Saturday, March 20, 2010

Peacock blouse

Ok, I know I said I was done with Simplicity 2614 but when I pulled this synthetic sateen from the stash I couldn't think of anything more appropriate to do with it.
There is something to be said for working with the same pattern across a few garments. It helps to understand its strengths and weakness and to make changes with confidence.
I've included the inside-out shot to show the self lining that I created by mirroring the bodice pattern, removing the gathering at the shoulder seam. This works so much better than the facing included in the pattern. I used a combination of French seams and and bound Hong Kong seams to give the garment a luxurious finish.
I have two more casual tops cut using totally different patterns - Simplicity 3887 and 4528. Not sure if I will have time to finish either before we leave on Wednesday. Looking forward to a month's holiday in Israel, Jordan and Korea. Robin at A Little Sewing on the Side has given me the heads up on where to buy fabric and haberdashery in Seoul, so while I won't be blogging, I will be thinking about sewing!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Kaftan number 2

Ok I'm repeating myself but I'm smiling. This is my second and final 'bedouin tent' made from Simplicity 2619. I have a pair of trousers from the pattern cut out ready to go, then I will bury this pattern deep in the back of the cupboard. I've used a two-toned brown and creme piping cord which really works well with the brown and creme cotton. Overall I'd recommend this pattern if you want a quick project. It takes about two hours to complete - and that included felled seams and the piping.
I'm not sure what the next projects will be. Probably will continue with the mix of corporate and casual. I must finish the Burda purple silk top - it sits on the sewing table. If it could sing the song would be "what about me..It isn't fair..." and the new Patrones magazine is willing me to trace off a few of the best.
So this space!