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McCalls: 7472

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Not quite fabric scraps, the grape printed challis was barely a yard, acquired from the ASG Garage Sale back in May.  I walked past the bundles of fabric, trailing my hand along then stopped when I touched this one.  Ohhh!  Score!

It’s an old-style challis.  One of the softer more fluid ones.  The accent fabric on the sleeves and collar are also from the garage sale.  It’s a sueded challis in a bluish grey color.  The photo above doesn’t do the colors justice.  They are much more saturated in real life.

The pattern is a new one for me.  I liked the raglan sleeves so I wouldn’t have to worry about lining up a shoulder seam to my non-aligned shoulders.  I added a pleat to the back for a bit more fullness.

Otherwise there were no pattern alterations.  The sewing was very direct.  Sew seam.  Overlock seam.  Next!  I used Louise Cutting’s method for attaching the collar band.  She has a great tutorial on doing this which cuts down on bulk and insures the curves match.

Once the weather cools down, I plan on wearing this with grey leggings.

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Jalie 968: Shorts

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As has been previously mentioned, it’s become quite warm here. Warm enough that more shorts are in order.  The current batch in the dresser have truly seen better days.  Stained.  Stretched.  Torn.  and otherwise abused.

It was time to make more.  These are from fabric acquired I-don’t-remember-where, which is apparently a store I frequently shop, because I have acquired a lot of fabric from them.  It’s mostly cotton, which makes it perfect for warm weather.

The pattern is my TNT pants from Jalie, alas long out of print.  The sewing was pretty straightforward.  I even remembered that the seams are 3/8 rather than 5/8 inch, which corresponds the width of a 4-thread overlock.

For once, I’ve finished apparel appropriate to the season, and should get a lot of wear out them.

Vogue 1412: Borders

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Started at sewing camp.  Completed at home.

Vogue 1412 in a lovely border-print silk crepe.  Even better, the fabric was from last year’s ASG garage sale!  Woohoo!  Like Goldilocks, there was just enough for this blouse.

It’s been a very long time since I’ve made a formal woven blouse.  Not that this blouse is for formal occasions, far from it, but that it involved more formal sewing skills.  A cuff.  A cuff placket.  Shawl collar.  Gathers.

And of course being silk, the need to finish all the interior edges  appropriately.  As nice on the inside as is is on the outside.

Expecting to wear the top over leggings, I lengthened it about 2 inches.  I also cut it on the cross grain, to make full use of the lovely floral border.

Floaty Flowery Fabulosity!

Style Arc: Avery Spotted

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The last(for a while) rendition of Avery is finished!

This was one of those endeavors that percolated for a while, then waited longer for fabric to arrive, then waited again for Ms. Mojo to return.  It seemed to take forever, and I suppose it did.

Anyway, the first fabric was the floral print, which turned out to be way too sheer to use on it’s own.  I thought to line it with a white lining until the idea of plain white morphed into spots, which lead to the under layer.

I lengthened the polka-dot under-layer about 1 1/2 inches, so it peeks out the bottom.  The top and sleeves are a bright white rayon knit.  No changes to the sewing, other than the two woven pieces are only connected at the top; they are free floating in the rest of the garment.  This gives a nice swish to everything.

Style Arc: Another Avery

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img_4342Another Avery, completed just in time to muddle about the house during the holidays.  I plan to wear this one with leggings, and probably an open cardigan over it, as it’s turned decidedly cold here of late.

Cold as in a high of 34.  Positively nippy.  But no snow!

The sleeves and yoke are a rayon/lycra knit, while the printed bottom is a woven rayon.  Given I bought the two fabrics years apart, I think the color matching is pretty good.  No zipper needed, since there’s plenty of stretch in the rayon to pull it over my head.  I skipped the hem facings on this one as well, opting for a small rolled hem instead.

Style Arc: Avery

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img_4323I’ve finally discovered a style and size in leggings that I like to wear.  Not too tight, not too short.  A veritable Goldilocks size, if you will.  Of course, that meant I had to make some longer tops to go with them.

Enter the recent Style Arc sale at Amazon, and as fruits of that sale, their Avery pattern.  It’s a great mash-up of knit on top and woven on the bottom.  That makes fitting the bust and shoulder area much easier.  The lower part is woven, and meant to waft gently about the torso.  Again, not much to fit.

I used the last of a Nicole Miller knit on top, and some lovely sand-washed rayon on the bottom.  Do you know what the problem is with sand-washed rayon?  It is an absolute cat fur magnet!  And in our household, it’s always the feline who is oppositely colored to what you’re wearing that wants to be held.  We should buy stock in lint rollers, I’m tellin’ ya.

Avery comes with the option of putting an exposed zipper in the back.  Since I used a knit, there was no reason to.  There are also supposed to be wide hem facings.  Again, I omitted these in favor of a baby hem at the bottom.

I did cut the hem facings out and try them, but I seem to always have issues.  They never go in smoothly, and when they’re stitched down per instructions, they stick out like duck tails fore and aft.  Obviously I’m doing something wrong (too much interfacing?  Not enough?), but will leave that to another rendition to solve.

Avery.  Leggings.  Boots.  Oh My!