Anyway, I digress. Here are some more winter appropriate garments - another Tessuti Sydney Jacket and a dress made with the top of the Sewaholic Renfrew and the skirt of Nettie by Closet case files.
|Stripe matching wiiiiiiinn!|
This 'Rettie' (sounds rather too much like an indigestion tablet?) is a 'mash up' of the Renfrew and Nettie. Well when I say 'mash up' I just measured roughly where my waist hit, laid the skirt pattern pieces over and blended the lines. I had to add more at the waist to the back of the skirt than the front and the fit isn't perfect (you can see some wrinkling where the dress is pulling a bit on my hips). The fabric was a wool remnant from Clear it and is super warm and snugly. The dress ended up bit on the short side due to fabric restrictions but I'm only going to wear it in the winter with tights or leggings anyway so whatever :)
I am chuffed with my stripe matching at the side seams- thanks to lots of pins and a walking foot - but I'm not 100% happy with the hem. Despite using steam a seam it still stretched out and you can that see the dress 'kicks' out a bit at the bottom. I tried streaming it back into shape but to no avail. Adding a band might have worked - and would have helped with the length issue - but I didn't have any fabric left (that cowl is hungry for fabric). Any other suggestions as to how I might fix it? Size wise, I cut the 6 Renfrew, and the 8 Nettie with a bit of grading to get the pattern pieces to fit. I also added some length - although I can't now remember quite how much. Must get into better note-taking habits while sewing,
I made the XS this time despite the petite fitting well for my other version. There were a few reasons for this: the boiled wool had no stretch compared to the pink wool; I wanted this to be extra blanket-y and with longer arms. I'm pretty happy with the size actually.
The fabric is the same gifted boiled wool that I used for my Simplicity 1366 zippy top. It's soft, warm but also light - perfect for this jacket. The only problem is that it is a total lint magnet and I spend a lot of time picking off cat hair.....
I think I might be done with winter sewing for now - time to start dreaming of Spring!