October 20, 2016

Butterick 5958 Hot Pink Fringe Jacket

Hi, there. Are you enjoying your autumn? I've just finished up this jacket.

I made the vest last year.

 I wanted to make a bright colour jacket and so I focused on this pattern;  Butterick 5958. I used view C. This pattern has the vest and long sleeved jacket patterns. I really recommend this pattern, unfortunately it's out of print now. If you are interested in the pattern, I also recommend Butterick 6169. It's similarly incorporated into the dress and jacket pattern, and the design is similar to Butterick 5958.

It was the second time that I used this fabric (I reviewed the bruda jacket). I added the fringes again, and also doubled the number of them, and their length. I made the fringes using 3 and 1/4yds of long, so attached them to the sleeves, collar, front opened and hem.
I was tired because I had to clean my house while I made the jacket.
There was
A LOT of PINK DUST(>_<;)

 I am allergic to dust...my house
 was messy and dusty after making them.

I love this design, but I have one complaint; it doesn't include any pockets. I definitely think a jacket needs pockets, so I added zip up ones.
I made the vest version last year, and it took around 6 hours. I guessed that I could make the fringe jacket in around 10 hours, but it took 20 hours! (NOT include cutting and clean-up time)

This is the vest version. I used Italian quilted fabric. It reminded me of a truffle milk chocolate and it looked like it smelled sweet. Ha ha. I made the belt, belt loops, and sewed the double opened zipper. I cut the collar parts bigger than the normal patterns, because I thought the big collar would suit the quilted vest. I shortened the length by an inch.

I wanted to use the various length zippers for making my jacket, so I purchased a kind of pliers "Kuikiri" (blue one) from one coin store (100 yen shop). I don't know what the pliers are called in English, sorry.
I have many zippers, but I'm sometimes out of the zippers with necessary length. My neighbourhood crafts shop doesn't have many products but it's too much hassle to go the big crafts shop. However, I wouldn't wait to get a parcel from shopping online. Ummmm...
This time, it was VERY easy to remove zipper teeth and quick to shorten the zippers with new pliers! Terrific discovery! I should have bought them earlier.

When I took these pictures in my neighbourhood shrine a few days ago, I heard the sound of cicadas. Crazy! It's autumn now!

Fabric: Fringe jacket 60" 2 3/8yd, Vest 45" 1 5/8
Total time spent:  Fringe jacket 20 hours, Vest 6 hours

October 5, 2016

Vogue 8813 Oversized Cocoon Dress

Hi! Recently, warm and rainy days are in continuity due to the recent typhoon. The temperature reached a record high of 30 degrees in October. This is the first for Tokyo in 37 years. There are more people who wear short-sleeved clothes than who wear long-sleeved now. Therefore, I wanted to make a dress with short sleeves and autumn version.

I made these dresses from Vogue 8813 which is a Marcy tilton designed. It's an oversized cocoon shaped and pull over dress pattern. I purchased it a few years ago. I was going to make one from the pattern when I find an appropriate knit fabric. I thought this pattern was used for knits only, but I misunderstood!(゚〇゚ ;) Non-stretch fabrics are available in the pattern.

This dress is my first Vogue 8813. I used stretch cotton and Irish linen. It turned out like bohemian style. I think this dress looks similar to Vogue 1248 (I reviewed that pattern before). It took a lot of time to make Vogue 1248 but Vogue 8813 was more quickly than I expected.

I've just finished the summer version. I wanted to make it soon, while the my idea is still fresh in my mind.
Autumn version: View B. Firstly, I changed the central part design. I had to make the three places of the gathers, but I only made two places. I thought the neck line didn't fit for these gathers, so I eliminated the top of gather. 
Summer version: View C. I used SOULEIADO cotton. SOULEIADO is one of my favourite fabrics. The central part needs 1 and 3/8 yd, but I had only 7/8 yd of pink cotton. Therefore, I connected fabrics together with tape into one piece. I changed to a V neckline from a normal neckline and I made a waist band around the central part instead of making gathers.
   If you don't like oversized dresses, I recommend that you make a waist band. I think a waist band fits my body better than gathers. 

