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I’ve made some changes and another top

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I wore my pleather, embellished skirt to work, and truth be told, it was a little too jangley. It jangled when I walked. That did not feel (or sound) very professional. It was also a little too rodeo. So I made a decision–the rivets had to go and it needed to be a little less Grand Ole Opry. Make no mistake, I love the Grand Ole Opry, but not on this skirt. So I pried the rivets off.

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Then I replaced the tonal flowers with small, black leather fabrics. Instead of riveting them on, I sewed them on.

 

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I think it’s better, and it’s definitely far less jangley.

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Once I had the skirt revamped I moved on to another top–Jalie 3667. I’ve been sewing this top nonstop. Seriously, I think I’ve made something like 8 versions of it. This time I used some crocheted lace from Mood and put it on top of some cream knit from Metro Textiles in NYC (they have new online site–check it out!!) I used black scuba on the sleeves, neckband,  cuffs, and the waistband I added. I also shortened the front and back to fall at waist level.

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After I finished the top, the cream knit seemed a little too bright-white when I put it next to the bomber.

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I didn’t like the way it looked with the jacket, so I brewed another very large pot of tea and stuck the Jalie top into it. The tea took the white down to a better level.

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It took some doing to make sure that the flowers did not line up with the boobs, but I think I might have done it.

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Here’s the back:

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And here it is with the bomber:

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I really kind of dig it.

Jalie 3675

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I’ve been changing my mind. At first I was planning on making a Burda military jacket above (5/2011 #113) out of some black beefy knit as the topper in my PR wardrobe contest entry. But then I started worrying that the military jacket would be too wintry. So then I thought about the floral blouse that I made.

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And I started to think that maybe “flowers” should be the unifying theme for my wardrobe entry. So then I started to wonder what kind of floral print would go with my blouse and work as a topper.

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I started searching the Mood website and found the above fabric in a Mikado. When I realized that the name of this fabric was “Wildflowers of the Mountains,” I took it as a sign because Boonetowne is in the mountains. I ordered one yard and paid for it with my Mood points and so it was free and that was kind of like another sign. Then I was on the 6PM.com and found some Lucky Brand sneakers in the exact same pattern!! That was like a sign times x 3. So the long and the short of this is my topper is made out of this wildflower print and flowers will serve as the unifying theme for my wardrobe contest entry.

I decided to make a bomber and since Jalie’s Charlie bomber is one of my favorite patterns, I went with the Jalie bomber. I had some striped, ribbed knit that I bought at Butoni in NYC during the 2017 Pattern Review Weekend, and I thought I would try to use it with my mountain-flower fabric. The problem was that it was a bit too white.

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The bright white stripes were not working for me, so I made some tea and used it to dye the trim.

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It worked perfectly. The tea toned the bright white stripes down just a tad. I’m not sure if you can see the difference in the pictures, but the stripes are more off-white/creamy-white after the dunk in the tea.

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I assembled the Charlie the same way I always do–with the online tutorial. I used scuba on the sleeves and to line the front and back. The jacket went together without a hitch.

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It snowed this morning in Boonetowne, but I was not to be deterred. I wanted to take pictures with my bomber and my matching kicks. What I got was pictures of my bomber, my shoes, and Louise.

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I wanted close-ups of the shoes, but that turned out to be a little harder than I imagined. This one looks like I might have stepped in dog poo.

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This one is equally strange, but I like how Louise showed up in all of them.

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So now I’m wondering, how much floral is too much floral. I made the blouse below the other day (I still have to blog about it) and I love it, but does it really go with the jacket????? Not sure.

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Simplicity 8175

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Truth be told, I bought Simplicity 8175 for the long, straight skirt featured in the main photo. I hadn’t even seen view D–the A-line with pockets–until I started working on the Pattern Review wardrobe contest. Last week I decided that I wanted my second bottom for this contest to be a white pleather skirt with flower embellishments. Since my theme for this wardrobe is “feels like winter but looks like spring” or “sprinter”, I thought that the white skirt would look springish, but feel winterish. Since I was going to add leather flowers with rivets, I wanted an A-line skirt. I searched through my pattern stash and found View D. When I realized the skirt also had pockets, that was all she wrote. The pockets on this skirt are amazing.

