Autumn Leaves Jacket

After a flurry of finished projects, and some tidying up of my “fix-it” pile, I’m ready to get going with my leaf print jacket.  Maybe.  I had these two sketches in my sketchbook, either would work for the jacket, but neither was 100% right.

Jacket idea no. 1

As you can see I have copious notes!

Jacket Idea no2 (with alterations)

Ok, so what I’m really thinking of is a bit of peplum detail, but not a wavy, fluffy one.  I like structure, so I like the pleats in version 2.  I also am definitely having the neckline detail in version 1.

So here’s a version with the bits I like together:

“Final” design

Sleeve…  I’m hankering after the Crater Sleeve from Pattern Magic 1.  But full length, or 3/4 with a turn-back cuff?

Crater Sleeve from Pattern Magic 1

I really love that sleeve, and I think with the neckline from the first design it will look fabulous!  I just need to decide on the length…  Also, I need to decide if the style lines actually work on my body, rather than the skinny-minny croquis from my sketch book.  So I put together these:

Autumn Leaf Jacket design sketches

So what do we think??  Here’s another picture of the fabric.

Leaf print for jacket

And here I thought the pattern was ready, and I could cut out this weekend!  Now I’m not so sure.  :s

Silver Lining takes on a darker edge

Another project finished!  I have had this beautiful blue/black silk devore for some time now.  I bought it from Rosenberg & Sons when they used to come up to Solihull with all their temptations.  They filled the Methodist Church Hall with fabric delights.

I decided at the last minute to cut it out back in May, I had a reception to go to for an old school friend’s wedding, and thought it would be just the ticket.  Except that one day was never going to be enough time, especially with my Dad visiting.  So it sat on my sewing desk all this time.

I used the pattern for the Silver Lining blouse I made earlier in the year, I haven’t made any adjustments to the pattern at all.  I am sorry I took so long to get it made up, I really like this new version!

I love this version! Perfect for winter.

It’s pretty see through stuff, so for the cuffs, collar and polo opening tabs I used a plain blue silk satin, also from Rosenberg.  The colour is slightly different to the devore, but I think it works ok.  I also used the plain satin to face the yoke front and back, and for the stay on the puffy part of the sleeve.  I will definitely be wearing a cami or vest top under this blouse!  All the seams are French seams, there is no way you want to see fluffy seam allowances through this fabric!

I am in two minds about something though.  On this version I have not put a button on the polo tab.  I looked through my stash and had nothing that was right.  If the size and colour were suitable, the weight wasn’t.  So for now there isn’t one.  What do you think, should I just leave it off and have it open like this?

We went out for afternoon tea after taking these pics, I think we deserved something yummy!

Apricot tart and cherry clafoutis

Now I need to get back to that leaf print linen……  If I can manage to keep my sticky fingers out of the Fancy Silk Store tomorrow.    :s

Muse Marathon

Let’s get it out in the open.  Second to my fabric obsession, I love music.  This week I have made a few new purchases from Amazon – God bless downloads!  I have christened my latest two projects with Muse song titles, partly because they fit so well,  and partly because all the 71 Musesongs iTunes says I have, have been on shuffle continuously for the last 2 days!

So without further ado, I present “Supermassive Black Hole”…  Ok, there was no way that Liberty silk was going to disappear into my fabric cupboard.  Who knows when it would have seen the light of day again?  I got the fabric washed and ironed by Monday evening, then waded through my Burdas to choose a pattern.  It wasn’t hard really, top no 138 from August 2011 was the one.  I’ve used the pattern before, and it was perfect for the silk.

Black and grey floral print Liberty Silk

Next, “Absolution”.  I beg absolution for my fabric buying sins!  I do hope that by not letting either of these peices languish in the fabric cupboard, that I have managed to obtain just a little bit.  The pattern for the trousers was another well used and loved Burda pattern, no 118 from April 2009.  If you see the pic in the magazine, you will see what the wow factor is.  The wide bootcut legs, topped off – or is that ended off, with a deep turn-up.  Devine!

And all those plaid stripes meet up – even on the pockets!
Snappy pockets, plaid lining up.

These projects with details and more pictures can be found in my Burdastyle studio.  So, I’m a happy bunny!  Just need to finish the hand stitching on the blue silk devore and that’s another project finished!  YAY!!

 

 

Cheating

I have a fabric confession to make. I need more of the stuff like I need a hole in the head, but that never seems to stop me acquiring more. On Sunday I accompanied a friend to Fred Winter‘s in Stratford on Avon to help her to choose some fabric for a couple of projects. Caroline Winter’s eyes literally lit up when she saw us. She knows us well.  Actually she knows me way too well!  😀

So going from not needing anything at all I ended up leaving with this:

2m of navy & grey plaid wool + 2% elastane

and…

1.5m Black and grey floral print Liberty silk satin

However. I still haven’t finished the blue devore blouse (not much left, only some hand stitching) and haven’t even started the jacket to be made with that great leaf-print linen. Although the pattern is finally finished, so it’s not quite as bad as it sounds.

So am I really allowed to make something new/different? Heck yeah! That’s why I am cheating. I have cut out the wool to make a pair of trousers using a Burdastyle pattern, and the silk is also cut, another Burdastyle pattern. Look for the finished articles this weekend, and on Burdastyle too!  I think I may need another category for commercial pattern use, otherwise I really will only have sporadic posting!

By the way, has anyone seen some of the fabulous wool coating, not to mention all the other fabrics that Truro Fabrics have in at the moment?  I pinned some great colours to my Pinterest boards last night.  It’s my version of online/virtual shopping – I haven’t spent anything, but I still get to see lovely fabric!  On the other hand, I may need some afterall –  Daughter no1 fancies a new coat..  hmm

Anyone for felt hearts??

