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Documenting my sewing adventures, and the ins and outs of learning to adjust patterns for a perfect fit.

Tuesday Ramblings

Good Morning


I'm ordering my coat lining, this week. Probably today, I didn't get a chance to order it last week, got busy. And I have this thing now due to Amazon of expecting fast packages, so I tend not to order things at the end of the week because I want to receive it the week of the order.
I'm ordering from Vogue Fabrics, so I think I should still be able to get it this week.


 I know childish but Amazon has spoiled me. Well that's the update on the coat, I probably will cut out the bodice pattern pieces this evening and set it to the side. Still waiting on the Butterick pattern. The seller sent me a message this morning that it was returned to her because the label fell off. So I have to wait another week for that.


But that the only update I have about the coat


Blogging 2018

I'm debating if I want to give up blogging, on one hand I love having my own space in the world, but on the other hand I feel like its a lot of work and I wonder if I'm being effective. I thought about vlog, but haven't decide on that one yet? Any thoughts on which one is better.
I'm also a member of sewing pattern review
and Sewing Portfolio
and I have my instagram

I wish that there was a way, that once I did my blog post, I can click a button, and my sewing review is sent to Sewing pattern review, and my photos are sent to Sewing portfolio but it doesn't.

So I feel like I have all these different communities and you have to post separately on all of them.
But is it EFFECTIVE is my question?

I like sharing my sewing makes, and I want to learn new techniques, and document the process.
I don't feel like I'm a tutorial type of blogger, and I feel like there are a million in one technique videos, I just want to share my makes, lol.

The thing with social media we don't own those, and I guess technically I don't own blogger, but its still my blog outside of social media, or rather the domain name lol... 

So what do I do? Do I give up blogging, move to video blogging? Or just keep my Instagram, and post reviews on sewing pattern review or sewing portfolio
Questions I have with no answers....
Help a sista out, any advice would be appreciated.

Well that's enough of blogging issues. Lets Talk Spring Patterns.

                                      Simplicity Patterns

I'm really trying to cut down on patterns. As I'm learning my taste. I am accepting I don't have to buy a pattern because its new. I did a pattern cleanse where I got rid of at least 250 patterns, unfortunately I think I have bought about 50 more, My phone says I have 469 patterns. The goal is to never own more than 500, and hopefully maybe get down to 350 possibly. I do need to let some patterns go because I know I will not make them EVER.

So the new Simplicity patterns its a couple I like

My likes
Simplicity Pattern 8550 Misses' and Women's Dress, Tunic and Top

I love View A but I would need a belt to cinch my waist, I also wouldn't mind A as a top for a jumpsuit.




Simplicity Pattern 8560 Misses' Knit Sports Bras
I'm doing the RTW fast, and I need some new sports bras, so unless I make time to pick up some before the 31st I will need this pattern to make some.


Simplicity Pattern 8548 Misses' Knit Dress
I love this pattern because its simple, it has the raglan sleeves which looks nice on me, its plain, but can be dressed up or down. If  I pick this one up, I would force myself to get rid of 10 patterns.  To accept this one lol.


The patterns that was disappointing to me, was Mimi G patterns, please don't stone me. But I felt like she is starting to repeat things. I love a lot of her independent patterns, she puts out, however they are pdf patterns, and I don't have the resources to print them. And I took one of her patterns I did pick up to the printer to get printed, and they told me it would need two pages, it was like 18.00 dollars. I was like nope and I did print that one at my job.

I liked more of her older patterns for Simplicity, but I will say majority of them I have given away because I realize they weren't my style. I do still plan on making Simplicity 1283 and the coat from Simplicity 8451. I also still have Simplicity 8392 and 8334 (all those snaps required for this one is one of the reason why it has set, I may give up on that one. I think the snaps will cost more than the fabric lol.

But I'm not feeling the direction her Simplicity patterns are going. I did see a video she did when she talked about the process for doing a pattern with Simplicity and how much in advance she has to work on it. But yea, not liking it.
I can't draft patterns, not one bit, hence the reason why my winter coat will be a combination of two patterns .... lol so don't my two cents.


This pattern Simplicity Pattern 8547 Misses' and Miss Petite Dress by Mimi G Stylereminds me of
Simplicity Pattern 1276 Misses' and Miss Petite Knit Dress from Mimi G Style

This pattern
Simplicity Pattern 8558 Misses' Separates by Mimi G Stylereminds me of
Simplicity Pattern 8093 Misses' Sportswear from Mimi G Style


Thursday Ramblings-December Plans

Good Morning


I haven't touched my machine in a couple of weeks. Shameful I know, but I'm working a second job right now, so I've been super duper tired. Every day, I say I'm a quit the second job, then pay day rolls around and I'm like well its not so bad.


Truthfully I love my second job, most days, I'm on my feet and I walk a ton, I average about 14,000 steps a shift. I wrote out a 5 year plan/goals, stuck it on a board, and I guess you can call it a vision board, lol. I need a photo of a couple tho, because I'm thinking its time to actively start dating. So my mother can stop asking me, Anna, you got a boyfriend yet!!