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I cut a size 12 out of white pleather that I bought from Fabric.com. It’s Telio Perfection Fused Faux Leather. I worked with this stuff before (in black), and I love it. It’s good quality at a reasonable price, and it’s somewhat forgiving. With leather, if you rip a seam out, the needle holes remain. With this skirt, I had to take out some of my topstitching and redo it. After I ripped the stitches. I ironed the pleather with steam (using a pressing cloth) and needle holes almost disappeared.1E0FA8C4-1BB4-48B9-B40F-3EEBCD4D8081

I made size 12 with no modifications. After I hemmed the skirt, I added leather and pleather flower embellishments. The darker flowers are real leather and the lighter ones are the skirt pleather. I cut the flowers using my Accuquilt Rose of Sharon die, and I fastened them to the skirt with rivets.

Here’s a picture of the embellishments in process–before I set the rivets with my trusty hammer.

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Embellishments post hammering:

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It’s been kind of gray and overcast in Boonetowne, and the light is not good. I was in search of good picture-taking lighting and ended up trying a few in our shower under the skylight. So here’s Simplicity 8175 in my shower:

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Since I didn’t want to actually stand in the shower and take pictures, I took the rest of the photos in my sewing room.

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Butterick 5526

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For my third garment (second top) in the 6-in-6 wardrobe contest, I wanted to stay with my “sprinter” theme (i.e. spring + winter) and make a long sleeve blouse that was warm enough for winter but reminded me of spring. I decided to make view B out of Butterick 5526.

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I made this pattern once before and fell in love with the height of the collar on view B. It has a very clean and crisp look. I decided that I would use some new Mood fabric for this make–a cotton voile called Persephone’s Bouquet. I got this fabric using a gift certificate that my husband gave me for Christmas. When the fabric arrived at my house, it was even more beautiful than it looked on the Mood website. I began to wonder whether I could actually cut it. Seriously. This stuff is gorgeous.

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My only modification was on the front buttonhole band. The pattern uses a fold-over band, but when I did that, the floral on the front was just too busy. I decided to cut a band from the darker part of the fabric and sew it on. I also used darker pieces for the cuffs and collar. Here’s a grainy picture of the band.

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I’m super excited about the way this one turned out. But honestly, it’s the fabric’s fault. Persephone’s Bouquet would make a flour sack look good.

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Jalie 3667 and Ottobre 5/2015 #9

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It’s time for another Pattern Review wardrobe contest, and I am in. I really love the wardrobe contest–I mean more than other contests–and I’m not completely sure why. I think it could be the planning and coordinating–I like that a lot. I also like the heap of new clothes that enters my closet once the contest ends.

I was thinking that I should use this contest to make some spring clothes, but the problem is that the contest ends in mid-March and spring doesn’t come to Boonetowne until April at the earliest. If I make spring clothes, I won’t be able to wear them right away, and I am not very good a delaying my gratification. So here is what I decided to do: I am making a “sprinter” wardrobe comprised of six winter garments that remind me of spring.

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First up was Jalie 3667 in a lavender wool angora knit from Mood. I’ve lost track of how many times that I have sewn this pattern this winter. It’s been a lot, but it’s just such a great top. And the lavender knit, it is so yummy. It’s super cozy and soft, and a beautiful spring-like color.

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After I made my first top, I made one of the two required bottoms. I decided I wanted to make a pair of professional-looking, wool shorts that I could wear to work. I used some wool herringbone that I had in my stash and cut my first Ottobre pattern. I used the #9 tapered pants from Autumn/Winter 2015.

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The pattern pieces for the front and back of the pant legs were drawn in two pieces that were to be joined before cutting the fabric. Since I wanted shorts, I only used the top leg pieces. I also removed the taper so that my shorts would hang straight.

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This garment psyched me out a little. I had my normal good-god-I’m-making-pants anxiety plus I wasn’t sure what to expect with the Ottobre pattern; but honestly, this wasn’t too bad. The shorts went together relatively easily, and they fit!

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I hemmed them pretty long because I want to wear them to work and I’m 50. So this is my 50 year old work hem. I’m pretty psyched that these turned out. So is Scout!

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Burda 6475

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Have I mentioned that we don’t have any pattern stores here in Boonetowne? Well, we don’t. This means that I try to work in a stop at Joann’s on all of my out-of-town trips. And if I’m really lucky, I time it just right and end up at Joann’s during a pattern sale. Well last week, I hit the pattern sale jackpot. I was out of town and stopped at Joann’s in the midst of the Burda and McCall’s sale!!!! I scooped a couple handfuls of new patterns including Burda 6475.

