Do you think this trend will continue in 2008?
Do you think this trend will continue in 2008?
Lastly, on the sewing front, I made a headband and 56" scarf using polyester rayon & spandex blend in a deep brown fabric and added beading trim to the scarf. I used Simplicity Pattern 4324, which consists of teen and adult top, cape, neckwarmer, scarf and hat. The pattern calls for using fleece, but I wanted to use what I had. I totally love the set and definitely will make more.
Luckily last week I did some fabric and pattern shopping and the fabric store I went to is going-out of business so I got patterns for 99 cents and fabric a $1.00 yd...wooohooo. I purchased several pj patterns and a hat & scarf pattern and several dress, blouse and gown patterns. After strategically planning how to make it work - I went straight to work....lol
Matter of fact after Christmas - I'm going to emphatically make it known - next year NO GIFTS FOR ADULTS!!!
Right now the blazer is in need of a good iron and is buttonless - I need to find six 3/4" buttons and make buttonholes, which I'm clueless about. So I will definitely do a lot of blogging in search of buttonhole tutorials.
Talk about a rough week with end of the year deadlines and a cold that just won't leave me - it felt like I worked 7 days instead of 5. All I can say is its FRIDAY...Yeah!! so I rushed home to focus on my blazer, which is slowly coming along. Working with 13 pieces was a trying experience, but nonetheless, its a good sewing work-out for a novice sewer.
However, I have some reservations though, its so looking like a U.P .S. Jacket..uggh and the garment is rather boxy so I adorned it with a belt to get some visual on it.... ummm not sure. One sleeve has been sewn in, and the second one has been ripped out and pinned again, somehow, the shoulder was not laying flat.
I understand that interfacing is used for stability and the pattern called for interfacing the front facings, but it was just too bulky once I folded the fabric in half. I also noticed that when I folded the front facings, they were too wide - making the blazer more boxy. Instead I removed the interfacing and did a 3 fold which narrowed the front facings and offered stability just as if I'd used interfacing. In sewing the facings from the inside of the blazer I belatedly realized that my stitching veered off the front part of the facing... and I was fit to be tied. I had to rip out the stitching...uggh, talk about pulling out the bifocals to see the stitching...lol. Finally I realized that I needed to top stitch it like I did the collar... lesson learned.
Also interfacing was called for on the cuffs, but I modified it so that I could flip up the cuffs, and cut 2 more pieces of fabric, once I realized that if I flipped up the cuff the interfacing would show. Again I removed the interfacing and sewed the fabric pieces together. Hopefully tomorrow I will tackle the blazer again, finishing the second sleeve, completing the cuffs and hem it. As for the closure I'm not sure.... I've never done button holes and unsure if that's what I want, so I'll sleep on that. I've been checking out some sewing dvds to aid and abet in mastering this garment sewing - right now my list include:
In other news, I finally finished the baby set and now need to sew in my labels, wash, dry and package it.... whew glad that's at the finishing line.
Beside my crafting, has everyone completed their holiday shopping or waiting to the last minute...?
Cable Sweater Cape (Nordstrom)
Baby Doll Cardi (Graham & Spencer)
Puff Sleeve Cardigan (Nordstrom)
I also managed to work on the Blazer. For starters, I'm realizing that this pattern isn't suitable for the what I have in mind and that I really would like it with a lining. I had to remove the front band facing, after trying several times to attach the collar. Let me tell you collars are no joke. The rest of the evening was spent fussing with the collar, which I finally managed to attach and sew. Although the instructions are clear, I had to refer to my existing blazers to get a better idea of how to sew the edge of the collar. Today was definately a sewing experience.
I'm so crafted-out... that I need to take a nap... lol.
Tonight after being home for 2 days with what felt like the flu, and finally coming out of a TheraFlu induced state, I have since cut out the pattern pieces, talk about laborious. I'm pacing myself for this project and over the next few days will assemble and begin baste stitching.
Interested to hear about your first time making a jacket/coat/blazer and do you have any tips to share?
Crochet has taken a lead in my crafting - It's been a while and I've been trying to finish this project that I was commissioned to do - I need to get buttons and white ribbon and currently working on the bib and lastly will do the booties. While I'm at the craft store I may purchase some appliques - maybe teddy bears and sew them on for some real cuteness. Also on the crochet front are my Apple Hats... I've only done one so far... and have 4 more to go... "eyebrows arched"...lol
Finally, I finished my daughter's skirt, the pattern is New Look 6843, which consist of Misses Skirt - 5 variations in one. I used some leftover Chocolate Light Weight Microfiber Stretch Suiting Fabric from pants I'd made for myself.
Do you have any favs from the 1980's - Reeboks and the Swatches come to mind for me...ROFLOL!