Monday, February 23, 2015

Coat Planning / Vogue 8731 & Butterick 5925

I mentioned sewing up some stuff for my mom. For several reasons;

1) she is even cheaper more frugal than *I* am and won't venture into new fabrics much, especially knits (but she loves knit tops/dresses).
2) she's kind of scared of using patterns
3) I am trying (apparently NOT hard enough!) to lose weight to save my poor, arthritic knees and am not into sewing too much for myself right now. I do plan on sewing some stuff that will easily transition a clothing size (like casual jackets, knit tops, a coat) but I hate doing alterations so I'm watching what I make.

Anyway! I made the M6996 cardi for her and decided to whip up a few knit tops/tunics. We are very close in overall measurements. Bust measurement is near identical except I'm a DD cup and she is a B. So I went with loose knits where waist/hip measurement is less important.

I was almost done with the last item but it was 8 p.m. on Sunday which is prettttty near my bedtime :-) So that one should be coming to the blog soon.

Vogue 8731 is a pattern that was gifted to me and I figured the easy style would be a hit with my mom.

This is one of those rare Vogue's where all sizes are in one envelope so I GASP! traced her size off (a Large) because I might fancy one of those tunics for myself!


I used a cream/black polka dot ITY from Fabric Mart. She does wear poly knits without much complaint so I figured it would work.


See? It's kind of cute on me! Except my boobs remove all traces of that cute pleating.

My only complaint is all the stay stitching you're instructed to do. NO Vogue. No. I also set used binding (sewed flat) as they instructed you to use woven(!) bias binding. Sigh. (I will use woven bias binding on heavier knits like ponte, but not something lighter-weight like the suggested rayon-lycra knit).


Next up was a Tilton pattern. I've been wanting to make her some of these and may pick up a few Vogue's later. I was ALSO gifted B5925 (hey, I have awesome sewing buddies!)


Again, I sewed a Large and had a heck of a time finding coordinating fabrics of similar weight in my stash.

I went with 3 ITY's, navy and 'bluebell' from FM and the print from SR Harris. I *really* wanted the body solid but did not have enough fabric. I rather like it though...


I LOVE the neckband/pocket treatment! I am starting to dig the interesting details in the Tilton patterns, even if they seem a bit too kooky at first glance. I am thinking of stealing this for a tunic of my own. I'll probably copy this patterns neckline to my pattern of choice so I don't need to think about drafting the neckband twist. That seems more sensible.


The sleeves on this were LONG. I hemmed them as stated and they were well past my wrist. My mom is 3" shorter than I am. I had already twin-needle hemmed so I just hacked it off and re-hemmed. 

I actually attempted to match the side seam, even with the inset. I think I did alright.

(do you not love that neckband?!?!)

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I have ditched my existing coat plan. Sigh. It's too everyday. I want a fun jacket!

I'm not going full on winter coat (I'll save that for this fall). So there'll be no under/inter lining, etc. It'll be wool with a rayon lining. This will work well for those 25-45 ish type days that SHOULD be here soon (it was -9F when I got up today).

I've decided on S2508 (OOP).


I would like the cool coat of the lady in the lower center, but will have to see if I have enough fabric. Otherwise I'll be going with Ms. Pink on the left.




The sleeve ruffles grew on me fast


But this looks interesting and kind of different

While the fit seems to be decent on these PR patterns, I DESPISE the back of the envelope!



I am completely oblivious as to whether or not I have enough fabric because every.single.detail. is given a yardage. But continuous yardage is far more efficient than separate so I'll have to lay the pieces out and see if I can use my hot pink coating or if I will need to use the black/white herringbone.

To be continued...




22 comments:

  1. You've gotten a lot done! The dotted top really fits nicely and yes, that neckband is pretty cool. I have that one in my collection and have found some knits in my purging that could work together on this. Are those sides godets turned into pockets? I will have to pull this out and take a good look. Yours looks great and that coat will be fearsome.

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    1. Thanks Bunny!

      YES! Godets turned pockets!

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  2. I love that coat (and had forgotten that I have that pattern too and always planned on making it!) time to go and dig it out and check what fabric might suit!

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    1. It is super-fab, isn't it!? I kind of want to make like 5 coats from this pattern! HA!!! :)

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  3. Those Project Runway patterns are so annoying how they call out every little detail with its own yardage. The yardages are so generous you will probably have plenty of fabric to make the longer jacket. Good luck!

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    1. SO annoying! See I'm thinking the same; I'll probably have the yardage needed.

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  4. Cute tops! I've made that coat pattern a couple of times, and it's really a winner. Can't wait to see your version!

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    1. Thank you! Ooh I have to find them on your blog :)

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  5. I've had an itch to try a Tilton pattern too, though they've never appealed to me much before. I do like that neckline!

    Regarding the weight loss, I have found that sewing is your enemy when it comes to trying to slim down. It's so darn sedentary. I think I may have to invent a treadmill sewing machine for myself!

    Nice of you to see for your mom. I haven't done that for a while, and of course I feel guilty!

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    1. Aw don't feel guilty! Lol!!!

      Yeah. I realized that it's not that I don't have time to work out, I just use all my free time to sew! :)

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  6. Your last MT make has prompted me to give her patterns a second look. The neckline on that knit top is really neat. The whole top would look good with some leggings I bought from Costco. Yep. I bought RTW.

    S2508 has been on my radar for a while. I want cute coats too, but it's too cold outside for me. I gots no time for cuteness when the temperature is negative stupid.

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    1. Oh the down coat is currently being worn! I'm trying to stay ahead. It's GOTTA warm up eventually!!!!

      Hey, sometimes you just need a thing. And leggings, plain tees, tank tops, Etc just make sense to buy sometimes!

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  7. Cute coat! Either will look great :) x

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  8. What lovely tops you have made your mom..SO sweet of you.
    Love the coat pattern.. and I like the ruffle cuffs too.. Can't wait to
    see your version..Happy sewing.

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    1. Thank you!!! I finally finished the last item so I should be able to ship them all out tomorrow!

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  9. Wow! I love this coat pattern! I've wondered about the first tunic you made for your lucky mom! I love the pleating but wondered if it would get lost! I may have to dig this out again!
    BTW, that twisted neckline is to die for!

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    1. There are seriously some amazing versions online!!!

      Do you have ideas on making the pleating more prominent? Maybe I need to uptake more in the pleats and add the length back at the bottom??

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  10. Your mother is going to love these tops. I agree, a cute coat is the way to go - especially if your weight is still changing - if you put lots of work in as per your previous plan that may all go to waste if you become a different size. Save it for next fall.

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    1. Thanks Sarah Liz! :) She knows I'm making *something* as I had to ask for high/full bust measurements; but she should still be plenty surprised :)

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  11. Yay for mom sewing! I struggle with the weight juggle too which prevents me from sewing sometimes. Hopefully things go in your favor! I love the blue top, that neckline is amazing!

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    1. Thanks Kristin!

      I think I found an interesting top to apply the neckline too!!! Fingers crossed!

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