Monday, July 26, 2010

Sewing As I Go

My fall Sew-As-You-Go has commenced. I have my first two pieces underway. Whether or not I'll actually finish them by July 31st is another story, but just so you know I am working on it!

My pencil skirt, in a really yummy charcoal grey pinstripe, is basted together. I need to make a few tweaks to the fit and sew the lining and then I'll be almost home free. The worst part- the invisible zip and back seam- is done. Woohoo!

I just made a quick and dirty muslin of the blouse, Burda Style 09-2009-139 last night.
I love the look of this blouse in the magazine. The raglan sleeves are nice and the gathers are so much easier and more unique than darts. The combination of the V neck with the bow is pretty cool, too. ( I love how they styled it with the long necklace under the bow- so fancy!)

Burda shows this made of silk chiffon. I'll be using a semi-sheer print chiffon (most likely poly) from my stash. For the muslin, however, I just used a light weight cotton. I traced and cut a 44 with a 3/8" petite adjustment above the bust. The fit was pretty good. I need to add a bit of width at the hem (should have graded out to a 48 when I traced, darn it!) and the V-neck needs to come up probably a whole inch. I figured as much. After all it is Burda and a V-neck.

The sleeves are really long. I need to try on the muslin again and figure out how much to shorten them for my little T-rex arms. I'm also toying with the idea of using elastic at the cuffs instead of messing with sleeve vents and cuffs. We'll see though.
So that's what's going on here. What are you working on?


Mary Nanna said...

I laughed at your comment about the v neck. Last night I made a fast'n'dirty muslin of the sheath dress in the Burda April edition and it was so low - so, so low. Do German women really like to show that much flesh? Here in NZ 3/8 inch of cleavage is deemed suitable for work - any lower and it's strictly cocktail hour but then people here are quite conservative and I can't even imagine over a cocktail people would want to show that much more. So I'm truly intrigued - who does Burda imagine is going to want to show that much flesh?

MushyWear said...

I really love the blouse pattern you've chosen and it seems like it will be so nice with the charcoal pinstripe pencil skirt you are working on. Yay, way to go with your first two garments. I am making a departure from the navy theme I've been working on lately and going with a 14 year old floral print and a light grey knit. Hope to have the outfit done this week. Happy sewing!

Linda said...

I don't think I (or you!) have t-rex arms and I have had to cut off 7-8 inches off the sleeves of tops I have made from Burda. It frightens me to think of the woman with arms that are 8 inches longer than mine. I'm 5 foot 7. I don't think that is short... Anyway, I'll be waiting to see how this blouse turns out for you. I've been eyeing it for awhile. Enjoy the blog!