Wednesday, April 29, 2009
The pattern is for a leather garment, but the (vaguely) Chanel style jacket will be made according to various Chanel-style instructions (and a few personal shortcuts) anyway, so it doesn't matter. It may have a few too many seams for the work-intensive style, the back also having four panels. But I didn't quite get my head around how to do darts on the quilted parts, so panels may be better.
I traced and cut the paper pattern in size 36, which is a bit smaller than normal, after flat-pattern-measuring according to my bust measurement, plus what is presumed to be appropriate for a fitted jacket. I want this to be really fitted to be worn cardigan-style over close-fitting tops (or the dress). In the end, I will baste-fit after quilting the parts. I really hope the quilting will work on my ancient, never-messed-with-the-tension, no-walking-foot sewing machine. Also, I hope the quilting won't eat too much width of the fabric since I wasn't able to sqeeze the recommended 4-in-seam allowances out of my fabric piece.
I still have no idea where I will get the trim. My trusty department store really has no selection beyond black, white and shiny satin. Grosgrain in the lining's color, a light green, might be nice. I don't think I'll go overboard on the Chanel-isms, such as braided trim or gold buttons, but keep it a little more subdued.
The trimming question brings me to a small Burda rant. In the May issue they plugged the website of supposedly one of Germany's biggest makers of trimmings. When going there, the website is not much more than an advertisement of their real-life store (which is not near me). Just like the online fabric store that hasn't been able to fully process my order for, oh, eight weeks or so, and will only tell me the state of things when I contact them (my customer profile shows the order "has been delivered" - right), allegedly due to lack of staff, but keeps big advertisements in Burda. I'm pretty happy with the way Burda is going, with more information on suppliers and such included, but some of that had better be useful!
As it is, I may have to make the round of fabric stores in Cologne and hope that some have a better trim selection. I'm half afraid I'll come back with more fabric, but no trim!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Yesterday I prewashed my dark linen fabrics, thinking I'd start with a skirt or pants from my tentative summer sewing plan. I love it when the weather finally gets warm enough for outside line drying again! Isn't this a sight after every fabric lover's heart?
Ironically, while the dark linens were drying outside in the sun, I shifted around some of my unwashed stash and happened upon a fabric combination I'd never thought of so far:
The boucle fabric has been bought with, well, not even the plan, but the wish to someday make a chanel-style jacket. The flowery linen print was bought for a long, flowing linen dress. Seeing the two together in these, for me, perfect spring colors, has crystallized my plan as follows:
Make a chanel-style jacket, not allowing myself to be held back by perfectionism and lack of experience, as well as I'm able to at this moment. Make a sheath dress to go with the jacket. Hopefully, finish both before spring turns into summer.
As somebody said on their blog: Challenge yourself. There's always more fabric if it doesn't work out.
In order to motivate myself, I'll document my process here in detail. I've given some thought to choosing patterns and style; more on that to come.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
(Leichhardt's bust; there are two - the other is in Australia)
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Sunday afternoon, we went to the fabric market. DH and the kids went for ice cream, I went for fabric. Luckily, fabric markets are usually held in the town squares, where there are ice cream cafés nearby!
I was a little disappointed. Having mentioned the fabric markets before, I wanted to bring you really nice pictures that capture all the fabric goodness. Not quite.
One, I had the impression there wasn't as much fabric goodness at this market than at other markets I've been to. This might have something to do with the fact that I went with a budget in mind and had hoped to find good deals on staples such as cotton prints, denim, linen, jerseys. Lots and lots of prints in cotton and jersey, yes, at a price, but very few solids and none of the fabric market stalls I'd met elsewhere, with jerseys in all colors of the rainbow (and cottons, linens, woollens...) at cut-rate prices.
A sight to behold: the big notions stall. You almost get vertigo trying to tell which side is up in there!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Yesterday, I chose to spend the spare hours in my day not blog reading, but sewing - again - girls' stuff - again. Will I be able to stop when fabric runs out? No, wait, I ordered more, so it won't. Oh well!
My dd is growing out of everything at the moment, plus with the weather warming up she needs lots more playground clothes, so I decided to sew up a quick pair of pants. It really isn't quite as crooked as it looks in the pictures, but it's a quick little number, having traced off an existing pair, altered for the simplest elastic waist, and only putting on some topstitching, back pockets, borders and appliqués for interest (without it I'd have finished in half the time, though, but where's the fun in that?).
My ds is getting jealous, so I ordered some more jersey in boy colors for a promised bunny shirt. Happily, he isn't at 5yo tuned into what's "cool" or "manly" yet, so I'll let him wear bunnies for as long as it lasts!
I might use the green/pink flowered buttons for last post's dress; I don't know what I'll do with the iron-on angel yet, and the borders... well, I just order them every chance I get.
All of it from http://www.koenigreich-der-stoffe.net/.
("Herzilein" means little heart)
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
- Soft small-whale corduroy from the Dutch fabric market (I just found out I missed this year's first fabric markets in my area, and almost cried!) for ca. 5 € per metre
- Poly lining remnant from another project I never managed to sew up
- Cotton mermaid lining fabric: Mendocino by Heather Ross quilting fabric. I love these quilting cottons and not being a quilter (so far) have to think up ways to use them so I have an excuse for buying, especially since they are so expensive in Germany (around 15-18€ per metre)!
- Scraps and double-sided iron-on interfacing for the birds (drawn freehand) and flowers; border by Farbenmix .