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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by stephaniecan - Today at 02:45:01 pm
It is a lovely coat, @CCL

Great looking leggings @indigotiger
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by CCL - Yesterday at 03:51:18 pm
Quote from: Morzel on Yesterday at 12:44:30 pm@CCL : I rather like the look of that BEAUTIFUL coat without buttons or with the dark ones. Without buttons (and I guess with big snaps sewn to the inside?) there is always the question of the facing not anchored to the front if no buttons sewn on and sometimes this distorts the front edge... what are you thinking about?

Morzel, Oh thank you.  Coming from you that means a lot to me, as you are so talented.  And of course, you nailed my dilemma! I have been trying to think of ways to anchor the front.  I am not keen on using snaps (I did that on my blue coat a couple years ago and I still feel as if I was cheating!)  I might end up catch stitching (on the inside) the facing to the front - I think I can do it without having to remove the lining.  I really like the plain front, but may end up doing the buttonholes anyway and putting on the squiggle buttons because I like that look as well.  I am surprised a bit by how much I already love this coat.
   
Quote from: Morzel on Yesterday at 12:44:30 pmI am happy with my progress today: I sewed single welt pockets to my little jacket (I will practise the process a bit more but am very content) and bagged the lining. Trying to decide wether to edgestitch the front and lapel... but otherwise only buttonholes and buttons left. So, this jacket is of brown wool, not really what I wanted to incorporate in SWAP, but is made from left over wool of my Tania culotte. So this is a nice suit comobo and the jacket was my trial run for a blue one that is ment for SWAP. Getting a bit more confident with this jacket thing!

Yay on the welt pockets - You might want to edge stitch.   I ended up doing machine and hand edge stitching on the red coat.  Happy that I did now.
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by Morzel - Yesterday at 12:44:30 pm
@CCL : I rather like the look of that BEAUTIFUL coat without buttons or with the dark ones. Without buttons (and I guess with big snaps sewn to the inside?) there is always the question of the facing not anchored to the front if no buttons sewn on and sometimes this distorts the front edge... what are you thinking about?

I am happy with my progress today: I sewed single welt pockets to my little jacket (I will practise the process a bit more but am very content) and bagged the lining. Trying to decide wether to edgestitch the front and lapel... but otherwise only buttonholes and buttons left. So, this jacket is of brown wool, not really what I wanted to incorporate in SWAP, but is made from left over wool of my Tania culotte. So this is a nice suit comobo and the jacket was my trial run for a blue one that is ment for SWAP. Getting a bit more confident with this jacket thing!
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Indigotiger's Misty Mornin...
Last post by indigotiger - February 25, 2020, 05:38:50 pm
  • grey canvas chore coat
  • grey herringbone wool capelet (completed)
  • grey linen pinafore
  • black corduroy pinafore (previously sewn)
  • black/grey gingham flannel shirt (completed)
  • grey cloud collar knit top (sewn after rules)
  • light blue horses blouse (completed)
  • black/blue/grey stripey dress (previously sewn)
  • cream/black pinstripe dress
  • grey/black chambray dress
  • grey knit leggings (completed)

My new grey leggings are completed, here worn with my new grey/black flannel shirt, and the black corduroy pinafore... While I am quite happy with how the block printed trim turned out, the thin knit fabric is a bit "sticky" and keeps trying to crawl up my legs, for all that it is soft and cozy. I am wondering if it isn't a cotton knit after all, but maybe a hemp/rayon? I shall not use such soft knit again for leggings, but stick to either medium/heavy cotton lycra, or Polartec.

Since there are four things left on my list, and three of them are easy as pie to make up, being TNT patterns in linen fabric, I have no choice but to dive into my other big challenge of the SWAP, to make the new-to-me chore coat pattern into one that fits in a way I am pleased with. I don't want to leave that til the last; I know how long it takes me to stitch up an everyday dress, or a pinafore, but have no idea how many iterations will be necessary for a new pattern...
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SWAP 2020 / Re: CCL's Sew-Along SWAP - Fa...
Last post by CCL - February 25, 2020, 08:28:34 am
The coat is finished except for buttons and button holes.  Trying to decide which buttons (if any) to use.
Close up of the button from button boutique.

B6385 button test



B6385 Coat without buttons

B6385 Trying out the buttons from Britex

B6385 Trying out the buttons
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Stephanie's Lumberjack Chi...
Last post by stephaniecan - February 24, 2020, 07:49:58 pm
Silk blouse is done, apart from the buttonholes! It's only item two but I'm still patting myself on the back. I enjoyed making this. There was plenty of hand sewing and the cuffs are underlined with silk organza. I figure that if I make the more time-consuming items first there is plenty of time for more straightforward items like skirts and things I've already toiled (or multiples).



Silk organza invisibly stitched to cuff fabric:



Embarrassing bathroom shot after basting in a sleeve! (The colour is so much nicer in person.)



Cheers!

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SWAP 2020 / Re: CCL's Sew-Along SWAP - Fa...
Last post by CCL - February 23, 2020, 08:41:29 pm
Turtle sewing.

Finished the red coat - up to the button holes and buttons. I ordered a couple different types of buttons and if they don't work, will do covered buttons.

Busy week coming up, but I hope to get the red, grey, black, and pink jersey fabric cut out.  I plan on using another mash-up of several patterns. 
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SWAP 2020 / Re: Grace's Santorini SWAP
Last post by GraceNZ - February 23, 2020, 02:51:10 am
So the current plan is to sew:

-- 3 long sleeved tees (all done this week!)
-- 2 jackets (1 cut out, still need fabric for the other)
-- 1 skirt (cut out)
-- 1 dress (not started)
-- 1 joggers (not started)

With my 2 prior garments likely to be 1 dress(already made from the inspo fabric) and 1 pair of trousers (may be RTW)

This leaves 1 item to be decided still.

I have completed the 3 tees, and already covered off the new to me technique, doing my first FBA. Blog post up today with some pics.

It feels like an achievement to have 3 items completed even though they are super easy t-shirts.
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by stephaniecan - February 22, 2020, 12:31:17 pm
@CCL That is very kind of you! Thanks. I will pick up a copy of the book. I could definitely use help with welts, in the minimum!

I think this time I will go fully traditional as I want to learn. I also enjoy hand sewing. We will see how this goes. I could use some sewing adventure right now to distract me from personal preoccupations. :)

ACK: Updated to say that I looked up an Amazon review while looking for a second-hand copy, and if this review is correct I already have this book!!
https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R38HSL84MTQ07L/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0865732426
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SWAP 2020 / Re: SWAP 2020 general discussi...
Last post by CCL - February 22, 2020, 08:46:13 am
Stephanie, if you are interested, I just did a quick search for the Singer Tailoring book. Pricing seems to around $3 to $5 for used books. Here's a link to one (as some reviews below the sales blurb might be also useful in determining if you want to pick one). 

Used book.

I just wanted to add that when I putting double welts on a jacket several years ago, I found the instructions in the Singer book really helpful.  I also do regular single welt pockets using their instructions.  In the past for other wool jackets etc. I have taped the roll line, pad-stitched under collar.   But not this time!

On the current coat, I was aiming to be less of a traditionalist - so I fused front interfacing, didn't add a back stay (I am keeping my fingers crossed that the full interfaced back yoke will help the coat keep its shape and hang appropriately and started attaching the lining by machine but bailed as I didn't the shoulder pads on the outside the lining.  Pulled out the Singer Sewing book again for some refreshers on sleeve lining attachment and how to use canvas (I used wigan) for sleeve and coat hems. 
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