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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

What I'm working on...

Vogue 1099 - this will be made in white linen, china silk for the lining and silk organza for the trim.

Jalie 2908 - This is the new stretch jeans pattern from Jalie. There is also a Jeans-Sew-Along going on at PR that starts April 1st. I've had a stretch denim in my stash for a quite sometime. The more I look at it and touch it, I don't think it's the right weight. I'm following my instinct on this one before I waste time with all of the fancy topstitching and whatnot. I've ordered "Stretch Denim Metro Indigo" from Fabric.com. According to Emilie, this is the same denim that's used on the pattern cover.

Vogue 1093 - I found this great stretch linen at Denver Fabrics.com.

Vogue 1086 - I thought this dress was adorable from the first time I saw it. I've already cut this pattern and made the alterations to it. This is a beautiful silk crepe de chine (also from Denver Fabrics) and I can't wait to work with this.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

McCall's 5525 - Trench Jacket

Project Details:

Pattern: McCall's 5525, View C
Fabric: Linen Foil (Linen 56%, Cotton 42%, Elastene 2%)
Lining: China Silk (100% polyester)
Notions: 12 1" buttons, 1 5/8" button, shoulder pads and heads

Description: Semi-fitted, lined, double-breasted jacket with shoulder pads, princess seams and side front pockets; jacket has belt carriers, epaulets with button closure, collar tab, front yoke, back buttoned yoke, sleeves with button bands, topstitch trim, button closure and self-tie belt.

Pattern sizing: 8 - 24W. I cut the size 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it did.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love this pattern! It had all of the details for a traditional trench coat/jacket. The only problem I found is that the back buttoned yoke was drafted wider on one side. Even though it was simple to just fold it in half and even it out, this is just something you should be aware of. You don't want to end up with a lopsided yoke.

Fabric used: I found this very interesting looking linen fabric at Hancocks. I saw it, fell in love with it instantly and knew that I would use it for this project! We've been debating on the actual color. The shine of the fabric gives it an iridescent appearance. It's somewhere between a slate grey and a light blue. I wanted the lining to be fresh and springy, so I chose a citrus yellow.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Here are the changes that I made:
  • Made a 1" princess seam FBA (my normal).
  • Used muslin for sew-in interfacing for the front sections, the collar and the collar band.
  • Used nylon tricot interfacing for all of the smaller pieces.
  • Changed the undercollar from a 1 piece to a two piece and cut it on the bias.
  • Adjusted the undercollar for turn of cloth.
  • Taped the lapel roll line.
  • Added a back stay to stabilize shoulder area of jacket.
  • Added sleeve heads.
  • Topstitched with rayon embroidery thread.
  • Added the front yoke to both sides.
  • Used a keyhole type buttonhole.
  • In my opinion, the button bands on the sleeves were too long. I shortened mine by 2".
  • I followed the instructions on the lining. This means a lot of handstitching for those of you that have an aversion.
  • I handstitched the all of my hems and slipstitched the lining to the sleeves and the hem of the jacket.
Additional Views:

Hang Chain
Sleeve tabs

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will sew another version of this one again for the cooler seasons. Next time I'll use an "all-weather" fabric or use this style in wool. I highly recommend this one for the style and the wide variety of sizes.

Conclusion: I really love this jacket already! According to Mr. Meteorologist, I'll get a chance to wear it in a day or so.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Sneak Peak!

My hiatus (if that's what you want to call it), is officially over! I'm back in the game! The weather has been gorgeous this week... especially this weekend! I saw people out and about in maxi dresses, shorts, flip flops and killer sandals! If that wasn't enough to get the old mojo flowing, I don't know what is! Here is a preview of what I've been working on this week:

This is McCall's 5525. I decided that since "April showers bring May flowers", that I would be needing a Spring trench. I'll be posting a complete review with pictures (of course) in a day or so.

BTW, thanks so much for your emails and comments!

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Have you seen my mojo?

My sewing mojo that is... it's gone missing! I think I've been affected by the crazy weather we've been having. Last week, we had tornadic activity -- a tornado touched down nearby. Sunday, we had "snow". Well, a 2" dusting that was gone by lunch time. The early part of the week, it was below freezing. And yesterday I had all of the windows open because it was a high of 75! Now, Spring is in the air (just ask my allergies) and sewing is of interest to me again. I placed a fabric order to jumpstart my transitional Spring sewing. Maybe I'll go do some snoop shopping today. Maybe/hopefully I'll be inspired by the new Spring arrivals!

How's the weather in your area? What are you doing this weekend?

Friday, March 06, 2009

Michelle O and Lady O!

It's a first time for everything!

Michelle Obama poses with Oprah Winfrey on the cover of the April issue of Oprah magazine (on stands March 17).

It's the first time Oprah has invited ANYBODY to appear alongside her instead of appearing alone. Michelle is wearing a Michael Kors dress and Dear Cashmere cardigan, while Oprah wears a dress by Rachel Roy.

I'm loving the both dresses and the orange/yellow combination really sings to me!

BTW, if any of you divas out there know where I can find a clear belt like that, let me know!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Spring Trend: Asymmetrical Ruffles!

Two prominent Spring trends this season are ruffles and asymmetrical necklines. And I'm loving the two of them combined! These tops are so flirty and romantic!

Trina Turk Mayreali Top - Shopbop.com, $108

I would wear a top like this with a pencil skirt, a pair of tailored pants or dressed down with jeans. I'd accessorize with dangling earrings and bangle bracelets. I'd forgo a necklace because it would clearly compete with the neckline.