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Anyuta
« on: August 06, 2011 07:44:04 AM »

Some people call it a vest, I prefer the term waistcoat =)
It is now my "white rabbit" look: pinstripe waistcoat and necklace with watches!



I made it using this lovely, free BurdaStyle pattern http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/franzi
I love it when I can find free patterns and I send a huge thanks to those who post them!

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I am in love with the buttons =) and very excited that I managed to make my first ever buttonholes! (Although I would advise to make the pocket buttonholes before  sewing them on, my buttonholes  ended up too small (and therefore non-functional) because the machine started backing up as soon as it hit the pocket seam. However, for me, this doesn't pose much of a problem as the pockets were non functional (only flaps) anyways.

The only thing I had trouble with were the darts, does anyone have any suggestions for making them smooth?

Thanks for looking! C & C always welcome
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Biochic
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2011 08:03:52 AM »

Cuuute! And so very dapper. Very good job on your first button holes! Smiley
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Anyuta
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2011 08:15:06 AM »

Thanks! =D
It took a lot of tries on a scrap piece of fabric before I got the buttonhole right, and I'm lucky that my machine makes it easy  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2011 08:53:52 AM »

Wow, great work it looks wonderful on you! I still need to figure out how to make buttonholes on my new machine. So far I've only made patterns without buttons.

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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2011 09:23:47 AM »

Extremely cute.   Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2011 11:34:49 AM »

Very nicely done!

Have to love vests-er-waistcoats  Wink

As for the darts, they look fine to me. But one tip (you've probably already heard this) is at the end/point, sew along the extreme edge, having your needle catch just a few fibers (I do this about 1/4" until the needle slips entirely out of the fabric), leave a tail when cutting the thread, tie in an overhand knot, trim. This will prevent the dreaded 'bubble'.  Also, it helps to work the grain a little bit, and make sure the bias lines up when you pin the fabric for the dart. Sometimes, the dart won't land in the exact position where the pattern marks, but it won't get wrinkly/puckery. Good patterns will take this into account when marking the grainline for cutting pieces. However, I've had simplicity patterns that have the darts awkwardly against the bias of the fabric before...so who can say. As far as laying flat, press and pull the fabric away on either side, and then press the bajeezus out of it. You could probably tack them down if they still aren't laying flat enough?
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2011 02:39:05 PM »

Love this; great job! Wink
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Anyuta
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2011 04:45:48 PM »

Very nicely done!

Have to love vests-er-waistcoats  Wink

As for the darts, they look fine to me. But one tip (you've probably already heard this) is at the end/point, sew along the extreme edge, having your needle catch just a few fibers (I do this about 1/4" until the needle slips entirely out of the fabric), leave a tail when cutting the thread, tie in an overhand knot, trim. This will prevent the dreaded 'bubble'.  Also, it helps to work the grain a little bit, and make sure the bias lines up when you pin the fabric for the dart. Sometimes, the dart won't land in the exact position where the pattern marks, but it won't get wrinkly/puckery. Good patterns will take this into account when marking the grainline for cutting pieces. However, I've had simplicity patterns that have the darts awkwardly against the bias of the fabric before...so who can say. As far as laying flat, press and pull the fabric away on either side, and then press the bajeezus out of it. You could probably tack them down if they still aren't laying flat enough?

Thanks a lot for the advice! (I actually haven't heard that before hehe)
I don't think I'll be touching these darts (unless they really annoy me) but I'll definitely try this out in the future. I'm kinda new to this and still rather confused about basic things like the grain of fabric.
I just... improvise Wink
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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2011 09:49:22 PM »

Oooh I LOVE this!
I've been dying the buy the perfect piece like this but being so incredibly picky when it comes to clothing, I think I may just have to make myself the perfect one once I'm done with school in a few weeks.
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« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2011 07:37:16 PM »

Oooh I LOVE this!
I've been dying the buy the perfect piece like this but being so incredibly picky when it comes to clothing, I think I may just have to make myself the perfect one once I'm done with school in a few weeks.

Definitely go for it! =D
Check out some of the finished projects that were done with the same pattern I used, it should give you some ideas
http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/franzi--2/finished_projects
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