Things are moving, slowly but surely. I have gotten this far on my silk blouse. I'm really enjoying this project. The hand sewing is meditative and the silk is lovely to hold. I look forward to wearing this. I would love some advice on the cuffs of this blouse. The pattern calls for underlining. I have underlined dresses before but never cuffs. Would you interface with a fusible instead, or underline with silk organza? The cuffs are doubled over and held together with cufflinks (was thinking of a double button treatment instead). Thanks!
The colour photographs horribly but it is a lovely green. Very spring-like! (Looks more like over-cooked peas in the photos!)
Last post by Noum - February 19, 2020, 10:29:07 am
I have not been very active here, but things are happening in my sewing room. I still probably spend too much time thinking about styles and possibilities, too much money buying fabric, and not enough time sewing. Still, I have a pretty well fitting slim straight leg stretch jeans pattern after 3 muslins. I'm using the Jalie Eleonore pattern, but I think I might add a proper waistband to this to get a more stable fit throughout the day, while using the leg fit I got via my muslins. I will try the Greenstyle Creations Taylor shorts pattern for the waistband.
I made a maxi length cocoon cardigan which I really love. I'm not planning to make a maxi length coat, so it probably wouldn't work as part of this capsule if my go-with-everything item is a knee length coat, but I will make the same pattern in the knee length version next, and that should be part of the capsule. The way this cardigan falls really creates a strong vertical line, so I think that shape fits in perfectly in my theme.
I don't know about you, but whenever I buy new yardage of fabric I like to drape it on myself once I get home. My favorite way to drape is often like a full length maxi dress with a more fitted narrow skirt and a slightly blousy effect in the bodice. Which is a very evening wear look. I always feel like I look great in that, but have never sewn anything like that because in my real life I have no occasions to wear something like this. Or so I've always told myself. So one of my goals is to create a variation on this that I feel like I could wear in my everyday life. A jumpsuit is probably the best way to make this work for my, so I'm trying to see if I can mesh a well fitting wide leg pant pattern I made up recently to a simple slightly blousy top. Hopefull that will work.
Slowly mucking about with the coat - have made several mistakes... not sure how recoverable. I have learned that I do not like the instructions for attaching the lining - at all! Unfortunately was too far down the path to swap out approaches. I like the pattern so far, but I think if I ever make it again, I will attach the lining by hand and only after all the facings and such are sewn to the coat proper. Not liking this sequence at all, PFFFFTH!
I'm working on some plain black trousers in a bengaline. I've adapted New Look 6216 so the pockets have a smaller more horizontal entry and are slightly wider/deeper. I'm also going to add belt loops and a deeper hem.
They are otherwise fairly boring but hopefully will be a very useful piece.
Last post by indigotiger - February 18, 2020, 11:50:08 am
I don't know what possessed me to write grey leggings into my plan when the only piece of knit fabric in my stash large enough for a pair of leggings is a thrifted brown jersey bedsheet intended for knitwear toiles. (The thing is, I could really use a few more pair of wintertime leggings... am tempted to order just ordered some lengths of cotton lycra, in various colors, from Girl Charlee)
So, with sewing of leggings on temporary hold, I turned to the grey/black flannel shirt. There is enough fabric to eke out most of the pattern pieces, if I cut the undercollar, inner cuffs, inner yoke, and the under placket from a complimentary fabric. Fortunately I found some suitable remnants of quilting cotton fabric, black with grey polkadots (used for a former everyday dress). I'm looking forward to the challenge of learning how to make the tower placket.
Last post by warpjr1965 - February 17, 2020, 08:14:50 pm
Thanks for keeping us up to date on the PR sewing Bee! I have to say I find this competition difficult to follow, or maybe its that the challenges aren't following a logical (in my mind) progression. Just seems all over the map to me, but I guess that is not so different from the GBSB. Anyway, it is interesting to see how each contestant interprets the challenge. Glad I'm not a judge!
Last post by Lisanne - February 17, 2020, 03:02:53 pm
The Gallery for the Activewear contest is now available https://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/ContestGallery.pl?ContestID=344 It's not so obvious from a quick look which are the 'interesting' entries - have to read the reviews and look at detailed photos to see who has used impressive levels of ideas and technique. Looks like the prize for 'least likely activity' should be divided between sewing and fruit canning
The results are supposed to be posted tomorrow. Then the final challenge should be posted on Wednesday.
Both shirts have had a couple of wears this week, and all was good, apart from the fact that before being washed, the collar on the tattoo-shirt is VERY stiff, so I prefer it unbuttoned and lying flat. Got both machines re-threaded in white/ivory, and started the soft white drop-shoulder top, with French seams...but stalled. I decided it would be very useful plain, but that I wanted some embellishment, and after much rummaging managed to dig out 2 beautiful cherry blossom appliques that have been in stash for quite a while. The are the perfect length to place along the sleeves, so that's what I'm going to do. A bit of quiet hand-sewing...and for once, I caught myself before completing the garment, so the sleeve seams are still open. Much easier! I'm waiting to hear from the doc about my aches and pains- looks like there's some knee damage from a fall in January, although they SAY my hips look fine. Yeah right, feel this pain matey and tell me again! Ah well, half term to rest and recuperate a bit...