My husband thinks this dress looks like a kimono (I think so too ). Recently, I see women in various types of kimonos. For example, it was made of denim, decorated with lace, and printed by Liberty, etc.
To be honest, I didn't like the Vogue8813 instructions. It was little complicated for me, but I love the design. I enjoy thinking about fabric combinations. I have a lot of fabric stash. This pattern is very useful to me.

Fabric and notions: Summer version pink 45" 7/8 yd, Navy 45" 2 5/8 yd, Waist and neck line tape 1 1/8yd
Total time spent: 7hours

September 19, 2016

burda 7659 Bi-Colour and Lavender Dress

Good-bye summer! I made a linen bi-colour dress

chiffon lavender dress.

The pattern I used was burda7659, which I made a few days ago. I cut view C. I bought this pattern last year and wanted to make a dress! Summer is almost over, I should have made them sooner.
I used yellow and sand beige linen. I omitted to make the front and back yoke. I wanted to show off the contrast, so this idea made my dress stand out. Beige clothes don't suit me, but lemon yellow looks good on me (I think). I thought this colour combination was bizarre before making it, but it turned out fantastic.
 I omitted the back zipper, because I didn't want to see it through the thin fabric. I wanted to wear it as a pull over dress, so I chose one size bigger than my normal size, enlarged the arm holes by an inch and added a bias binding trim. I can take it on and off well enough to do without a zipper.

This dress might be the last that I use linen on this year. I love the comfortable dress and will make one with linen from the same pattern next year.

This dress is pullover too. I made the lavender dress with polyester chiffon. This pattern has a puff sleeve pattern. I think this design with a round yoke and puff sleeves is too feminine for me. Therefore, I made the bell sleeve pattern.
Please refer to how to make a bell sleeve pattern if you need.

Copy trace over and cut.

 Lengthen sleeves as needed. Measure width with a ruler.
Divide into four parts.


Cut and open by 5 centimetres.

 Set the part on the other sheet with tape. Cut out. -Finish!
This dress design can be worn until fall. I would make one more for fall version with soft wool.
I love this simple pattern. It's a really useful addition to my work wardrobe. If you look for a quick and easy sewing pattern, I would recommend it.
It's about time to sew fall clothes. I can't wait to make them ^_^
Thank you for reading, see you!

Fabric: Bi-Colour Dress, linen 45" 1 3/4 yd (beige), 45" 1 yd (yellow)
Lavender Dress, polyester chiffon 60" 2 1/8 yd
Total time spent: 6hours

September 3, 2016

Vogue 1248 Big Pockets and Big Puffed Sleeves

I made this skirt
this shirt!

I wanted Vogue1248 from the first time I saw it. This skirt looks like COMME des GARÇONS! I purchased this pattern last year and have been wanting to make a skirt and a shirt. I definitely can't draw like the complicated pattern.

 I didn't change anything about the skirt design. This skirt is high-waisted, and it has giant gathered pockets (HUGE!) and sleeve bows.
It took a lot of time to make the skirt (over 10hours!), because the skirt pattern has a lot of pieces! The most annoying parts were matching the pattern and making the gathers! They were so tricky! I had to cut the waist bands twice from the pattern, because the plaid pattern didn't match. I used a soft and light poly cotton. If you try to make the skirt, I recommend that you use light fabrics.

I added a lining, so I'll wear it until the fall. I was wearing the skirt with an asymmetrical white top (it's self-drafted) in these photos, but I think this skirt goes well with a short length sweater and boots.

I love this shirt too; it's lovely and unique design.

This shirt has a triple collar! I combined blue linen and white cotton. This shirt pattern doesn't have a sleeve pattern. I have broad shoulders and don't think this shirt design suits me. I drew the sleeve pattern, so I added these big puffed sleeves to the bodice. I usually steer clear of button-up shirts in summer, because they are uncomfortable around my neck. However, this shirt is really comfortable to wear! It's light and airy.

I usually wear the shirt with a black pencil skirt in my office, but it wasn't on when I took these photos. I will make one more again next year! I would like to make fall clothes too, but it'll be hot until the end of this month.

Fabric: Skirt 60" 3 1/8yd, 
Shirt 45" 1 5/8yd (blue), 45" 1/2yd (white) 
Total time spent: Skirt 11-12 hours, Shirt 8 hours