Sunday, January 30, 2011

New Look 6799

Christa 'Sewing4Nine' posted this jacket on PR, she was inspired by a jacket at Talbots.  It came out so nice, she inspired me!  Christa's New Look 6799

Mine is a lightweight stretch denim in a khaki green.  Can't really tell that from the pics.  Bow and sleeve are just pinned on at this point, but I think it is going to be cute.

Wow, this would be my second jacket this year.... Maybe I am in the JAM club and don't even know it! 

Saturday, January 8, 2011

M5816 Finished!

I finished the McCall's 5816 jacket last night just in time to wear out to dinner!

The fabric is from It is designer stretch twill in chocolate brown.  55% rayon 45 % cotton.

This was my first outerwear.  My first attempt at interlining.  My first lining bagging.  I love it. 

The pattern didn't require much tweaking other than to lengthen the sleeves and body.  I interlined the upper sleeves and body with a stretch cotton.  I was not sure what I was doing, so at first I had attached the interlining to each of the front, back and sleeve pieces fully.  After some sagging of the interlining while pressing the pieces, I did some reading and found out I should have ended the interlining half way down the sleeves and approx 2-3 inches above bottom hem line on the front and back pieces, and to not attach the interlining at the bottom edges of any pieces.  Once I made those changes, things went much more smoothly.

To bag the lining, I used 'Jackets for Real People' with Martha Alto, Susan Neal and Patti Palmer.  I highly recommend that book.  (I also have the Pants for Real People)  Their method ended with a professional looking lining. Even down at the bottom front where the lining/facing meet.  No hand stitching required anywhere except to close the opening left in the lining for turning the whole shebang right side out.  At first I was quite intimidated about trying it, but as is true with most things, it was much easier to do than I had thought!


Front, Inside lining
Back lining, inside

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Filling time...

McCalls 5816 is coming along very well.... I hesitate to start the lining for some reason..... so here it is so far....

The brown mod fabric is the interlining and the white collar is the interfacing, neither of them will show once the lining / facing is inserted.

I interlined the body and upper sleeves and lengthened the sleeves to be full length, as it is quite cold here and I wanted this warmer.
I also insered pockets on the front lower princess seam line.

I really like it so far.. which is probably why I am hesitating about the lining... I don't want to mess it up!

So ... instead, I will post pics of the Christmas presents I made for my family!

Camo PJ's for DH ( sweatshirt material outside, fleece inside! warm)

For my handsome son, warm fleece PJ's

For wonderful DIL
For DD1
For DD2

and for DD3

A co-worker in our office is teaching quite a few of us to knit, so I knit and crocheted some gifts as well!

Knitting is fun, but boy is it hard for me!  I did a lot of ripping out and cursing until I became pretty good at 'unknitting'!  But is sure is a lot slower than sewing!  It took me longer to knit my first scarf than it does to make a pair of Jalie jeans!
I hope to find my nerve tomorrow night to start the jacket lining....... Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Something new for the New Year

McCalls 5816 is up next.  Going with view B, with full length sleeves though. In a brushed stretch chocolate brown twill.  Since it is barely above freezing here, I am going to give interlining a try for the first time. (Hence the new comment)  (-:  Also going to try to insert welt pockets on the front princess seams below the belt.   Wish me luck!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

This year has flown by.  I hope to sew more, exercise more, stay a non smoker and enjoy my family and friends.

The biggest thing on our horizon this year will be a trip to Scotland for our Anniversary.  Awesome.

I wish you all a healthy, happy and propsperous New Year!