Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Stripey love - Burda Style 9/2011 108 tunic

This lovely striped knit tunic supposed to be my Oscar-inspired challenge over at The Sew Weekly.  Another challenge I missed. This time due to a stupid, stupid, stupid cold that just will not go away.  Sigh...

I took the challenge in a different direction and decided to sew something with gold in the fabric in honor of the Oscar statuette instead of something inspired by an Oscar-nominated movie. I wish you could see this fabric in person as this photo doesn't show the hint of gold in the stripes.

The fabric is from SR Harris and it's fabulous.  Lightweight, but not sheer, and soft, like butter.  The best part is that  I didn't have to dig through the stacks and stacks of fabric to find it. I was at the cutting table and the woman across from me was debating as to whether or not she was going to purchase it.  When she asked me what I thought I exclaimed "heck, yea you should buy it! And can I have the bolt when you're done?"  She bought some - and I got what was left, barely two yards. 

The pattern is the knit tunic #108 from the September 2011 Burda Style magazine.  If you don't get the magazine, you can download the pattern here. I originally sewed it with the long sleeves, as designed, but decided I liked 3/4 sleeves better.

There's not much to mention about the sewing.  It's incredibly simple.  Just like Lisette, I ignored the neck binding.  I serged clear elastic to the wrong side of the neck edge, turned it under and stitched in place.

I'll be honest with you.  I'll never wear it as I've styled it here.  I'm just not comfortable in leggings.  Personally I can't get past the "if you wore the trend the first time around...."  I'll likely pair the tunic with a pair of straight leg jeans and fabulous shoes.  So even though the leggings won't be worn, I'm certain this tunic will venture out of my closet regularly.

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Monday, March 05, 2012

Almost a win - the Vogue 2869 red skirt

I planned to kill two birds with one stone when I sewed this red skirt.  You see, I've been terrible about keeping up with The Sew Weekly challenges. As much as I used to think I was Superwoman and could do it all, I've gained a lot of wisdom as I age and well, life sometimes takes priority over sewing.  Can I get an amen?

When I saw one challenge was to sew something red for Valentine's Day  and another was to sew a UFO I knew my little red skirt fit the bill.

I had cut this baby out a few years ago and tucked it away when I discovered I didn't have any red thread.  Who does that? Not stock something as basic as red thread?  Me, apparently.  

I went onto other projects waiting for a thread sale - because why pay full price if you don't have to, right? - and when I began sewing it again only to discover it was way too big.  By then I just wasn't that into it anymore so I folded it up and put it back in the closet.  Until a few weeks ago.  Unfortunately it was no longer way too big - only a little bit too big - so the adjustments were pretty simple.

As I was sewing the skirt I thought "I love this fabric!  Why did I wait so long to sew this skirt?" And promptly wore the skirt as soon as it was completed.  Cute, huh?

By the way, the pattern is Vogue 2869, an out of print (OOP) Alice + Olivia skirt pattern.  As you can see those horizontal lines are supposed to be there.
 The horizontal lines are created by the ruching along the side seams.  The sides seams are gathered and the gathers are held in place with ribbon sewn on the inside seam allowance. 
I was pretty pleased with the skirt when I was done. And I love the feel of this skirt when I wear it.  It's a medium weight stretch wool that was a dream to sew with. While I love wearing it, the red color came off on my favorite cami so I'm a bit bummed about that.

While I really like the skirt,  it's not quite a win as there's an issue I didn't take into consideration.

This skirt is designed to be TIGHT.  It needs to be tight so the ruching stays horizontal.

If the skirt is not tight this is what happens.

Yep.   The skirt dips in front.

Well, if you've read my blog for any length of time you probably know what I'm going to say next. 

I hate tight clothes!  There's no way I would ever wear this skirt if it was a tight as it needs to be for the design to work properly. 

So that makes this almost a win.

And I didn't finish the skirt in time for The Sew Weekly challenges either.
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