And then her halloween costume, of course!

Coming soon, the wardrobe composite.  I thin I'll get 8 looks out of all this...we'll see how the photo shot goes with James. :D  Wish me luck in getting him to be patient enough for all the clothing changes needed for it!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Knit vest, wardrobe moving right along!

This month is going by so quickly!
It is a nice feeling to have that sewing love back.  I am still keeping active doing other things, but am finding time to also sew again, and I'm happy about it. :)

So today I finished the hem on my toffee knit vest, and Liz snapped a few pictures for me.  I hate that I look so annoyed, lol.  I was trying to look serious....well, perhaps I should stick to smiling.

I love the collar, the buttons, everything.  I don't think it is a very flattering shape on me below the waist, but it isn't bad.  I love the texture of this knit, it's all bumpy and knobbly, yet soft.  It doesn't show up in the pictures, but I can rarely get the cool details into pics.

I BARELY had enough to cut this pattern out, just under a yard.  I'm really happy with it, and glad think the fabric works well for this pattern (unlike my last top...)

The pattern for this Simplicity 2155, is meant for wovens.  This was my first time adapting a woven pattern to a knit fabric.  I made a lot of small changes (no facings, changed collar finish, removed wearing ease, etc), and I think they worked out very well, for the most part.  I also added 2 belt carriers, mostly so I don'[t lose the belt!  I know would end up in the corner of my closet under a pile of fabric or something, if I don't have it fixed to the top.  

So, this finishes 3 of my 6 looks for the wardrobe contest (include the white corduroy jacket with the lace sleeved top).  It's pretty funny that adding a just one more item (a woven top, in my case), is going to add 3 MORE looks.  And speaking of, I really want to get the pattern for that prepped tonight, so I can cut it out tomorrow.  

Side not, going to Liz's Kindergarden Open house tonight.  She is really loving school!  Kindergarden isn't like I remember it, now.  They have a lot more work, but it's still lots of fun.

Monday, September 10, 2012

My first (real) lined jacket

I was lucky to be the contest manager in the recent Lined Jacket contest on PR.  The ladies were so friendly and helpful and very knowledgeable!  While I didn't finish my jacket as quickly as they did, I did make a good start and got 2 muslins cut and fitted. And today, I finally finished the jacket!

Picture by Liz!

On the 1st of this month, I went ahead and cut my white corduroy, a gift from SewMama.  There is still enough left for my pants, if I ever get around to making those, as well!

The shell of the jacket went together pretty quickly, the only slow point being inserting functional pockets. The pattern, Simplicity 3728, only has decorative flaps, no real pockets (how silly!).  Personally, pockets are a must for me on a jacket.

The lining was a GIANT pain, however, for me.  I am pretty ignorant on lining techniques, and was just hoping the pattern instructions would be sufficient, but they were not very clear.  Fortunately, the ladies on PR pointed out to me a bag lining tutorial, and things went much smoother from there.
Here is the lining, a fun 20's golf and classic car print.

I made some minor alterations for fitting (int he shoulder, back, and armscythe), but aside from adding pockets, didn't really make any other alterations.  IT's a good pattern, I think the style looks good on me, and it one of those styles that never really goes "out of style".

So, despite a few minor hitches, I am really happy with my first lined jacket!