Sunday, March 4, 2012

SWAP Interlude

I altered my favourite Burda skinny jeans pattern by guess work this weekend. I tried on three pairs I've previously made from this pattern and assessed where I needed to tweak. It was all in the rear, so I slashed and spread the yoke and the back by what I hoped was the right amount. I muslined in some fabric with slightly less stretch than the stretch denim I've bought and with that in mind, guessed once again about the final amount I needed to adjust. That brought me to Sunday lunchtime when I talked myself out of cutting the real fabric.
Because I've been head down in SWAP for some months now, I haven't really been looking at what I want to sew next, so there was nothing screaming at me from the sewing queue, or at least nothing I could achieve in a day, so my eyes shifted to the UFO's.
This shawl collar jacket is made from more of the Vera Wang wool I bought a few years ago. This may show as purple in the picture, but it is red and blue woven together with flecks of yellow, orange and purple throughout. The pattern is a free one that came with Sew Essential magazine I bought two years ago.
I didn't interface the fabric and it's loose weave means this has more of a cardigan feel. I've lined it with red bemberg. I'm undecided about the buttons, so I've left it on Vera overnight so I can think about whether or not to use this red ones. I'll have to handsew the buttonholes because I can't get all the layers under the presser foot of my machine.
This coming weekend is another long one here in Tasmania (we get three more each year than I was used to in NSW) so I plan to spend the whole of it working on my jeans. I need to decide on topstitching thread and pocket design so I'll be stalking some blogs for ideas ...

6 comments:

LadyBugg said...

This jacket is lovely.
Will be perfect for our upcoming weather :)

velosewer said...

I like this collar style and the colours you've used.

Sharon said...

Love ths shawl collar and think those red buttons will be perfect, but then that depend on what you are going to wear with it.

Have you checked out this website for jeans info http://www.makeyourownjeans.com/

They have very serious pockets designs.

Faye Lewis said...

Wonderfully nice jacket Carol. That cardigan feel is so Coco Chanelish. Bet you could roll it up and store it in a drawer (not that you'd do that) and it wouldn't even wrinkle. Love the style and the color.

Faye Lewis said...

Wonderfully nice jacket Carol. That cardigan feel is so Coco Chanelish. Bet you could roll it up and store it in a drawer (not that you'd do that) and it wouldn't even wrinkle. Love the style and the color.

Gail said...

Love your jacket - the colour is so nice. Good old Tassie, not only over governed but also over rested!