Sunday, May 3, 2015

Last of April: Butterick 6169 and New Look 6373

Remember how I said my mojo was waning?? All it takes is one new "shiny" and I'm toast. All the time! :)

On Thursday I was minding my business and happened to find myself in Hancock. Now, I've made zero sewing related purchases since the beginning of April and decided I could afford a couple new patterns. McCall's were on sale for $1.99 and the new jumpsuit was calling me!

But what else did I see...New Look 6373! One that I'd completely forgotten about!


Deciding that would be a good mojo booster, I pulled out a floral ITY knit that I had slated for Simplicity 1355, another jumpsuit.

The NL pattern is intended for lightweight wovens and has a bust dart. I cut a 14 bodice - would normally perform an FBA but since it's a knit, I did not. And I cut a 16 bottoms (in a woven I generally take an 18). I used the size 14 crotch length/point in front and 18 in back.

I eased the front pattern piece as I was NOT going to stitch a dart in ITY! I also did not bother hemming the flounce and cut it with my rotary cuter.

Again, because it's meant for wovens there are facings which I eliminated. I sewed the right side of the flounce to the wrong side of the bodice and flipped the flounce to the outside. I then did a twin needle stitch around to secure it. This meant: no finishing the flounce, no neckline finishes, no armhole finishes...Ahhhhhhh so fast and easy!

The straps were caught in the twin needle stitching and then hand stitched to further secure them. Because the ITY has so much drape, I decided to insert elastic (just larger than my ankle measurement) into the hem.

If I were to make this in a knit again, I would add elastic to the straps to better stability and would add maybe 1/2" or so to the bodice length. It doesn't blouse as much as the pattern pic. I FULLY intended to add the drawstring but forgot. Oh well...



I really, really, REALLY love this! 
And I have no problems going to the bathroom!

LOL!!!!!

I then decided I had to finish my jacket before cutting anything else.

Wait...LIES. I tried making napkins and had several failed attempts at mitered corners...

B6169 was previously sewn here. The ONLY change I made this time to the pattern was to eliminate the seriously tiny pockets. I can't use them in the gray version so figured there was no real reason to add them here.

On Saturday I realized I only had sleeves to set and lining to bag. I as able to get finish it up Saturday afternoon/evening.

I really love this jacket!!! I don't know how easy it will be to integrate into my wardrobe though. Right now I feel like I can only wear it with jeans and maybe black or gray bottoms. We'll see. I'm also thinking I need to seriously stay away from the floral fabrics :-p






I decided it was best to just let the print be random so that I wouldn't look like a couch.


I only had 1 yard of the yellow pongee lining so I used this navy acetate for the sleeves

This cotton pique was so amazingly nice to work with it! I've never sewn anything with pique and it just sewed and pressed so well!!!

The sleeves went in absolutely perfectly. I used fleece to gather/as sleeveheads and left out the shoulder pads. 

Zipper is a really nice YKK from stash (SR Harris and their $1 long zippers!!) It is totally meant more for outerwear but this fabric is so stable that it's fine. I didn't even interface the area first...

Again, this fabric is densely woven compared to the gray wool I used last time so I didn't interface hems or anything. I bagged my lining courtesy of Grainline's tutorial (LOVE). And I was again smart enough to complete my lining (sans sleeves) BEFORE sewing the jacket. I find I don't get as bored that way ;)

Happy May!!





46 comments:

  1. Both look great! I have not seen that NL pattern before and I am loving it!

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  2. So happy that pattern shopping trip got you to sewing again.. That jumpsuit is adorable and looks so pretty on you.. The jacket is too cute.. Happy sewing.

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  3. Get the frick out of town. I love the jacket and jumpsuit!! I got BOTH of those fabrics and I wanted to do almost exactly the same with the pique... and the jumpsuit is fantastically fantastic. I just finished S1158 view A in a chambray and took some pics. Now my eyes are on jumpsuits now, your pattern and look is really killer. I am finally going to blog for the 1st time in like a month with mine this week,

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    1. Hahaha! Fabric twins ALWAYS! :)

      I really like your jumpsuit!

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  4. You look great and ready for summer!!

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  5. Your mojo cannot be stopped. It just takes a coffee break from time to time.

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    1. YESSSSSS! That's what I'm going to say from now on!! You're so genius Kyle.

      "My mojo is currently on a coffee break..."

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  6. I really love both of these pieces. That jumpsuit is super cute, and your jacket turned out as nicely as I expected it to.

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  7. Both are great pieces and you're definitely on a roll! You need some white bottoms to wear with the jacket - it will really pop against the white!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn! White has been suggested by many! :)

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  8. Love that happy jumpsuit. You look great in everything!

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  9. That jacket is to die for. The colors just pop!

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  10. You did a wonderful job and look great.

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  11. These two garments look fantastic and totally not couch like!

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  12. I amazed at how good the jumpsuit looks - it really suits you. The jacket I love - even down to the contrast lining - a nice surprise when you take it off.

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    1. Thanks Sarah Liz! Aren't those little surprises fun?

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  13. Love both of your creations. I also have that ITY fabric.

    I never thought to use different crotch lengths outside of the pattern size that I cut out. can you somehow send me a pic at dareslnt1@gmail.com or post a pic of what the pattern looked like once you finished cutting it out. thank you in advance

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    1. Thanks!!

      I'll pull it back out and email you.

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  14. I love these bright florals and they look so great on you.

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    1. Thanks Jean Margaret!! I am totally having a floral moment!

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  15. It's hard to believe that your mojo ever starts to wan when you keeping banging them out like this. One again both projects turned out awesome. I think you could do an off white/cream color or whatever color that is of the lining to compliment the jacket as well.

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  16. I had my doubts about the jumpsuit, and then, dangnation! That's really attractive (not just cute, cause you're a grownup)! Excellent pairing of pattern and fabric and model!

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  17. The fit on your jacket looks perfect! Great job on that jumper and yay for neckline and armhole finishing!

    www.StyleSewMe.com

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  18. Great jumpsuit -- Back in the day they would have called you 'foxy lady'. I found something for you:
    http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2015/05/diy-dinner-napkins/

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    1. Thanks Robin!

      I will take a look at that link because I was struggling!

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  19. Loving both these bright floral pieces on you!

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  20. I love that jumpsuit so much! SO much! The moto jacket too of course.

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  21. I absolutely love that jumpsuit. Thanks for the tip on how you sewed the flounce. I intend to pick this pattern up this weekend.

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    1. Thank you!! Can't wait to see yours!

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