Friday, November 7, 2014

The Pincushion for Everything

I’ve actually been working on finishing things this fall. Last month was the Burda jacket, and this week it was the Weighted Pincushion Organizer from Elizabeth Hartman for Sew, Mama, Sew!, which I started nearly 2 years ago. It’s a cute design and so useful. And it’s no longer a UFO!

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The fabric is the same as what I used to make my knitting bucket bag that I made last year, so lovely to sew this stuff! This pattern/tutorial is really well done, and the pictures and directions made it so easy to put this together.

Done in less than a day, it was a nice project to do between bouts of working on my skirt sloper (Craftsy course “Patternmaking Basics: The Skirt Sloper” with Suzy Furrer) and also my jeans copy (also a Craftsy course, “Jean-ius! Reverse Engineer Your Favorite Fit” with Kenneth D. King) I’ve got the skirt sloper fitting really well now so I’ll be able to show this soon. And I will, because after losing over 15 lbs nothing fits anymore so I need to make some skirts to fill the hole in my wardrobe. (And as we all know skirts are so much simpler to make than trousers, but I’ve got a bee in my bonnet about making some jeans and Thurlows this winter too.)

Yay for fewer UFOs!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Burda Jacket 02-2011-109 – Finished UFO

How long does it take some UFOs to finally get off the shelf and out in the street?

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Well, this one took just 3 1/2 years!

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I started this jacket in Sherry’s RTW Tailoring sewalong back in April 2011. That’s right! I got everything sewed up except the buttons, front buttonholes and the hem (and blogged it here); I just didn’t know how to handle the hem.

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Then last month I decided to just do the bagged hem anyway (using Sherry’s sewalong posts), but stop at the slits and do them by hand. It actually worked out. The slits are not the neatest on the inside, but nobody will notice. And it’s good enough to wear, which is all I care about!

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These buttons seem fairly delicate for the denim, but I like the look (despite them being slightly difficult to handle.) The front buttonholes are also corded to counteract the stretch denim.

I’m so happy to have this jacket finished!!

Coming soon, more on this year’s finished sewing projects.