Monday, 6 April 2009

Finally a Finished Garment

I decided on Vogue 1099 for my first post-slump project. The thought of matching bias cut plaid in my fragile state was just too much, but it'll happen soon. This is the only photo I could get of it on me before the camera battery ran out, so apologies for the poor quality. You'll have to believe me when I say it fits well and is very comfortable.
Here's a dummy shot of the front:
The back:
And the side:
Here is a closer detail of the sleeve:
And the bias collar and contrast upper collar (which you can barely see on the pattern envelope). I used black polyester organza.
This pattern went together a treat. Even though it's definitely not for beginners, with patience and accuracy you can get a really nice result.
I added bias strips of lightweight knit interfacing to the hems of the body and sleeves to give them some body (I'm glad I did). I also treated the bottom edge of the front facing in my favourite way, which give a much nicer result than the method described in the instructions.

First I apply bias binding to the lower edge of the front facing. I press out the fold on the underside and just attach it flat to reduce bulk.

Once you sew across the bottom edge of the facing and jacket, you get a nice finished edge that can be hand stitched down.
I hope this means my mojo is back to stay. I thought seriously about entering the vintage pattern competition on PR, but I am so far behind and so lacking in clothes ATM that I have decided to churn out some more practical garments and save the vintage stuff for I time when I can give it the love and attention it deserves.
On a parting note, I didn't do very well in month one of my stash reducing plan. March was an unproductive sewing month when new seasons shirtings came into the shops. What's a girl to do?


Anonymous said...

super cute!! love it!

Anne e le manine d'oro said...

This is a lovely top Josie !

Tany said...

I have this pattern and I was wondering how it would look like in real life! Yours turned out great!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

It looks great on you! I like the sleeve detail!

Sarah said...

Hey Jo,

Finally figured out how to make a comment on here... yeh!! I like this alot! Can't wait to see it on, crap photo but I bet it really suits you ;) x

Anonymous said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.