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« Reply #70 on: September 30, 2018, 04:55:55 PM »
As I mentioned on another topic, I give that sheath dress 10 thumbs up, CCL!  :)

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« Reply #71 on: September 30, 2018, 11:36:10 PM »
Thank you SheriC!  Do you think they will ever do another Expo close to us? Kathryn, you are always so kind!

I finished the last of the three wool crepe pieces today.  It's a crop top vest thing from a late 1980s pattern - Vogue 8820 - but I couldn't find any images of it online (lots of the 1956 Vogue dress, but that's not the one I have).  I probably spent way too much time making it, but it might become an often worn piece - or not.  I underlined, lined, made covered buttons - kind of a theme I guess with this SWAP - did a lot of hand work.  Sigh.  Can't stop myself.

Goes with several things in the SWAP, so I am happy about that.  I will try to get better photos in the morning.  I took a couple these evening over the the black Alexi turtleneck and the TNT wool trousers, but they aren't the greatest mirror shots (and I realized how dirty my mirror is!) 

Next up for sewing is BH's jacket.  His weight is still way way down and he'll need the extra warmth as the temperatures get cooler.  After that, I will try to get back to the last piece(s) of this very slowly sewn SWAP. 

I think I am chickening out again on my last idea for the green wool challis, so I went pattern stash diving and came up yet another idea, Vogue 9428.  I can make either the dress or the two pieces (top and skirt) to get a bit more mileage out wear.  I wouldn't line the sleeves.  Would skip the pockets as the challis is too fragile.  Still mulling though and have BH's jacket to keep me busy while I do so.


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« Reply #72 on: October 01, 2018, 02:46:48 PM »
I gave up on the idea of getting a better photo.  These with the dirty mirror will have to do for now.  First photo is of the "front" of the vest over the Style Arc Alexi turtleneck and the OOP V9610 trousers.   Second photo is of the "back" of the vest over the Frankenpatterned dress based on SA Alexi body and the neckline of another OOP Vogue dress pattern of which I cannot remember the number.


OOP V8820 vest

V8820 vest

PS.  That streak down the front pants leg and the sprinkles on the vest over the dress are all evidence of my lousy housekeeping.
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« Reply #73 on: October 01, 2018, 03:59:55 PM »
Nice use of the remaining wool crepe, CCL. The vest (front and back) looks impeccably made, which is your hallmark. Congratulations. It's always a pleasure to see your sewn garments.

And never mind the mirror--you've got a pretty full plate right now, and housekeeping can and should wait its turn! :D

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« Reply #74 on: October 01, 2018, 06:16:07 PM »
Wow that is a great set.  I especially love the fabric of your dress.
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« Reply #75 on: October 01, 2018, 06:51:51 PM »
I probably spent way too much time making it, but it might become an often worn piece - or not.  I underlined, lined, made covered buttons - kind of a theme I guess with this SWAP - did a lot of hand work.  Sigh.  Can't stop myself.

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Does this bring you joy, calm, confidence  :D  if not, try something else.

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« Reply #76 on: October 06, 2018, 03:51:03 PM »
Thanks, Lisanne - that was timely encouragement!    And thank you, Bev!  That's some print rayon jersey I bought from Sawyer Brook several years ago.  When it arrived, I thought whatever was I thinking? (which is sort of a refrain!), so it's been lingering around.  Since it's turned cooler, I have been wearing lots of these pieces fairly frequently - almost every day this week in fact.

So I am needing to put together a little group shot of what I have so far... I have 11 garments made (plus the black skirt previously sewn) but I am really needing to make up the teal challis to get some pop color (plus I did want to sew down the older things in stash).  Anyway, here's where I am.  I am going to try yet another two piece dress idea in a cheap challis to see if that pattern will work. 

All in all, though, even if I stop here, I have met the rules and I pretty much love every piece in this collection.  So thank you mudcat for such excellent rules.



V8820 vest;
SA Alexi;
V9610 trousers

Lekala boatneck;
 V9610 trousers
 

B4343 Wool Crepe

SA Alexi;  B5466 skirt

bootstrap 4167;
V2433 skirt

V8820 vest;
 mishmashed dress

SA-Alexi;
B6262 pants
 

Alexi; B5466 skirt;
 Lekala 4398 jacket
 

The full SWAP album is here 2018 Whatever was I thinking? and includes the muslins and other stuff ad nauseum for anyone interested. 

I am going to take a page from Ruthie and keep sewing for this collection until I get the challis done.

Edited for afterthoughts and links.

