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Something for work!


Ok, that's not entirely accurate. It IS for Treadle, but I get to keep my displays when they are no longer needed, usually a couple months.

When I saw the printed corduroy with the foxes I just knew that F had to have pants made of it. I decided to do them as a display and the pattern I chose (New Look 6257) had a jacket too, so I thought why not? The jacket is made of lightweight wool flannel and lined in a cotton print. The collar in the pattern is stupid so I drafted a Peter Pan collar, using the tutorial here as a guide. I made covered buttons from the apple print.

The pants took an hour. The jacket I spent a few days on. It was pretty simple but I made a few silly mistakes and had to do a couple do-overs. Plus when I say "a few days," I really mean "an hour a day for three days," because I just can't seem to scrape together a nice long sewing session lately. It's all bits and pieces for me.

It is suddenly chilly here. 60s in the day and 40s-50s at night. So probably more autumn sewing like this will be on my agenda. I kind of want to make the same coat over again in a cotton twill or maybe a wide-wale corduory. And she definitely needs more pants!


Jun. 22nd, 2009 07:08 am
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For my HB's suit, I knew I didn't want to try to put real pockets on the coat, but since he always needs to have at least one real pocket, and the vest was a heavier, more stable fabric, I made both vest pockets real and functional.

I really wasn't sure how an 18th century pocket was constructed, and the references I had were a little lacking in the details, so I used methods I'm familiar with from modern sewing to make something functional that I thought looked accurate enough, too.

Here's the complete description of how I made the pocket, under the cut.  (It is a bit image-heavy.)

Making a Simple 18th c - esque Pocket )

Yay!  A pocket!


Jun. 23rd, 2008 09:11 am
elizabeth_mn: (telescope)

Thanks, everyone for all the nice comments on my skirts the other day! 


People sometimes ask me about some of the really simple skirts I make, so I made a tutorial on how to draft a pattern for one.  This is my favorite skirt pattern; I've made a dozen skirts with it.  (I did the owl skirt with a store-bought pattern for a shaped straight skirt: this is the pattern for the black and white skirt.)


If you like simple, fast sewing, if you’ve never drafted a pattern before and would like an easy start, or if you just need a cute skirt, this is for you.


Voila!  A flattering skirt, and you drafted your own pattern!
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