Sorry, 6-Pac, maybe next time.
Spouse and I had a long drive into town a couple of weeks ago and were discussing what we’d be doing this fall. And then I had the moment that I had been waiting for….the realization that I actually needed some dressier clothes. This NEVER happens to me.
Do you ever need real formalwear?
What I need is not the real thing – no gowns, nothing like that. Just a few outfits that read “special occasion” and are still comfortable. I have a predictable pair of black silk pants. Predictability only bothers me a teeny-tiny bit. So I thought I’d sew some tops to go with them…and maybe jazz things up with a second pair of pants in charcoal. How wild and crazy can I get?
These are the toppers that are forthcoming….
This one is actually almost finished, except for hemming.
It’s been a long time since I’ve traced and made something from a Burda magazine. Maybe absence makes the heart grow fonder, or maybe I was just so unhappy with Vogue (more on that below) that the reliability of Burda was like a refreshing breeze.
The fabric is a berry-colored raw silk that I purchased from Cynthia Guffey at a workshop. The texture doesn’t show up very well, but there is a lot of it. This has been nice stuff to work with. The line drawings look like a jacket, but I’ll always be wearing this all fastened up, as a top. With 3/4 length sleeves, it rose to the top of the list because it will look a little autumnal but still be cool to wear. That’s a must around here until December or January roll around. More on this when it’s all finished, which will be soon I hope.
Then, I am also very anxious to sew the new Cutting Line pattern. I’ll be making view A first, in a black & white dupioni. This one can be worn buttoned up as a shirt or open as a jacket. Either way, it will be loose fitting and comfortable.
View A has the double collar band. My plan is to cut one with the grain of the fabric running perpendicular to the body of the shirt. Will probably require a seam at CB. And at first I was going to leave off the pocket, but have changed my mind about that.
Some ideas are percolating for view B, but that has to be put off until later.
Now we come to Vogue. Skip over this paragraph if you want to avoid negativity. I had been collecting the materials to make the new Claire Shaeffer V8804 and got as far as making a muslin. I ordered this pattern as soon as it came out, because I was that excited to make it. In my pattern there were two pattern pieces that were not graded – the under sleeve and the side panel – but I thought maybe I could reverse engineer them. Well, that question will never be answered because there were just too many problems with the muslin and they were not problems that I’ve had before, so I wasn’t sure how to fix. The sleeve did not look good at all. I could have pestered Vogue for a replacement pattern (my first e-mail to them went unanswered), but in the end decided that I would not be able to make this pattern work. That was a real let-down, but I am done complaining about it now. 🙂
Vogue 7975, however, I have made before and was very happy with. I’ll apply Claire’s techniques and Ann Rowley’s excellent tutorial to this pattern instead.
Mood Fabrics has chain that’s appropriate for weighting the hem, and my buttons came from Mood, too. They are nothing fancy. Still need to make the trim before I get started cutting and assembling this jacket, but since it will be a warm one, it is the last on the list.
What do you need for autumn?