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« Reply #77 on: October 06, 2018, 04:41:53 PM »
Very nice -and well worth all your hard work. :)

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« Reply #78 on: October 06, 2018, 09:04:25 PM »
CCL, that is a gorgeous collection!  I am so glad you persevered, you have some beautiful pieces.
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« Reply #79 on: October 06, 2018, 09:17:34 PM »
CCL, that is a gorgeous collection!  I am so glad you persevered, you have some beautiful pieces.

I couldn't have said it better!!
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« Reply #80 on: October 10, 2018, 02:34:53 AM »
Thank you, AnnetteB, DragonLady and Wendy...  I really do seem to be making a habit of dragging the SWAP season out to last at least a year!

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« Reply #81 on: October 11, 2018, 06:18:41 AM »
How lovely everything looks. I am so impressed that you continued past the deadlines sewing impeccably and producing such a beautifully fitting and equisitely made collection. I hope you are hugely pleased with yourself?

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« Reply #82 on: October 12, 2018, 03:27:35 AM »
Nice cohesive result, CCL.  And, you've finished just in time to start again in a couple of months.  :applause2:



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« Reply #83 on: October 12, 2018, 04:34:40 PM »
ooo!!! So pretty! :applause2: :applause2:

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« Reply #84 on: October 14, 2018, 12:14:17 AM »
Ohhh, thank you Ruthie, Lisa and Mudcat.   

Mudcat, I do believe I need to finish up the teal dress/top/skirt whatever for this SWAP before I contemplate any more planning.  I fell pretty hard off the stash busting wagon last month with multiple purchases from various online sources - so there may be a lot of disjointed orphan sewing in my future.

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« Reply #85 on: October 14, 2018, 05:20:02 AM »
Wow, CCL, what a collection! Beautiful. Interesting. Perfect fit.

I especially liked seeing the waistcoat. I like that look. I have been thinking about sewing one for years now, even drafted one a long time ago (it surely does not fit any longer), but it never got over the planning stage. Maybe this year ?
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« Reply #86 on: October 24, 2018, 12:58:39 PM »
Thank you, Eva!  I actually am still trying to finish out my fabric use plan for this SWAP, which included the teal green wool challis.

I really like the vest pattern, and very different from the more fitted tradional vests I used to make.  This one is a very loose fitting one from the mid eighties, but I can't seem to find photos of it online.  Maybe later I can take a snap of my copy though it's pretty beaten up.  I want to make the dress again, but work is getting a little crazy, and even though BH is definitely getting better, my time for sewing is still pretty limited. 

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« Reply #87 on: October 24, 2018, 02:46:03 PM »
Hadn't looked at this thread in  a while - wow!  Everything is beautful, well coordinated, looks as if you won the $1.6 B lottery and went out and spent it all on clothes!  Really, really nice.

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« Reply #88 on: October 28, 2018, 01:51:05 PM »
Oh Sliderule...coming from you, that's an amazing compliment.

 I have yet to finish hand whip stitching all the seam allowances on the wool crepe sheath (thank you for suggesting that to me so many years ago, now), but it hasn't stopped me from wearing it!  After all, it's also lined.

I am thinking too, that I might want to go back and line the wool crepe trousers to extend their wear into colder seasons as well as their lifespan.

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« Reply #89 on: October 28, 2018, 08:17:18 PM »
CCL, you may want to line the wool pants, or as an alternative consider making a pants liner that will go inside several pairs of unlined pants. It's like lining only with a waistband and hems.

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« Reply #90 on: October 28, 2018, 10:31:48 PM »
Kathryn, if I am understanding you correctly, basically the same idea as a slip, but pants?  What a great idea!!!  Am I wrong in thinking that an ambiance/bemberg fabric would be okay, but maybe a silk charmeuse (if I could find some I could afford) would be better?

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« Reply #91 on: October 29, 2018, 10:51:14 AM »
You can think of this sort of garment in several ways :
- pants lining which happens to be detachable, so Bemberg etc is good.
- equivalent to wearing a waist slip under a skirt, so you want something slippery but washable.
- even flannel if your winters are really cold.
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« Reply #92 on: October 29, 2018, 11:42:16 AM »
 :thumbsup: Pants liner!

I even have a good pattern suggestion: https://www.cjpatterns.com/all-patterns/body-shaper-e816

If you make this out of something like power mesh, it tuns into spanx. But you could just make it out of soft slippery rayon knit, and it becomes a pant liner. It calls for a knit, if you use Bemberg...probably need to size up. Also, depends on your style of pant on whether you need a tight fitting under layer or just a "smoother" layer.

also depending on your pants, and your sock style...you may be fine with knee length or may need ankle length. The CJ pattern can be made longer by grafting on any legging pattern, or using your pant pattern to extend the legs.

