Sunday, February 27, 2011

It's ugly!

So I fiddle and faff around making my muslin.
Muslin 1. Too tight. So I do my first ever FBA (full bust adjustment)
Muslin 2. FBA which worked, but then made it massive, even though it was for my measurements and I had big poofy boobs. They are big enough as is, I do not need to add more!

Then I have the brainwave idea, to merge the princess seam lines of my favourite jacket pattern, onto this pattern, as it fits perfectly straight out of the envelope. (The Vogue side front pattern piece in size 22, is almost a full inch bigger than the Mccall side front piece in a size 24, go figure!!!!)
I muck around, getting it all right and end result is muslin 3.
Muslin 3. UGLY!!!!! It looked hideous on, showed a few people and said it was not a nice pattern at all on me. At least they are honest.

So I'm sitting here feeling very disheartened. I need to make a coat.
Am about to browse the vogue patterns in hope I find something, as I would like to make something a bit different from last years coat.

I could change the collar to be round, and it of course will look different with being a lighter weight black fabric.
Can anyone tell I'm thinking out loud?

Saturday, February 26, 2011

My Jacket!

To top off me having an entire week free to be able to dedicate it to sewing my jacket, there is a Lined Jacket contest over at Pattern Review!
It starts on Tuesday my time, so by the time I get my muslin sorted, I'll be ready to cut out on the 1st! Fantastic.
Now I'm even more motivated!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Is anyone out there?

Hi all, haven't been around for a long time.
A lot has been going on, and I haven't even managed to get near my sewing machine lately!
But it's starting to get a bit chilly here in NZ now, the mornings are getting a bit cooler, so I thought it'd be the perfect time to get started on an Autumn coat! And I have almost the entire week next week free, so why not.

I'll be using pattern Mccalls 5525 and have got a black fabric with houndstooth design woven into the fabric.

Yet to decide which style from 5525 I will be using though! I'm gravitating towards E, without all the extra crap like pocket flaps etc!
The fabric is out on the line drying now, and hopefully my headache vanishes overnight so I can get cracking tomorrow.

I just want to say as well, to any of my Christchurch followers (of which I think there was a few), I hope you and your families are all ok. We are all thinking of you.
I'm sure most of you other followers are aware of the horrible tragedy that has struck Christchurch (and in a lot of ways, the whole of New Zealand) this week. It's been very hard for everyone, even those not in Christchurch. Was a distressing time watch a boy, who had obviously passed away, be pulled from the rubble in the minutes immediately following the quake, he looked identical to my brother, and it's an image I won't be able to remove from my head for a long time.

So my Christchurch pals, we ARE thinking of you, we ARE with you all the way. And I have to come down possibly next week, so if you do need anything, don't hesitate to ask.