Saturday, October 22, 2016

Coat Butterick B6385

I love making coats! Really, I have a few in my closet and fabric to make 20 more. I just can`t help buying pretty wool fabrics. This cashmere was a totally unnecessary buy , but the price was good and the quality is just so nice . 

The pattern is Lisette for Butterick B6385 , view C. 
No big alterations, this pattern comes with cup sizes so I made a cup D, the darts were like 4 cm too low for me and I think ( I forgot already, that is not a good sign :) I had to make the sleeves 2 cm shorter than the pattern . 

This is how the inside of the sleeve head looks on almost all my coats. I saw this in the book " Jackets for Real People"  and staying the armholes with strips of muslin learned in Kenneth D. King's Craftsy class  ( affiliate link) . 

The coat is really warm , but I am not sure what to think about the collar...I like it but not to keep it up, but I think when the weather will be colder it will be nice to have it against the cold wind.

For the lining, I used a very nice quality satin, that it was meant to be a blouse or a dress but I think I am happier  to use it for this project.

I had a difficult time deciding on wich buttons to use and finally I bought 3 times buttons for this coat and the third ones were these ones , pretty expensive but I think they are really nice.

I am surprised (in a good way ) how easy my sewing machines ... sewn this wool, sometimes  a few layers, without any problems. Even the buttonholes were a breeze to make. I used for the main stitching and the buttonholes my Pfaff quilt expression 4.2 and for the topstitching ( Gutterman topstitching thread in the needle and regular thread in the bobbin ) a  new Old Pfaff 125 .

This was a nice pattern to sew, all pieces fit nice, easy instructions and the cups sizes made it easy to fit too. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Talvikki Sweater from Named clothing

My first and last Named pattern were the Jamie jeans , wich I made one time (a long time ago )  in black denim and  I still wear them and actually I should throw them away because the black is already faded but I just love the fit . But the latest collection Evolution Theory was just amazing. Patterns with really nice seams , interesting designs that made me want every single one of them. 
I bought the blazer in paper format but that one needs to wait . 

This is the Talvikki Sweater in size 36/38 with no modifications. The fabric is boiled wool and when I saw it at the market I thought immediately that it will be just perfect for this  pattern . Very nice to work with ! 

I had in mind to pair this with a Vogue 1517 pants but the weather was so nice today so I took the sweater out for pictures :) wearing here my Ginger in coated denim!

Needless to say, how satisfied I am with this pattern. Already dreaming about more of these sweaters!  

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Dress McCalls M7469 Nicole Miller

This pattern from Nicole Miller for Mccalls ( M7469 )  was love at first sight for me. I loved all the seams in the front, the pockets, the fact that you can make it in a cozy knit . This is my wearable muslin because in the next one I will alter the neckline , bateau neckline is not my favorite in the cold times , also an alteration for narrow shoulders .

I did not expect that the back was without any the drawings there are two lines on the back that made me think that there where two darts but in the model picture you can see that the back is not shaped... I did miss that one :) . I added two darts on my dress, and I am very happy how it is now. Also I took 3 cm from the CB at the neckline as it was really gaping . Also I have skipped the zipper as it is really easy to get in and out of this dress .

I made a size 12 , the chart was putting me on size 14 for the bust and 12 the rest but I made a straight 12 and I think the fit is great .The pattern calls for medium stretch fabric and the white/black it is a medium stretch jacquard knit and the black contrast is  ponti knit. No alterations on the sleeve length. . 

I just love the pockets in this dress!!  

I  made the dress 3 cm shorter than the pattern  and did not really follow the instructions on how to hem the slit. I made mitered corners instead, very neat I think :).

I am really happy with this pattern ! I have all my pattern pieces altered and ready to cut a new dress. It is a very easy pattern, the instructions are great and without the zipper on the back it makes a very fast sewing .

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Bonn Shirt Dress-Itch to stitch pattern

 I made this a time ago, as a tester for Kennis from Itch to Stitch patterns, it is the Bonn shirt &dress . Every time she puts a call for testers I can`t resist  applying . This one I knew will be a very easy one , because this pattern comes with bra cup sizing ( A, B, C, D and DD) .

This pattern is very easy to make , there is also a shirt version included and different sleeve lengths.
As always the most difficult part was the fabric choice. Finally, I stopped at this crepe viscose. I had like 1m from because the rest was hanging in my closet, as an unfinished dress. I felt so sorry for this fabric so I could not throw that in the garbage . But now it was perfect to use it on my Bonn dress .

I made a 6D and moved the dart a little up , further no changes . I was thinking to move the shoulder line a little in  but I like the relax fit as it is now.

I am very happy with this dress. I love the fabric and it is so nice to make it work in a dress I like.

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