Moto Jacket, Baby!

Dudes, I’ve made JACKETTTTTTTTTT!!!

Butterick 6169 made with Theory stretch cotton and a stretch poly blend lining from @moodfabrics Colette Seamwork Astoria is black ponte from Metro Textiles. Ginger jeans made with @moodfabrics denim.

I’m so, so pleased with it!!

And myself ;D
Butterick 6169 made with Theory stretch cotton and a stretch poly blend lining from @moodfabrics Colette Seamwork Astoria is black ponte from Metro Textiles. Ginger jeans made with @moodfabrics denim.

Pattern :: Butterick 6169
Fabric :: Self -Theory heavyweight stretch cotton. Lining – Stretch poly/rayon.
Notions :: Separating zipper, hair canvas, sleeve heads, iron-on interfacing.
Sewist’s Helper :: Sewalong on the Lisette blog. It is priceless and fabulous!

Butterick 6169 made with Theory stretch cotton and a stretch poly blend lining from @moodfabrics Colette Seamwork Astoria is black ponte from Metro Textiles. Ginger jeans made with @moodfabrics denim.

I made a muslin for this back in the spring, made up the front and back in the self fabric. And then stalled. As one does. My computer died and it was roughly 10 million degrees in my air condition-less apartment. I missed Neflix in the background and trying to sew while pouring sweat was making me sad and hostile. Luckily, things have cooled off and I’m using hubby’s laptop until I can get my baby serviced. Sewing, creating things and the sense of accomplishment it brings….I missed it. Indecision about what to work on made me turn to this project. It was already all cut out and ready to go.

I finished it in a couple of days. Completing this made me so happy!!

Butterick 6169 made with Theory stretch cotton and a stretch poly blend lining from @moodfabrics Colette Seamwork Astoria is black ponte from Metro Textiles. Ginger jeans made with @moodfabrics denim.

This is a huge CHECK MARK on my sewing milestones list! (PS- those are raindrops you see)

Butterick 6169 made with Theory stretch cotton and a stretch poly blend lining from @moodfabrics Colette Seamwork Astoria is black ponte from Metro Textiles. Ginger jeans made with @moodfabrics denim.
This pic shows my stellar hand sttiching work. That’s where I turned the jacket. It was a tense process!! I had never done it before so I was convinced that I had twisted the sleeves. Butterick 6169 made with Theory stretch cotton and a stretch poly blend lining from @moodfabrics Colette Seamwork Astoria is black ponte from Metro Textiles. Ginger jeans made with @moodfabrics denim.
I spent a lot of time, on a solo trip, choosing the shell fabric. I knew I wanted stretch cotton, but I didn’t want it to be wimpy. I tugged and pulled and swatched several fabrics. By the time I went back the weekend of my anniversary, I had chosen this one. I brought three yards to be sure that I had enough as it was not very wide. I spent at least 30 mins choosing from the many, many lining options at Mood. I wish I had 15 yards of this one. Perfectly smooth, minimal fraying and a dream to sew. I’m so pleased with both!

A dream project and a happy making jacket. FTW

Butterick 6169 made with Theory stretch cotton and a stretch poly blend lining from @moodfabrics Colette Seamwork Astoria is black ponte from Metro Textiles. Ginger jeans made with @moodfabrics denim.

PS- My entire outfit is handmade!! Those are my Ginger Jeans and the top will be posted, soon!

Adventures in Couture Dressmaking

There has been so much good, this summer. If you follow me on Instagram* , you probably already know that I’ve eaten a lot of good food, spent a lot of time with some really amazing friends, smooched my hubby, watched my children grow, play and be generally awesome, drooled over stunning couture and then started my very own adventure in couture dressmaking.

I was beyond excited about my cousin getting married and thus providing me with a reason to sew formal wear! After some time spent looking for the perfect fabric/pattern match, in my stash and beyond, I settled on this one:

An out of character animal print from Mood and Advance 9290.

The initial fit was mostly OK. I added inches to the bodice length, they’re always too short for me, and the side seams right off. That didn’t work. It was too big around the chest and upper back and tight around the gut. I went back to the original upper circumference, added a bit more to the bottom one and added another half inch or so to the length.

After a couple tries, I ended up with this:

Adventures in Couture Dressmaking

Not too bad!! Here’s a peak at the inside. The outermost seam line is the original princess seam line. Needed less boob room.

Adventures in Couture DressmakingI skipped making another muslin and resolved to make my seam allowance a bit larger to get rid of that teeny bit of extra room at the side.

I used the muslin to draft new pattern pieces and went straight to actual construction. I made up three bodice layers: powernet, organza and fashion fabric. I sandwiched the first two together and sewed in channels for boning, then attached the sandwiched layers together with the self fabric and facings.

Here is the finished bodice! I was so proud of it!

The dress ended up with so many special touches: the lining and powernet came from my grandma, the zipper was given to me by my sister, the boning was my late grandma’s and I used a needle from a packet inherited from her to do all the hand stitching (the lining to the bodice and the hem).

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 2.01.33 AMThe strapless bodice was the star, here. I added a simple, slightly pegged, pencil skirt and called her done. Here’s a close up of the finished dress.

IMG_0566 My weight fluctuated all through the making of this dress. And the fashion fabric had a bit of stretch that, well, stretched over time (this was taken at about 11pm when I got home). BUT! It worked out in the end and mostly held up well!

 I was having too much fun to get any great shots of me (alone) in the dress at the wedding. I might take some time to get all dressed in it again for some blog pics. You know what, maybe not.

How about some
Warhol-ed because-they-were-taken-late-at-night-and-are-therefore-super-dark
pics instead?

