Self Drafted Boyfriend Jeans and Breton Top

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So my first outfit is done from my spring wardrobe.  I’m feeling pretty accomplished, its so nice to finish these garments and they fit and flatter me. So Win!

The top is Simplicity 8054 that I added a yoke to.  The yoke is made from separate pieces of white jersey.

Top Details:

  • Fabric from PurpleSeamstress on Facebook- cotton jersey, check her out she has great deals!!
  • Hemmed with double needle and wooly nylon in the bobbin, gives a nice stretchy hem that looks good!
  • finished on my new serger! (yay, I just love how professional that makes my garments feel!)
  • Lengthened the pattern by 3″ but cut some away

Jeans Details

  • These are version 1.0, I plan to make more, still tweaking the fit
  • I used several pairs of RTW jeans I had as reference to draft these and my measurements
  • Drafting is hard!!
  • They are a little too large in the waist, I will take the next pair in at center back and side seams and cut a smaller waistband and possibly taper the legs a bit
  • Denim stretches a lot when its worn, something one must account for when drafting
  • This is 11 oz. non-stretch denim from Joann’s Fabric
  • I used Coats and Clark denim topstitching thread and a Top stitch needle size 16, and  I broke two!  It hard to sew through multi layers of thick denim!
  • I used regular polyester thread in my bobbin
  • They have rivets and a self designed leather patch on the back for authenticity
  • I hope to develop this into a multi-size pattern and to digitize it, an eventually make it available for sale!

I will be entering this in the Pattern Review Wardrobe Contest as well as several other items.  You can check that out here. My entry is not up yet as I am still sewing my garments, but it will be up by the end of the month when the contest ends.  I have sewn 4 tops 1 bottom and 1 dress so far.  That leaves 4 more items to make.  Its going to be a sew-a-thon to get it one next week!

I’ve got lots more spring sewing planned, you can check out my planning board here on Pinterest. Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day.  Hope you are sewing fun things too!

 

 

 

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Spring Soduko 1

Spring Soduko 1

 

This is my planing board for #wardrobeinaweek.  This is the brainchild of Becca Duvale from Free Notion.  You can read more about it here.  The idea is to choose several quick and easy pieces that can mix and match and sew them up in just a week.  I doubt I will finish in a week but I plan to work as quickly as I can. It will probably be about two weeks for me. Its a good way to get a little push to complete your sewing projects and to make sure that they go together, giving you maximum options for getting dressed each day.  I have already cut out all the tops and finished sewing two of them. The denim skirt is from my winter wardrobe and will carry over nicely.  I’m off to cut cardigans and sew them up!

Handmade Winter Wardrobe Sudoko

Handmade Winter Wardrobe Sudoko

 

So I am trying to work some of my current me-made garments into a fall-winter wardrobe.  I made this suduko to create several mix and match outfits (btw- these are all rtw garments, they are just visual representatives of the items I want to make or have made).  I got this idea from the lovely blog  Free Notion.  I have been reading through her posts on planning a capsule wardrobe.  This suduko is my result.  I have made the Liola Natalie, the self drafted gingham top,  the NL 6030 as well as the NL 6395.  I a currently working on the Bethouia.  Up next, jeans! I’ve got  three pairs in that plan.  The skinny Jaime Jeans, the Birkin Flares and a self drafted boyfriend jean.  Whew, thats a lot of jean sewing! Wish me luck.
The shoes, sweaters and accessories are items I already own, I used what I have to make this work.  I don’t feel up to making my own sweaters just yet,  and handmade shoes, well maybe someday.  I like the concept! I know others have learned to make their own shoes, its something to consider 🙂

Vogue 1051- Wool Pants

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Finished these great wool pants late last night, they are a part of my mini wardrobe for Pattern Review’s contest.  See this post.

Read the review here

Well I love them, they fit great and the fabric is so nice.  Its a lightweight wool suiting that I got years ago from the Pendelton Mill Ends Store in Milwaukie OR.  It’s very luxurious.  They are very flattering, I especially like the flat front pockets and the curved waistband.  Here are some detail photos.

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And the back pockets close up

P1020172I will show photos of them on me when I get my composite review up on the contest site.

I’m off to sew up the jacket and the top to complete my wardrobe.  My top is almost done and the jacket needs hemming and a lining.  3 days to go so I am going to have to power sew to finish.  Wish me luck!