Wednesday, October 14, 2015

WIPs and What Not

At the end of September, I had no definitive plans for October other than the Burda pants and Lekala jacket. But I can't sew any pants right now, as much as I want to.

I hate alterations. I know it's really whiny to complain about ripping out a few inches of stitches but MEH!!! With the exception of the very 1st pair I made, I need to take in all of my other V9032 trousers. Taking daily photos of my outfits has made this more important to me. I hate that my pants are droopy in the butt! I like my pants fitted, so this is not working.

As a palette cleanser (haha!) I cut out a pink version of B5678. Yes, a button-front shirt with collar and cuffs...Oy!  It's actually done now and awaiting buttons and buttonholes (I'm being gifted pretty shell buttons!); but I took this pic the other day and just never got around to writing this post until now.


My husband was genuinely disturbed by the color choice. He said I don't wear much pink and asked "But what will it go with?!". Oh boy...it will go with black, gray, tan, brown, blue, some prints...it will go! :)

As I neared the final stages of this, I was really uncertain of what to sew next. I'd posted this pic on IG for suggestions. 


Many suggested a jacket; but it's only 3 yards. And no way can I match the stripes on the front, sides, facings, sleeves...on a jacket with only 3 yards

Many others suggested a cape. I am not too into capes but even still, this is Minnesota! A cape will be good for about a few weeks at best. Then it won't be appropriate again until late April/early May. 

Husband suggested a skirt. I was sort of leaning towards a bias cut skirt or wrap skirt or something that breaks up the very regular plaid/stripes. 

I got the suggestion for a sheath and decided on that with New Look 6261 (made previously here)


This is only the front. He was adamantly shaking his head no. I told him that I like it, it's kind of preppy! He said, the preppy look is so 90s.

Oh boy.

THE 90s ARE BACK! Clearly he is not keeping up with fashion trends :-p

I've always like layered looks but always felt I was too columnar and too busty. But last year I started layering lightweight merino sweaters over my button fronts and loved it! So this is a trend I am kind of eager to try. And surprisingly, aside from 2 evening versions, I have no sheath dresses.

I was going to make this dress in navy before and something went wonky with the hips and I just hung it in the back of my closet and never finished it. But I have tried it on a couple times. I had almost decided to just finish this one, but I never staystitched the neck and armholes and they're probably all stretched out by now. Anyway, here is a version of B5678 under a version of NL6261

Looks better with the sleeves rolled up, IMO.



My sew-jo is on it's coffee break right now. Since the fabric is wool, I'll be lining it. I keep telling myself "all" I have to do is cut and sew the lining. And attach it. And insert the zipper. And hem it...and it'll be done. That's all. ;-)

We will see what, if any, sewing I get done this week!


19 comments:

  1. Love the shirt, the check dress will be awesome! Hubby will probably like it when it's done, he just can't visualise it yet.

    My sewing has stalled. I need new clothes so I'd better get stitching!

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    1. Yes! Get to that machine! :)

      He is pretty vocal. So I rarely pay him any attention. Hahaha!

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  2. I love the sheath in that wool fabric with the pink shirt.

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  3. What do you think about Vogue 8956 in the plaid? Yes, you'll end up with a pretty large scrap, but maybe you could include some type of accent... like a scarf/shawl? Just a thought. don't worry - the sew-jo will return.

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    1. Well, since I've already cut the sheath I'd say I'm down to just under 2 yards. I'm surprised view A of that pattern uses so little fabric!!!

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  4. I love plaid in a bias cut garment (my two cents worth). The sheaths and blouses look great to me. 90's? I don't think so. Wear the sheath with a sweater and a string of pearls--they'll be calling you Mrs. Obama (lol).

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    1. Oh to have FLOTUS' style! :)

      I really like that plaid because the camel background keeps it neutral and then you can also play up the stripe colors.

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  5. Well, I love the preppy look - and if you do as well, wear it while you can. And you will look stunning in pink. My sew-jo must be having coffee with your sew-jo this week...

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    1. Thank you!

      Tell that errant mojo to get back to work!!!

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  6. I like the pink shirt with the plaid. I don't keep up with trends either (like your husband) but I like it. Glad to hear it's cut already!

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    1. Oh I am totally NOT trendy! LOL! I think we're seeing 90s inspired patterns too!

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  7. I think the choice you made is a good one. I like the look of that sheath in the plaid.

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  8. Plaid sheath is classic not 90s -- looks great. I always do the lining first as a sort of muslin and because I lose my mojo for the project if I do the lining last--feels like a heavy chore at that point.

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    1. When I make coats/jackets I MUST do the lining first! With a dress it isn't so bad for me.

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  9. Ask for an opinion, then totally ignore the response. I do this to my husband all the time.

    And apparently I need a sheath in my closet. I don't have any sleeveless dresses I could layer like this, and I like the look!

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  10. I love the blue sheath on you! Also, the pink shirt looks good too. After starting on my wedding dress, I lost all of my sewjo and can't wait till it returns.

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  11. "My sewjo is on its coffee break . . ." Totally stealing this next time mine abandons me :-)

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