Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Looks like I'm about to make another coat.

It's been a while since I last made outwear. I believe my last go with it was back in February (my minty fresh trench). It's been too long. I've had fleeting thoughts of making Butterick 5966 for a year now.

And I've had some warm thoughts about this Leanne Marshall coat (1243) from Simplicity.

Of course once I finally decide that B5966 is a go, another pattern catches my eye. Enter new Butterick 6143.

Despite the poor fabric choice, I fell instantly in love. The collar borders on twee but it's something that I can live with (or change). Just take a look at the line drawing (I'm partial to view B):

It reminds me of all the Orla Kiely coats (and others) that I've pinned on Pinterest. Needless to say, but B5966 just got dumped. I want to start on this coat like right now but I will practice patience and wait for the inevitable Butterick pattern sale. However, if you consider how much money I've dropped on some truly disappointing indie patterns lately, $11.95 seems pretty cheap for a pattern (but $3.99 is cheaper).

Fabric suggestions? I'm sticking with wool and wool blends. I don't want anything too heavy like the Melton wool I used for last year's coat. I like the idea of a burgundy/deep berry coat. Fabric Mart has some nice burgundy wool/nylon coating on sale for $8.99. Considering that I already have a couple of lining options in my stash, this could be a really cheap coat.

I'm excited which is a big deal. I haven't been excited about a sewing project in a while. Does any one else have any coat sewing plans?

Monday, September 29, 2014

It's been a while.

Hmm. It has been a while since I last blogged. It's not like I haven't been sewing, I just didn't feel like blogging. Here's what I've been up to, via instagram:

Not too shabby. Eventually, I will post a review of some of these dresses.

Fall is officially here and I am so glad. I'm not a fan of summer. I like rain and clouds and coolness. This is why I'm happier in Seattle than Texas (one of many, many reasons). In fact, a year ago yesterday Kris and I began our trek across the country. Good times.

Anyway, I'm in the thick of fall sewing. I have a stack of ponte knit just begging to be sewn. Of course, I had all these brilliant ideas when I purchased the fabric. Once it showed up, all I wanted to do was snuggle it then over-think potential projects. Sigh.

Honestly, I'm waiting for the Grainline Studio Alder/Archer tutorial to show up. I've waited almost two months for this tutorial. I want to make view B badly but I absolutely loathe sleeveless dresses. Many different techniques and tricks have been tried to make it work on my own to no avail. I need sleeves.

Back to fall sewing...I have lots of ideas. I want to make a denim skirt. I gave the Style Arc Sally Jean skirt a try but the size I bought was too large.The denim I used was way too stretchy. You can guess what resulted from that combination. If anyone fits into the size 18 measurements, let me know. There could be a free pattern in your future.

I bought a smaller size; then a week later Mimi G. posted a free video tutorial for a denim skirt using McCall's 6361. I would have never given that pattern a second glance had it not been for the tutorial. I have to learn how to look past terrible pattern envelopes and focus on the line drawings. Now I really want to make McCall's 6361.

Next, I want to make another shirt dress. This time with a hidden button placket. Not one of those "fly front" button things (example: Butterick 5897) . I hate those. I'm using Kwik Sew 2849 for guidance. Threads also has an article how to draft it yourself. I will use my trusty Simplicity 2339 for the bodice but subbing a pleated skirt (McCall's 6696 or 6506). It's going to be so awesome. I can't wait.

I tried McCall's 6696 and suffered major dart fail. I see a bust fitting Craftsy class in my future. It was sad because I really liked the pattern (just like everyone else).

That's enough rambling for now. I will continue to lurk blogs and post on instagram. Perhaps I'll even post a review. Eventually.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Shirt dress: Obsess much?

So, last month I purchased some cotton shirting from JoAnn (see this post) with the hopes of making a shirt dress. I couldn't decide between Simplicity 2246 or McCall's 6506. I chose neither. Why? I just wasn't feeling S2246 and I'm waiting for the right fabric to come along for M6506. I had a third option, a vintage pattern I found on etsy, Butterick 4698:

I loved the tie belt. The 70s collar, not so much.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Review: Vogue 1395

I picked up Vogue 1395 when it was released a couple months ago. It looked interesting to me but I was sure that it wouldn't work because of the elastic waist. I hate elastic waists. Anyway, I put it in the pattern box and forgot about it.

Vogue 1395

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