Use washable fabric for your lining...to save repeated excess laundering of your pants.

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« Reply #93 on: October 29, 2018, 12:19:23 PM »
As others have said, CCL, Bemberg is perfect.

I've made a silk charmeuse pants liner but it falls prey to static in the wintertime. Bemberg (rayon) or Hang Loose (polyester) are static-free.

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« Reply #94 on: November 01, 2018, 04:42:13 PM »
I especially liked seeing the waistcoat. I like that look. I have been thinking about sewing one for years now, even drafted one a long time ago (it surely does not fit any longer), but it never got over the planning stage. Maybe this year ?

Morzel, I finally got around to taking a cell phone snap of my pattern... it isn't much, really, but I like its boxy style - I have several more fitted traditional style ones, but somehow this one called to me.  I kind of want to make the dress as well - did it twice before, once for me and once for a friend. 


Vogue 8820 OOP V8820

:thumbsup: Pants liner!

I even have a good pattern suggestion: https://www.cjpatterns.com/all-patterns/body-shaper-e816


Silk Underwear!  Duh, what a donut I am.  I could just wear my silk underwear underneath.

As others have said, CCL, Bemberg is perfect.

I've made a silk charmeuse pants liner but it falls prey to static in the wintertime. Bemberg (rayon) or Hang Loose (polyester) are static-free.

I am very intriqued by this idea, and I have some bemberg that I can use.  Not sure when it will happen, though.

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« Reply #95 on: November 04, 2018, 09:11:07 AM »
Thanks for the pattern shot! As I said, I really do like the vest idea, it gives a nice silhouette and proportion look.

I've made pant lining to wool pants with antistatic rayon lining (neva viscon). It wore beautifully, but somehow the pants always felt cold to the touch when I put them on. At least I didn't feel cold in them, as they were really thick wool pants...
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« Reply #96 on: November 15, 2018, 02:07:18 PM »
My sewing time has vanished of late.  I did manage last night to cut out the waistband on the trial skirt.  I think if I end up using this pattern for the two-piece dress, I will need to scoop the armholes a little s they are fitting a bit snuggly under the arms.  But first I am going to try clipping the seam allowances a bit. 


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« Reply #97 on: November 17, 2018, 08:22:38 PM »
There are some interesting posts here, CCL. I am happy to be reminded of the idea of making a pants liner. I saw something like that on Ruth's corecouture blog, I believe. I used to always wear lined pants but these days never line them and was thinking I should.

Good luck with the two-piece dress!

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« Reply #98 on: November 17, 2018, 08:27:51 PM »
Just read back a bit and read that your husband had surgery. I hope that all is going well with his recovery!  I also want to add that I love that red sheath. I admire the fitting so much. Not sure if you require an FBA but I would love some tips if you do. The bodice fit is fabulous. The colour is also great. Assuming it's Butterick 4343. I am going to have to get that one.

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« Reply #99 on: November 17, 2018, 09:54:01 PM »
Just read back a bit and read that your husband had surgery. I hope that all is going well with his recovery!  I also want to add that I love that red sheath. I admire the fitting so much. Not sure if you require an FBA but I would love some tips if you do. The bodice fit is fabulous. The colour is also great. Assuming it's Butterick 4343. I am going to have to get that one.

Thank you so much, Stephanie!  He is doing well, but it's been something of a challenge getting strong enough for the next surgery.  Some days are better than others: Yesterday was bad; this morning was good, but now he's paying for being a little excessively energetic.  Despite the day to day, we are VERY lucky and know it.   

But on to the fun stuff.   I have to do the opposite of a FBA - which makes Butterick 4343 with its armhole princess seams not the best choice for me.  However, I was way down the path of getting it to fit before I realized I would do better with shoulder princess seams.   Still, I have made B4343 a gazillion times now - tweaking fit each time... here's a link to my album on the many B4343 Makes in case you are interested.

Some notes if you pursue it: 
  • The pattern is really designed for a front leg slit - though the version I use all the time is View C.  It ends up with a slight pegging on the skirt.  For one version, I put in a kick pleat in back.   I ended up liking the pegging - though I have to be careful not to run up the stairs!
  • The fit across the bust and shoulder is close because the design includes those one shoulder options.
  • The first time I made it I started with a 6 - which matched bust measurements, but I learned and the next time started with either an 8 or 10 - can't remember now - which fit my shoulders and then I:
    • did a hollow chest adjustment
    • took it in for the bust
    • scooped the armhole
    • added for rounded back
    • took out for sway back

Hope that info helps.  Oh, and because the shoulder is so narrow, the instructions call for doing the shoulder fabric and lining seams last and all together as one.
 

