I got a quick jacket done yesterday. I found this fabric in my stash, it fits precisely the bill when it comes to the inspiration piece. It is the Morris Blazer by Grainline Studio. But I am a bit on the fence about it: the fit is not great (the shoulders too wide, lack of bust dart showing), but the styling I like. I will wear this for now (the colours work beautifully with the skirt), but will converge the styling of this pattern with a self drafted pattern. It is a first time for me, sewing a 'jacket' this easily - it is a knit jacket, no lining, only a facing. Casual, but nevertheless put-together. And I think I like that concept - I am all for comfortable, but maybe at less than a year to go till 50 I should at least sometimes forgo my Hoodie/sweater-jeans look in cold to medium weather...
I am pulling up the rear here, but I am determined to fight (myself!) to the finish and things are going well so far. I was told at the hospital a week ago that I could start bearing weight again, so I am able to sew and move about more easily now. I had started a second knitted item before that time, so I have a blue gansey sweater going:
And a blue shirt is in progress this week:
It's a good thing I like blue. I might need to find some more red fabric as the balance is being tilted! Oh no!
After the blue shirt I have a simple silk blouse and a pencil skirt on deck. I'll probably start with the pencil skirt this weekend, but I can be fickle so in reality it is anyone's guess. Thread has been matched to fabric, however, and that is a good sign.
I have a 1 yd. piece, and a 2 yd piece of this soft, light weight rayon from MT. It is a Lavendar hue, with charcoal (soft black). It would be a great dress of any kind, one with flow. Best offer. Please pm me. Non smoking non pet and too much fabric home. I think MT might have called it zig zag. I was thinking about a Text Studio Mandarin blouse for this. It didn't "happen". Thank you.
Indigotiger - The pattern on the yoke line looks great (I really like clean, seemingly simple designs), the colours are great and I am so happy to hear the sweater shrunk a bit with blocking. It is so worth being able to be worn not only as a winter layering, but for transition as well. Beautiful! And you knitted the last sweater 19 years ago?! Should make that a regular routine.
Treefrog - I am impressed by your great drafting and fitting skills. The blouse/shirt pattern you created looks great on you and fits perfectly. And I just can't get enough of that lace shirt - the pattern matching! The look! Want.
Melinda - glad to hear legs are getting better. Keep going! (Literally... )
Last post by treefrog - March 20, 2019, 07:08:15 pm
I haven't updated my 'progress' in a while. Since my last update, I've fallen down the rabbit hole of drafting a bodice and sleeve sloper. It's been quite challenging (fitting wise) but also a lot of fun (drafting wise). So far I've made two shirts from my draft..
Last post by treefrog - March 20, 2019, 06:47:41 pm
Melinda - Sorry to hear that you had a setback. I hope all goes well from here.
IndigoTiger - I love your handknit. It's gorgeous. Looks like you have your SWAP almost finished.
---- I've been continuing with my no-plan plan and having a lot of fun. I've wandered off in a tangent of shibori dyeing and drafting my bodice sloper and finally have a well fitting sleeve. At some stage I should have a look at what I've made an see how it compares to the rules.
Last post by M lambie - March 20, 2019, 10:03:57 am
Melinda, so glad to hear that your recovery is going well so far! Sounds like you had a scary experience when leaving the hospital though. Yikes!
Indigotiger, your cardigan is just gorgeous! I love the subtle colors and your fastenings are just right IMO. So sorry the fit is off, though -- but good thing you are okay with it thanks to the rougher wash. Whew! I really can't wait to see a photo of it on you!
Dawn, well done getting all those different sized leggings cut from two tops! It must feel nice to have another garment finished. Forgot to add before, but I like the different ways you've styled your teal dress. The spring color combo is so pretty. It's great that you're able to combine different colors like that. And it looks great with the black cardi & underdress plus that cute pin/brooch.
Thanks for posting the larger photos of the Chevalier cardigan. I can definitely see how it's constructed now. I hope it works for your Burda cardi! Regarding the narrow pleated trim, it does look to me like a tube that's been turned first and then pleated, though it's hard to tell for sure. Still, you could definitely get the look shown by making your trim that way, regardless of how the original was actually constructed. I look forward to seeing what you do with the rust frock.
I'm wrestling with whether to make the push to actually sew my SWAP or just take it easy and sew at a normal pace (and thus have no chance of finishing). Now that I've actually decided (a) what I want to wear in general and (b) what garments + fabrics I want for SWAP (and/or my spring 6-PAC), it's all about "just doing it" rather than planning & decisions. Either way, I'm feeling pretty happy with my sewing plan, so that's good.