Thursday, May 28, 2015

A (Dusky) Rose by any other Name

I was really pleased with my 'Phoebe' jacket, but knew that there was definately room for improvement.  I have rather rounded shoulders, and the jacket tents out about 6-8" down from my neckline on the back.  What's to be done?  Well, how about adding a centre back seam and using my jacket pattern that was fitted to me during a Palmer Pletsch sewing class?  These are the adjustments that are needed to make a jacket/top fit well on me.


As you can see there are two rather large inserts that curve the pattern/fabric over my back and they really make all the difference.  So I made a jacket and a matching Sorbetto vest top.


Here is the Sorbetto top.  I love this colour!

I think that I need to break work in gently with the Lagenlook/TG Style, and the cropped Jaqueline trousers, Sorbetto top and Phoebe Jacket  will be a great starting point!  There is not much to say about this as it is probably the 15th or 20th one I have made!  But there are a couple of things to point out!  The back has a centre back seam to accommodate my rounded shoulders and lower back and I used the raw edged bias binding for the arm and neck openings as well as the hem.  I am more than pleased with this and will be wearing this look to work tomorrow!


This is a close up of the front of the Phoebe Jacket (above).  I used the leftover shell buttons from one of my SWAP dresses, and made some loops from the bias binding, folded in half so that it was a .25" wide.  I probably could have pressed semi-circle loops as the bias binding was very biasy!  Three seemed a good number (and I only had three buttons leftover!), and they were placed about 4" apart.  I attached them to the edge of the jacket, then sewed on the ribbon facing, and then top and edge stitched the facing down, so the loops were caught about three times with stitching so they should hold up well.


I like to think of it being a twinset - Lagenlook style!  With an obligatory pearl necklace!


Again, raw edged bias binding attached to the neck and hemline, using a triple zigzag stitch.



The jacket looks great with the off-white Jaqueline top as well.


I wore this to a Dr's apointment today and felt fab-u-lous!


A close up of the hem, which is surprisingly and pleasingly weighty.  Not to much, not too little.  Just right - who'd a thought!!

Now I love this colour sooooo much, that I may have nipped into the fabric store and bought another two metres (buy one metre, get one free, so 4 metres in all).  I'll probably make a pair of cropped trousers and there will be enough left over for another (undetermined) project.

Next up . . . . . another jacket in a pale blue, and some dusky rose cropped trousers.  I will also work at getting some 'on the body' photos so you can see how the garments really look - especially the difference with the back seam in the jacket!

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    1. Thank-you Graca. I was really pleased with how well the colours went together. I have been eyeing up the dusky rose for a year or two, and it was a little too expensive for me . . . and then along came a sale :)

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    1. Thank-you! I feel very 'swishy' when I wear it!

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    1. Perhaps give it a try? Lovely linen fabrics, flowing designs . . . I'm just off to get a G&T!

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  4. I am really enjoying seeing all your pieces, it is not a style I image for me, but looks gorgeous on you (your SWAP photos).

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    1. Thank-you! It was not something that I had considered prior to the SWAP . . . and now I am somewhat obsessed (you may have noticed that!)

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  5. A ladylike take on lagenlook - love it! The front button and loop plackets on the jacket are especially pretty. Using the bias edging on the hem does add a nice weight and line to the hem, in addition to being just right with your aesthetics. Perfect!

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    1. I've just washed the first couple of garments that had the raw bias hem, and it looks really good. The patches have not fared so well - I think that I will take them off and but them on the bias, so that there is some unity to the fraying!

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  6. This is so flowy and appealing- I wish I could wear it without looking like a canopy bed!

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    1. But I hear that canopy beds are in this Summer?!

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  7. I am loving these patterns & the more I see you make then more I think I need to get to ordering lol! love all the combinations you have came up with , they are all fantastic!

    Helen

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  8. Thank-you - have you ordered any patterns yet? Can't wait to see what you make!

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