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« Reply #100 on: November 17, 2018, 10:05:09 PM »
Thank you so much for taking the time to help me out, CCL.

First, I am happy to hear that things are going well for your husband (despite the ups and downs). My partner had a heart valve reconstruction in 2008 in which a surgical mistake was made and so I know what it is like to have medical worries. Each year we hold our breath when they do his testing. I do hope that your husband continues to improve and that the surgery goes well. Fingers and toes crossed!

re. the dress: Your tips are so helpful. I AM going to purchase this pattern as oddly enough I have never made a basic sheath before. I have come around to it sideways. I struggle with fit a little bit because I have a small upper body and a larger bust relative to my shoulders. I strongly dislike any gaping around the armholes, so getting a perfect fit in a bodice can be a challenge. A simple sheath suits me very well and would be a great addition to my SWAP.

You made me smile with your comments about pegging. I like the look but as I like to walk very quickly I always get frustrated when my skirts don't accommodate....to the extent that I've sometimes cut into lining (or walked with my skirt pulled up (but with a coat overtop of course!) I suppose that one way around it could be to use a wool with a bit of stretch, if not a kick pleat. :)

This is lovely! Thanks again and take care.
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« Reply #101 on: November 17, 2018, 10:11:27 PM »
PS I should have added as well that your comments about sizing are perfect. Because of my small upper body and shoulders it may be that this pattern will work for me if I can get the FBA to work well along the princess line. Very excited. I'll need to do a swayback adjustment, likely, as well. I will definitely give this a go.

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« Reply #102 on: November 18, 2018, 12:57:08 AM »
PS I should have added as well that your comments about sizing are perfect. Because of my small upper body and shoulders it may be that this pattern will work for me if I can get the FBA to work well along the princess line. Very excited. I'll need to do a swayback adjustment, likely, as well. I will definitely give this a go.

My delighted pleasure, Stephanie.  That's so awful about your partner...but glad that he is functioning mostly okay now (except for those stressful moments of tests) 

More notes on B4343.

After posting the above, I just vaguely remembered some folks on Pattern Review saying that they didn't like where the B4343 neck hit them in front, so that's something to think about as well. 

Couple of other notes - I forgot that I added back neck darts - you might not need them, but it's part of my rounded back adjustment.

Also, I like doing the shoulders last as it gives me a chance for those final  adjustments.  Here BH helps me mark shoulders (with the back neck darts just basted in. Lining isn't yet attached.


B4343 Wool crepe version, checking shoulders

Speaking of sheath dresses - I live in them.  But I know what you mean about walking.  I was contemplating Vogue 8146 basic dress pattern (slit in back) - - for the rust wool crepe.  I initially didn't like it until I tried it with a belt.  Now I want to make it again.  It's cheap fabric which is kind of saggy draggy, but it was the trial version for the pattern.
 

sheath with belt

Vogue 8146 hanger-front

I plan on making this Vogue 8886 one in white knit (hopefully part of my winter 6-pack plans).


V8886-MaggyLondonRedPonte

Sorry to chatter on so much!  And thanks again for the well wishes.

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« Reply #103 on: November 18, 2018, 01:11:20 AM »
Wow! You're incredible. Thank you so much again. These dresses are very much up my alley. Your sewing is very much what I aspire for mine to be.

I really don't know why I haven't made much of an effort with sheaths. I made a toile of a La Mia Boutique one with princess seams a couple of years ago but it was way too big and I gave up before making another attempt.

I am going to take a look at all of these patterns. I love the neckline on the Vogue 8886. Terrific.

With apologies for the bathroom picture and dirty mirror, but I made up this Vintage Pucci pattern a couple of months ago and was very pleased with the outcome, except for issues I had around the curved front seam, resulting from the FBA that I did. I'm not sure that there is much that I could do that would result in a better outcome, as the seam isn't really designed for the kind of adjustment I did (treating it like a princess seam and adjusting right along the seamline, as I didn't want to mess up the armhole or upper bust, which I feel fit well).


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Re: CCL's Whatever Was I Thinking? SWAP (Comments in the main thread, please)
« Reply #104 on: November 18, 2018, 03:39:26 AM »
Wow!  I love that curved detail :applause2:

Is that the dress you are wearing in your avatar?  I love that outfit, so classy and elegant.  You look like a million bucks!

I like the V8886 also.  I first made my niece a dress, then played with the slack pattern for a while, came close but never got the fit quite right.  I have about worn out the red dress I made for myself (why I am going to try to get one made up in white...a ponte knit so it should go together fast. )  One thing about the collar (which I love) is that it's hard to wear a jacket with it.  I do, but it works better with a sweater.