Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ottobre Jacket #32 1/2011

I finally finished this little jacket for my DGD.  It is a size 128 from the spring issue of Ottobre magazine from 2011.  The fabric has been well aged in the stash--it is a sweatshirt fleece, but the knit is from selvage to selvage.  I think I bought it from a local independent shop which may have purchased factory overruns.  Anyway, it worked well enough for me for this design.  I also have a skirt cut out to go with this--basically a jeans yoke with a black watch plaid skirt gathered to the yoke.  I have had two sewing machines go to the shop since I started construction of the it has been a work in progress for quite a while!!!

I am sewing in the JAM group on Stitchers' Guild, and this is my third jacket for 2011.  I have a fulled wool jacket cut out for me.  That will be jacket #4.  Hope I get it finished before the winter in Las Vegas is over!  I am using Trydy Jansen Design #301, the Boiled Wool Jacket.  It is a princess seamed fitted jacket and I am making a size 12 based on pattern measurements.  I hope to make this soon!

Friday, February 18, 2011

I bought patterns and a zipper...

Does that count as sewing?  We have been making weekly or biweekly trips to CA for dr appointments and to see my dad who is on hospice care.  He is 94 and we are thankful that we have had him in our lives for so long, but it is difficult to see him now.  So, I just can't get myself psyched up to sew and concentrate at the moment.  I did, however, notice the 5 for $5 sale on Simplicity patterns at JoAnn Fabrics.  I may make a couple of them, but I will read most of the directions.  I enjoy looking at new techniques and finishes, and for the grand investment of $1 a pattern, I plan to enjoy these little treasures.  I hope to have some photos to share soon, not of the pattern envelopes, but of some actual projects which I may complete in the next few days.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Been Sewing--no photos

I just finished a pair of European pants from Loes Hinse--guess this is my TNT pattern tho I do make others.  I KNOW they will fit, I know how to make them, the zipper is easy and neat from my perspective, and there are no surprises.  That is both a good and a bad thing.  No pleasant surprises of the satisfaction of a new style to sport.  No wasted time from trying out a new pattern that just doesn't work for my body.  So, pants are made and already being worn today with a Garbo I made several years ago and a long sleeve perfect tee from this fall.  I feel put together, but the clothes are so comfy I don't feel uncomfortable in "dressy" clothes.

I have an Ottobre jacket traced for DGD and the fabric is in the dryer.  I hope to get it cut out this evening and maybe even sew tomorrow.  We will see how much I accomplish.  The jacket is #32, The Two Way Buttoned sweater knit jacket.  (*ETA from the 1/2011 issue) I'm making the first try from some sweatshirt fleece that has aged well in the stash.  It's a forest green that will go with jeans or maybe a little plaid skirt I might whip up to go "with" the jacket.

I'll get some photos soon.  The green Burda jacket is finished, snaps and all.  I really am learning to love it!