Tuesday, January 05, 2010

First sewing project of 2010 - McCall's 5815 Jacket

Sewing for 2010 is off to a great start with the completion of this jacket from McCall's 5815.

You know which one I'm talking about - the Nanette Lapore knock-off jacket with the great collar. Many of you may be familiar with this pattern - there are 10 reviews on PatternReview as well as some postings of the jacket by other bloggers (I just can't locate the posts at the moment to show you.)

Wanting a jacket to wear during the winter months, I choose a gray striped suiting fabric and used the long sleeves, with slits, from view B with that fabulous collar from view A.

The stripes really play up the areas of the jacket that are cut on the bias - the pockets and collar.

I'm liking the buttons I found - at Joann's of all places. I'm glad I braved the -20 degree F temps this past weekend to hit their 50% off button sale. And I freely admit it - a few of the new spring McCall's patterns came home with me also.

Not only did the color match beautifully, but the button leans more toward fashion versus function. They're a bit unusual in that they are 1/4" thick.

And I'm still using the Fabric Mart silks I purchased a while back as linings.

The matching skirt is about half-way completed. Once it's done I'll post some photos of the entire outfit and write a real review.

Only five days into the new year and I've already completed one item. Go me! Pin It

Sunday, January 03, 2010

2009 year end review

Last year just didn't feel like the year of sewing. I had many other things going on in my life that kept me away from my sewing studio - sometimes for weeks at a time.

So I was curious, just how much sewing did I accomplish in 2009?

The number

Fifty-two items were completed (not including the tutorials).

Now that may sound like a lot, but in reality that's only one item a week.

The breakdown

Aprons/crafts - 6
Coats - 2
Children's - 1
Dresses (including knit) - 9
Jackets - 8
Loungewear - 2
Pants - 2
Skirts - 7
Tops (including knit)/blouses - 15
Tutorials - 9
Vests - 1

Wow! I expected to see alot more skirts as it seems they're my go to when I need a quick sewing fix. Apparently not.

The pattern company

Burda magazine - 8
Butterick - 4
Kwik Sew - 1
McCall's - 11
New Look - 1
Simplicity - 10
Vogue - 14
Other - 1
One Yard Wonders book - 4

No surprises here as I'm not loyal to any one pattern company. I sew what catches my fancy.

The Tutorials

The golden goddess gown - an infinity dress

Barbie apron, chef hat and oven mitt

Barbie snuggie

Child's reversible apron

Man's shirt into ruffled cami

90-minute beach cover-up

Mini Christmas stocking flatwear holders

Collar stand and collar

How to miter corners

What's next?

I've also been working on a few new tutorials, as well as some items for PatternReview's refashion contest.

But before I begin the refashioning, I wanted to add some more items to my professional wardrobe. My first completed garment is a lined jacket - McCall's 5815 and the skirt from McCall's 5894.

Photos tomorrow. Pin It


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