Sunday, 15 March 2015

In Sewing News Today...

The vintage Vogue Sybil Connolly coat pattern is proving to be quite the challenge. 

I started sewing the sleeves but then I gave up because the ease around the cap was not enough to deter a gathered sleeve from happening.  

Not only am I not a fan of gathered sleeves, I'm desperately trying to achieve the style of sleeve found on the pattern envelope photograph and illustration. It is not working out so well.  Could it be that my stitch length was too long when easing the cap? Or could it be that the easing does not go all the way around the top of the cap?   

That couldn't be it, could it?  

It does seem a bit odd that the pattern doesn't ask for easing at the shoulder point of the sleeve cap. I never seen this before.  Needless to say, I'm taking a break from the coat until I can figure out how to overcome this hurdle. Suggestions are most welcome.  

In other sewing news, there is a new pattern in my collection. It is a vintage Betty Jackson couture pattern from Vogue's Individualist line. It is from 1988 and I found it interestingly unusual in that this is also a multi-sized pattern. Most of my collection of patterns from that era as single-sized patterns.   

I'm smitten over that ankle length skirt and long sleeve shirt. So much so, that I went out to pick up some fabric.  

The plan is to make the skirt in this light-weight grey suiting fabric and the blouse in this white and grey pinstriped cotton. If I can manage to complete this outfit in the next few weeks, I would like to wear it to the opera next month. 

And while I was shopping for fabric I found this cotton print. I couldn't resist, thinking that it would make a cool blouse. My bad. So much for that sewing resolution that involved fabric... 

I'm going to take a break from the spring coat and get out and enjoy some of this gorgeous spring weather we're blessed with today. And maybe get some projects cut out this evening. What's on your sewing table?  

Happy Sewing!  


  1. May not be much help but when I run into this I just reduce the cap on the sleeve :) please keep going I'm really looking forward to the final reveal

    1. I was thinking about that but I already finished the sleeve hem according to the pattern instructions. I fear that it might impact the hem if I mess with the shape of the cap. Still thinking about this one.

  2. Oh bother! Set in sleeves! I am making some fitted black pants with fabric from Marcy Tilton. I can't believe I actually cut into it!


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