Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Escape from the UFO Box! New Look 6108 and Simplicity 2443

I was in that moment where I wanted to sew all the things but I know that I want to consciously add new garments to the closet. Not just sew and sew and sew.

Well, I DO want to sew and sew and sew but...I don't want to create a whole bunch of orphans. I totally want to add more dresses though and am auditioning some patterns.

I decided I needed to tackle some of my UFOs. And then I wondered why I had so many things that were seemingly awesome at the time, languishing.


Mint light ponte peplum (needs finishing;hems and neck binding)
Colorful ITY dress (needs hemming)
Drape top in striped jersey (Needs a new neckbinding and hemming)
Cowl top in ITY (more info below)
Wool jersey cardigan (needs sleeves and then finishing)

And the S2443 jacket that I started last June. I can only imagine this jacket scared me off because of the sleeve detail. I had not done plackets before at the time that I cut this and was probably intimidated.


But look at that placket of awesomeness!!! :)




At the time I remember doing some fitting but honestly cannot tell you anything besides:

I cut a size 14
I did a narrow shoulder adjustment (1/2" is standard for me)
I remember fitting the darts to me vs. sewing them as marked.

But that's it.

I ended up lining my pockets because I was having a tough time shaping them; that worked out well. And instead of turning the little (useless) stripes between the pockets I just folded in half, stitched a 1/4" seam to the jacket front and then folded down and topstitched around -- much cleaner.

Once I started on the sleeve I realized my big ole arms weren't going to work with the band as sized. But the sleeves are gathered so much that I just 'added' 2 inches via releasing some of the gathers.

I realized after doing some awesome stitching that I was supposed to use two D rings. Oops. So I did some more awesome stitching to just hold the tabs in place.



The verdict: I LOVE IT!!! I'm so glad it fought it's way out of the UFO box!!!!!

Next up was the New Look 6108 cowl necked top in the printed ITY. Another one that was started many months ago.

I had accidentally serged the cowl facing to the back armhole and got all disgusted and threw it in a box. Again, so glad I didn't toss it because I really like this fabric! Although I have to say I like the M6078 cowl top better. It just drapes/sits better. But the fabric!!!!!

I wore it yesterday with my black skirt and a grey cardigan to an informal interview with a recruiter. The lady in line in front of me had on the tightest pants ever and a top that was shredded in back. Guess I'm a little different! LOL!


I've now given myself one more thing to sew for the contest because I've decided I have to have this top. 

Hope to get all my photos done by this time next week because next Thursday I'll be picking my mama up from the airport - YAY!

31 comments:

  1. Nicely finished pieces. Loving the jacket!

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  2. Nice job on rescuing two cute pieces from the UFO pile!

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  3. Congrats on tackling those UFOs! You look so professional in your top and skirt - I'd hire you!

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  4. Great jacket, but that top. the fabric is fab!

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    1. Thank you!! I think this was an SR Harris score!

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  5. Another rebel in the fight for wadders! I love it. I cringe every time I see someone declare something a wadder and they chuck it when all it really needed was a bit of time in the back of the closet and a renewed perspective. Great job, Ms. C.

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    1. YES! And so often when I HAVE gone back to finish something I realized I was like 85% there and it takes hardly any time to get it wearable and on my body! :)

      Thanks!

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  6. Love them both! So worth the rescuing. And yay for mama visiting! :D

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  7. Well done for rescuing your UFOs and not letting them become wadders. Love the top.

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  8. Well done for rescuing your UFOs and not letting them become wadders. Love the top.

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  9. Lovely things. You have such a great you-made wardrobe.

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  10. As well as all the completed garments you have had time to amass UFO's?? How did you find the time :). These both look awesome.

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    1. hahaha! Luckily it's not that many! :)

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  11. It's great when you can go back to a UFO and realise how much you've improved - always makes you feel good. I really like both the top and the jacket. I've actually made that jacket twice I love it so much :)

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    1. Thanks Robyn! It is a great feeling! Yes, I'm sure you've got plenty of blog hits from alone on those!! :)

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  12. So glad you rescued these! I love them both!!

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  13. How wonderful.. Not only did you clean out the UFO box, but got some great clothes too.
    love that jacket on you..tooo cute..
    Hope you have a great visit with your mom..

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  14. I have a few UFO's I should revisit but umm..... Yeah your items look great!

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    1. Can't hurt to pull em out and see if they're worth finishing! :) Thanks Natisha!

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  15. I'm happy you didn't toss that fabric either… It's gorgeous! Now you have a beautiful top! As far as orphans, I do that to myself all the time too and wind up trying to match the orphans later. So you are in good company, LOL!

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  16. I sure wish I had a UFO jacket like that. Oh yes your stitching is awesome and it is very cute on you!!!

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  17. Aw, I remember that simplicity jacket pattern- it totally scared me off- now I wished I'd kept it!

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  18. That placket is a thing of beauty! Love that you're getting the UFO's cleared out, it must feel awesome!

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