Sunday, January 16, 2011

Orange shirt

I made an orange shirt using the JJ pattern on  I like how it turned out but I wish I could figure out how the sleeve slit thing was supposed to go together because I know mine did not turn out right.  They look all wonky to me and were confusing to even try to put together.  I think I will have to try this pattern again especially since my husband somehow spilled candle wax on the fabric after it was cut and I didn't know about it until I was ironing and it melted into the fabric.
You can see the melted candle wax on the front to the side in between the 2nd and 3rd buttons from the bottom.  
The fit seems to be good except that it is flaring out in front under the bust and I am not sure how I could fix that.
The fit from the back.  I know there are wrinkles in the small of my back so maybe I need a sway back alteration but I am not sure how I would go about doing that with this pattern.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

1st Burda Magazine Pattern

I made my first pattern from a Burda Style Magazine.  It was the 116 skirt from the September 2010 issue.  I still find it amazing that a pattern page that looks so jumbled combined with a pile of fabric and a (very) little bit of clothing sewing knowledge can turn into something that can actually be worn.  
Picture of the before. Includes the magazine and the pattern page and the pile of fabric that I used to make the skirt.

I know I don't take the best pictures because usually I can not find the camera and just end up taking pictures with my phone.
Picture of the front of the skirt to see the details made by the interesting seaming.

Picture of the back vent.

Picture of the back vent opened to show the lining.

Picture of the zipper insertion.  This was my first invisible zipper that I have used and I was surprised to find out how easy it was to do.
A picture of the invisible zipper open.

The skirt inside out to show the lining. I know it is very creased and as hard as I tried I just could not get the creases to iron out!!! It was driving me nuts and is why this fabric was used for the lining instead of something else.

Picture of the fit from the front.  Please excuse the tank.  No this is not what I will wear it with but I was excited to take a picture of the skirt because I have been wanting to make a pencil skirt for a long time now and didn't want to have to find a shirt to style it with.

Picture of the fit from the side.
Picture of the fit from the back.  
I am sure that others may be able to find fit issues but over all I am pleased with how the skirt fit.  I am sure that I will be making more pencil skirts in the future.


I have been sewing for a few months now and figured I needed a place to keep track of what I have sewn and what changes I have made to patterns.  When I make something new I will post pictures.  Well that is if I can figure out how to post pictures!