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Project MyWay #5–Nanette Lepore Knock-off Blouse

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Yes,I did finish the outfit I told you 必威官网betwayabout in my very first post titledWelcome to The Feed Dog.I wore it with the TSE black silk skirt that I re-designed in Project MyWay #1 and my beautiful cashmere knit coat from Project MyWay #3 and my cute booties that I got on sale at Macy's (marked way down in February).We went to the city for dinner and then to a jazz club and I looked very ou current!!

This beatiful silk satin burnout fabric was in my stash,next time I'll try it in a solid color so the details won't get lost in the print.

I started with Simplicity 4277 and made some simple changes:

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Here is a picture of the Nanette Lepore blouse I wanted to copy:

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And here is another Nanette Lepore blouse that shows the details better:

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I wanted the cross over bodice with pleating and the sash under the bust,but the sleeves are too"girly"for me,so I wanted a simple cap sleeve.

Simplicity 4277 was a good place to start,it has the basic design of the Nanette blouse and the changes were easy to make.

For the pleats on the bodice,I slashed and spread the front pattern piece to add more ease to the front and I extended the front past center to create the cross over:

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I figured out the pleating by folding the new front pattern piece and matching it up to the top of the waistband until it fit. After cutting out the fabric,I pleated each front piece,then lined them and basted the 2 fronts together at the center front.

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For the sash,I used a pattern piece from a dress I made a couple of years ago:

neue-mode-23326.jpgI used the hip sash from View C and cut it to fit when I was constructing the waistband.I made the sash for the front only–from side seam to side seam.I didn't want to deal with it in the back as it would have ended at the center back and made the zipper application very difficult.

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Speaking of zippers,I used a looooong invisible zipper and as I had mentioned,I tried the application I learned in the tutorial on必威app手机下载版Sew?I knit!–

http://必威app手机下载版sewiknit.blogspot.com/2006/03/invisible-zipper-tutorial.html

It still had a bubble at the bottom,but it was better than the zipper on my black silk skirt.I'll keep trying…

The cap sleeve offered in this pattern is gathered at the cap.I didn't want the gathering,so I used the set-in sleeve of view A and re-drew it into a cap sleeve.

I then tried something new I saw on a Banana Republic dress,I put a piece of elastic at the center of the hem of the sleeve,必威官网betwayabout 2″ on either side of the center,for a total of 4″,to pull it in a little.

I love cap sleeves because they are great for summer dresses and blouses,but give a little more coverage than sleeveless tops.But cap sleeves look awful when they point straight out like wings.I find the best looking cap sleeves have plenty of ease in the cap (without being gathered) and this Banana Republic method of inserting elastic at the sleeve hem makes the sleeve nice and fitted.I always self line cap sleeves,it looks so much nicer than narrow hemming the sleeve.

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Ta-ta for now!!

Project MyWay #2–Black Silk Anorak

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I'm outside,rain or shine for my job and I've been wanting a jacket with a hood so that I don't have to carry an umbrella unless it's pouring.外面有太多的好的风衣(见我在08年春季衣柜的最爱之一第1部分),一旦我发现这个neue模式的模式,很容易想出一个伟大的设计。(You can find this pattern at My Notions.com)

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I used a black silk shantung I had in my stash.It was super easy to work with and has my favorite fabric quality,it presses beautifully with nice sharp creases.Neue Mode patterns don't have seam allowances included:-(我太懒了,画不出所有的缝线,so I added seam allowances only where I had to–around the hood opening,the center front,the armseye and sleeve head.Then I used one size larger than normal.This worked out fine,事实上,图案尺寸太大了,我仍然需要在每侧的侧缝公差大约为1 1/2英寸(总共6英寸)。必威官网betway).

The pattern does not include lining,but I used the pattern pieces to cut a lining from a heavy satin.This gives the anorak a nice,hefty weight and it will be quite warm.Because I lined the jacket,I formed the casing by stitching the lining to the silk.I used elastic and 必威app手机下载版sewed a 2″ wide belt to the ends of the elastic.

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I used View A for length and added a 2″ band to the bottom to give the jacket a nice finishing at the hem.

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I used the pocket from View C,but instead of regular zippers,I used invisible zippers for a sleeker look.

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I wanted to use 3/4″ silver snaps,洛杉矶普拉达but I tried a sample and they just don't work!I've never had luck with the snap kits available at the fabric store.Next time I'll try to find a source online for commercial snaps.So I used covered buttons instead and I like the look,they go well with the dressy fabric.

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Here's a picture of the hood pattern piece.If you can see,I added a 1/4″ seam allowance around the front opening.I didn't even draw it on,I just added it as I cut-out the pattern.I also added an overlap for the buttons and button holes.I added plenty (around 3″) and trimmed it to fit as I was 必威app手机下载版sewing.

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I added a cuff and pleated in the fullness of the sleeve to fit the cuff.I used a method for constructing the cuff that gives a nice square finish:

1.  Interface cuff

2.必威app手机下载版Sew cuff to sleeve bottom,right sides together

3.  Fold seam allowances to inside,fold long edge first and then the short ends

4.  Fold cuff on fold line and topstitch into place

This works especially well on fabrics the press nicely.

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I just ordered a dressform so I can take better pictures of my creations.It's 必威官网betwayabout time I had one,I've been 必威app手机下载版sewing for over 30 years!!

Ta-ta for now!!

Project MyWay #1–Black Silk Skirt Alteration Part 2

The skirt alteration turned out great!Here are the steps I took:

1.  I tried the skirt on and put a tight piece of elastic around my waist.I pulled the top of the skirt above the elastic and adjusted it until it looked right and was the right length.I marked the new waistline with pins:

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2.  I added a seam allowance and cut off the top of the skirt.我不能像我希望的那样把拉链留在原处——我把裙子剪掉后只剩下一两英寸了,so I removed the rest of the zipper:

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3.I inserted a new invisible zipper.As usual,I ended up with a bubble at the end of the zipper.I found a great tutorial that I'll try next time,it's a little fussy for me,but at least I'll baste the zipper in first and I think that will avoid the bubble.http://必威app手机下载版sewiknit.blogspot.com/2006/03/invisible-zipper-tutorial.htmlI never use an invisible zipper foot,just a regular zipper foot and I smooth the coil open as I 必威app手机下载版sew.

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4.  I tried on the skirt and fitted it to my waist using the 6 seams–two side front seams,two side back seams and two side seams.

5.  I cut a facing from the upper skirt that I had cut off and finished the new top with the facing.The skirt is lined,so I re-inserted the lining before I 必威app手机下载版sewed on the new facing.

6、哇!A new skirt that is shorter and perfectly fitted to my waist–it's gorgeous!The back is still longer than the front.The only way to change that is to re-hem the back.I don't want to do that and it looks good as is.

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Here is a picture of the back,the bubble at the end of the zipper doesn't bother me too much.(Check out my entry in Tutorials to find my fool-proof way of fixing little 必威app手机下载版sewing problems.)

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Ta-ta for now.