Friday, January 31, 2014

Review: Kwik Sew 3534

Before I start my review, I just want to say that my jacket is wrinkly on purpose. So please, no comments about pressing. I did press the crap out of it and it looked way too stiff. For now, we're going with wrinkly. So there. On to the review...

For the fourth part in what has become an outerwear series, I present to you Kwik Sew 3534. I know that I never really blogged about part two. That post will be up eventually. Today, it's all about my cute green military-safari jacket.


Kwik Sew 3534 is a simple jacket pattern. It is unlined and has a close-fit, much less boxy that I thought. I skipped a muslin on this one. I cut a size large and my fitting alterations were few. I believe I only added about 1 5/8" to the sleeve length. That's it. The fabric is from Fashion Fabrics Club. It is an olive brushed twill. Nice and soft to the touch but still a bit stiff. Side note: The shipping was ridiculous. It took two weeks to show up. From now on, I will pay for expedited shipping.

Initially I had planned to add an elastic casing to the waist for definition but it looked weird. Also, I hated the cuffs. They looked dumb to me but work really well for Cosplay. Seriously. When I did a google search on this pattern, three Cosplay costumes popped up. I am so not into Cosplay. I almost abandoned this pattern because of it. I know. I was being unreasonable.

Anyway, I changed the cuff to a more standard one. I put buttons under the flap because I didn't like the idea of small buttons on my boobs. I also wanted it to look more like my Old Navy inspiration jacket. For the inside, I made bias binding from some striped shirting in my stash. I used my twin needle on almost all of the jacket. The buttons are from Wawak.

Epaulet/Front Pocket

And that's it. Really. I pressed it up and tried it on. The jacket looked way too stiff. Since that wasn't the look I wanted, I washed and dried it. It looks wrinkly, however, it looked more relaxed than before. I do think I will purchase some Downy Wrinkle Release and see if that takes away some wrinkles without making it look stiff. Or, I could try softening it with some white vinegar. We'll see.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Chambray makes my heart dance

Buttons! Buttons are the only thing left before my military jacket dreams become reality. See here. Now that my jacket is just about done, it's time to muse about  my next sewing project. This time I have chambray on the brain. I want to make a chambray shirt dress but I can't decide on the pattern. For me, it helps to have visual aides and inspiration. Rarely do sewing ideas just pop into my head. Usually, I see something that I want and figure out how to make it for less. Not exactly the most creative approach but I've never claimed to be a designer.

Anywho, here's some of my inspiration:

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

And my pattern choices:

McCall's 6885 View D and C / Vogue 8927 View F and E

My conundrum: can't decide between a full-length button placket or a popover. I do favor the shirt-tail hem so at least I've got one thing down. I've made McCall's 6885 view D before. See here. Only minor tweaking would be needed for a second time around, mainly adding 4" to the hem. I flashed side thigh one time too many. Whichever pattern I choose, there will be long sleeves and a button cuff. Never made a sleeve with button cuff, it's time I got on that.

That's it for now. Perhaps a good night's rest will make my decision easier.

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Liberty Trench!

Hooray for my first finished garment of 2014! I actually finished my trench about a week ago. But you know how I am about photos...anyway, it's all done.

This is a long review. Just so you know.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Outerwear: Obsess much?

I seem to have lost all interest in sewing clothing (skirts, shirts, dresses). I have outwear on the brain and I just can't shake it. While browsing the Boden site, I came across my next object of outwear obsession: the Mac Coat.

Boden Rainy Day Mac in Multi Stripe

Sigh. Isn't it lovely? I remember wanting one of these years ago. After I finish the next jacket in my queue (the Military Jacket), I will start work on making my Mac dreams a reality. I already have a pattern in mind (McCall's 6517 view C). The only thing that befuddles the crap out of me is how to add a zipper to it. I want my jacket to look like this:

I need to know how to do this

How do you do that? Never made a jacket with a zipper and a button placket. It can't be that hard, right? Or, I could just look for a pattern that already has this feature. Pattern suggestions or tutorials are welcome.

Now, back to working on my trench coat. I wish my lining would hurry up and get here. I've almost reached the point when I can't do anything until it shows up. Argh.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Trench Coat Musings

Finally finished my trench coat muslin (muslin #3 to be exact). Oh boy, that was interesting and complicated for no reason. Although I am better at figuring it out what alterations need to be made, it's still taking me one muslin too many to figure them out. Since I've never used a Silhouettes pattern before, I wanted my first muslin to be a straight size with no alterations. Sometimes I get ahead of myself and make unnecessary changes. I didn't want to over-complicate things. That happened regardless.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Cuckoo for Outerwear

So yeah, I've been up to my eyeballs in outerwear lately. I made my first trench coat muslin. It looks promising but needs some adjustments. I will cut out muslin #2 sometime today. The only tricky pattern feature is the french dart. Not very experienced with french darts--I believe this is my first. Hopefully all will go well with muslin #2 so that I can start work on my trench once my fabric arrives on Saturday.

For now I'm already brainstorming my next outwear adventure. For my fourth go with outwear, I want to make an unlined, military-style jacket. Like this one from Old Navy:

Women's Military-Style Jacket

I bought a jacket similar to this one (also from Old Navy) a few years ago. It's cute but the sleeves are way too short. This is why Old Navy and I do not get along. Every long-sleeved shirt, jacket, dress, etc has the shortest f-ing sleeves on the planet. I don't have freakishly long arms or anything. Old Navy sleeves just never fail to stop 2-4 inches above my wrist.

But I digress. The pattern search has begun. There are a few military-style jacket patterns out there (most of them Burda). Some of them are great. Some look cheesy. Some appeared in Rhythm Nation. I want to avoid that look.

Kwik Sew 3534 view A might be just the jacket I want. At least it's close enough.

Kwik Sew 3534 view A

I think an olive twill would be best. Perhaps even gray. I'm also thinking anorak snaps instead of buttons. Although I say I want it unlined, I may change my mind. I've become quite a fan of linings lately.

Well, back to work on the trench. Any military jacket pattern suggestions are welcome.

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