Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New Look 6212

Happy New Year, everyone! 

I finished New Look 6212 back in maybe late November? But these photos have been sitting on my camera for a while. 


I ended up making the pleated version, mostly in View A in a size 10 with no adjustments, omitting the sleeves. I tend to prefer to wear mostly sleeveless tops with a cardigan over them. 


This super-lightweight floral fabric is from the Vogue Fabrics in Evanston and will be amazing to wear in the spring and summer!

 Yes, that is a septum ring you see in some of these photos (lighten up, it's just fashion!). The pleats in this weren't necessarily hard to do, but I did fight for a good period of time to get both sides to line up evenly. They still aren't 100% but sometimes you just have to go with the best lining up you can and get on with life.





I love how open and swingy this is and yet structured with the buttons down the front.

On another note, I don't generally make "sewing resolutions" for New Year's but I do want to focus this year on creating all of my own sewing patterns again. Back when I started this blog in 2010-ish, every single thing I would post was a design of my own from my own sewing blocks from fashion school.

I miss patternmaking but have been having a hard time now even finding the chunk of time I would like to use to create my patterns. After creating my sister's wedding dress patterns fairly quickly, I regained the confidence I once had in making patterns and need to do it again!

I also started using commercial patterns more to see if there were any tips and tricks I could learn from them as far as a pattern design is concerned (a little, but not as much as I can already usually figure out on my own).

So yeah -- patternmaking my own garments again, and also REALLY taking steps to making any of the designs that work out into PDF sewing patterns for all of you out there in TV Land to sew up yourself! In 2014 I built up a PDF pattern soooo close to at least pattern testing, but life got super weird. (Still have it, still may finish it, who knows.)

I also have way more knowledge from taking a PDF class later on that year via Burda which was helpful.

The truth is, it's hard doing your passion projects while working full time, but we all gotta make money to live somehow, right?!

I'm not making any promises, but those are things I am hoping to make good on. Let's see where 2018 takes us!

Next up: I am making my own trench coat (since my old one I love so much is 7 years old and super busted up) and using Sewaholic's Robson Coat pattern!

I also have a Burda pattern on deck to sew (super quick long sleeve top) and another Simplicity duster cardigan deal. I can still make those according to my rules, but any new patterns must be made by me. :)

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