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Tuesday, August 20, 2013


I've made good progress on my latest jacket.

I've sewn all the bodice seams by machine and hand-stitched the lining.

I'm really proud of the matching I did on the front of the jacket. The back looks the same--the side seams, well, I'll just have to keep my arms down...

That pile to the left of the jacket is the lining and fabric that I trimmed away.

Next up is the sleeves--I got the upper sleeves thread traced and cut out and hope to get the under sleeves done tomorrow night. Next step will be basting to the lining, then machine basting.

A close up of the lining showing the machine quilting
and hand-sewn seams.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Some Recent Projects

I've had comments from a few people, and I admit, I've been really bad about keeping anyone not on Facebook up-to-date on my projects since I got back from trip in April.

I haunt Tuesday Morning for various things, but mostly for yarn. They often have very nice yarns for low prices, though never in big quantities. I found a nice wine color in a bamboo/wool blend, and there were enough skeins to make a lacy scarf with fringe:

Last week I made a slip for a friend at work. I cut it extra long, and ended up with enough to make a camisole for her as well. I've been sewing for few people at work, and they have been great clients. I especially like anyone who pays me to sew beautiful fabric. Silk charmeuse is such a pleasure to work with.

I am making my second sweater ever (my first was funky, so I won't post photos) This one is out of a fingering wool/nylon blend from KnitPicks. I like the yarn a lot, which is good, because the body is going pretty slowly on Size 2 needles.
Here's my progress as of Sunday evening:

The other big project I'm working on is my latest Chanel-style jacket. My mom bought the fabric for me when we were at the American Sewing Expo in Novi, MI last fall. The fabric caught my eye at Helen Haughey's booth, and since it was my birthday, Mom offered to buy it for me. The photos don't really do the colors justice--I'm hoping to get better photos at some point.

At this stage I've thread traced the stitch lines and markings on the bodice pieces and machine quilted to the silk charmeuse lining. Next step is to baste and sew the pieces, then hand sew the lining.

That's it for now! I promise I will be better about posting my progress.