Monday, February 28, 2011

A Good DVD on Jackets

I've become an information junkie and am always scouring around for new learning tools.  Here is a good DVD by Sandra Betzina.   What I like is that she describes jacket construction on real jackets, shows a teaching presentation then goes to the machine and sews it up.  I personally don't love when instructors jump from one completed step to the next, I want to see them on the machine making it all work the way I will when I do it myself.  Sandra does it all from soup to nuts.  I find myself playing chapters during construction and it really helps, especially with sleeves and linings.  I consider this one a good investment.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Vogue 8644

Cut and ready to sew.  I need a dress for the grey jacket and ordered a beautiful print from FabricMart but the color wasn't quite right once I received it.  To the stash, found a lovely remnant wool from BBlack and Sons, it's a summer weight wool with a touch of lycra and I'm hoping it will turn out.  I'm only doing the dress for now, but may make the jacket later.  I was inspired by The Mahogany Stylist who made it in yellow and it is stunning.

BTW, I wore the black and white jacket today and received a constant stream of compliments, doesn't it feel good after all that work? ;-)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Simplicity 4047 Jacket Done

Here's the jacket, it was easy to make, all the pieces fit together easily and construction was very basic.  The front of the jacket stretched a bit and had to be eased back onto the facing very slightly.  This is something that happens a lot during construction and should be checked.  Sometimes I lay the pattern back over the piece to check but this time I used fusible hymo from B. Black and Sons on the facing- it didn't change.  I like to use hymo in any jacket that requires good shape, even if the pattern calls for fusible tricot you may want to beef up a cuff or collar with hymo as I feel it gives controllable shape (collar up or down, it stays where you style it!).
My tool for this post are my Kai Tailoring Shears, I love the 10" size and use them most often, they cut ALL fabric like butter!

Collar up
Collar down

Scissors on fusible hymo

Sunday, February 13, 2011

A little inspiration

What makes a great suit?  I love a good cut, smooth fit and great fabric.  Marilyn Monroe is wearing a sophisticated suit that shows off her figure and looks very chic.  Then, there's this Lilli Ann suit, this is my idea of dressing at it's finest, I can do without the fur sleeves but the rest is a knockout suit for a special occasion.  Inspiring?

Monday, February 7, 2011

Halfway with the jacket

Here's a look at the front.  Fabric ravels very well :)!  My solution for marking was to use tailor tacks everywhere, they really helped a lot.  I also used the Clover chalk marker to mark the darts and foldline for the vent in back.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

1950's and 60's Trend for S/S 2011 gives great information about fashion trends and I am intrigued with this one.  What luck, as I've been sewing these patterns up lately.  I'm going to look through my patterns to see what else will work because I love the fit and cut of clothes from that era, everything conforms to a woman's shape.  I may even try a full skirt- haven't worn one since 1984!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Retro Again?

I love this jacket, it's from the 50's and has a very nice cut also it isn't fitted.  I'm losing those 10 lbs. I gained over the holidays and need to sew pieces that aren't too form fitting; what if I did?  I'd probably get too comfortable in this size and we can't have that.  I'll be cutting this out in black and white tweed and will post more later.