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SWAP Review/ Trench Sew-a-long

October 1, 2012

Okay, so my final push to finish my SWAP allowed me to take advantage of the rule that allowed for a couple of items to be started before the SWAP start date. I was running short on time and realized that I already had a partially complete coat: The Trench Sew-a-long coat.

I finally finished it!

This coat started as Vogue 8346. I selected the double breasted version, shortened it, increased the fullness of the skirt and added some trench coat features such as the epaulets on the shoulders. I also added pockets and pocket flaps because I need pockets.

While I know it is not perfect, I do wear it fairly regularly when a lightweight coat is helpful to have.

Here is another shot, closed:

And here is the lining. I love making neutral coloured items and then lining them with something bright:
Hopefully this coat is just the first of several coats as I have more ideas to work with yet.

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SWAP Review #5: Two pencil skirts

September 26, 2012

So, despite my best intentions, I was not able to enter this year’s SWAP contest at Stitcher’s Guild. I got most of the sewing done, with some modifications to the plan but promptly got sick and wasn’t able to finish taking photos in time to submit them.

I still want to work through the items I made though. This year’s SWAP involved creating two iterations of the same article of clothing or even the same pattern when possible for several items and then creating a few other items as well.

I had the option with this SWAP, when creating two of the same type of clothing item, to either use the same pattern or not. For the skirts I decided to use two different patterns.

For the first skirt, I made yet another version of Vogue 7937.

This is, possibly, my favourite pattern. It is easy to sew, is small enough that Views A and B can practically be made from scraps. I have made views A and C in the past so this time I wanted to made view D. I pulled out some leftover four ply silk from an ill fated suit I tried to make a few years ago and stitched it up.

Here it is with the pink silk blouse I described earlier.


The other skirt was inspired by my RTW skirt shopping trip much earlier this year during which I decided that I really wanted a high waisted, wiggle skirt.

I had some tweed fabric that I will hopefully make a suit from in the future and I used it to make Burda 8155.

Here that one is:

It works quite well for work.

 

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SWAP Review #3: Pants

September 12, 2012

So, despite my best intentions, I was not able to enter this year’s SWAP contest at Stitcher’s Guild. I got most of the sewing done, with some modifications to the plan but promptly got sick and wasn’t able to finish taking photos in time to submit them.

I still want to work through the items I made though. This year’s SWAP involved creating two iterations of the same article of clothing or even the same pattern when possible for several items and then creating a few other items as well.

I managed to make one pair of pants of the two I originally planned to make. For this I returned to one of my favourite patterns: Vogue 1051 – The Alice and Olivia dress pants.

I’ve made these pants before in black and grey so it was time to make them in white – a brown version is planned for the future.

One thing I did differently with this version was to leave some extra length below the knee because I had bought a new pair of heels that are higher than any of my other shoes so I made these pants the appropriate length for those shoes.

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SWAP Review #2: McCalls 5661

September 4, 2012

So, despite my best intentions, I was not able to enter this year’s SWAP contest at Stitcher’s Guild. I got most of the sewing done, with some modifications to the plan but promptly got sick and wasn’t able to finish taking photos in time to submit them.

I still want to work through the items I made though. This year’s SWAP involved creating two iterations of the same article of clothing or even the same pattern when possible for several items and then creating a few other items as well.

The second pattern I worked on using to create two items is; McCalls 5661

I’ve used this pattern before and I really like it. It works as both a tucked in and untucked blouse and I think it’s a great wardrobe building pattern.I prefer the gathered neckline variation over the princess seamed one as I think it is just easier to work with as a blouse and I struggle more with FBAs on princess seams. Both of the blouses I made use the gathered neckline.

I made one sleeveless blouse out of a floral print slippery satin fabric.

Here it is, tucked into a pencil skirt.
I’m actually not too fond of the way the heavy satin draped. It tends to bulk up and bulge just above my breasts rather than flowing down over them so it looks slightly odd but I’ve worn it a fair bit because it’s flexible and makes outfits seem more summery.