Moving right along, so my goals for December, is to start my winter coat, here is the inspiration


Winter Coat Goals
Related image


Image from google
Dior Fall 2013 or maybe 2014


Oddly enough my friend sent me a text saying, I better make her a head scarf before I start a whole Olivia Pope winter coat.
I don't watch scandal so I wasn't aware, that this was worn by Olivia Pope, I may try to locate the episode to see if any shots of the back of the coat.
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 I thought this coat had a curve front hem now found another shot of this coat, and its straight, so maybe it was the camera angle, and the leg moving, but I'm leaning toward curving the front hem
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Back of the coat


I love the back of the coat, not sure how much I plan incorporate into my coat but I do love it

My Pattern Choices



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Butterick 5824



It's out of print and was hard to find in my size, I even sent a instagram message to McCall's pattern company, and Gertie herself no response back of course. I posted in a few facebook groups, then I remembered Gertie had a group so I posted there, and found one in the UK, so it should be here this week.
What I love about the pattern is the skirt and the collar, I feel this collar could be flipped up or worn down.
I started looking at different versions of this coat, and realized I wasn't liking the bodice and sleeves fullness, which she designed to be like this per her blog post, and seeing the finished garments on multiple people I wasn't sure if I wanted that. I wanted a more tailor cut. Because I already have larger arms and didn't want all that extra space.


So I went back and looked at this
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Vogue 9040

Honestly I think this pattern is suppose to be inspired by the Dior, just my thoughts. I sort liked the coat but wasn't thrill by it, however the bodice and sleeves, are perfect. So the goal is to take View D bodice and sleeves and put it on Butterick 5824 skirt.


I do want to keep the collar of the Butterick but I may play around with both to see which one I like the most. If I use Vogue I will have to have it extended to meet the front, it stops and just flaps the way it currently design and I don't like that.


I don't like either pockets, so I will have to figure out how to do my own.


Supplies

My body coating is from Fabric Mart, its a dark blue cashmere wool blend.
I'm leaning towards ordering this kasha satin lining from Vogue Fabrics


I've been reading about interlining/underlining, and I haven't really grasped it yet. If I use the kasha satin lining, which has flannel backing will I still have to interline the coating itself. Not so much the interfacing of it. If that makes sense.


I was debating if I should go with a cheaper lining, and just use a interlining for the whole coat, or just stick with the Kasha satin lining.

Other December Plans



Well that's enough about the coat, I also want to make two dresses this month, one I want a really fancy velvet dress, 70's vibes but I have no where to wear it too, unless my couch with wine counts.
I can't think what the second dress was for, oh the Little Red Dress project I may skip it tho because I can't think of anything to make.




I do have some cognac velour I want to make into a jump suit, we shall see. The only downside of the jumpsuit, is the zipper and not having anyone to unzip me when its time to go to the bathroom. I thought of making it off the shoulder, that way I have no problems. If I make it off the shoulders, I want fancy sleeves then.




Granted its already December 7th, lets see how much of this really gets done this month. I do plan to blog about the coat making process.


Well that's enough rambling for now...


Until Next time Sew on









Plaid Obsession continues.... New Look 6514

Happy Saturday


This month sew your view project hosted by @thatssewmonica and @feesewcrafty on Instagram was New Look 6514, its a duster pattern, 4 reviews. I decided on View B,

New Look 6514 View B added

 2nd bell sleeve


I Initially was going to do view A with B sleeve but decided to do View B which I am glad I did.

New Look Pattern 6514 Misses' Coat or Vest with Sleeve and Length Variations




The pattern itself goes together very quickly. I did have to do my usual bicep adjustment. I believe I cut XL and Large for the neck. I wanted pockets, but couldn't find my side pocket pattern piece, and was feeling lazy didn't want to draft one, so it doesn't have pockets. Which I truly regret not doing to the pockets. I thought about opening the sides to add them but decided against it.

Although I love dusters what I learned from doing this project which I sorta knew may be an issue, with a duster I will always want to cinch the waist somehow with a belt, or pockets, because I could put my hands in my pockets to sorta slim line the fit. I'm heavier on the bottom, so I tend cut the largest size. But when I put it on I have that larger than I am look, a belt at the waist helps to give me some separation from the waist to the hips if that makes sense.

Once I added the bell sleeve I wasn't happy with it, so I doubled it and finished it with bias tape, and asked on Instagram should I leave the tape hidden or exposed, and most people agreed exposed, so its exposed bias tape and I love it.

I have 3 more plaid projects I want to do not sure if my next project will be plaid or if I will move to my fall/winter dresses....

I'm happy with the seam matching etc, I used the yellow skinny line as my point of reference for matching.

I may make this duster again, however if I do I would make a front band facing, that is probably the one thing I didn't like about this pattern, the front is just turnt  hem. I would have preferred to have a front facing where when I turned it to where it open, it would like uniform. However since this plaid, it doesn't look to bad.

Fabric from :Joann's Fabric

Well that's it for now.... until next time Sew long


New Look 6514 View B

Happy with the matching lines


New Look 6514 View B

Sleeve View



New Look 6514 View B

Back has a center back seam but that matching is almost perfect













Oh Sweet Wonder.... Green Plaid McCall's 7627



Happy Saturday


Where do I begin, lets start off with inspiration. I went to Joann's Fabric Store, and I came across this green plaid fabric and I thought..... YESSSSSSSSSSS this would be perfect for McCall's 7627.

Now granted I had picked up two other plaids, which would have worked just fine, heavier weight but nope I chose the most flimsy fabric of them all.

The pattern takes a lot of fabric, and guess what I threw away the first set of sleeves, so I had to go purchase another 2 yards to finish this, and even though this was the wrong fabric to use, you got to sometimes follow through on a bad idea. And it looks pretty good but it was a mess to sew. But I will be wearing this like the masterpiece it is.





The sleeves gave me the blues because I swear no matter how much I marked the lines, they disappeared, also I couldn't do the baste stitching because it kept messing up my fabric (recall I said I was using the wrong fabric.)

But its done and I'm happy, if I made it again I probably would extend the peplum, I wanted more flair.

Had to practice the 

layout on the floor before cutting



McCall's 7627 View B


McCall's 7627 View B Sleeve details


McCall's 7627 View B it fits


McCall's 7627 View B



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