I haven’t had as much time as I would like to sew these days, that ends now! While I was in the US I bought all the odds and ends that I need to make my couture dress with Susan K, and a few other projects. I’ve also unpacked my jacket muslin from my fitting class along with the camel colored wool that I ordered for my Coco jacket. Since my Guffey jacket pattern muslin is completed and very similar to the Chanel jacket style, I’m using it to cut a jacket out to make couture style too. Here’s a preview of my work wardrobe shopping to go with my jacket.
Obviously I don’t know how they’ll look with the muslins, but we’ll see. I’ve cut out the muslin for the Simplicity top and have a pretty red silk that I think would look stellar in. I have pieces of dark purple and chocolate cottons that would look nice as skirts. One step at a time!
Here are some other fun patterns that I picked up.
I am really excited about trying patterns that are not part of the Big 4, so I’ll keep you posted on those as well. I will say this, I put together one of those downloadable Hotpatterns from Fabric.com and was really disappointed. The print out did not come with a measurement square like the Burda ones, so I couldn’t check that and the pattern had no finished measurements at the bust, waist, or hip. The pattern itself was underwhelming. Needless to say I never cut it out because of the frustration level.
Finally here are two projects I cut out and almost completed at Waetcher’s Fine Fabrics in Asheville, where they held the jacket class. I have finished them both now.
A night dress in a knit print from jo-anns and the less used version of this Fashion Star pattern. The ease is ridiculous. I probably could’ve cut out a Medium, even though Larges in other McCalls patterns work for me with minor adjustments. I took 3″ out of the strap length from front to back and numerous inches around in various areas. It is still a little loose, but that’s fine for a night dress. The other is also a Fashion Star pattern (M6552) with way too much ease.
Notice the size problem? It could fit two of me and I cut the large! I think this light cotton wasn’t light enough either. I picked this fabric up on Waetcher’s clearance table. There is no way a shoe string sized draw string is going to gather up the 10+” of ease in a flattering manner! I am thinking about cutting this one down and inserting a zipper or re-cutting into a sheath style dress since there’s enough fabric for it. We’ll see what inspires me. I did buy some solids based on the color wheel Cythnia helped me put together in the jacket class.
That leaves two UFOs to complete before starting something new. I’ve really made an effort to finish up the in process projects I brought here from the US. Or do I just cut that jacket out after my son goes to bed? Sometimes its hard to be practical when I want to cut my new fabrics now!