The other version I made had 3/4 length sleeves.
This version is more dressy and is silk. This piece of silk started off life as a sari that I found at a local thrift store. I loved the colour so I grabbed the piece without examining it that closely other than thinking “ooh, looks nice, feels nice, and it’s $3.99.”

It wasn’t until I got home and pulled out my purchases that I took a closer look. I noticed the way it caught on my fingers, how light it was and the muted glow it had. So I did the ash test. I clipped off a tiny corner and held it over my kitchen sink while I lit it on fire. Sure enough it smelled like burned hair and turned to ash rather than melting into a plastic goo.

I’d bough 6 metres of silk for $3.99!

So I made a blouse and I hope to make a dress from the rest of it, once I decide what sort of dress to make.

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SWAP Review #1: McCalls 6078

August 12, 2012

So, despite my best intentions, I was not able to enter this year’s SWAP contest at Stitcher’s Guild. I got most of the sewing done, with some modifications to the plan but promptly got sick and wasn’t able to finish taking photos in time to submit them.

I still want to work through the items I made though. This year’s SWAP involved creating two iterations of the same article of clothing or even the same pattern when possible for several items and then creating a few other items as well.

The first item I worked with was a knit shirt/T-shirt. For this, I made two versions of McCalls 6078

For the first shirt, I used Version A, which involved a remarkable amount of fabric for a simple knit top. I had a bit of trouble fitting it around my shoulders so it would keep from sliding around (and off) my shoulders. I also worried a bit about it exposing my bra strap.

Here is  the shirt:
If I were to make it again, I think I would combine the concept of this shirt with Burda 7866 which I made last summer and give the shirt and empire waistline with a ruched lower panel. I am hoping to try this soon.

For the other knit shirt, I made version B and found that the full back made the shirt much easier to fit. For this shirt, I dipped into my stash and found some old sparkly silver fabric that I bought about 10 years ago and held back on using it until I found something good enough. I still have plenty left to make the flashy tango dress I would love  to have someday when I learn to tango but I decided, for realism sake, to use some of the fabric to make a sparkly shirt.

I think it turned out pretty well.  I really like the drape of the neckline and I think the weight of the fabric I chose worked well.

The sparkly fabric is slightly sheer so I lined the front of it with some thin black tricot I bought in Japan to keep from feeling self conscious about it.

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SWAP 2012 plan

January 4, 2012

So, I wasn’t planning to do the Stitcher’s Guild SWAP 2012 because I didn’t think I could pull it off and I already have lots of NSOs (Not Started Objects) that I figured I should focus on instead of buying a pile of new fabric and trying madly to make new things.

* A non started object is one in which I have been inspired to buy fabric and a pattern – maybe even buttons or zippers as well – but that’s as far as it’s gotten. They aren’t unfinished, I haven’t even started them.

…but then I crept over and read the rules: choose 7 different types of garment to make. Make 4 of them twice, either using the same pattern or a different one.

Since I know I need to spend more time working on fitting patterns and building some go-to patterns, this year’s SWAP is doable for me. It will also allow me to work through my stash and NSO pile.

Here’s the Stash Busting NSO Plan

Clothing Item 1. Trousers: Vogue 1051 ( done twice, once in brown, once in black)
Clothing Item 2. Button Down shirt with collar: McCalls 6122 NSO
Clothing Item 3. Dress: Butterick 5211 (done twice, once View B NSO and once modelled on the DvF dress worn by the Duchess of Cambridge last spring NSO)
Clothing Item 4: Blouse McCalls 5661 (done twice, once short sleeved, once long sleeved NSO)
Clothing Item 5: Suit Coat twice, Simplicity 4014 in black NSO and Vogue 8543 in white
Clothing Item 6: T-shirt McCalls 6078 NSO
Clothing Item 7: Skirt Vogue 7397

Item 7 is already made. I am allowed to have one that is. It was the last thing I sewed before we moved and I will blog it soon.

As you can see, many of these items are NSOs so if I can get this SWAP done I will be finally close to up to date on my sewing.

If I have it worked out right, I may not need to buy any fabric at all – well maybe some lining and interfacing.

