Monday, July 13, 2015

I've got outwear on the brain

I want to make a moto jacket. No, not just that. I want it to be FALL already. I'm done with summer. Done. Sewing summer clothes no longer interests me. It's time for jackets and an obscene amount of ponte knit dresses. I want to be draped in scarves while strutting around in my boots.

I am so ready for autumn.

This means I'm also ready to sew up some more outerwear. I have no plans for a winter coat this year. After all the hard work I put into my first coat, I've only worn it a handful of times. However, both of my trench coats and my green military jacket get tons of wear. So, as I plan my fall sewing, I'm leaning more on lighter jackets and coats.

Honestly,  I only have two jackets in mind: the aforementioned moto jacket and another trench coat. I'm quite torn on exactly which moto jacket pattern to use. The trench coat, on the other hand, I know exactly which pattern I want to use: Style Arc Stella Coat.

Stella Coat by Style Arc

I really love this variation on the trench coat. I envision it made up in sateen or twill with a fun lining. I had thoughts of shortening it to upper thigh length, but part of me loves the drama of a knee-length coat. I'm not sure what color: perhaps navy, tan/khaki or maroon.

As far as the moto jacket -- I'm quite torn. There are several patterns out there that would work but I'm still not sure.

Style Arc Ziggi / Kwik Sew 3764 / Butterick 6169 / Simplicity 2056 (oop)

Style Arc Ziggi: I really love all the details but I fear that it may be a bit too involved. There are some fantastic tutorials and sewalongs for this jacket but I don't know if I have the patience for all of it.

Kwik Sew 3764: I really like this one but it's unlined. There are tutorials out there for drafting a lining. Not sure if I want to be bothered.

Butterick 6169: I like it but it seems too plain. I love that it's lined but I wish it had a collar. That wouldn't be too complicated to draft. Hmm. I'll have to think about that.

Simplicity 2056 (oop): I think this may be the one. I love the welt pockets and there is a detachable hood option. This one is unlined as well. Can't seem to get away from drafting. I also don't like the exposed zipper which is an easy fix. Exposed zippers are cool, exposed zipper tape is not.

Decisions. I'm leaning towards twill (black or navy ) for this jacket. I want it to be easy care. I'll make up some muslins over the next couple of months then decide.

Any suggestions -- patterns I may have missed?

Sunday, June 7, 2015

A Winning Combination: Vogue 8028 and New Look 6143

I finished this dress about 6 weeks ago. Melizza (Pincushion Treats) graciously took photos of me in my finished dress well over a month ago. Why has it taken me this long to post a review? I'm not sure. I really like this dress but I've only worn it once.

The fabric is cotton poplin from Mood. It is lightweight, more like shirting than poplin.

Stonewash Blue Bird Printed Poplin

Saturday, March 28, 2015

More dress musings.

I am going to make this dress:

Carolina Herrera Resort 2015 Look 1

Toy (of Sew and Style blog) posted about this last year, of course I didn't stumble upon it until 2 days ago. I will admit that I don't keep up with designer collections. I usually stumble across things as I lurk blogs.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

This and That.

At the moment, I'm knee-deep in trench coat sewing. This marks the third time I've used the Silhouette Barbara's trench coat pattern. I found some water resistant navy poplin at Joann and it practically demanded to be made into a trench coat.

Once I've finished with the trench coat, I want to make some dresses. I have quite a few poly prints in my stash that would make lovely spring dresses. Initially, I had one print earmarked for another Emery dress but halfway through my planning, I got sidetracked. I want to up my dress sewing game. I need a bit more of a challenge that a simple gathered skirt and bodice can't provide.

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