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Sleeves

Two commenters have asked for a post on the fitting of this jacket. I’ll come back on that soon. For now it’s about construction.I like to break up a complicated project as the jacket in manageable pieces. Sunday I didn’t have a lot of time and I added only the horizontal piping in the sleeve. Tonight was planned for inserting the sleeve zippers Shams did a great post on how she did it and I read it thoroughly before starting. It was quite similar to what I had in mind, but it doesn’t hurt to get it confirmed. I’m not sure yet whether I’ll add the gusset, sewing is done for tonight, I’ll decide tomorrow.Originally I planned to to a vertical piping as well till the start of the zipper but have decided against it. I had pinned it and then thought it was giving too much bulk. I did not want to take the risk and omitted it. Don’t think it will matter in the end result.The zippers I bought in NY too , they are Riri zippers. There is no choice in zippers where I live, it was such a jaw drop…

Jacket back and a quick t-shirt

Most of the work on the back is done. One side still needs catch stitching of the seams. This fabric is a bit thick so it’s also about reducing bulk and keeping the seams flat. The flash light makes the piping shine a bit more than in real life. I’m beginning to feel this jacket might take as many hours as the classic Chanel jacket….

In between I made this cowl neck top. It’s the Day to night top from Maria Denmark. I made this top twice last year, don’t remember blogging about it. It’s an easy top to make. It took me about an hour and a half, including adding the sleeves from the Birgitte top. Both are good basics. I haven’t made the Birgitte top yet, I like the wider neckline of that one. A cowl neck is always good in my eyes. These patterns are pdf patterns, quick delivery. I still am not sold on the format of the pdf patterns. I still would prefer to have the printed pattern, or at least the option to have it as a printed pattern. For these relatively non complicated tops I didn’t…

A quick update

SewMaris (who’s starting a sew along vor the Ziggi jacket soon) asked in a comment which size of the jacket I ordered. I bought a size 12 by bust measurement. The size 12 in StyleArc size chart gives a bust measurement that is 2 cm smaller than my actual bust measurement. It was fine for the Marie and Marni jacket, on the Marni jacket I did an FBA. For this jacket it was far too wide in the back, though total bust circumference was fine. A common problem for me, as you’ve seen my muslins in the past few months that really is a problem challenging area for me. StyleArc patterns are in one size (like the Italian Marfy). My body has 3 different sizes comparing bust, waist and hips. On multisize patterns it’s easier to grade between sizes.I’m getting there though (thanks to the sewing teacher). This is the jacket provisionally sewn with long stitches, sleeves not pressed. It will be taken apart again as it has to be interfaced, zippers inserted etc. Step by step I will get there (doing so…

A last winter project?

First I would like to welcome my new followers. I’ve seen quite a lot new followers this week, through Bloglovin there are now 962 followers and 513 through Google/blogger. To me that’s a huge number and I appreciate all of you reading my blog. I had seen that I passed the 900 number of followers but now I’m close to a 1000. A lot of the new ones will have come here through Carolyn, who mentioned my blog in her favorite 10 sewing blogs. Thank you Carolyn, as I said in a comment on your blog post, I’m honoured to be in your top 10. Check out her post, I know most of the blogs she mentioned and follow them already. As I haven’t had much time in the past year or so to explore new blogs, I don’t really have new ones to share. There are a few blogs gone in these years that I miss, from ladies with extraordinary talent and creativity (thinking especially of LauraLo, Birgitte and Summerset).And what am I working on? My moto cycle style jacket saga hasn’t come to an end yet. After having seen…

A pencil skirt with two StyleArc tops

Basically this is a very easy skirt pattern. It has a high waist and a vent at the back. I made my sewing life a bit more difficult by using a new (to me) lining technique. This technique is described in a Threads article in the issue of August/September 2010 and has been on my (mental) “to try” list. I could have sworn it was published 1.5 to 2 years ago. I was hugely surprised it was from 2010. Not my best pictures, it’s been a while since I used the self timer, must get the hang of it again. Here it’s combined with the Marie jacket, actually the combination I’m wearing today. Bunny, I don’t know whether you can see it from the photos but indeed I’m not a petite. At 1.74 I’m 6 centimeters taller than the length BurdaStyle drafts for by default for example. And with the Marni jacket. This was the combination I planned. The colors are not very good in the photo, but also otherwise I prefer the combination with the black above. Think it’s the combination of a wool with a ponte top that…

StyleArc – Claudia pants

Work deadlines kept me from blogging the past few weeks. Too many hours at the computer already to do more than read the occasional blog post or review from others.
An important deadline was on January 31 and I must say I felt enormously relieved after the deadline was met, my customer was happy and I had a work-free weekend ahead of me. On Friday night I started (and almost finished) StyleArc’s Claudia pants, intended for a woven stretch fabric.  Having read a lot of positive reviews on the fit of their pants patterns, have a few in my stash but never got round to making them, this was the moment to make this pattern, being too tired to do anything requiring more mental attention. I also need a few basic bottom garments. It’s been ages since I made pants. The review on Pattern Review is here. The fabric came from my stash and has a little bit of stretch, not a lot. In the photos below you will see these pants as I will never wear them. They are intended (for me) to be worn with a lon…