A bowl of felt heart magnetism..

Yup, they have little magnets inside! How cute to decorate the fridge with these? 😀   Right, I’m off to finish all these projects today!  Talk about Sewing with a Plan!!

Catching Up

It’s been a while…..  There are times when I wish there were two of me, and I think I can safely say I’m not the only one who wishes they could clone themselves, just to get more done.  So what’s been happening??  We’ve had some changes here.

Daughter No1 has started University and has moved into accomodation in Birmingham.  It’s not far, but far enough for her to start an independent life.  Of course, when she comes down with “Fresher’s Flu” it’s also close enough to hop on a train and come home!  It’s different here at home without her, Daughter No2 really misses her company.

I haven’t done much pattern cutting, and that’s why I haven’t been posting.  I am hoping that with the arrival now of Autumn and routines back in place that I can get going again.  Here is a little peek at what I have been doing instead…

Granny Square Sampler Afgan

Back in June I started this project, following Blair Stocker’s crochet-along on her blog, Wisecraft.  I though it would be a nice gift for Daughter No1 to take to Uni, and at the same time I could use up my scraps of various Rowan cotton yarns.  Little did I realise what a monster project it was going to become!  (And that it was going to require much, much more than the left-overs I had.)  I finally finished this blanket after doubling the amount of squares originally made so I could get the size I wanted.  There are many photos of other afgans on the Flickr group.

Not content with doing all that, I spotted some brilliant, coloured twine in a local garden centre, made in Scotland!  So here is what I thought I’d do with that…

Crotchet with twine – this will be a striped basket

Not finished yet, in fact, barely started, but I hope to make some baskets.  You know the type, little baskets for junk to accumulate in, and for your car keys to mysteriously disappear into the bottom of.  Or to pop a plant pot into…

So – sewing.  I cut out the most beautiful silk satin devore fabric waaaay back in May to make another version of my Silver Lining blouse.  I have to hang my head and admit right now that that was as far as I got, as other projects stampeded ahead of it.  So as part of my “Autumn cleaning” I have determined to make it up.  It is going to be fabulous!!  Here’s a glimpse at the sleeve so far.  I hope to finish it by the weekend, and if the weather’s good there will be some lovely photos.

Sleeve from “Silver Lining” pattern in navy & black silk satin devore

So that’s it for now.  I’m off to make 1/4 scale patterns for the Pattern Magic weekend!  What fun..  😉  Happy Autumn everyone!

Can sewing be an Olympic sport?

Wow, what an amazing week it has been at the Olympics!  Everyone is doing well, and I have to say I am blown away by the dedication and commitment of these athletes!  Best personality of the games so far has to be Bert le Clos, father of South African Chad le Clos who had the US Olympic swimming legend, Michael Phelps on the back foot.  Not much sewing has been done, I must be honest, and the fabric piles are not going quietly.  I dug these two pieces out of the cupboard over the weekend, and they are my next task.

A sturdy cotton/linen blend with leaf print

This stuff is quite cool.  I got it in Derby in May, intending to make cushions or something, but I just couldn’t cut it up into little squares.  I’ve sort of decided to make a jacket with it for the Autumn.  I’m picturing a hip-length jacket with jetted pockets and maybe a pleat detail at the back.  One thing that is definitely going to happen is the crater sleeve from Pattern Magic 1!  I have been waiting a while to do that sleeve, and I’m feeling it for this fabric.  I will get cracking on some sketches first, to get a better feel for what I have in my mind.  I also think I might use a sidebody this time, to see how different the fit is.

Leaf print – perfect for Autumn!

The other fabric is this gorgeous Liberty tana lawn.  One of my students had some from Fred Winter in Stratford on Avon a couple of months ago and taunted me with a picture of it on twitter.  Did I have the commitment to resist?  Did I, like hell!  The first opportunity I got I was off to Freds for my own little bit.  They only had 2m left, so naturally I got the lot!

Big “blousey” flowers, love it!

Now, I didn’t think this was really me, until I brought it home.  I love it!  Carolyn made a blouse from several patterns that has turned out pretty great, I love her collar and the roll-up sleeve with tab.  I tend to roll my long sleeve shirts, even in the winter, or wear 3/4 length.  Problem with 3/4 length is that they end up under your armpit when you put on jumpers and jackets!  I won’t be making this as billowy as Carolyn’s, I’d prefer it to be a bit more fitted.

So that’s the fabric sorted, now to make the patterns!  Watch this space, but don’t hold your breath too long, we still have another week of amazing sport to watch!  Maybe if sewing was included, I might get more done!!!

Birthday presents!

Thanks for all your well wishes, and comments.  Who’s been watching the great Games??  I have been blown away by the crowds, they’ve been so loud!  Especially when Team GB are participating!  😀  I have my giveaway winners…..  Daughter No2 picked numbers out of her favourite summer hat this morning, and this is what we have:

The Winnifred Aldrich book goes to……..  Prttynpnk

The Burdastyle magazines go to……. Pendle Stitches

and the suprise bundle goes to…………..  Vicki Kate!!!!

All wrapped up and ready for their new homes!

Congratulations guys, I hope you have hours of fun with your stuff!  😀  Now all you need to do is email me with your postal addresses, and these will be winging their way to you.  Email me on handmade-1 at live dot co dot uk.

Now for more sewing while I try to watch the Olympics at the same time….  At least my fix-it-and-finish-it pile has shrunk a bit!