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Winter wear: V1247, maybe better this time?

I made another Vogue 1247 skirt. Hopefully this one will wear better than the last one.

You see, I saw this on someone (I'm sorry, I have no idea who you were! but it was short and black and white checks or something!) at one of the London meetups I joined when I was still living there. I thought it was lovely, although as far as I remember the wearer was wearing it quite short.

This time, I lengthened the pattern quite a lot, and also added the waistband that came with the pattern sheet:


Now I have an office appropriate (for me!) winter skirt. I have been told after my last post that I am crazy and the length for the black skirt was perfectly appropriate :) heh

I used some checked wool I bought in Romania a couple of years back - it was going to be a dress, so I still have about a meter of this fabric left I think. I was thinking a 60s style square top maybe. I'll think about it some more.

I initially wanted this to be an easy project, but then I realized I was sewing with wo…

Wearability Report: Vogue 1247, A Not-So-Perfect Little Skirt

I'm looking at clothes I made after I got a chance to wear them a few times, and report on how it went. I'm calling this the wearability report, whereI'm listing the good & bad workmanship, the pattern merits & faults, the fitting strengths & failures, and following up with a general wearability score for the garment on a 1 to 10 scale, and general thoughts on it, a few months after it was made.

Earlier this summer, I made this skirt, from Vogue 1247, blogged about here.


I loved the pattern, actually I still do and I currently have another version on my sewing table (this time for winter - it's in danger of turning up a bit squee as it stands, but we will see how it goes!).

A  few good things, and several issues:

1. (workmanship) All the seams align well, I'm mega proud of this.
2. (pattern) Pockets gape, especially when having a phone inside. To fix I just catch stitched them to the skirt front - which worked very well, and was an easy and unobtrusive …

Blog direction

Not a massive change, but I had some ideas about series to write and wanted to explain them before they magically appear on the blog.



First, the internet has been brewing with wadders lately. I really appreciate these posts, because let's admit it - who doesn't have wadders! But I feel that more interesting would be to know what happened to the good / almost there clothes later. Were they really good? Did you end up wearing them? Carolyn of Diary of a Sewing Fanatic does this sometimes, most recently here. I think I want to do this too, and the format I'm thinking of is in two acts:

Act 1 - Wearability Report. I'd write this 4 to 6 months after the make, or at the end of the season (of example, most my makes this summer would get one of these) - did it work, did it not work? Did I end up using it? How did it fare among my other stuff?

Act 2 - Whatever happened to... Report.  I'd write this about 1-2 years later. Are they still in the rotation? Did I wear the thing …

Rain coat: construction

I have a bunch of pictures with details about my rain coat. This was my original construction plan. This is a very picture heavy post.


I'll start one by one. First, interfacing. The Robson coat pattern suggests less interfacing than I ended up using. I mostly used a very lightweight fusible interfacing (to match my very lightweight silk), but also silk organza.



I forget what the pattern asks for (I will edit this later), but I did the following:
* front facing - fusible
* front of jacket - lightweight organza
* everything floppy (lapels, epaulettes, back rain guard) - fusible
* collar / undercollar - fusible
* top of sleeve - fusible
* hems - a slightly stiffer lightweight organza

The pattern doesn't suggest interfacing the belt, and I didn't have enough interfacing left for it, but I think that would have been useful as well.

The top of sleeve and hem interfacing was an idea from Nordheim's Vintage Couture Tailoring. The top of sleeve is very simple - just cut a match…

Dixie Charm: the stealth shawl

With autumn and winter fast approaching, I wanted to get back into crochet. I even have a mini yarn stash, so I decided to choose from it. I had two choices: a dark silver silk/linen blend and an autumnal color cotton blend. I went with the dark silver since it had a pretty sheen to it that would work well with anything.

I wanted something easy, because my next project will be to tackle the mitts I got stuck with last winter. Hopefully now that I have a few more projects under my belt, I can tackle that again and be more successful than last time :)

Easy crochet project (Ravelry link), I thought something that requires no fitting would be good, so in order for it to be useful at work, I figured a shawl or a wrap would do. I wasn't quite sure I would like wearing one of these with normal clothes, but it didn't turn out too bad - see top picture!

Knowing I wanted a shawl or a wrap, I hit Ravelry looking for a crochet pattern that would take up to 600yards of sport weight yarn, a…

Finished Bellini

I like to let the hype die down with pattern companies and patterns when they appear (too much hype on the interwebz in general!), but I kept going back to the Martini dress from Capital Chic Patterns.

I like the cropped view, so when I got that pattern I got the Bellini as well since I always like tops. I wear jeans to work most days after all! It also so happens that they have a sew along, so perfect timing?



The first thing I liked about this blouse happened right after I opened the zip file I received by e-mail. It's only 15 13 pages long! Anyone who tapes PDF patterns together will know this is a really nice achievement - only 13 pages is extremely good (the last two are just blank pages). In the end I printed only 12 pages since page 13 is the scalloped collar and I'm not a great fan of those - I do however, like scallops in general. The eating kind.

Sloper

I started by comparing the pattern pieces to my sloper:

They looked similar enough, although notice how the front sho…