Friday, April 19, 2013

I went down with the ship

After my recent fail with this jacket pattern, I decided to try the skirt.

Well, the skirt was just as frightening as the jacket. I made a size 8 and it was huge! So I took it apart, took out the darts, cut it down & resewed everything. I expected the pointy things to kind of stick out like on the envelope drawing (I was using one of the recommended fabrics for the pattern.) but instead it looked like the pleats on the bottom of a garbage bag, which was fitting because that's were it went. Then it went for a little ride on a big truck.

Goodbye Forever, Vogue 7914!!

While I'm painfully aware I haven't had much free time to sew lately, I was quite surprised to notice it has been a whole month since I finished my last successful garment. That's a long time for me.

Just so nobody has to feel too sorry for me, I did manage to make two purses this month:

The Geraldine is home dec fabric on the top and a thrifted men's suit for the bottom

This Emma is made with boucle from a thrifted ladies' blazer and a vintage broach

In the meantime, I have been doing a ton of thinking about, reading, researching, testing and amassing of materials for my next project.  This project will be a major time investment, but its one of those things I can work on outside the actual sewing room. I'm currently working on a muslin for it and should be ready to really dive into it beginning this weekend. More later.

And I was excited to find these scissors at a neighborhood consignment shop for 4$

Now, when I'm feeling around under all the tissue, paper and fabric in my work area, I'll have twice as good a chance finding my scissors!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Flappin' in the breeze: Vogue 7914

I made up this pattern up once many years ago. I have in my mind this very fond memory of wearing it on one of the first nice days of spring. My husband and I went out for lunch and then to a bookstore to browse, or as I call it:  "read magazines for free." The fabric was this interesting, very drapey, black and white weave, and it had these really cool black and white buttons. I remember especially how the tails flapped in the breeze. At some point I got rid of it but kept the pattern.
I decided to make another. I sewed it all mostly together and tried it on and guess what? This thing is just ugky!! I was a much less experienced sewer then and I was also 20 pounds heavier. Maybe it suited me better or maybe I was just crazy. I don't know! Its a hot mess. There will be no photos.
I wonder what made me hang onto this pattern for so long when I know its just isn't right for me. I'm usually not a particularly sentimental person, by my judgement was certainly clouded by the memory of that beautiful afternoon.

I need to create a new memory!