Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick Moto Chic Jacket #2

I found this pretty turquoise corduroy at my local fabric store (Sarah's Fabrics) and decided to make another SBCC Moto Chic Jacket with it because my first one gets lots of compliments.  This was a hard one to find a matching zipper for, so I substituted circular buttonholes. The Craftsy course Couture Finishing Techniques with Alison Smith helped me with those. 
I felt like I borrowed BeyoncĂ©'s wind machine for these pictures.  The one above is suitable but if I'm being transparent almost all of the others looked like this:
Not okay! I could have waited for another day, but I don't have closure on a project until I've blogged it and I'm itching to move on to something else.

Besides the buttonholes, the only other change I made was to the lining.  The pattern lining doesn't extend to the hem, which leaves some of the innards exposed.  I extended the lining piece with the intention of slip stitching it to the corduroy hem.  I didn't take into account the gathered peplum, and so I had to settle for a free floating lining hem. 
Side view:

Onward to new things!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Colette Wren

I've been made fun of for not owning one single black garment.  But why choose black when you can choose, say, orange? Or a happy little print? Bright colors and prints aren't always appropriate for the occasion though, and that's where this dress comes in.
I needed a dark dress, and I had purchased the Colette Wren pattern awhile back but never got around to it.  I had also picked up this very thick fabric of unknown origin from the discount bin from a nearby Hancocks some months ago, and I decided I would combine the two.
I love the pattern.  I'll be making more because I enjoy the bodice quite a bit.  I also like the fabric well enough, but something happened at the waistband and I think it's a result of the fabric being made of some sort of synthetic something-or-other.  Do you see how it bulges and rides up on my right side at the waistline?  It's so strange!
I have to constantly pull it down for it not to do that.  And who wants to constantly be pulling something down?  I thought the heaviness of the skirt would pull the bodice down, but no.  I tried to press it from the inside, but melted the material and had to stop.  A press cloth didn't even help.  This fabric does not like heat and unfortunately I think heat is what it needs. 
I actually almost threw it in the reject pile because of the waistline, but then I decided I would give it a chance and wear it once.  I think it was reasonably successful, but I'm going to consider this a wearable muslin for this pattern which, again, I really do love.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Actually, the winner is....

Unfortunately after a week I've been unsuccessful in making contact with the original winner. I've drawn again at random and the new winner is Annmarie DeGuire. Annmarie, can you please send your address to me at verbanicandrea@gmail.com.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Tunic Bible Winner Is...

The winner chosen at random is:

Tasha October 10, 2016 at 6am
I love your version! I can't wait to make a tunic from this book!

Tasha, please email me at verbanicandrea@gmail.com with your address. Congrats and happy sewing!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Tunic Bible #2

I have to be up front from the beginning and disclose that I stole the fabric combo idea for this tunic from a dog's outfit on Dogs of Instagram. His polka dot/floral shirt was on point!
If you look closely you can see the small polka dots on the chambray, and you've probably recognized the floral as Cotton+Steel since it's everywhere these days.  I purchased both at Sarah's Fabrics in Lawrence, KS. 
For this version of The Tunic Bible pattern I chose the shorty placket and the ruffle sleeves.  The ruffle sleeves have the perfect amount of bounce and give the top that extra something.  I also shortened the length of the tunic by several inches. 
I don't have a lot to add about the pattern since my previous post, but isn't it amazing that my top from yesterday and this top are from the same pattern?  I love versatility.  

Monday, October 10, 2016

The Tunic Bible and a Book Giveaway!

I am beyond excited to be one of the stops on The Tunic Bible's blog tour! The Tunic Bible is a new book written by the always inspiring Sarah Gunn from www.goodbyevalentino.com and Julie Starr from www.patternreview.com.  It's already in it's second print run which means it's selling like hotcakes. I was lucky enough to be chosen to sew up a version in advance for the gallery in the book and it was one of my favorite sewing experiences so far.  Having said that, the following is an honest review of the pattern. The giveaway is at the very bottom!

