Sunday, January 23, 2011

Jacket #2--Loes Hinse Retro Jacket

I'm participating in the Jacket a Month sew along over at Stitchers' Guild. Here is my second jacket, one of Loes's earlier patterns. One of the participants in the fall seminar made a stunning version of this jacket and it's been on my mind ever since. Loes did suggest removing one inch from the sleeve side of the shoulder, tapering to the original seam allowance by the armscye notch. I made a small with no other alterations. It seems a bit big, but I like the look with it belted. I am not going to put in buttonholes, planning to use a decorative pin and/or belt for a closure. The fabric is a stretch suiting I purchased from Michael Levine's in the LA garment district a couple of years ago. I'm pleased with the jacket and will probably finish it as a suit, not sure if it will be pants or a skirt to complete the outfit. I do like it as a separate too.

My next project is going to be from Ottobre Design--a jacket for my DGD.  I have a couple in mind and will need to make a final decision soon!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Can Can Skirt for DGD

I was reading a blog (My Sewing Space) and saw a darling skirt the blogger had made for her daughter.  I had some fabric I knew my DGD would love and decided I would order the pattern she had used.  It is the Can Can skirt at this blog Very easy and fun to make.  I made the size 8 just as the directions indicated.  However, this is a neat pattern/directions because Dana gives you the ratio to make the skirt for anyone--small child through adult.  I did not use as many or as full ruffles as the pattern creator did.  I wanted the print to show through, but I think the idea is still the same.  I think my DGD will love this one!

I saved it as a rotated photo--but when it imports to the blog it is sideways...sometimes I wonder what gremlins reside in my computer!  Anyway, if you turn your head sideways, you can see the skirt and get the general idea!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Jacket Completed--Burda 1-2011 #105

I finished the jacket today, minus the snaps for the front. The directions say to use lining fabric to cover the snaps, but the lining is a contrast, so I will need to I look around for some medium green organza. I had several rough patches in making this jacket, but I am pleased with the final outcome. I used several of my sewing reference books to take the place of he confusing Burda direcions. I only have my iphone for a camera at the moment and do not know how to transfer a photo from the phone other than to send to FB or email. If anyone can send me directions, then I will post photos.

I used some green tweed I bought from Melody at It was a joy to work with, and I am really happy with the way the fabric behaved during consruction.

Hopefully, I will soon post a photo!

We are enjoying the warm weather in SoCal for a few days. Today was1 80 degrees and the beaches were packed. Fun day to be out walking in the lovely weather