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!

Work in Progress 1/2022

Woohoo, first Work in Progress of the year!  This time there’s no tutorial or how to, just me trying to hold myself accountable to the ongoing list in my head!  Sooo…  In progress are a couple of projects for the girls and some projects taking care of the growing mountain of scraps in the corner of the sewing room.

Starting with the girls’ projects.  Waistcoats – or vests for my American friends.  I have been informed that those delightful fashions of the 90s are back in vogue, and top on the list of those fashions are waistcoats.  Daughter No1 is particularly keen on a waistcoat as top, so I trawled through 5 years of Burda magazines from 1996 to 2000 and found two patterns she liked, also found a pattern envelope in the pattern drawers and another that was the same as one of the magazine ones, but available in more sizes.

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I’ve toiled Burda 2889 and New Look 6943, and I think she’s gong to prefer the fit of the Burda.  I need to post these now and I hope there won’t be too many fitting adjustments to be made.  She’s wanting one in black and another in white, so as soon as I know one of them is the winning pattern, I’ll get buying fabric!

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Waistcoat patterns

Daughter No 2 is also on a 90s vibe, and fancies some of the long, flowing viscose dresses we used to wear.  Again, the Burda magazines have come up trumps and I have a pattern to toile this week.  It’s number 129 from the April 1994 (South African edition) magazine.  We had a video call over two boxes of magazines and there are a few other things she’s after, but I won’t list them all now!  I’ll start with the dress and trace the others after it’s toiled.

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Dress 129 from the April 1994 Burda magazine – South African issue

However, I have made another toile for her, a pair of shorts from what I’m sure is a very late 80s pattern, although it might be early 90s.  New Look 6009 has three shorts offerings, we’ve gone with the longer length with turn-ups.  Again. toile is done, just need a fitting done.  Fingers crossed, because I really like this pattern!!

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New Look shorts 6009

So that’s what’s on my sewing table for the girls, looks like summer is on the way!!  Do you have summer sewing plans?  I can’t say I have a pressing desire to sew anything massively summery for myself just yet – I’m sitting here with thick socks and a chunky jumper on to keep warm!

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