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 1.10.25 AM Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 2.08.08 AM   Now! Onward to new projects!

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*What Instagram can’t show you are all the times I was too busy enjoying myself to take photos or those too special and personal to diminish by pausing for social media documentation.

Black : White : Houndstooth & Sexy

Dudes and Dudettes, this sew along has been a bit of a struggle. My sewing mojo wanted to go in a different non-slip direction, a burst of fitness caused some body changes which poked at my confidence (who knew I was so attached to my larger hips??) and the incredibly crappy camera I was attempting to use certainly wasn’t helping matters.

BUT!! FRIENDS AND HUBBY TO THE RESCUE!!

I got a kick ass camera for my anniversary (which was March 25th, in case you’re wondering) which takes nice clear pics with ease! He even got me collapsible tripod!
WIN!
Then, in an email exchange with my sewing posse, Ms. Oona gave me permission to move on (rather, she TOLD me to “ditch that slip and sew the thing that  makes you feel sexy right now.”). Sometimes, you just need someone to TELL YOU that what you want to do is OK. Right after reading that, RIGHT AFTER, I grabbed this super awesome, crazy houndstooth knit from Mood (purchased while my girls Lisette, Lauren, Clare, Latrice, Lucinda, Aleksandra, et all were in NYC) and (inspired by another gem of a babe, Ginger)
MADE THIS!

Black : White : Houndstooth & Sexy

Self Drafted Skirt
(I use the term so super loosely)

Black : White : Houndstooth & SexyHummingbird-ish Top
(cut out using the top of this dress)

Scrunch

Double Houndstooth Knit, Strip of Black Ponte, Wide Elastic

Black : White : Houndstooth & Sexy

IMG_0062BOOM!

Black : White : Houndstooth & Sexy

Link Up Your Sexy Makes!!

 

Tough as Silk

Tough as Silk

Tough, because silk is strong. Tough, because I could not have made more silly mistakes while sewing this!! And tough, because I think this delicate, floaty silk/cotton tunic looks kicking styled with dark denim and chunky boots!!

Tough as Silk

I loooooove a good tunic and this one is just about perfect!! There are days where I want to feel loose and breezy and easy and Lisette & Co.’s Late Lunch Tunic is Just. The. Thing.

Tough as Silk

This is my second time sewing with one of Liesl’s patterns and I am struck by how stupid that is! For years and years I’ve read how amazing her instructions are and how smoothly things go together and how many new techniques and tips and tricks you learn as you go. This is all true. The construction is completely different than what I was expecting, but the result is so neat and clean! I am also soooo pleased with the size I choose!! The pattern made this very easy by including a chart with both natural and dropped waist measurements.

Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 9.29.59 AMBelow that, suggestions on which measurement (high or natural bust) to use based on your bust size and lastly the final garment measurements. That’s the set I used to choose a size 4.

Tough as Silk

The gathering and natural ease of the style cooled my usual will-this-fit-over-my-hips worries and having the measurement of the upper part, where I really like a tunic to fit well, made it possible to confidently cut into this (expensive for me) Mood silk/cotton. I think I did pretty well!!

Tough as Silk

I left off the buttons, though I think I need to sew on a little invisible snap (is this becoming my standard Liesl & Co adaptation?? lol) because I like it plain, but if I lean over it does give a little show. Though I machine stitched the hem, I hand sewed those on the sleeves. I didn’t like the look of the machine stitches, here.

Tough as Silk

The stripes are so teeny, I made no effort whatsoever to match them. And my issues while making it up were totally down to me. I kept catching bits in seams or running out of bobbin thread. Or veering left and right of the seam allowance. I unpicked more carefully that I EVER have I was soooo worried about tearing a hole in the fabric!

But, it was all right in the end!!!

Tough as Silk

I can see more of these in my future! Only with a much less precious fabric! Lol

You can check out the Late Lunch Tunic, with its fellow newly released buddies, over on Oliver & S!!!
And more photos of the collection here.

Lemoncello. Or is it Limeade?

Lemoncello Or is it Limeade?

This is Drape Drape Book 1, pattern no. 12 in Lemoncello (or is it Limeade?) cotton/lycra knit from Mood. I have a a super awesome salesperson to thank for adding some much needed color to my purchases that day.

Lemoncello Or is it Limeade?

I owe her BIG, because this top is so awesome to wear! And it looks great with black (and blue!), which I have a lot of (both colors ;B).

Lemoncello Or is it Limeade?

When I put this look together, I immediately thought of Sallie’s comments about stylish art teachers. I felt a bit like one in this get up. So, it was rather fitting that my daughter’s art teacher, who was the first person we saw when we entered her school, told me how much she loved it. It is so something she’d wear and she was surprised (nicely, so) that I had made it myself. She told my big girl that she gets her talent from me. Art teachers are awesome people! My baby sister will be joining their ranks, soon.

Lemoncello Or is it Limeade?

Andddd…..there’s that cape, again! I even earned another “chic” when I appeared fully dressed 😉

Lemoncello Or is it Limeade?

The one thing I would change about this outfit? I’d have already made a Ginger Bodysuit to wear under it. I have about HAD IT with tank tops rolling up, or hitting too low on the hip, or lumping up under a clingy over layer. This fall, I make that damn bodysuit!! And a couple more Yellow Tail Cami tops (I have an unblogged, one).

This is the fall of foundation sewing!!

Shit, that’s not catchy at all, LOL

EDITED TO ADD:

I made a half assed attempt at reducing the drape of the sides, but it resulted in less width, instead. I made the smaller size with the length the pattern specified.