2013 ESSENTIAL TOPS SEW-A-LONG FINISHED PROJECTS

May 31, 2009

MARC O'POLO CHAQUETA...

is finished, and I'm in love with it too. Almost everything that I make is a labor of love, and this jacket was no different. I worked up the muslin (pro-type) for this jacket by mid week, and was able to start on the actual project on Friday. Since I needed to make one major and a few minor adjustments to the pattern to get the right fit, I decided to trace off a new pattern to include them. (Don't laugh about my pattern paper.) I told you about my fabric escapade last post, I love this fabric but didn't even think that I'd need to match anything. Well since the pattern included attaching back and front bands at the bottom, since I used a print - they actually needed to match - which also presented the tiny problem of matching up the side seams. Well, I finally worked it out by just cutting one continuous band which made attaching so it would match the print and the seams easier.....we just have to find a way to "MAKE IT WORK" (Tim Gunn).


My adjustments made my gapping problem disappear - I'm so glad it worked!!!!
I'm in love with th
e fabric and the print, so you know it's getting worn to work tomorrow - A GOOD WAY TO START THE WEEK!




I also wanted to mention the latest pant addition to the wardrobe (I made these during a sew-a-long last weekend). As planned, I finally got around to altering the Simplicity 2700 pants pattern to accommodate a straight waistband rather than the contoured band in the pattern. Using the advice of my "SISTER IN FLORIDA", this plan worked out just right. I also made the legs of the pattern narrower because the pattern was just to wide in the legs for me. I'm pleased, and can now say that I have my "TNT PANTS PATTERN".


Well, it may be the end of the weekend, but it's not the end of the sewing adventure....STAY TUNED FOR MORE PROJECTS TO COME!

25 comments:

  1. Faye, I love your jacket. I have that fabric too and thought of making a jacket. Who knows when that will be, but I love yours!

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  2. Fabulous jacket and like the peach top you have on with it. That jacket paired with black pants - offer endless color top options. Great Job.

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  3. Great jacket. So, what did you do to fix the front gap?

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  4. Great jacket! I can see it with black or white pants and a colorful top underneath. Nice job on the jacket and the pants.

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  5. Only one word describes that jacket and those slacks...CUTE!

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  6. Good for you for making this jacket from your Patrones mag :) You sound so pleased, and you should be, it looks wonderful.

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  7. A lovely jacket and as others have said, it makes a very versatile wardrobe. Today I'm wearing black and white pinstripe pants and black jacket with a red top, other days I've worn the same outfit with a yellow top or a pink top. Your jacket will look great over a dress, too. Glad to hear you have a TNT pants pattern. I'm not there with pants yet. I'm thinking of buying the Threads fitting DVD collection.

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  8. Faye, your garments are lovely. I have that same fabric and it feels good to see yours made up in a jacket. I can hardly wait to sew my up my fabric. Like Omega, I don't know when that will be. Beautiful job on both garments!!!!

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  9. That jacket is wonderful! I can just hear the comments from your coworkers now. It looks like it would be comfy too. What a great way to make it work!

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  10. Faye. Your jacket is really lovely and will be very versatile too.I don't think I've ever thought of matching a print before I read an article in last month's Vogue Patterns Magazine. You've inspired me to make something that needs matching.

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  11. The TNT pants pattern: the holy grail of sewing! LOL Congratulations!

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  12. Like everyone else, I love your jacket, too. Since you mentioned it was/is a labor of love, does that mean that you're going to give it away? :-)

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  13. The jacket turned out wonderfully! Glad you were able to make it work!!!

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  14. Your jacket is fabulous! I love that fabric!

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  15. Well done, Faye! A very nice addition to your wardrobe.

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  16. The fabric was a great choice. Your jacket came out fabulous.

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  17. Everything I make is a labor of love too. Then little one comes home with pen on my labor of love. She wrote her name on her pant legs today :)
    You look beautiful in the jacket. I just know everyone had something to say today at work.
    I'm happy I was able to help you on your TNT pants pattern. It just get's better all the time. Sometimes you just have to stop and think a minute and say to yourself "how can I do this better". As I said before stepping out of your comfort zone is hard but the rewards are great.

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  18. Love that jacket! Your work with the print was worth it.

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  19. Congradulations on your success with those pants.They look great with that wonderful little jacket.You'll be starting another work week in high style.Great job!

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  20. I also started sewing in junior high and had to teach myself! I think you've done a superb job.

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  21. Didn't I call it, I said that jacket was going to be off the chain and it is, love it want it, I'm going to have to look for that fabric. BTW, the pattern for the satin top is McCalls 2933.

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  22. ditto - LOVE the jacket ! And the fun way you've styled it ! It's a big hit, and a real inspiration!

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  23. Like the jacket it came out great. Love the color of it great job.

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  24. Faye- you look great!! The jacket is very flattering and the pants are a great fit! A definite TNT. So lucky!!

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  25. nice end .... this jacket is great. I'm glad you enjoy the magazine and you can make beautiful patterns. ahhh ... and jacket for her mother, that happiness. he likes her? sure it is.

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