Skip to main content

Comparing instructions

The jacket is not done yet, and I didn't sew anything in between, like the blouse last week. I did make the collar, and one sleeve is inserted. Time is not on my sewing side at the moment. Hope to finish it this weekend, there's just too little time (why do we need sleep?).

Sewing the slit of the sleeve was quite difficult (it was the only part till now where I followed the Vogue instructions), the seam ripper was necessary twice, and understitching amost impossible.

Yesterday in bed I was "reading" the pattern for Vogue 1064, to know whether there were any special things in construction for that one. Both the jacket I'm working on (1063) and the 1064 are Anne Klein patterns, from the most recent  collection and both have a slit in the sleeve. To my surprise the construction for the slit is very different on the 1064 pattern. And now I've seen that, I remember I made a slit before in the way it's described in the 1064 pattern and it's much easier to do. Why didn't I remember that earlier on? I'll do the second sleeve in the same way as the first, but writing down this here, I hope to remember it for the future.

Construction 1063 1064


  1. This is why I hardly ever read instructions anymore :-)) The second version is logical. Smart of you to post this for future reference.

  2. I rememebr using the second methos on a BWOF jacket too...


Post a Comment

Comments are very much appreciated! I read all of them, try to answer the questions but don't always have time to react to comments.

Popular posts from this blog

How to sew a sleeveless top with facings

Edit to make this post only about the technique, not my ramblings on other subjects.
This is about making a sleeveless cowl neck top with a facing for both the front and the back. In this way no special finishing of the arm holes is needed. This method is based on Carolyn’s way of making a top with all seams enclosed.

Let me show you how to do this. It’s a good reminder for myself too, I forget when I haven’t done it in a while.
First you need a pattern that has a facing for the back that extends below the armhole. Also the front facing has to extend below the armhole. Easy enough to adapt a pattern, just trace a line about 5 cm (2 inches) below the armhole. The photo below shows you the facing of the back

Step 1: stabilize the back neckline of the back pattern piece

Step 2: with right sides together, sew the neckline of the back and the back facing, press but do not topstitch

Step 3: With right sides together, sew the armhole of the front to the armhole of the front facing.

Step 4:…

Pants fitting, part 1

First, I'd like to thank all who commented on the fitting issues for my pants. I did look at Debbie's site and somehow thought it would not be the "one" answer to my problem, as I've become convinced that there is no one-step solution for me. But I think I have found part of the solution there. Tonight I spent adapting my pattern and making a muslin.

My starting point, after reading all the information was the Threads issue of January 2006, an article by Joyce Murphy Adjusting pants from waist to seat. In this article she describes "body space" as an important point in fitting pants. And it does make sense to me, as women have very different shapes. One needs more space in the front, and others (like me) more in the back.
The picture above shows the body space in my pattern, which is 15 cm. I tried to measure my own bodyspace by taking two rulers, and it is 19 cm, which means that 2 cm more is needed (half of the extra width in the pattern). The article d…

A new to me pattern company

If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time you know I’m not too much into Indie designers. After the initial hype a few names/brands have survived that offer more than just a simple pencil skirt at a ridiculous price. I still haven’t tried many but this time I was intrigued enough to buy the Wenona shirt pattern from Named Clothing.I saw a review on this shirt that made me look further. Must have lived under the proverbial rock because I’ve never seen or noticed it before and it has some nice details and there are some nice variations to be found (here and here for example). Though I’m certainly not the first one to try this pattern, I’ll post my experiences with it in this and upcoming posts. The pattern is a pdf pattern. I’m not fond of them, but have grown accustomed to the idea that it’s the way it is now. Sometimes it is instant gratification if you want the pattern fast or don’t want to pay high shipping costs.Notes on the pdf fileAvailable in English and FinnishLots of inst…