October 19, 2011

Knit sweater. Super easy!

When it comes to sweaters, I have always preferred knitting. However, the last time I went fabric shopping I fond a really nice red wool knit fabric that I just couldn't turn down and I had the perfect pattern for it.
Vogue 7272, available in my Etsy store.

I by-passed using my serger and trimmed down the seam allowance once it was stitched together. The pattern calls for a long zipper in the back but I decided to skip that part too and just use an eye-and-hook to close. All together, it took about 3 hours and no knitting can competete with that!

October 13, 2011

Clover pants

Where to begin. First of all, those Clover pants from Colette Patterns was love at first sight!

But then came the fitting issues... To conclude: I have a weirdly shaped butt. It's bigger, wider, higher, and longer than this pattern suggest it should be. On top of it, my waist is narrow and I have a sway back. Curves in other words. I blame that one on childbirth.

After 4 (!!) muslin and a lot of pins, and some frustration I just couldn't take it anymore. Thankfully, I live next door to a retired couturier (how lucky am I?!) and she, of course, pinpointed the issues I had in about 2 seconds. Crotch length! Crotch circumfence! I had been taking in and shortening things, while what I should have done was to take things out and make the crotch longer.

At the end of it, I have now a great, perfectly fitted, pants pattern that I'll be using until my butt grows bigger.

October 6, 2011

Surprise gift from a friend

This morning while at my day job, a friend popped by with a small bag stuffed with beautiful, never worn vintage silk stockings. They are soft, sheer and incredibly strong for being so thin. I have never been a garter belt kinda gal but I guess that will have to change!

October 3, 2011

Fall coat.

Yes, I made myself another coat. Apparently, the row of coats in my closet are not enough. This one in a black and brown wool, with a big round collar and welt pockets. 

Simplicity 5103 from 1964. 

My version.

I put one snap button on the inside of the collar to keep it in place.

Thick insulating lining for that cold downtown wind.

Yes! Welt pockets!

And it was all created on my new sewing machine, Ms. Babylock Grace.