Posts Tagged ‘Vogue 1170’


Rachel Comey Blouse: finally got it right!

September 9, 2011

I’ve only been talking about making Vogue 1170, the Rachel Comey blouse forever. I did make a version last summer, but I wasn’t so thrilled with how it turned out:

I chose the wrong fabric for it in using a raw silk that just had too much structure. It made the fabric gathered into the knot stand up like a bow tie.

I also think I just simply cut out the wrong size and wound up making it too big. I kind of felt like I was swimming in it.  I may find a way to make it work but I wanted to try it again to see if I could get it right.

So I did it again as one of my replacement SWAP pieces. Instead of the lovely silk, I selected a much more slippery polyester remnant piece that I bought for about $3.00 (gotta love using sale fabric to make up designer patterns). It actually looks a lot like the fabric the model is wearing on the pattern envelope which was not planned but seems to have been a good idea.

Here that is for comparison:

I cut out a smaller size this time to make it clingier and I used french seams. This is the pattern that made me fall in love with them after all.

As you can see. It’s just a better fit:

Once again, the new skill for this outfit was buttonholes. I often wonder how easy buttonholes are for people with 1 step buttonholers. My machine claims to have a 6 step button holder but it’s mostly just a lot of tight, strategic zigzagging – and I’m not very good at it.

I do love these buttons though so I’m hoping no one notices the wonky holes.

Here’s to another wardobe staple.


Sewing for summer

May 26, 2010

Well since my SWAP (reviews will continue) was so winter focussed, this week’s massive heatwave has left me with the realization that I now have a shortage of summer work clothes so I need to step up my summer sewing. I was going to spend the week finishing up the dress I had hoped to wear to last weekend’s wedding, Butterick 5176, but I think that summer pants and shirts are likely more important right now as my job often involes hauling boxes of books to and fro so skirts and dresses aren’t always that practical.

So the next bits of sewing on my list are to make a pair of pants out of the green suiting fabric from my not so exciting sale and then to make

The Rachel Comey blouse from V1170.

Unfortunately family life is intruding at the moment so my sewing may slow for a bit. I hope not though. I don’t want to be going to work naked any time soon.

I will keep you posted as to my progress.


The not so exciting sale

May 14, 2010

While I’ve bought a lot of my fabric on my travels and quick  jaunts into the fashion district in the last couple of cities I’ve lived in, I still make fairly regular trips to my local chain fabric store particularly for my patterns, thread and notions. They were having a major sale recently and I went down eagerly with dreams of all sorts of fabulous new pieces to add to my stash and imagine all sorts of futures for.

I came home with some sale notions and one measly piece of fabric. Nothing else spoke to me. I find a major problem I have when I go fabric shopping is that I find the texture I need but not the colour, or the colour I need is in the wrong fabric. This time I found a horribly scratchy polyester in the colour I wanted and some lovely cotton twill in every colour but. Have any of you had this experience?

Ah well, the green suiting will become summer pants to go with the Vogue 1170 blouse I’m planning to make.

But first, a sneak peak at the costume I’m finishing this weekend. This is the stitchless part of it

… intrigued at all?