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1  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: McCall's 6800 on: February 19, 2014 07:41:26 AM
I hope to be able to make something that nice some day. My sewing clothes skills are still in the 'elastic band A-like skirt' level. Not that there is anything wrong with a good skirt, but a coat like that is way out of my league. I'm so impressed.

This coat is my first one and before that I only sewed cotton summer dresses or skirt. I think you have to have faith in you skill and follow the pattern. Go the the thrift shop buy some cheap bed linen and used them as muslin for the pattern you want to try that way you can make all the mistake on it.

I'm a bit of a fearless craftster, when I learned to knit, my second project had ribbing, cables and a side way braid, all thing that experience knitter would tackle but not beginners, the result was great Smiley I'm really proud of it! My philosophy : if you love it, try it! In the end, it's only fabric and thread or yarn Wink
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: the Sherlock Polar Vortex coat on: February 18, 2014 10:34:18 AM
amazing! I wish I was able to do this!  Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / McCall's 6800 on: February 18, 2014 08:03:41 AM
At the begin of the Winter, I was looking for a new wool coat but couldn't find any in my budget. So, I had the crazy idea of look at pattern and fell in love with the high/low hem of McCall 6800 view B

I bought some wool blend and a really cool satin for the lining. I had no problem with the pattern. The instructions were pretty clear and the result is really close to the pattern picture.

The lining was a challenge, satin is evil and I had a hard time cutting it so the fit isn't perfect but close enough. (must buy a big cutting mat and rotary cuter) I don't really like the way the sleeves are made and next time I'm doing this, I might try to do it in one piece instead of 2. I would also had something to the back, a simple tab with 2 buttons or maybe a corset style lacing. Other than that, it's an awesome pattern.

Here's some pictures

The front

The back

the side view

and the lining

I'm planning to sew that pattern again but as a trench coat for Spring, I already bought black twill and need to find the right colorful satin.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: insect skirt on: February 05, 2013 11:43:47 AM
I love it! The length is perfect Cheesy
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Thighs eating my skirt? on: October 18, 2012 06:10:32 AM
I think that your problem is that the fabric of your legging and the one of your skirt are sticking to each other which makes your skirt ride up. You could add a slippery lining to the skirt or wear a slip under it.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage Halter Dress...Collar Pattern..? on: October 18, 2012 06:07:34 AM
I think you could be able to draft it, I didn't find a detail tut on that particular kind of collar, but I think that the principle behind this one for a peter pan collar http://alittledecadence.tumblr.com/post/2480927014 can be applied. You're going just going to used a more rectangular shape and the contour of the strapless dress. Also, the Simplicity pattern #2176 has that kind of collar in the options. I already made that dress and the collar pattern was mostly a rectangle. I guess you can always baste a piece of fabric to the dress once you'll get to add the collar (between the front and the lining) then shape it and use it as a pattern.

I hope l helped you.  Wink
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Looking for guidance on a dress on: October 17, 2012 07:41:29 AM
I saw this dress while browsing on Modcloth


It's pretty but too much of "Annie" like to my taste. So, yesterday, I went to my Fabricville (Quebec version of Fabricland) and fell for a berriesque Ponte de Roma knit. I also bought a black Fall fashion suiting fabric to make kind of a Wednesday Addams version Wink

Now, I need all of your sewing skills to see if I could use that fabric with Cynthia Rowley pattern #1873 from Simplicity? I would do view A but with the shorter skirt and a peter pan collar added. I've read that Ponte are stable enough to be use as you would a woven but with a ball point needle. I also have a serger that I could use to make this.

Any help is more than welcome before I cut and make a huge mistake.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: simple 4 piece dress on: July 05, 2012 12:22:17 PM
cute dress, I like the fabric!  Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 1 pattern, 2 dresses on: July 04, 2012 06:55:44 AM
Oh yes! I'm totally in love with side zip now! I might use it more instead of the back one. It looks better and no need of a man to help zip it all the way up Wink
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Colette Parfait Dress on: July 04, 2012 04:47:48 AM
pretty! I bought the Colette book but I have yet to make something out of it
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