Did you ever read the Choose Your Own Adventure books in elementary school?  I'm referring to the kind of books where everybody starts at the same place but winds up at different places by the end because of the array of choices made throughout the book. This pattern reminds me of that. The front and back bodice pieces are always the same, but the placket, trim and sleeve choices that are available will take you on a different adventure every time!
My mind ran a mile a minute trying to decide what to do for my version, but eventually I settled on the bib placket, tapered sleeves with a cuff and a shortened tunic that hits at the hips.
To achieve my sleeves, I placed the Sewaholic Granville sleeve over the Tunic sleeve and traced the narrower bottom of the Granville sleeve onto the Tunic sleeve.  Then I followed the Granville pattern and directions to add the cuff.  I like the way the piping looks, but it did make for a lumpier cuff. 
I made what felt like a million pleats on the bib placket, and also on the bottom band.  That tag I added to the shirt is #truth, because those pleats took forever.  The line in Finding Nemo where Dory says, "Just keep swimming" kept popping into my head except I was saying, "Just keep pleating.  Just keep pleating." 
Each pleat measures a half inch long when complete, which means each pleat takes 1.5 inches of fabric. I cut one long rectangular piece of bib fabric 45 inches long, and the same width as the pattern piece.  I made one initial pleat to start by folding the fabric under and stitching a line 1/2 inch from the fold.  I pressed that down.  I continued to fold the fabric an inch from the previous stitch line.  I then ironed it to make a crease, and stitched a line 1/2 inch from the previous sewing line.  The new stitch line was then folded down to make the pleat, and I repeated that process over and over until the material was as long as the bib pattern piece.  At that point, I placed the bib pattern piece on the long rectangular pleated fabric and cut it out.  From that point on, you follow the directions in the book.   
 I cut off several inches from the bottom of the tunic pattern to make it shorter.  I have a hard time with shapes that fall way below my hips.  I accidentally cut the bottom band a little too narrow, which resulted in the tunic looking more tapered as opposed to flared as it's supposed to.  I shouldn't say "supposed to" because this pattern is definitely open to interpretation! 

I had never made a tunic prior to this pattern.  I had never even considered making a tunic prior to this pattern.  Now it will be something I return to again and again, not just because of the numerous options available but because the fit is so great.  That seemed to be a common statement among the ladies sewing for the book. This is a very well fitting garment.  I made zero fit changes to the muslin.
The orange fabric is a Carolina Herrera silk-wool from Mood.  The gray fabric is the most fabulous buttery rayon ever from Sarah's Fabrics in Lawrence, KS.

Take a moment and check out the other amazing tunics on parade during the blog tour:
October 3
 C&T  www.ctpub.com/blog
 Pattern Review www.patternreview.com/blog
October 4        
Cloning Couture        www.cloningcouture.com
Generation Q Magazine    www.generationqmagazine.com        
October 5
Oonaballoona            www.oonaballoona.com
Featherstitch Avenue    www.featherstitchavenue.com
October 6Allie J                    www.alliemjackson.com
Thanks I Made Them    www.thanksimadethem.blogspot.com
October 7
Sew Busy Lizzy            www.sewbusylizzy.com
Jennuine Design        www.jennuinedesign.com
October 8
Inside The Hem              http://youtube.com/c/insidethehem
Girls in the Garden        www.girlsinthegarden.net
October 9
Sew Manju                www.sewmanju.wordpress.com
My Love Affair with Sewing    www.myloveaffairwithsewing.com
October 10
Creating in the Gap        www.creatinginthegap.ca
October 11
House of Pinheiro        www.houseofpinheiro.com
The Tunic Bible             www.thetunicbible.com

Are you ready for a giveaway!? Leave a comment below and a winner will be chose at random on October 12.   C&T Publishing is providing a print copy of the book if you're in the United States or digital copy of the book if you're overseas.  I look forward to seeing your tunics!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Colette Patterns Rue Dress

Colette Patterns went back to their roots for this dress and I couldn't be happier about it! I like a two-hour sew as much as the next person, but it's so exciting and rewarding to tackle a bigger project.
I chose Version 1 but added the longer sleeves from Version 2.  I sew with a lot of prints, and the line drawings and examples for the launch made me think about stripes to start with. You can definitely go all out with prints, color blocking and piping for this one, but I also wanted to see what it looks like in a solid color without any flair to it.  It has a classic look to it, and I like that.
My fabric is a red wool crepe.  It's not great to be standing outside in Kansas humidity in a lined wool crepe dress! If you look closely at the pictures you can see that I'm actually starting to melt.  My measurements are 34-28-38.  Based on the sizing chart I initially chose a 2 in the bust graded to a 6 in the waist and hips.  The waist and hips were too big so I went with a straight 2 and it fits well. The bust was too roomy above the darts.  I pinned out what I didn't want, measured it (it was a 1/2 inch for me), made a straight line cut on the flat pattern, overlapped one side of the cut over the other 1/2 inch, and taped it..  I'm not sure if that's a legitimate way to adjust a pattern, but it worked for me. 

As usual, the directions are very clear and there are always online tutorials for the tricky stuff.  I appreciate the lining a lot on this dress.  I rarely do a lining unless the pattern calls for it.  If my main fabric is too thin I just underline it (maybe because I'm lazy?), but I do like the look of a lining.  I will be able to come back to these lining instructions for other projects. 

My lining is Cotton+Steel rayon.  It's a happy burst of color!
This dress is very versatile for warmer and also colder months.  My next version will most likely be in a floral print with piping, and I'm also wondering what it would look like if the bust piece was color blocked instead of the bottom bodice pieces.  So many ideas...so little time.
I received a copy of this pattern prior to it's release, but all opinions in this blog post are my own.