Sunday, November 8, 2009

Fall 6PAC

Some separates for wearing to work -- pencil skirt, vest, and twin set are Nancy Erickson patterns.

A dress for going out, from a vintage 1970's pattern:

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Saturday, August 8, 2009

August WIAW - Gettin' Ready!

My fabric choices for August WIAW

Top to bottom:

Heathered navy blend bottom weight, from a Michael's Bundle

Taupe rayon-poly lycra, from Nancy Erickson

Light taupe jacquard - lightweight crepe, from Mood

Silk georgette print, from Metro Textiles

Sheer silk with woven plaid lines, from Metro Textiles (probably will not use this -- it is SO sheer -- but it would make a very cool wrap)

Pattern choices:


Left to Right: NE 1961 (taupe RPL), S 5914 (Silk print), LH Bergman, S2614 (Taupe silk, red silk) ,NE 1962 (heathered navy)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wardrobe in a Week

Ruthie K. challenged Stitchers' Guild members to create a Wardrobe in A Week: 4 garments in 7 days. We had a week to cut out and prepare fabrics, and a week to sew. I finished most of my sewing over the long holiday weekend. I made a shirt jacket and matching gore skirt from olive rayon gabardine, a pleated skirt from a batik-design cotton, and two t-shirts.

Skirt: Simplicity 5914
Shirt: McCall's 5138 (modified)
TeeShirt: Simplicity4076

Fabric for Skirts and Shirt from Nancy Erickson, TShirt Fabric from Joann's

Sunday, May 24, 2009

June Capsule Contest

For this year's June Capsule Contest, Elizabeth, the contest sponsor, requires participants to build a 4-piece wardrobe around an existing orphan in the closet.

The skirt from this suit is my orphan. It is a bias 4-ply silk skirt. I made this to wear to a wedding several years ago, and although I have worn the jacket, I never wore the skirt again. I plan to cut it off at just below knee length for this capsule.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Coat is finished

Mary OK's coat with Marfy design inspiration.

I finished! Here are some pictures with the coat worn over the suit I wore when fitting the muslin. It is a bit too snug in the arms and across the shoulders, perhaps because I did not anticipate how much room the lining would take up, especially with flannel underlining the body (but not sleeves) of the silk lining. Oh well -- it will look better over a dress or sweater!

I am very pleased with the result, and I have learned so much as a result of this project. I am very grateful to Marji for setting up the sewalong and to the many others who shared their expertise: Tany, Paco, Els, and the many many participants who commented on fit, construction, and other aspects of the project.

The eggplant wool melton is from Gorgeous Fabrics, and is the same fabric Dawn used. The silk lining, collar velvet, buttons, and thread are from GStreet Fabrics, Rockville, MD. I used vintage hair canvas from my mother's stash to interface the front and the lapels, and of course, I used all of the fantastic coat notions - shoulder pads, sleeve heads, tape, wigan - that Marji supplied last summer. Dog hair is courtesy of my yellow retriever mix, Abby!

Some details: