Is there a slow clothes movement?

Is there a slow clothes movement?

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Reasons why this shirt didn’t make it to my wardrobe:

  • the neckline is saggy
  • topstitching is imperfect
  • the colour wasn’t right for spring

At some point I added the heat transfer vinyl heart. See the original heart here, and yes, it took me 1.5 years to finally make it for myself.

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And after a few more months of sitting around, I took these pictures, and realized I kind of like it. I really love the pattern – as evidenced here, here, and here – even with the neckline fit issues. I removed 1/4″ at the neckline at each seam, but now I’m wondering if I need a smaller size. Unfortunately I have lost the pattern sheet for this issue, but I’m sure it will turn up once I commit to the magical art of tidying. Until then, I’ll just wear this one.

The Details
Pattern Burdastyle 2/2013 Pattern 126 Size 42
Fabric Type Rayon Jersey
Stretch Factor 50%

 

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The Start of a Quest

The Start of a Quest

I made some brown pants. They are brown sweatpants, a lot like Casper’s brown pants in that they are made from the same material, and they are sweat pants. I’ve made a few other projects from the same material, it’s a seemingly endless supply. They are comfy, and they look alright…until I show you this…

The waist is huge. The fit is great everywhere else, I have no idea why the waist is so large. I added about 4 inches in total to the length to accommodate my height, and 2 of those inches are between the crotch and the waist. I know it’s not the most flattering, but I like the comfort of pants at my real waist.

I really like the fit of the legs and the fake fly, but the pockets are too small, or too high. I’m never sure where to put the pockets once I do my height adjustment. I’ve considered wearing them as is, but I’d like to make another pair and want to have a better idea of what to change. Everybody needs some quality time with their seam ripper, right?

The Details
Pattern Burda 03-2014-112 Size 42
Fabric Type Double knit
Content Unknown
Stretch Factor 50%

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Bloomers!

Bloomers!

I finished these shorts back in August – my Burda Challenge for July. I always add 2 inches in height just below the waist for pants. I think a lot of my extra height is carried between my ribs and hips, but having the shorts this high is just too much.

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That said, I haven’t seen these pictures for a few months and they don’t look as bad as I remember…

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except from this angle.

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They are even kind of cute like this. I plan to shorten them a tad, and stitch down the pleats on the front. I really should lower that fake back pocket, while I’m at it. Since these are all fantasy alterations anyway, I’ll make a fake back pocket for the other side too.

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The Details
Pattern Burdastyle 7/2015 Pattern 116
Size 42
Fabric Cotton Shirting
November Plans

November Plans

These pants are a bit crazy, but at least I won't have to make any height adjustments since they are already in tall sizes.
These pants are a bit crazy, but at least I won’t have to make any height adjustments since they are already in tall sizes.

I love sewing, glad to be back in the swing of things again. Here are my plans for November.

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Burdastyle 10/2010 Pattern 118 Top: This is already done, I’m just waiting for a sunny day to take a picture.

Burdastyle 10/2013 Pattern 146 Girl’s dress: this is also done. Adeline is not a fan. She says she’ll wear it if I shorten the sleeves, but I have my doubts.

Burdastyle 11/2013 Pattern 111 Top with shrug. Simple, but I need some new T-shirts.

Burdastyle 11/2013 Pattern 120 Trousers. I have come to realize that I make things for the joy of making them, not to be useful elements of my wardrobe.

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Oh July, are you done already?

Oh July, are you done already?

I can’t believe it’s August already. I haven’t had too much sewing time, as we’ve been spending our days at amusement parks, waterslides, and swimming pools. I’ve lived in Wisconsin for 4 years, and only discovered the Dells (waterpark capital of the world). I knew it existed before, just hadn’t experienced it. The rest of our time has been spent packing, because we are finally moving back to Vancouver, my hometown. Yay, Canada!

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Flowers and butterflies, Adeline is a fan.

I did finish this simple top. And it was simple, but I’m stepping out of my comfort zone working with silk. I was slightly short on fabric so I omitted the back seam. I also finished the neckline with bias strips instead of a facing. Probably a mistake, the neckline looks a bit tortured. After skimming the seam allowances down to 1/4″ to fit the pattern on, I ended up taking out 3/4″ of the side seams. I had lots of troubles sewing straight, so there were weird puckers every so often.

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In the end it turned out okay. The armholes are a bit tight. Maybe someday I’ll fix it. I have enough bias to redo one arm hole, so I’d have to piece together some very small bits of fabric if I wanted to fix both.

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Now I’m just waiting for the weather to cool off. I think this would look better with jeans.

The Details
Pattern Burdastyle 7/2015 Pattern 113
Size 42
Fabric Silk (I think)

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April Burda Challenge complete!

April Burda Challenge complete!

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These pants are finally complete! They weren’t that difficult, but I stumbled a few places along the way. They are very high waisted, designed to be 2″ above the waist. I added 2″ below the waist and 2″ in the leg to accommodate my tall stature, and these landed 2″ above my waist. Having the pants so high didn’t feel comfortable, and I removed the 2″ above the waist. Fruitless, right? Adding and subtracting, but the fit is nice, so maybe not.

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Shortening the waist meant cutting the invisible zipper, and even though I secured the top with some stitches, the zipper pull came off and refused to go back on. I removed the zipper and tried a non-invisible zipper, but it looked terrible. After a trip to the store, I finally redid the invisible zipper and completed the pants.

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They are still so high, and a bit too short. I did omit the leg zips and made the bottoms a bit wider. If I make another pair I might add the zips.

The Details
Pattern Burdastyle 4/2015 Pattern 129
Size 42
Fabric Chambray cotton
Notions Invisible zipper

Hurray! April Burda challenge complete! Since it’s July now, I’ll just move on to July. Thanks for stopping by.

Desperately trying to get over my sewist’s block.

Desperately trying to get over my sewist’s block.

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These pants have been cut out since April (for my April Burda Challenge). I am sewing them from crappy cotton chambray instead of reversible silk. I’m not sure what the hold up is, except maybe I’ve never done a side zipper. Or maybe it’s how high these go; I added 2″ of extra height to compensate for my stature, and these are supposed to be 2″ above the waist already. They look ridiculously long waisted.

I’ve tried everything, to get back to sewing again. I’ve completely cleaned and re-organized my sewing space, sewn up a few small projects, gone to a sewing retreat, and now this–pledging to the millions thousands hundreds handful of readers that these will get sewn.