Here goes nothing.

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Another year has flown by.

January 1, 2012

So 2011 was a pretty crazy year for me and I did not get as much sewing done as I wanted to. More and more of my wardrobe is made by me though. I often find that a couple of times a week, I am wearing at least one article of clothing that I have made, and I enjoy that a lot. Sometimes I forget that I made something I’m wearing and I enjoy that even more.

As you can see, I have disappeared over the past few months. That’s pretty much entirely due to the fact that we went out and bought one of these:

and we moved in just over a month ago. So from early October until a few weeks ago, my sewing room looked like some variation on this:

I did have the overly ambitious idea of sewing a dress for Christmas and I got the room cleaned up to start on that but then we were also hosting Christmas so the dress did not get finished. I think it is doomed to languish as a UFO for awhile unless we do something special for Valentine’s Day.

In general, this whole house buying experience – on top of my still crazy job – has meant I had to let most of my sewing goals fall by the wayside.

Here they are as detailed in my New Year’s 2011 post:

1. Get my sewing area organized.  Well I did manage this one, twice actually. I got it pretty well together in the old apartment and I think it now looks pretty good in the house:

I would say this one is ACCOMPLISHED!

2. Finish the Tops SWAP – ideally on time I came so close with this one but I did not finish it. I definitely wasn’t done on time but I did get a whole lot of items sewn that would qualify as part of it. My plan was to do 6 tops, 2 dresses, 2 bottoms and a wildcard.

I completed 4 tops with the requisite “new skill” requirement that weren’t complete wadders:
McCalls 5662 – I called it a  wadder but I’ve been wearing it so it’s not too bad
McCalls 5661 – I really like this pattern and plan to us it again
Butterick 4395 OOP
Rachel Comey Blouse (Vogue 1170)  – I think this was one of my favourite accomplishments this year.

I managed 2 bottoms.  I have blogged one: McCalls 5429. The other, I wasn’t completely satisfied with but I have been wearing the pants anyway. It’s another version of Vogue 1051, everyone’s favourite Alice and Olivia pants

I also managed two dresses with invisible zippers and hard to fit bodices. I’m not so thrilled with the fit of either:
Vogue 8701
Vogue 1223

 I could have  considered myself finished it this year if I had completed the wildcard blazer. Oh well, better luck next year.

3. Make 3 items for my husband. Also did not happen. I did make him a tie that I still need to blog about. As for the rest. I went out to the Bay and bought him som shirts. It goes back on the list for next year – or maybe the year after.

4.Finish the Trench Sew Along. Ha! No. I got the sleeves on and the shoulder pads in place, but the rest of it is not there yet. I think I will look at it again in March when the weather around here is more trench coat conducive.

5.Take a sewing course/workshop. No, I wanted to but time would not allow. Goes back on the list.

6.Make Hallowe’en costumes. We were so busy packing that we completely ignored Hallowe’en this year. But now we’re in a neighbourhood full of kids so Hallowe’en is back on the agenda.

Hmm…1 out of 6 is pretty horrible.

Let’s see what I can manage in 2012.

Since we just bought a house I am going to try not to spend too much money on fabric for awhile so stash busting is definitely part of the plan. My stash isn’t huge but it does exist and I would like to work my way through some of it.

1. SWAP 2012. I pretty much figured I wouldn’t be able to do it this year since I couldn’t manage it last year but then I read the rules and realized that I wouldn’t have to deviate much from the projects already on my list, so I am going to participate. I will describe my plan soon

2. Trench coat. It’s time to get this trench done before they are completely out of style. I want to finish it in March so I can wear it in April.

3. Complete some other online challenge. It could be something else on Stitchers Guild or elsewhere.

4. Comment on Sewing blogs. I follow plenty of sewing and fashion blogs and I am a total lurker. I need to delurk myself this year.

5. Read Costuming books. Last year a volunteer at my workplace passed away and left me all his costuming and fashion history books. I need to read them. I will try to blog about them

There are other things I would like to do but these are the 5 goals I will focus on accomplishing.

Happy New Year!