Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Quickie - not!

This was supposed to be a quick little project for me. I've made this pattern before (Vogue 8536) and really wanted a quick project. I've had this material for a while and really liked the design. I had already  made a small infinity scarf that I wore all winter. I wanted another project that would use most of the remaining material which is some kind of polyester knit. But I needed something that wasn't going to require a lot of material to make, which is why I chose this pattern and the sleeveless top.

The problem I had is that the "V" is too deep. So I added a piece for additional coverage. It took a while to get the piece adjusted correctly. Anyway, what I thought would take a couple of hours, I ended up working on for a couple of days. Isn't that how things go sometimes? At least after all that, I'm happy with the results.
And now the mint green stretch twill I ordered for my daughter's jeans has arrived, so getting those done will be my next project. I know, more jeans, but I really like making them! My daughter wants them "skinnier" than the last pair, so we'll see if I can deliver...

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

More jeans

Last week I completed Vogue 8774 for my daughter. I made View A. If I had not completed the other jeans I made a couple of weeks ago (Vogue 1204), I probably would have had a more difficult time with this one. But, they say that one success can build upon another, so that's what happened. The pants are essentially the same. The process for making them is certainly the same. This time around, I knew what adjustments I would need to make (taking in the back yoke, putting darts in the back waistband). I made a muslin and had my daughter, Lauren, try that on to check the fit. I actually made these in less than 2 days. For me, that's quite an accomplishment. Most important, she's happy with them and wants me to make her another pair!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

You know you sew a lot when...

You know you sew a lot when you can't go shopping without thinking "I could make that just as well (or better) and for less!" I recently went shopping with my daughter and that thought kept coming into my head. Luckily, I was mostly interested in getting some shoes for myself. I did have some success, but still, I kept thinking, "too bad I can't make my own shoes."

I recently (today) finished Vogue 8774 for my daughter. Her 23rd birthday is this week so I really wanted to get them done. I hope to get her to model them for the blog so I can post those pictures along with a review.

But on our shopping excursion, I did get some needed sewing inspiration. The temperatures have really warmed up here, so I'm trying to plug some holes in my wardrobe and make some Spring/Summer outfits. I actually have several things planned. I just have to keep sewing so I can get them all done.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Cobalt blue completed!

I finished the blue pants I wanted for Vogue 1204. I made more alterations to this than the pink in order to decrease the waist size just a bit.

Now, I have one more pair of jeans to make for my 22 y.o. daughter using a different Vogue pattern. Then on to at least one dress and a jacket or two!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Jeans success!!

I have tried more than once to make myself a pair of jeans. In the past I have just given up or messed up so I never got it right. Well finally, I have a pair of jeans that I can actually wear. I used Vogue 1204. I originally bought this pattern for the jeans, then was too afraid to try them. But, after giving it another try last week, it all worked out. I used fuchsia denim for these. I made the size 14, although they are probably between a 14-16. I made some alterations like narrowing the waist and hip (2" in the waist and about 1" in the hip) and slightly increasing the thigh to fit between the 14 and 16. These are skinny jeans but I did want to be able to sit and move in them.  The finished product fits well, although I will narrow the waist more on the next pair. Currently I'm making another pair in cobalt blue. So now I have achieved two of my sewing goals for this year. One was to enter a contest on PatternReview.com. I did that with the red dress. Another was to make a pair of jeans that I could actually wear. And now I've done that. So, now I need to keep improving my skills.