Friday, March 27, 2015

New project on the table

While the sun is streaming through my window, there's a new project on my table. It feels like I'm on a sewing-roll at the moment. One thing finished, starting a next thing right away. Go me!

So let me introduce to you: KnipMode - Aug. 2014 - nr.23 - Jacket! 
 





The lining, it has clear lines in reality....
 
 
 
 








I'll be sewing a size 46 but there are a few adjustments I made to the pattern, some of them standard, some of them are the ones I discovered quite recently.

High-roundback-adjustment
(Sorry for the unclear picture, the pattern is lying upside down).
Because I think a jacket will be more loose-fitting than a blouse, I decided not to use the 2 cm I did in my previous blouse, but just 1 cm. The dart (from the shoulderline pointing to the shoulderblade) is a bit long for my taste, but is necessary.
Sloping-shoulder-adjustment.
I took off 1,75 cm of the height at the shoulderpoint, tapering to the neckline. I lowered the original armscye by the same amount.


Waistline and length.
These are my usual adjustments: lengthening the pattern above the waist 3 to 4 cm, and thereby lowering the waist, and adding another 5 cm to the length at the bottom.















And now fingers crossed, that all these changes will help to make a nice jacket. I'll keep you updated of the process.

See you next time.
Lilian

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Black blouse finally finished

 

 


There you have it. The black blouse, which has been on my sewing table for way too long. I'm quite happy with the outcome. I managed to tackle some fitting-problems -  not all though - and will be handling future projects in the same way.
It's not a blouse to get very excited about, but it's a nice addition to my summer-wardrobe. One can never have too many choice of clothing right?
 
Yesterday I suddenly remembered that more than a year ago I bought a piece of white fabric (we call it nurse-linen, translated from Dutch to English) to make this same blouse. White fabric can be so terrible see-through, but this fabric doesn't have that problem. I played with the idea to make that my next project but I think I'll go ahead as planned with the jeans-jacket. If I manage to make that a - reasonable/wearable - success, I'll have a mini-wardrobe to show you, together with a simple white top and a skirt, the two pieces I didn't blog about.

This will be it for now. If I want to I can spend hours typing a blogpost but today there are other things that need to be done as well. One of them starting the jacket. In my next post Í will give more details.

Better get on with it.

See you next time.
Lilian

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Preparing for a jeans-jacket (and other stuff)

Hi everyone. It's been a while. What I've been up to? Not much really. Still looking for a job, so no change there. The temporary job I had since last august, ended at the end of january. I must say that job-seeking is by far the most annoying and frustrating thing I have ever had to do in my life. But on the other end it's an experience that makes me - somehow - grow as a person. Having never been unemployed since I left school in 1985 (I had 3 successive jobs), getting fired (due to economical reasons) has forced me to look at things in a different way and broaden my view. You see, I'm still trying to give it all a positive swirl. That's me...always positive. Well, almost always. One of the things I don't like is that I've become rather synical about a lot of things. But I guess that's just a logical consequence of all this. But don't worry, I know that I must work on that because synicals don't get jobs right?...

Enough of that. On to the sewing!

First I want to react on a comment on my last post from Digs (Straightjacketmuse). Digs, don't know if you are reading this post but I want to give you this - way overdue - reaction anyway.
First of all, thanks for your comment. The fabric I used for the top has a diagonal print. That's what I immediately liked about it. You get the effect without the effort. Nice!
The pattern is from the KnipMode special October 2013. There are only a few patterns in it.

Mini-swap
In december I wanted to start a mini-swap. And I did. The plan was to sew a skirt, a top and a jeans- jacket. The skirt and top are finished. (See? I díd sew!...Pictures will be shown when the jacket is finished). For the jacket I bought a second peace of jeans because I had high doubts about the first one I ordered from the internet. It seemed too thin.
I want so badly for this jeans jacket to be a succes that I knew I had to tackle the fitting-problems I have with my upperback first. Or else this would end as a wadder, like so many jackets did in the past.
Testing the alterations to fix the problems, I am working on a second version of the yellow blouse I made in July 2014. This time I altered the pattern with a high-rounded back adjustment and I must say there is definitely improvement in the fit of this blouse. It's not perfect yet. There is still a dragline under my arm, pointing to the shoulderblades as you can see in the (crappy styled) picture below. That's probably (??) due to the fact that I have sloping shoulders. I'll need to make another adjustment on the pattern for that. But hey, there is improvement. Hooray for that!

July2014

And then, after long deliberation, maybe I am finally ready to start this jacket.
But first there is the black blouse to be finished. Sleeves, collar, buttons, hemming.
Better get round to it.

Have a nice weekend everyone!
Lilian

p.s.
If anyone has advice on the draglines in the left picture (still there after a high-rounded back adjustment), that would be very, very much appreciated.