Sunday, November 27, 2016

Holiday Weekend Sewing


I've had this entire weekend without a single plan except a wonderful raucous Thanksgiving dinner with 17 friends.  So what does that mean?  Time to sew-sew-sew...and listen to a book.  Plus, it's raining here on the Central Coast of California, finally, and it feels so good to sit inside and listen to the rain.

I finished Marcy Tilton's Vogue 9230 which I'd started a few weeks ago.  I loved making this jacket.

It's not easy.  And I wonder where Vogue lists the difficulty level now?  Is it the colored symbol?  I couldn't find it on the package.  That doesn't mean it's not there...I know someone will tell me.  I can't find it on their website either.  I think this must be average or maybe somewhat advanced?  It's tricky but fun.

I used a unique fabric that has metal woven into it so it has a strong opinion about where it wants to wrinkle, twist and turn.  It's easy to sew with but feels sort of like wearing armor!  It has every chance of being rain resistant but I don't think it really is, darn it.

The tricky part of the pattern is where the bottom pieces fit onto the top of the jacket.  It's do-able though, and is very unique.  I could see this being flattering on all kinds of figures.

Because of the sticky-outie nature of this fabric the bottom back pieces needed to have the pleats sewn down.  It worked fine and you may want to do that with the fabric you choose since there is quite a bit of volume in the bottom.

I love the collar, plenty of drama here.  I auditioned button after button but maybe I just have button fatigue or something, none of them seemed to work.

I've been wanting to use this snap tape for years now and it worked well on this fabric and shape.  
When I told my husband I'm going to get a lot of wear out of this garment he laughed.  What the...???  I couldn't figure that one out....but yeah, I will wear this often.  It's comfy and stylish, my kinda combo!

OK, here goes with this one.  Yes, this is a Diane Ericson Faultlines Vest, and yes, it's made out of men's slacks.  While I was at DOL last month one of the attendees brought in a big bag of fabrics to give away.  I swooped in and got several wonderful pieces, thank you Lucy!  Her husband's worn out khaki slacks were among them.  
I've had them on the dress form in every angle you could think of.  I knew I wanted them to be upside down.  Finally, the Faultlines pattern came to mind and it worked.  The layout was tricky.  I got almost all of it cut out in the fabric but had to use another fabric for two of the lining pieces.

Boy, men's wear is made so that it will survive any disaster you throw at it.  Just "unmaking" these pants took hours.  

I wanted the vest to be as lightweight as possible so I took out all of the pocket linings.  I also ripped out the clothing designer's symbol and put a bronze stud in it's place.  You can see it just below the upside down pocket.

I think the fly is hysterical.  It will be interesting to wear this and see what people say.  Will they notice?  Will they say something or just walk away...??


You get a glimpse of what's going on in the back here but...


Here's the close up.  There was the hole just below his back pocket.  That's probably why he threw them out.  I didn't feel compelled to cover it.

I just couldn't think of anything that would look right so I left it.  Finally decided to use more studs to bring even more attention to it.

I'll give this puppy it's day out soon and then decide if I really want to wear it.  The process alone was fun though!

I hope your holiday weekend was full of the things that make you the happiest, whatever that might be.

24 comments:

  1. Love your metallic jacket! I would get a lot of wear out of that one too. Even if Vogue tells you the experience level I've discovered that most Tilton patterns are pretty darn complex - just due to the number of asymmetrical pattern pieces and non-standard sewing techniques. Also the vest is just a hoot. Excellent refashioning attempt!

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    1. I think their patterns are challenging, which I like. Plus, I love the lines of their garments so it's worth the extra time and brain power.
      Just found your blog and am following you now! Looks great!

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  2. Diane Ericson's patterns have always given me fits, but they are right up your alley. And I love this vest; it doesn't scream "REFASHION" as much as "check your perceptions!" The crotch seam as bust dart is genius.

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    1. You have to roll with the punches with Diane's patterns, using your right brain more than your left!
      Ha, at first I thought you said "check your prescriptions!" which sometimes I think I need to do before trying these crazy things! Wish the crotch seam as bust dart was on purpose, I'm not that smart. But thanks for tuning in. I'm now following your blog, it looks wonderful!

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  3. Your weekend festivities seem to have been thoroughly delightful ones. I love both new garments, especially the jacket. I find it amusing that your husband would comment on the jacket, though. Nothing about the vest?;-)

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    1. Actually, I don't think it was a derisive comment, I think he was commenting more on how MANY pieces of clothing I have and wear...
      He laughed about the vest, too. It's his standard reply, no offense meant or taken.

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    1. Thanks! I am looking forward to wearing it!

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  5. Your garments are so creative. Men's pants as a vest- who, but you, would think of that? The Tilton jacket is quite fabulous and very wearable despite hubby's comment. What do most men know about fashion??? Karen

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    1. Actually, if you look on Pinterest there are lots of men's pants made into vests and jackets. I love Pinterest for that reason, whatever you want to find...there it is!
      thanks!

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  6. I love your Tilton jacket, Gayle! It is so high end made out of that amazing metallic crinkle fabric. And your Fault-Lines-mens-trouser jacket is such a hoot!! I wish I could rock the cropped garment the way you do!

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    1. Shams, I am very short waisted, maybe that's why they work? But that goes contrary to logic doesn't it? Also, I find the older I get the less I need to stay warm so a shorter vest works just fine.
      Thanks, Shams.

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  7. Both pieces are so thoughtful and artistic. I love the way you think out of the box for your garments!

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    1. Out of the box is my middle name. I was born that way. My family thought I was beamed in. Thanks so much.

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  8. Love that jacket, the pattern is now on my list. I checked on the Sew Direct website, through which I buy my McCalls patterns here in the UK and the jacket is described as Average! Just thought you would like to know

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  9. Super duper loveeeee the jacket. Wherever did you get that fabric? The vest is pure genius.

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    1. Got the fabric from a private sale. It's hard to find that stuff. I bet NY garment district would have it though.
      Thanks!

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    2. Got the fabric from a private sale. It's hard to find that stuff. I bet NY garment district would have it though.
      Thanks!

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  10. These are wonderfully artful, as you are. I see the first one in a Marvel movie but more sophisticated. And the vest is genius.

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  11. I'd love to be in a Marvel movie! Preferably opposite Benedict Cumberbatch please! Thanks, Martha

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  12. great inspirations, didn't like the Titon pattern on first view but seeing it made up in that amazing metallic fabric has really changed my view, thank you. Just love the waistcoat too.

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    1. I know what you mean. I think Vogue does a disservice to their designers by taking really sub-standard photos and using industry models who are so tall and thin that the garments will not look the same on normal people. They're really missing the boat, they could sell so many more patterns if they showed the garments in a better light. Thanks for your comments!

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  13. Very nice Gayle. Always fun to see what you are up too.

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