Saturday, October 22, 2016

1970s Butterick Jacket

Butterick 3363 is definitely under way.  The muslin I made from this size 38 jacket pattern fit fine after lengthening the body 1 inch and the arms 2 inches.  It has a slimmer fit than the Butterick 6022 jacket I made.
Buttrick 6022

Buttrick 3363

I purchased this pattern because  I liked the Butterick 6022 jacket I made a few months ago.  It had a good fit, especially in the armscyes, with only the sleeves needing lengthened to fit me.

I decided to use a light-blue cotton material for the jacket and a dark blue polyester as the lining. I bought both  at Walmart for $1 a yard. It will look Groovy!  I think the Bradys would approve.

I am using a premade chest-piece from, even though the directions for this jacket show how to make one.

More on my new jacket project next time.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Child's Purse/Messenger Bag

I enjoy using my embroidery machines.  The sound of the machine and the images being produced are relaxing.  I make pillows and towels, but a chance for a different embroidery project excited me.

I found a pattern for a messenger bag.  I decided to make one, even though I wouldn't use it.  Maybe give it away.

I used my older Simplicity SE3 with the multi-position hoop to make the design for the flap.  Since the design is bigger than the hoop, there are three different positions so the hoop can be moved in order to continue.

Once I assembled it, I decided it is more like a child's purse.  Cute, but I am not sure a man or woman would use it.

For now, it is hanging in my sewing room for decoration.

I am glad I did this project.  I like doing different things. However, I am being lured back to making another jacket.  You are probably saying "Ugh!"

I was planning to make some jeans, but a Butterick jacket pattern came my way and I was hooked.  I think it is the perfectionist in me trying to find a jacket pattern I like and that I can sew.
Butterick 3363

I have Kwik Sew 3504 and some denim ready for jeans, but if I can find some material I might be in jacket-land again.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

The Same Day

I told myself I was cutting my sewing machine collection.  No more buying sewing machines, except for Berninas.

I found a White 793 on  These always sell for too much and/or cost too much shipping when found online.

I saw the $9.98 starting price and  it was in Sacramento.  Timing couldn't be better.  I was going to Sacramento this week, so if I won the machine I could pick it up.

To my surprise I was the only one to bid on it.  I paid the $9.98 and $5.00 handling.  Still a bargain.

It was in a bad part of town, so I went to the Goodwill, told my name, and the clerk rolled my machine out in a cart.  I quickly put it in my car and came home.

I opened it up today to try it.  I can't believe the warranty card has 9/30/72 as the purchase date.  Forty-four years from first owner to me.

White 793

A beautiful stitch.  I can't wait to try it out on my next project.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

A Casual Coat/Jacket

When I think of how many months and how many jackets have passed since I started this jacket project, I am in disbelief.  It seems like I started yesterday.

I wanted a jacket to wear on a cruise in January, so I started in November to get it done.  Not liking that jacket, I made not one, not two, but three more jackets.   Plus innumerable muslins. Each in my mind having better attributes than the prior one.

This one is Simplicity 3708.  I half followed the instructions, and half used techniques I learned from YouTube and Craftsy. I adjusted the armscyes, the length of the arms, and body.  There aren't any shoulder pads or chest piece.   I removed the rear vents because I couldn't get them to look right.  It has a collar stand, so the collar sits more erect. This is actually an unlined coat, but pretty close to what I wanted.

This is a coat I will definitely wear when the temperature cools this fall.

Now I am definitely burned out on making jackets.  I am starting on a messenger bag I am sewing my Bernina 840 Favorit.  More on the bag next time.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Three Steps Forward

I actually sold two sewing machines on eBay and gave one to the local thrift store.
I thought I was gaining some room, and working on my SMAD(Sewing Machine Addiction Disorder).
The three steps forward were quickly cut by two steps.  A friend of my mother gave me two machines.  The woman delivered them to the door instead of letting me pick them up.  I assumed they would be portables.
I now have a Singer 15-91 and a White Rotary in cabinets to make room for.  I received them in clean and shiny condition
They both sew great.  Dating them; the Singer is 1955 and the White is 1927.  Mother's and Grandmother's machines?

The Simplicity 3708 jacket is coming together.  I will have more on it next time.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Interfacing and Bindings, Oh My!

The Simplicity 3708 is coming along.  I decided to use some gray wool/polyester blend I had in my stash.  This is a medium weight material that is easy to work with.

I found a picture of what I am hoping my jacket will resemble.

While searching for this picture, I learned the button etiquette for three buttons. Starting from the top: Sometimes, Always, Never.

Here is the pattern picture.  A little baggy, and not a good lapel roll.  Hopefully mine looks better.

I had a hard time deciding on interfacing, but I finally used some fusible ultra-weft on the fronts of the jacket.  A trick I learned for making a good lapel roll is to have two pieces of interfacing.  One for the body and one for the lapel, so there is a slit between the two.  This makes a "hinge". Also a slit in the interfacing so the dart will be flat.
Fusible interfacing and bias binding 

 Then I used a sew-in interfacing on the facings to get some experience with it.  I also have a seam at the roll line here.

Sew in interfacing and bias binding center back

The pockets didn't call for lining, but I lined them with a light gray polyester lining.  I didn't interface the pockets because I felt they were firm enough.
Fronts with princess seams and pockets

Back and facings

I was going to flat-fell the center back seam. But the fabric was a little thick making it bulky.  So I used some turquoise bias binding on one edge and folded over the other.  I used gray bias binding on the other seams to give a finished look to the inside.

This jacket has two rear vents.  I watched a couple of videos to see how to make them look best.  In my next update, I should have vents and some assembly finished.

This is still a learning process for me.  However.  a jacket should be coming to life soon.

I also machine embroidered a new kitchen towel this week.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Sewing another Jacket

I was going to make the Butterick 6022 again with some changes.  Like princess seams and sleeve vents.   After drafting some changes and getting ready to make a muslin, I found Simplicity 3708 online.

This is the jacket pattern I have been looking for.  It is unlined, has princess seams, and sleeve vents.  It is more like a coat than a jacket.

I bypassed it once, thinking it was a hooded jacket.  But on second look, I saw both models were wearing hooded sweatshirts underneath.  Quite strange when one would think the detail of the collar and lapel should be shown.

I like that it says "Easy to Sew".

After measuring the shoulders, I decided size medium would work for me. However, I made a muslin and it was baggy around the arm holes and other areas.  Just like the model!

All pattern markings on muslin helps fitting.

I tried adjusting it, but trashed it and made a size small muslin with medium shoulder width. 

A major fitting point with jackets is the shoulder and armhole area.  The seam of the armscye should mimic the attachment of your arm to your body.  The bottom of the sleeve should sit as tight to your armpit as possible, without restricting movement.  If great attention is not given to this area, large wrinkles will appear. 

As seen in the first muslin, the armhole was too big for me.  I added an inch of fabric under the arm for a better fit.  I also adjusted it as shown.

   I  lengthened the body one inch and the arms two inches.

Here is the muslin with my adjustments.  It is a three button jacket which I have pinned shut and shoved in shoulder pads.  

I think I made a good decision trying this pattern and not redesigning the other.  I'll call it a learning experience either way.

Now to decide what fabric to use.

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