Sunday, January 8, 2012

Back to my regularly scheduled programming~

Greetings sewing divas!! Now that the holidays have passed I can get back into my sewing room and start cranking out projects for 2012. But, before I forge ahead into the new year I must review the last two projects that I completed in 2011.
The jacket is a self-drafted pattern which required some tweaking because I decided to make a design change midstream (-_-) and the pants are New Look 6107 (OOP).
Pattern description:
Pants-Basic pants with tapered leg, front/back fitting darts, and side zipper.
Jacket-Wrap front with side tie and elasticized bell-shaped sleeves.
Pattern sizing:
Jacket-custom sized
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope one you were done sewing with it?
Pants-Yes, I did not make any design modifications.
Jacket-The only photo was the image in my head which changed a few times (-_-)
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Pants-Yes, the pattern is a very basic pants pattern. The most challenging part of the pants construction was inserting the invisible zipper which took about 15-20 minutes. I constructed the pants in about 1-1/2 hrs.
Jacket-The construction of the jacket was a little more challenging and much more time consuming. Because it was a self-drafted pattern, I had no instructions to follow so I had to make up the instructions as I sewed.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Pants-I love the tapered leg of the pants and the cuff which you can't see in the photo.
Jacket-I love the wrap-front, side tie, and the bell sleeves (everything).
Fabric used:
Pants-Polyester crepe purchased at Hancock's several years ago.
Jacket-Crepe-backed satin purchased at JoAnn's several years ago.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Pants-I added 3" to the length but I did not make any design changes.
Jacket-What ended up being the lapel of the jacket was once a gathered ruffle which I did not like after I attached it to the jacket so, I pulled out the seam ripper and began the first phase of de-construction on this project. Also, I redesigned the neckline of the jacket near the lapel/collar junction with a cleverly placed dart which is completely hidden by the lapel.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Pants-Yes I would sew the pants again and I do recommend this pattern to others (if you can find it as I mentioned before its an OOP pattern).
Jacket-Yes, I plan to make the jacket again but I can't decide which fabric to use for my next version.
Conclusion: I love the whole ensemble. I wore it to hubby's Christmas party and received several compliments.