Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Whole Lot of Sewing

I haven't been blogging but I have been sewing up a storm.

I've been putting a lot of thought into what pieces I really wear out of all the things I make.The answer is SPORTSWEAR. I love making and wearing casual suits.As well,I love dresses and in the summertime I wear sundresses a lot when it's hot.Last year I made three new sundresses so this year I want to make a couple of skirts which I also wear quite often at this time of year.

I had a whole lot of this navy and white pin-cord cotton and I decided to make a Sportswear Mini Swap.

I used these patterns and made three pieces.

The Vogue Designer pattern ,I admit,was a stretch for me as far as the style.I also knew that it probably wasn't right for my 5'4.5" chesty shape ,but I just loved it and had to make it.

The New Look pant pattern is a TNT and the same one I used for these. the New Look skirt is OOP and I thought perfect for varying the lay of the stripes.

I started with the pants and they were a joy to make. When I tried to top-stitch , the result looked like a series of crooked skipped stitches I guess because the stripes are so mini.Not to be deterred, I decided to use a zigzag stitch. After a bit of experimenting, I ended up feeding two threads into a 90/14 universal needle and a 2.5 wide and 2.5 long stitch.I really like the result.

I trimmed both the pockets and the hem with navy grosgrain ribbon. I wasn't sure about the hem but when I asked for my DH's opinion ,he said he liked it at the hem so I did but am not sure I like it.

The shirt I'm wearing with my cropped pants in this photo is a linen version of a Sandra Betzina shirt which she fitted for me at her workshop

Next up was the Vogue jacket.

I cut out a size 12 and added an inch to each side but didn't need it. I did my usual FBA and followed the instructions and had no problems. Again I used a zigzag top-stitch but I limited it to just a few places.The sleeve cuffs are really weird in this pattern but I resisted the urge to change them to a more ordinary look. I may change them yet. I'll wear it a few times before I decide.

I love big buttons and this jacket was a perfect chance to use them. These buttons are an inch and a quarter and I just couldn't bring myself to make the buttonholes. Instead I used snaps and just sewed the buttons to the right side of the jacket.

Since I want to wear this as much as possible into the summer months, I decided to line the jacket with cotton voile so it would be cooler. It isn't an ideal lining for a jacket as it's not slippery, but it's too late to turn back now.

I've made this skirt before in the longer length in a red striped stretch denim. I can't show it because my daughter has it in Ottawa.Anyway, I pictured an A-line skirt for this fabric and I also think I'll wear it more than I would a straight or pencil skirt in the casual life that I live.I lined it with a rayon lining mainly because I didn't have any voile left.

I'm showing my less-than-perfect invisible zipper here ( Carolyn if your reading this you are not alone). I've been using invisible zippers for a few years and I have this thing that if it's not completely invisible after two tries, I just leave it alone.

Here I am looking rather bedraggled (I just got my hair cut today and it's kind of flat)in my new sportswear.

If you want to see more, look here.


Julia said...

Awesome ensemble! I love all the different lines to your pieces!

Gail said...

Thats a really smart ensemble. I particularly like the jacket.

gwensews said...

Very nice outfit. The cropped pants look good on you. The red shoes and accessories are perfect.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Oooohhhh Diana, you have been busy! I LOVE the jacket and skirt together and how you used the zigzag as the topstitching. I will have to remember that! And thanks for showing the invisible is nice to know that others have some challenges with this zipper too!

Finally, you need a great white tunic to go over the pants...and I'm with your husband. I love the ribbon at the pocket and hemline.

Joyce in NC said...

Very nice!!

Lindsay T said...

The skirt is my fave, though I like them all. Nice!

Chris said...

Nice outfit, love the zigzag topstitching, very unique touch!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

You have been very busy Diana. Now that I see the topstitching I love it. It's a great idea. All pieces look wonderful and I really like the red shoes :) The jacket is beautiful and the sleeves look great without the changes.

Julia said...

Thank you for the encouraging remarks while my mom has been ill . She's better.

Linda T said...

What cute outfits. I really like the jacket.

Vicki said...

Very nice mini swap!! Great idea on the topstitching. Love all the photos and what a lovely house you have :))

Brenda said...

Lovely coordinates. The choice of the pinstripe with the topstitching is awesome. Beautiful combo.

Anonymous said...

Great garments! I really like the zig-zag topstitching.

Tany said...

Yes, you've been very busy producing such lovely garments! They look truly fabulous, well done!