Thursday, April 30, 2015

Coral & Gray Minoru Jacket

This jacket. This jacket has been an ongoing project since last June. That's 10 months people. That is an awfully long time to sew something. I am just SO happy to be finished! This was intended to be a wearable muslin, but the more I worked on it, the more I fell in love with it and wanted it to turn out perfect. This led to crazy things like redoing the cuffs a bajillion times until they were just right, or hand-stitching instead of machine stitching certain parts because it would look better. But I have to say, it turned out pretty fantastic, inside and out. Probably the best thing I have ever sewn, actually :)


The jacket is the Sewaholic Minoru, which has been in my stash for quite a while. The main fabric is a very soft gray cotton twill (I think) with poly floral print lining. I went with coral pink zippers and top-stitching thread. I may or may not have already had these perfectly matching boots and scarf in my wardrobe ;)

This jacket fits GREAT everywhere except the hips. When I started it, 10 months (and 10 pounds) ago it seemed like the finished measurements would be roomy enough for my junk in the trunk. In hindsight (teehee... hind-sight) I definitely should have graded out at the hips. I only have 4" of ease around the hips, which is okay, but when I put my hands in my pockets it is pretty snug. Oh yeah, pockets! I added the welt pockets from the Rigel bomber jacket pattern :)

Details At a Glance:

Pattern: Sewaholic Minoru Jacket

Fabric: Main - Gray Cotton Twill(?) and Lining - Floral Poly, both from Hancock Fabrics
Notions: Coral Zippers, Gray thread, Coral thread, Handmade label, interfacing

Size / Fit / Alterations:
- Cut a straight size 10
- Next time, I will add length to the jacket and grade out at the hips

Design Changes:
- Lined the hood, using a method similar to this one
- Added single welt pockets (pattern pieces from Papercut's Rigel bomber jacket)
- Omitted inside pocket
- Shortened cuffs, interfaced, and omitted elastic/gathers
- Contrast top-stitching to match zippers

Construction Notes:
Finish seam allowances in the hood/collar section well - they are not concealed in the lining
Hand-stitched main jacket / lining at collar instead of machine stitch-in-the-ditch
- Measure the zipper window in collar carefully :)   

And that's about all I can say about that. I am sure there were tons of other little interesting tidbits about the construction and what not, but it's been so long since I started that I forget most of it - haha. I am really proud of this jacket, and I am so happy it's finished!

What is the garment YOU are most proud of sewing? If you blogged it please include the link so I can check it out! :) Thanks for reading!

❤ Sally

Monday, April 13, 2015

Black and Blue - Hollyburn Skirts 1 & 2

Happy Spring Everyone! :) This is my latest sewing project, a Sewaholic Hollyburn skirt. The fabric is black floral cotton sateen, leftover from my Rigel Bomber jacket. I was so happy I had just enough to fit all the pattern pieces on, although some of them may not be quite perfectly on grain ;) 

The dress is a really straightforward sew - pockets, skirt seams, waistband, invisible zip, hem, done! This is View C, the shortest version, which I find to be a good length and I'm 6'0!! The only alteration I made was to nip in the waistband at the side seams. The straight waistband didn't sit quite right on my curvy waist. My favorite part is the bias bound hem - HAPPY YELLOW!

The skirt is so colorful, it goes with almost everything! I really like it with my new Maker tee by Megan Nielsen (worn here with my floral Rigel). My favorite pairing, however, is with a black and white striped top. I cannot get enough of stripes and floral! This boatneck knit top is from Target.

And a couple more detail shots - the fabric is just so pretty! 

This is actually my second version of the Hollyburn. The first one I made back in August of last year, in a solid "Tardis Blue" color to wear the premier of the new Doctor Who series with Peter Capaldi. 

I took some photos of the blue one back in February but never got around to blogging it. Funny enough, I am wearing the exact same top in a different color! What can I say - Hollyburn and boatneck stripes are a perfect pair :)

So what is your favorite skirt pattern? Do you have any go-to combos in your wardrobe? Are you a straight or curvy waistband sort of girl? Any photographed but unblogged projects in your queue?

Thanks again for reading! ❤ Sally