Monday, April 13, 2009


This jacket has been in my closet for at least 10 years and I have always enjoyed wearing it. The fabric is a wool boucle in a warm cream color. I put it on the other day and realized that the medium sized shoulder pads needed an update so once I finish my pants I am planning to take the shoulder pads out and scale down the sleeves and shoulders and then I hope to wear it another 10 years. It will go nicely with the winter white wool pants. For the spring we are having, sadly wool will be perfect.


I recently finished the blouse for my Chanel style jacket. I used McCalls 4591, a favorite I have made several times. It is cut on the bias so it is very easy but has a great fit. The blouse fabric is a Roberto Cavalli silk and is also used for the jacket lining. I used french seams on the side seams and shoulder seams and hand overcast the sleeve. One of the things I love about this pattern besides the ease of sewing and the great fit is that the inside looks as nice as the outside.


These are the pictures of the pants sloper that I used the first time around. After cutting up a pair of pants that fit I realized that the only problem with the sloper was the crotch length. I adjusted that according to the ready made fit and have almost completed the first pair of pants. A few minor adjustments the next time and I think I'll have a good fitting pair of pants.

Sunday, April 12, 2009



Wednesday, April 8, 2009


I could not wait to make up a pair of pants from my newly drafted sloper. I was so pleased with the dress I did last year I was sure the pants would be equally as wonderful but they were pretty bad. So I went back to the drawing board Sunday night and took apart an older pair of slacks that had a good fit. Imagine my surprise when I laid the pants pieces on the muslin and discovered that with the exception of the crotch length they were an exact match! I was sure it was my crotch I measured???but there was a two inch difference. So this weekend I am going to try it again using the pants I took apart. I am so convinced this is going to work I am skipping the muslin and going straight to winter white that has been in the stash quite a long time. I also hope to figure out my new camera software so I can post some pictures.