Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Boiled Wool Jacket 6PAC

Burda 8300
Completed my boiled wool jacket last night.  Used Burda 8300.

I wanted the jacket to look casual, so I turned the S/A to the right side.  Just could not get the seams to sit flush with the jacket so I sewed them down.  The  fabric was stretchy and fragile so I decided to interface the entire jacket with black.   Because the blue bits were falling off, and I may need to do repairs I decided not to line it.

Used  blue silk cut into bias stripes to finish the front facing.

Back View of the pleat.

This pattern had S/A.  I knew I wanted the 'deconstructed' look,  and it nearly done my head in working out what seams to remove.  I worked it out as I went along. (I think)

The dog and cat love photo time.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Wardrobe Planning NEUTRALS

       I have been re-thinking my approach to sewing the 6PAC (winter).  I selected  electric blue and black as my colours,  however electric blue is now where near a neutral, (yea YOU say)  So I have been thinking that I need to develop the idea of my 'grey and cream' 6PAC.

     Near us is Clarkson's Cash & Carry.  Their business is purchasing items from others business that have closed/gone bankrupt/over stocked etc. They have a huge amount of fabric .  Having stock from "Spot Light" that was water damaged in the floods for example, and  from other fabric shops that have ceased trading.

      At the moment they have some amazing fabrics that belonged to a high end tailor. (deceased) They have beautiful wools , silks and linens.  Much of this fabric is difficult to find in Aust., and I have been having a lot fun adding to my stash.

      So with the NEUTRAL colour scheme in mind I purchased 5 metres of a grey wool gabardine.  I have been thinking that I want to make pants and a long jacket.  I think this pattern is the one.

The pants look comfortable without a waist band.  (a good design for a rectangle)
Jacket falls to the thighs.... and I also like the shorter length.
     I am assuming that these garments will be with me for a while, should I do bound buttonholes, or is the jacket to casual?   I have the black and blue jacket almost completed.... cannot make up my mind whether to line it or to just leave it.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Winter 6PAC

I have completed two more pieces of the winter 6 PAC.  A black/white stripped  Hot Pattern T-shirt  and a black stretch jeans using this Burda Pattern.

Skinny stretch black denim jeans
The Hot Pattern T-shit and jeans

 These are really slim jeans; and have come up a little, maybe half a size too small.   I rarely "fit as I sew" , so I am sort of happy with the pattern. I think the capri length will be good for spring/summer. Especially when walking at the beach as there is always a 'rouge' wave.

Stepping up

    I need to become more  creative with the way I use the media (fabric) and notions.  When I look at RTW I love the details;  the piping, zips, combinations of textures /colours and using the fabric in unusual/creative  ways.  I need to incorporate these things into my sewing and take it to the next level.

    Selecting the right fabric for a garment is always a challenge which I think I get 'right' most of the time.  I know how select patterns for my shape and can  alter Burda patterns to fit me.   I have a big stash which I have been deliberating "growing" (trying to buy fabric that is right for me when I see it) and can 'see' opportunities to combine different fabrics/colours and textures.

     I pulled a few pieces from my closet and to look at the detail.

Seams have been overlocked/coverlocked
and turned to the right side.

This is from Country Road.
 Like the use of black piping.
This tunic has three pleats at the hem