Work in Progress on a Thursday

Hello to anyone who might be lurking around, waiting for a blog post from me. It’s been ages…  I had two in the pipeline over the summer but didn’t have photos, so they’re still in my drafts!  This post should have gone up yesterday and been a Work in Progress Wednesday post but, as I’ve become less used to blogging and what needs to be done, I forgot to take adequate photos of the process….  Anyhow, I have something, which is always better than nothing!!

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Waistcoat patterns

The waistcoat I’m making is a Burda pattern from the 90s, one I made for myself when I was in my 20s – Burda 2889 for those who might be interested in tracking it down.  Over the summer, daughter no 1 requested a waistcoat to wear as a top, rather than over a tee or shirt.  I made her a black cotton twill version and an off white one in linen.  I don’t have photos of them on her, but have been assured that they fit fine and have been worn.

Roll on to Autumn and daughter no 2 would like waistcoats to wear over shirts – preferably  shirts with some sort of interesting (big) sleeve.  And yes, I’ll be making those too…  So I toiled the size 10 in the same pattern and she likes it.  I like it because I didn’t need to make any adjustments!  I had some leftover pieces of wool in the stash from other projects, so we decided to use these instead of buying more fabric.  Thankfully the linings have also come from the stash, so that’s made these waistcoats very economical!

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Facings and linings, front (left) and back (right.

Version one is using a windowpane wool I used for my Assembly Line V-Neck Dress.  The left over pieces were akward shapes and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to patternmatch anywhere, which almost prompted me to cut some panels on the bias, just to be obviously different!  But there wasn’t space for that either.  In the end, the front and back pieces match, but I couldn’t get the side seams on the right lines.  It’s disappointing, but I hope it won’t be too obvious.

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All sewn together, seam allowances layered and clipped, ready for turning.

The pattern as it comes doesn’t have facings and seperate linng pieces, you cut double fronts and the rest all in lining, but the lining is a very different shade and I didn’t want any of that to roll out and stick up over the edges.  So I traced the pieces and made facings and linings, only just having enough of the wool to cut them all out. It sewed up well and I’m pleased with it, even the faux welt pockets.  I’ll be leaving these off the next version because the wool I’ll be using is thicker and it’ll just be bulky.

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Faux welt pockets, cut on the bias
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Little brown buttons with a fleck of white from the stash will do nicely.

I’ve hand sewn the remaining lining side seam and actually managed to find buttons in the stash (that’s a miracle in itself!).  I had hoped to use some bronze or brass metal buttons but, as luck would have it, I didn’t have any of a suitable size and number.  I found something in the brown buttons section in the stash that will do the job just fine.  I want to get it all done today so I can start on the next one, and then a pair of Lander Pants for the same daughter is on the list.  I also have a Paper Theory Olya shirt for myself cut and ready to go – but first, waistcoats and Landers!  And I will nag and nag and nag for photos on a person so I can show you want the waistcoats look like on a human!

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My new sewing room helper. The great distraction in my life since the beginning of September!

In the mean time, I have to keep my sewing stuff under supervision these days, since we acquired a British Shorthair kitten at the beginning of Septermber.  She is at once cute, cuddly and a little terrorist!

Contrasts

I made another LB Pullover on the day I started the Teddy Pants!  I had some left-over black wool from a pair of trousers made years ago, not enough for another pair, sadly.  I had thought to cut the top part of the Assembly Line A-Line dress and make a top, but there wasn’t enough space for all the pieces, when I thought of the LB.  Sure enough, it fitted and I cut it out!  It makes up so quickly!  I thought it might be a little scratchy on the neck, but so far so good, a perfect extra layer for those cold days.  Now I know, I have a few of these now, but you know, it’s a darn good pattern, so comfy to wear.  I have no problem making numerous versions of the same pattern – hence the 5 pairs of Teddy Pants!

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I have made myself an unofficial pledge to use up my stash, not that it’s huge, it’s just there.  It’s time for me to start with the fabric and find a pattern, rather than the other way around!  And if I can’t find anything, instead of offering the fabric to the girls, I’m going to sell it on, let someone else have the joy of making something lovely.  It’s the same principal with the vintage patterns.  I don’t need to hoard hundereds of vintage patterns!  What for??  Let someone else have them, use them, frame them, whatever.  They don’t deserve to be hidden in my sewing room in a chest of drawers.

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Yes, it was windy, but I wanted photos outside in the sun! So now I have a moustache….

I was hunting for fabric for the top for my Japanese Sewing contribution when I re-found some white linen in the linen box.  I’ve had it a while, it’s a sturdy, thickish weave – plenty of body to hold a shape.  I’m pretty sure I made a while inin skirt for Daughter No2 out of the rest of it, years and years ago now!  I tried cutting some Kana’s Standard trousers out of it last summer, but there isn’t enough, and it isn’t drapey at all. But I had a brainwave.

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To use it up and get it out of the stash, I’ve made another LB Pullover!  Short sleeve with simple neckband, it’ll be good to wear in the summer.  I used the bias neckband, cut to the height for the crew-neck, I love the way it stands up!  It’s got a 60s vibe now.  The neckband had to be cut in two pieces, which left a join at the centre front.  So I decided to accentuate it by adding a vintage glass button.  The thickness of the linen makes it stand away from the body – which is going to be perfect when the humidity reappears.

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I also dug out a pile of linen leftovers.  They’re all pieces I couldn’t get rid of when making trousers, but honestly, what can you do with such small pieces?  Well, I’m going to try to assemble them into a decent looking top!  It’ll be patchwork pieced, but I hope to make it neat.  And it’ll remind me of all those trousers I’ve made in shades of blue linen over the years!!  Talking of patching pieces, there were some bits of stripey jersey in another box – they’ll either become a Lark Tee or a Basic Instinct tee for the summer.  The colours all go, and as they’re all viscose jersey, they should all behave in the same way too.  Fingers crossed!

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It seems my go-to for a quick top is either the LB Pullover, or the Uvita Tee!  I have to admit, they’re so useful in my wardrobe, take very little time to whip up and aren’t fabric hungry.  But they aren’t overly challenging.  Then again, in the current climate, I don’t actually want too many projects that are challenging!!  Sometimes you just want to go into the sewing room and run something up – not needing acres of instructions and hours of thought.  Just get in and sew!  Anyone with me?

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