When I got home I started Pattern Reviewing and Googling my new purchases and found Mimi G’s version of Burda 6475. Have you seen it? She used tweed and made such a cool top. After I saw it, I knew that I wanted to try the exact same thing. So I found some tweed that has been in my stash FOREVER and cut View B plus the pocket flaps. I cut size 36 and graded out to 38 at the hips.

After I started assembling the top, I found that the seam that attached the yoke to the front, was way below my bust line. It looked really weird. Since I had already attached the pocket flaps and topstitched the seam, I decided to raise the front seam by taking two inches off the shoulders and lowering the neckline. It wasn’t a perfect solution, but it worked.

The pattern has half-length sleeves, but I wanted full length so I lengthened the sleeves. I also felt like the pouch pocket in this pattern was puny–too small for the oversized top. I brought in the pocket pattern from Kwik Sew 3045, and it worked perfectly.

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I loved so many things about the finished product, but I just couldn’t get my head around the pocket flaps. I felt like they looked like big ol’ droopy boobs, and once I saw them, I couldn’t un-see them.

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See, big ol’ sad droopy boobs. You see it now too, don’t you? I couldn’t deal with it so I chopped those pocket flaps off and resewed the front seam. It was so much better. See:

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After I finished my first attempt, I knew I wanted to sew it again and use my precious wool check from Mood. Lord, how I love this fabric.

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On my second try, I wanted to make a dress length. I added 6 inches to View B and I thought it would do the trick, but it ended up being a bit too short for a dress, so I made it a tunic.

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I kept the full-length sleeves and the Kwik Sew pocket and I bound the hood, sleeves, and pocket in pleather. I tried to cut the yoke so that the seam would fall above my bust line, but I wasn’t super successful. I ended up raising the seam, but I also ended up reducing the width of the sleeves. I actually had a few moments where I thought I had ruined things, but I ended up making it work. If I sew this one again, I need to work on the yoke.

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I love the way the pleather looks with this fabric, and I LOVE this top–with it’s wonky sleeves and all. I wore it to work on Monday and then took the pictures below when I got home. The lighting is not great, but hopefully you can get a sense of this top in all of its splendor.

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And even more fabric manipulation.

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After I finished the black fleece hoodie with the wrap around collar, I couldn’t help myself–I had to make another. I made the second one out of plum Polartec. The color is not good in the pictures, but it’s a deep plum. I used black pleather to bind the edges.

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Once I made the hoodies, my interest in/addiction to fabric manipulation grew. While I was Pinteresting, I came across the book below and ordered it right away.

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Thanks to Amazon, I had it in two days and started studying right away. Then on Wednesday, we had a snow storm and schools were canceled. I took it as a sign that the fabric manipulation gods wanted me try a new technique. I decided to try the in-seam technique that Ruth Singer described in her book.

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I used my Accuquilt Go  to cut 26 small circles out of grey Polartec. I decided to add these to seams that join the sleeves to the body of the top.

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I pinned the circles on to the front and back and then basted them in place. I then trimmed the excess circle off.

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I was a little worried that these half circles would wrinkle or flap around, so I stitched around the edge of each circle. After the top was assembled, it created a scalloped effect.

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When the weekend rolled around, I decided to try to replicate a flower/sun design that I saw on Pinterest. I used Jalie 3667 again and cut the bodice out of this faux-suede, scuba that I found at Joann’s. I drew the design and cut the openings.

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I was a little concerned that the scuba my fray or pill, so I used an lighter and singed the cuts that I made. It really helped clean-up and stabilize the cuts.

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I then based the scuba piece to a second front piece that I had cut out of some sturdy black knit. I also sewed inch long lines between each opening. I did this so that when I began folding the fabric, the scuba would remain connected to the backing.

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Once I had the scuba and black knit attached, I folded the petals up and sewed them together.

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I cut sleeves out of some black quilted fabric, and then added black ribbing on the neckline and cuffs.

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I really dig it. I know I can’t make a ton of these–one can only have so many origami flowers in one’s wardrobe–but I really like how it turned out. I kind of want to make another one. Is two too many?

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