Another Bolero Jacket That’s Not Exactly a Bolero, Nor a Jacket

I sewed up another item from Happy Homemade Sew Chic yesterday – item N – the Jersey Bolero-Style Jacket. ┬áIt’s neither a bolero nor a jacket. Discuss.

img_20170128_182950647_topThis fabric is a viscose knit border print that looked like a good idea for a dress when I bought it at Elliott Berman fabrics. But when I draped it I realized it was too busy for a dress and the border print would tend to widen things that are wide enough already. So I made this cardi instead.

I made changes from the first version, mostly to make use of the border print:
* Lengthened the sleeves and the overall body 2 inches to take advantage of the deep black end of the border print.
* I also used the black end to make the neckline binding.
* Sewed the front tucks as directed – that is, sewn from the wrong side – instead of from the right side like a pintuck. This method worked better for the heavier, opaque quality of the fabric. A pintuck looks better on a sheer.
* Tucked but did not sew down the back tuck because I didn’t like how the sewn-down tuck worked with this crazy print.
* Sewed on a neckline clasp I got from the jewelry-making racks at Joann.

I made the whole thing on my new serger, except for the tucks. The hems were done using the coverstitch mode.

I really like this piece. It’s one of the best patterns in the book. I sewed it up easily in an evening.

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Revenge of the Fugly Pants

I think my misbegotten pants must have heard I was trashing them on Thursday blog, because they got their revenge.

While I was zipping up the pants after a bathroom break, the zipper made a break for it:

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Did I mention I was at work? I held up the pants, saying a thank you for the long blouse I was wearing, walked to my desk and fished out a safety pin.

The pin did its job and I got home without any further wardrobe malfunction. I ripped open the zip and threw the pants in the trash. Clearly, we were not meant to be together!

The Last of Me-Made May

Wow, May went by fast!

I met my goal to wear me-made clothes at least three times per week. In fact, I did 4 or 5 times some weeks. I could have done more if I had repeated outfits.

Today’s look is a recent me-made project that was a huge disappointment. They’re Sewaholic Thurlow trousers in a nice pique suiting.

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Unfortunately, the fly front is weirdly crooked and ill fitting, so I can only wear these trousers with a long jacket or tunic to cover up the ugly.

I never intended to wear these in public. But in the spirit of Me-Made May, I decided to wrap up my month with these unfortunate trousers.

I bring this up in a desire to be honest about my sewing. Some projects are just dogs. No sense pretending otherwise.

A lot of sewing bloggers only put forth the pretty, photographed to perfection. That’s cool. I love their makes and drool over their looks.

But to be honest, to inspire the newcomer and give courage to the timid, I believe in putting it all out there.

I hope you had a great May. See you in June!

Saturday Long Weekend

Here’s today’s Me-Made look: the Mississippi Avenue blouse from Sew House Seven:

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It’s very cool for hot days. The fit is not great – my fault, not the pattern’s – but it’s cute and was a quick made out of cotton lawn.

Casual Me-Made Friday

Another Friday, another work-at-home day, another installment of the Japanese Hippie Doomsday Cult fashion show.

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This is the Tunic Dress with Lace from Happy Homemade Sew Chic. Yeah there’s no lace. The pattern calls for a wide 3-inch lace for the neckline. But I could not find any lace that worked with my fabric. I made it out of a slate blue Japanese cotton double gauze with a gold bamboo motif. Any gold colored lace I found looked pretty tacky-ass.

To ramp up the bling factor, I sometimes belt the dress with a long necklace, as shown. Also, I shortened the sleeves after my original make last year.

I call this my Japanese house dress and I wore it frequently last summer. The cotton double gauze is very comfy in hot humid weather.

The Japanese Hippie Doomsday Cult Goes to Work

So, I work in banking in New York City. Not exactly territory for the Japanese Hippie Doomsday Cult look.

But here’s an exception: the Jacket with Back Tie from Happy Homemade Sew Chic, made swanky in cherry red silk dupioni.

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The jacket is long and rather smocklike, with no lining and wrong-side-showing lapels. I cut it with tighter armholes and long short sleeves so it would look a bit more polished. Plus the silk is always a good thing.

This is one of the best patterns in the book and a fun one to dress up or down. A casual rendition in linen is on my to-do list.

Me Made Sunday

Here’s today’s look, for hanging in the garden, sipping Rose and reading a good book. It’s the Dress With Front Tuck from Happy Homemade Sew Chic.

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The dress is just an OK look for me. It’s the first thing I made from the book and the fit is a bit off. Plus I look pregnant.

Another Rose? “Why yes, I will!”