Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Polar Vortex Mittens

More Polar Vortex sewing:


The fingerless mitts I have been wearing  just haven't been warm enough while we suffer through the Polar Vortex this winter.
I used a wool sweater that I had felted when it got tossed into the donation bin, and this online tutorial. Instead of lining with fleece, I used a cotton knit. It sure is a lot quicker to SEW knit mittens than it is to KNIT them!





Saturday, January 25, 2014

New PJs: McCall's 5248 & Vogue 8151

In need of some new pajamas, I pulled out McCall's 5248 (bottoms) & Vogue 8151 (top). I have used both of these patterns before, so I could go right to cutting them out and sewing them up, which I did last night. The fabric is a cotton knit from Fabric.com, which I purchased a couple of weeks ago when I needed some yarn and had to fill my cart to take advantage of free shipping....you know how that is, right? I also found a black cotton knit in the stash for the neckline binding and hem band....needed to break up that jazzy print LOL! With the COLD temps we are having in the Midwest due to the polar vortex, these are just what I want to climb into at the end of the day.


Guess I'm on a roll with two garments sewn in January, and this one meets the Jungle January challenge!





Monday, January 20, 2014

McCall's 6711 Garment a Month: January

January's sewing challenge was to try a new technique, and so I chose to sew this more constructed jacket pattern out of a soft sweater knit, using McCall's 6711.  Lori noted that this pattern ran large, and I should have taken her recommendations to heart. I did my usual FBA, made an adjustment for a broad back, and also added one inch to the jacket length. Adding the length was necessary, but the FBA and the back adjustment were not. The armscyce seam falls off my shoulder now, and I'll need to go back and take that in a little. In the future, I'll need to pay more attention to making the broad back adjustment without adding to the neck-to-sleeve width.










Even with the adjustments to the fit, I am happy with this jacket. The fabric is a very soft, double-sided sweater knit with minimal one-way stretch. I paid all of $1.50 for the 2 yards when I purchased this at an estate sale a few months ago.
 I used a soft interfacing at the 2 fronts, along with a narrow strip fused to the side and back hems. I left this jacket unlined to maintain the sweater-like feel.



Belting this jacket didn't work for me, not figure-flattering at all! I was much more comfortable wearing it open like a sweater. 


Now that I think I have the 'bugs' worked out of this jacket pattern, I plan to revisit it in a lined version sometime soon.