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Working on a shirt

I’ve had quite a productive weekend. I made one knit top that I’ll show you later when I have a picture of me wearing it. Further I’m working on Vogue pattern 8689, a new pattern for a basic shirt. I learned to sew using Burda and Knip Mode patterns, without seam allowances. And till now, almost 40 years later, I'm still not used to working with patterns that have seam allowances. I miss the feeling for size, the curves and most of all: how the seams fit together. I've been sewing the collar and the sleeves already, and from the blue marks, that will fade away with water, you can see that I marked the seamline where the cuff has to meet the sleeve. That was needed, because I used the method to attach a cuff as described by Sherry from the blog Pattern, Scissors ~ cloth. The cuff is not sewn to the sleeve first, but the sleeve is put into the cuff that is sewn together already and then topstitched. By the topstitching the cuff gets attached to the sleeve. Pretty neat method.Wh…

What's next

Wow, what a lot of nice comments on my coat. Thank you! And it feels good to have all things finished, though that wasn’t for long. I’m making pants again. I still don’t have a TNT pants pattern, so that’s what I’m working on now.I’ve sincerely thought about making another coat (from the september BurdaStyle magazine), but decided against it for the moment for various reasons, the most important one being that I need a few more basic additions to my wardrobe right now.My next projects will be pants, shirts and knit tops. Barbara from the blog Sewing on the Edge is doing a white shirt project, followed by many in blogland. Though I’m planning a few shirts, I won’t join, as not all of my shirts will be white. I’ve some striped fabrics I want to use, and a combination of fabrics. But I’m looking forward to see what everyone is coming up with, I hope to be inspired to try a new pattern or technique as well, and probably I’ll sew a complete white shirt too.One shirt I will be making is a r…

Last UFO done

Last week I finished my coat from the September issue of Knip mode. With this there is no unfinished sewing project any more. Feels very good I must say.The pattern did not provide a back facing part. I made that myself, which is very easy of course, but the way it went together with the front facing was not so easy now. Wish I had realised that earlier in the proces. But anyhow, I’m very happy with the coat, so is DH, who likes it very much. The pictures (and excuse my face, it shows how I feel, chilly and not very well). The coat is wide enough so I can wear a jacket underneath.\Fully buttoned upThe back, I think I will attach the belt with a few stitches, it tends to go down too far as you can see, while it was carefully pinned by someone else at the right length.Inside, I love the red lining.Piping detail. I think I’ve done almost all the piping details twice. When I tried the coat for the first time, I thought the sleeve tabs were too short, so I took them out and made new ones. …

My sewing space

Most of you will have seen that Denise of the blog The Blue Gardenia does a series on sewing spaces, and guess what? Today she features my sewing space. Take a look, also at the other sewing spaces she shows (most of them far more organized than mine) and at the beautiful vintage patterns she sells.

BurdaStyle February 2010 - 113

The blouse is finished and I kept all details from the pattern, including the cuffs. I wore it today, worked on it at my computer and they didn't irritate me. I won't make a jacket with zippers at the sleeves for example, because I know from experience that these are disturbing me while I'm working.

I'll write a review later, but I don't have time for that now. I've taken no detail pictures yet either. It was an easy blouse to make. I used french seams, and this gives a nice finish to the inside too.

The fabric is linen in a quality that makes it easy to work with, collar and cuff interfacing is from Pam, wonderful quality as always.
The main thing I altered were the buttons on the cuff. In the pattern the buttonholes are inside the cuff, but I made them in the double layer of the cuffs, so the buttons are visible on the outside of the cuff. It was clear that the cuffs would ‘fall down’ when done as described.
You can see that from the BurdaStyle picture too,…

A few things in between

Thank you all so much for all the comments on my jacket. So many of you took the time to leave a comment, which is very much appreciated.I found lining for my coat, but will finish the coat a little later. Perhaps strange, but I felt like a few simple things in between.This weekend I did make a new set of lin gerie, something that is to me (certainly compared to jackets and coats) easy and uncomplicated to make (yes, it really isn’t that difficult!). I tried a Merckwaerdigh pattern, BHST2 for the first time. I adapted the pattern for the upper cup a bit, but otherwise I mainly used the pattern as it was. To complete the set I made a panty from another Merckwaerdigh pattern, that I used before. Both were finished in one afternoon and evening, quite a contrast to the previous project.Now I’m working on a Burda blouse from the February issue. It’s quite a fitted blouse, and my initial reaction to the pattern was to make the collar and stand smaller and not make the special cuffs. Then I …

Jacket pictures

After the initial muslin was made in July, the jacket is finally finished. The selftimer pictures I took yesterday were all aweful, so I asked DD today to make them. I had quite a few issues with this fabric, which was difficult to work with. Though being the matchy-match type, the lines are not continuous in the sleeves, as I was a little short of fabric. I cut the sleeves later, thought I had quite enough, but not enough for plaid matching. I’m lucky it’s not a very distinctive plaid, so it’s not very visible. Seeing the pictures I must check whether it’s just the way I stand: it looks like the buttons are not evenly postioned.I was convinced I sewed them on right.I like the way this jacket is on jeans. It makes it a bit less formal. In answer to what Robin said on my last pictures: all pieces were interfaced with fusible interfacing before proceeding with construction. The back stay is a piece of muslin cotton.
The shoulder stay was applied to the fusible interfacing for the fr…