Monday, November 22, 2010

A Crochet Moment

A while ago, in a fit of creativity, I decided make a crochet dress. I hadn't crocheted since I was a little kid, helping my mom make squares for a quilt. But after seeing Ms Erica B's creation, I was truly inspired (isn't she fabulous?). And she made it in a month? GADS!
Now <cough> <cough> two years later, I finally finished MINE!

Yep, there were a lot of mornings at Starbucks, airline flights with curious onlookers, fighting off cats and A LOT of swearing before it was done.  This is a Lily Chin pattern. For those that are interested in making it, the link to the pattern is here. I used Panda Cotton Bamboo Yarn, available here. It has a nice soft feel to it.
Like Erica B., I took out the top part of the bodice, to give it more of a sweetheart neckline. I made a simple slip dress as a lining out of lining knit from Joann's.

Of course, now that it is November, that means I will have to wait until next spring to wear it. Bah, humbug!

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I am finally done this corduroy blazer. The lining seemed to take me forever but I am glad I could use this fabric. I'm proud to say that EVERYTHING is from my stash! (Okay, except for the buttons)

Pattern Description:This is a lined shortish length blazer with a yoke, side panels, pockets with flaps and optional topstitching.

Pattern Sizing: 36-44

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?They used a linen pinstripe, I used corduroy. It looks like the technical drawing. Except for the topstitching, I made very little changes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?Not too bad for Burda. However, for the collar, I referred to my Claire Schaeffer Sewing Shortcuts book, which is a much easier method than what Burda uses.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I loved this pattern. I especially love the contouring for the bust by way of the dart. It gives this jacket a great shape, rather thank looking boxy. The only thing I disliked was that it is a little short for my taste, even though I lengthened an inch.

Fabric Used:Fine corduroy I purchased a year ago online. Hated the color when I got it, so it sat in my stash!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:As stated, I lengthened it about an inch all the way around. I cut an inch off the sleeve cap. This seems a necessity with every Burda jacket I have made.  I used a contrast color zigzag topstitch instead of a straight stitch.

I added a sleeve head to one side and when comparing with or without, the less structured side without the sleeve head looked better. So out it came.

I had been dying to use this equestrian fabric for years but could never find anything to make with it. So I decided to line the jacket with it. Isn't it cute? And the saddle colors match the corduroy.

I added some satin bias tape to the lining edge. Again, found in my stash. I see this done so often on rtw jackets, I thought it was time to incorporate it into mine!

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I love this jacket so much, I think I will make it again, in another fabric and will add more length to it.

Conclusion:The equestrian look is so 'in' right now and that was my particular theme with this jacket. And I have the perfect matching color riding boots to go with the jacket! (Not that I actually ride my horse in this getup, god forbid I get them dirty!)