Monday, 18 June 2012

In Sewing News Today...

I made another skirt. Do you want to guess what pattern I used? Yup, Vogue 1247, I don't think I'll never get bored of this pattern. I made my third version of this skirt in a blue cotton fabric with the same hem length (ten additional inches) as the other two versions. At this length they're perfect for work.

I do find now that I'm adding colour into my wardrobe that it has been a challenge to find skirt/pant length invisible zippers in my local fabric store that match my fabric.   

Luckily, I am able to find a match in dress length zippers. I can work with that.  

I start off with marking off where I want my zipper to end and I use a heavy weight thread to hand stitch a stop point.  

I can finish off the raw edge with the serger but what I like to do is sew on a small strip of seam binding to finish it off.

And that's how I solved the zipper issue.

I am going to take a break from sewing Rachel Comey skirts. The three I have in my closet right now should serve me well over the summer. Although, I might have to revisit the pattern for a winter version of this skirt in wool.

Until then, I've been thinking about my next re-fashion project.

Do you have anything in your closet that you have held onto for a long time and just can't get rid of even though it no longer fits?

I have a Precis jacket in a beautiful rose print. It is in a size 6, I haven't worn it in years because like I said, it doesn't fit. But I don't have the heart to part with it. I love the print.  

The sleeves are snug.  The button front of the jacket is well let's say it's decorative because it can't close the front. The back shoulder width feels snug. I really gained a few pounds since the last time I wore this.   

Sew, I'm taking inspiration from one of my all-time-favourite designers, Jean Paul Gauthier. The plan is to give my rose Precis jacket a new life and patch it back together after I take it apart. I have in my fabric stash some ivory coloured cotton sateen that will match the stretch cotton of the jacket. 

I'm trying to save as much as the jacket fabric as I can including the ribbon. But before I can piece it back together I should get my seam ripper and get to work. 

Sew, I'll be off deconstructing a jacket.  

And for the moments when I want a break from the seam ripper I might head over to the sewing machine and add a few more pieces to the patchwork blanket.  I'm up to a hundred twenty squares! Just a few more hundred to go.   

That's all in sewing news today.  

Happy Sewing!  


1 comment:

  1. I have a light green, bias cut seersucker skirt that I used to wear when I was in college. Four years and one baby later, It can't fit me. However, it's so hard to get rid of it so I am thinking of re purposing it to a Sorbetto top (from Collette patterns) or something for my son.
    This jacket is so pretty. Am watching this space to see what you do with it.



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