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Mid Course Correction

I’ve decided to make a different coat for the Coat Sew Along. Why? Well, I’m short the fabric I need to make the full-length trench I had my heart set on and I decided to find a pattern with raglan sleeves since the fabric might be difficult to ease.
Burda Easy Fashion Magazine, Fall 2007/ Winter 2008 edition (sold out from GLP News, but maybe available through GCNEws?
I’m going to make this coat #1F. I’m going to extend the sleeves to full-length. The origami trim will be the reverse of the fabric so I can show off the stripes. Easy Fashion is only available in German and Russian from GLP News. But, I am sure I can sort this out (I have the German edition).

I should get cracking on that muslin soon, hunh?



I also made a muslin of swim shorts today from a 2005 Patrones (July-August #234). It took 5 minutes to trace and 5 minutes to construct on my serger. Attaching the elastic on my zig-zag maybe took 20. I had no idea swim shorts were so easy. It’s just ONE pattern piece! There is *no* side seam!

I’ve always wanted to wear swim shorts, but they never seemed to have enough coverage over the cheeks and always seemed so tight around the thigh (think sausage in casing). There is some wrinkling in the crotch (believe me, the direction of the stripes down there were unintentional) that I wouldn’t mind eliminating. But, I’m not sure the cause.

These were made using some sweatshirt fabric I had laying around.

  • I added 1/2 inch to the length of the leg and two inches to the center back seam to accommodate for my full seat
  • Removed one inch from the center front so they would sit a little lower on the waist
  • I traced the largest size, a 48.

I don’t know that these are the MOST flattering for my body type. But, I love the coverage, the no-ride factor and the sporty feel. I’ll work on a muslin for a top soon.


My water is back on! But, I’m still stripping paint from the front door. Maybe painting by next weekend.

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Mid Skirt(s) and I’m a joiner

Hope you all had a great weekend. My interest in going back to work today is nil. But, only four days until the weekend, eh? Sewing weekend was awesome. But, I don’t have a single completed skirt to show you.


The Vera Moda green and white skirt is hanging here. I decided after construction that I wanted to line it. The clothespin is marking the four inches I need to cut off the bottom. It hit me mid calf. Yuck.

Overall, I am loving it. I consulted with my stylist (Carolyn) and she agreed that I should leave off the bottom trim.


The Roberto Musso skirt is still hanging. It’s a circle skirt with pleat insets. It’s going to be one heck of a hemming (probably by hand) and I’m not quite up to it yet.


The Chole skirt in the Banana Republic print is half cut out. I did a single layer cut because the silk twill is very slippery and I wanted to do my best to match the chain link. I decided yesterday afternoon that I needed to underline it in cotton batiste, so that’s got to get cut out too. Oh, here’s a photo I found on eBay of an original BR dress in the same print. Nice, huh?


I’m also signed up for the Great Coat Sew Along that Marji is running. I’m making a red raincoat from this September 2006 BWOF (#103). Mine won’t be as long since I’m one yard short of the requirement. I also plan on doing a button out wool lining.

Simultaneously, I’ll work on a jacket from the April 2002 BWOF. Which will be great to have this fall.


And now, to the office.