3/10/12

Something is Sew Not Suitable....

about New Look 6874 with Simplicity 4273.  Personally I think it's the fabric choice which is cotton/spandex blend.  The fabric washed and dried nicely with minimal wrinkling, actually in the pics below the suit garments were washed & dried and put on without any ironing. There is just something about the fabric, its stiff despite the spandex, but on the other hand it feels comfortable on... its just something about the fabric.

New Look 6874: misses skirt, lined jacket & knit top.  Suggested fabric for the jacket & skirt are cotton, cotton blends, damask, pique... and the top calls for stretch knit.

I made the skirt in 2010 and decided to make the jacket, View E.


I cut a size 14 that ended up too big and unpicked the front panels from the side fronts, removed 1/4" from each and also removed 1/4" from the side side seams.  Thankfully I had some fabric leftover, the pockets had to be redone.




The collar had to be unpicked because I had sewn it on wrong.  For the lining I used stretch charmeuse and must say of all the linings I've sewn, this one is by far the best insertion.  I used Karen's technique in which she leaves an opening at the hemline and turn the jacket right side out and then close that opening.... love that technique... Thanks again Karen.


Other than the minor set backs, the jacket went together nicely.  However, when I put the jacket on there's all kinds of diagonal lines, giving the appearance that the suit is tight which it isn't.  To some degree I think the shoulder pads are causing the diagonals on the upper part of the back & front sleeves, however, when I removed them before finishing the lining the sleeve caps sink in ... can't win for losing.



Ok... on to the pants which I've made numerous times, Simplicity 4273: misses jacket, pants, skirt, top & dress. The pants have a wide waistband which I cut in half and a side zipper.  Again, I feel something is off with the fabric.  I sincerely believe its the stiffness of the fabric. Seriously... when I take off the pants they can darn near stand on its own.  Mind you the poor suit has been washed 4x.. yes 4 times.  Prior to sewing and 3 times afterwards in the hopes of eradicating the stiffness.  There's not much else I can say about the pants in that the pattern has become a TnT.  However, my daughter feels that this style of pants gives me a granny butt....o_0...  In response, I had to remind her that I belong to the IBBC (itty-bitty-butt-committee)... there's no junk in my trunk....lol


Without further ado, pics wearing the garment, feel free to share your wisdom... because I sincerely feel something is sew not suitable.






Oh' I did decorative stitching along the edges of the back tab and why does it look like the thread is glowing... ugggh... again something is sew not suitable

Until then... Have a Great Weekend.






















13 comments:

SEWN said...

That's a shame because that's a cute suit. Oh and I love the new look to your header!

Mary said...

I like this suit, especially with warmer weather ahead. I feel for you...sometimes a project just loses all the magic and why? It's a mystery. I think you will get a lot of wear out of this suit. Loved the IBBC comment :-)

alethia said...

The pants does look like it can stand on its own. Did you use fabric softner. I think if you soak the suit in water and fabric softner for one day and then put the suit in the dryer that should soften the fabric. The pant legs have too much ease. Remove some of the fullness by re-cutting the pants legs one size smaller. If you cut a size 14 then re-cut the legs a size 12. The other problem could be that the fabric is totally off grain. If the fabric is way off grain then there is nothing that you can do one the garment is sewn.

Sheila said...

Thanks ladies.

Alethia, You are probably correct in that the fabric may be off grain. However, I will soak it and see what happens. Glad you mention off grain, its something I do not pay attention to and need to be more mindful of it.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

If it's the fabric then it's the fabric AND fabric can make or break an outfit. Honestly this outfit does not reflect well on your sewing abilities, so I say that you should let it go and start all over. You've learned some lessons here...chalk it up to that and move on.

Sheila said...

Thanks Carolyn, 2 hrs ago my plan was to see how I could salvage it, but after spending 2 weeks on it, my motivation has fizzled and chalk it up to a lesson learned. Again, thanks Alethia for your wisdom.

Also, that's what I enjoy about sharing my sewing trials and tribulations, having sewing friends to guide me.

With that said, feel the need to treat myself to a rtw suit, which I have been eyeing at Burlington Coat Factory.

MushyWear said...

What a lot of work you have done, and the up close photos show beautiful craftsmanship. Fabric really does impact the finished look, that's for sure. I think the suit looks good, but I understand the feeling when it just doesn't sit well with you. And that is what matters!

Clio said...

UUUgh... just sending warm "we've all been there" thoughts your way.

velosewer said...

I agree. It's the fabric. You've put so much effort into this suit. Lots of hugs to you.

Sheila said...

Thank you ladies. Must say although its a wadder, I am still smitten with the lining and pocket insertion though...lol

Uma Preve said...

Just love how the pants fits you like a glove... It drapes very well! Nice work Shelia.

Sister said...

My diagnosis is off grain fabric - I had wrinkles with a dress that I worked on for hours and it ended up being off grain because of my swayback adjustment I think. That really stinks - you put so much work into it. And I agree with Alethia on the pants - the butt looks fabulous but the legs are really large.

Anonymous said...

sometimes stripe are printed off grain and when you straighten them it puts the fabric off- grain and give you a terrible fit, there is nothing you can do with it, check grain of stripes before you purchase