12:00 AM

Made by a Fabricista: Fall Prep in Progress, Sewaholic's Robson Trench Coat Altered

Good day my fellow Seamstress'.  As I continue my transition into fall, I opted to venture out and find a great trench coat pattern.  Sewaholic's Robson coat filled my search and after looking into some of the details, I knew it was a win!





I must say, at a younger age, I always thought trench coats were my mothers coat.  Honestly, I just never knew how to style them correctly ha ha!  

My vision for this post was found on pinterest where I located a skirted trench coat.  The original trench coat I used for inspiration was made out of a suiting fabric, but I knew I wanted this coat to be in a fabric that could easily be worn dress up and down.

The Fabric I used came from Fabric Mart Fabrics HERE.  I had to reach out to the wonderful Julie of Fabric Mart Fabrics for her expertise on the correct weight to use.  I've never made a trench before and the only one I own was a weight I could not put my finger on.  The options where this and a heavy weight.  Thanks to Julie, I received the lighter of the two and it was the best option THANKS!!!

This pattern came with a whopping 61 pages whew!  I put all the pieces together and got to work immediately.  The instructions were easy to follow and a fabric was a dream to sew.  I made the following adjustments to accomplish this look.

First, I extended the front, back and side pieces (the fabric is 58 inches wide, 29 folded.  The kick out on the front and back extended to the end of my fabric (folded) to give me the most drape possible.  The side piece was extended on both sides as well to the full extent of the fabric. These adjustments were made from the lower belt loop line outwards.  Because of this adjustments I had pointy seams which needed to be cut down to one inch below the front faced pieces as the pattern was intended.



I added piping to both of the sleeve seams, as well as the belt for a pop of color.   This was the first time I've used piping in this way.








I put all of the buttons (6) on the inside of the front piece and raised the belt loops to exaggerate the semi skirted bottom.  All in all, I loved it and am uber proud of myself!


I plan on sewing this pattern again.  The next time, I will add more piping for sure.  The accent was a hit with myself as well as others I shared it with.  You can never go wrong with piping in a garment like this!

Overall, the pattern was a breeze and I was extremely happy with the bias finishes as well.  I think I will incorporate these types of garments and others where lining is not used.  I felt I choose very wisely selecting this Sewaholic pattern and look forward to attempting many more in the future!














Side note:  There is nothing, and I mean NOTHING ok about taking coat pictures in 95 degree weather LOL!   I am sure I shaved a couple days off of my life!  But hey, its better to be prepared than not!

I hope you are inspired with the alterations and challenge yourself to creating outside of the patterns in your future projects... Until next time.... MUAH

Jenese
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8:30 AM

Made by a Fabricista: Fall Prep Jumpsuit






Disclaimer:  I no way am I tired of this summer weather!  I have been traveling a great deal lately, and honestly, a little low on inspiration.  I cam across a jumpsuit (big surprise) and completely fell in love.  I love anything with top stitching, so this was right up my alley!

The fabric used for this post is a 100% Wool Gabardine fabric from Fabric Mart.  Although this color is no longer available, here are some other options...HEREHERE, & HERE.  The color options are endless!

Of course, I am always mixing patterns, the ones used for this garment are Vogue 9103 and McCalls 6930.

I installed exposed zippers for a unique finish in the front and back.  At first thought, I was going to use an invisible zipper, but considering the bodice and waistband was doubled, I didn't want to risk the zipper breaking.  Ironically enough, I had a 24" zipper in my stash and it work out!

The only adjustments I had to make was with the back bodice.  I ended up having to cut 2 inches from the center back and scale it down to the side seam in order to eliminate bulk once I completed the garment.  Other than that, everything worked out just fine.

Heres a shot of the top stitching.  I did in on one side instead of both just to have a small element of "pop".  I will be working top stitching into may of the garments I have planed for a mini self collection this fall.


I have a tutorial for the pattern adjustments (HERE).  I was a labor of frustration, but I was able to get it posted.  Just know my heart is in the right place!!! I have a ton of execution issues to work through that I must over come in the coming months!



















Thanks for visiting!
Muah
- Jenese

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12:00 AM

Made by a Fabricista: Bold Colors and Vogue 1394

Days before I depart on vacation, I had several yards of this beautiful fabric from Fabric Mart Fabrics (HERE) and no ideas of what to make.  The fabric literally spoke to me!  I searched and searched through my pattern stash and came across V1394.  I opted to use this pattern because as a challenge to my patience.  I've had this pattern for quite some time, but as you may know if you follow me, I don't wear dresses that often.  I tend to choose those easy, and time friendly projects that I can whip up in one day and move on to the next.



I made the following adjustments to the pattern:
1) I shortened the shirt by 2 inches.

2) I lined the bodice of the dress only.
3) I extended the buttons in the back to the bottom of the dress,

The pleats on this dress alone took me an hour.  In all, there are a total of 21 pleats!


The remainder of the dress was constructed as per the pattern instructions.  I must say, I admired the 6 pieces that constructed the skirt, I might actually use it again for a nice flared skirt instead of the traditional circle skirt,








Happy Sewing!
Jenese 
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4:02 AM

Mothers Day Sew-A-Long

Mothers Day There is nothing better than being able to share your craft with the ones you love.  




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7:14 AM

The Fastest 2 Piece ever!

Hello there again!  

Below is a quick 2 piece I created from a paneled ITY knit from Fabric Mart Fabrics.  I absolutely fell in love with fabric but was not sure exactly what I would do with it.  Since I was running short on creative time, I opted to create a crop top and simple pencil skirt.  If you are wanting a look similar to this, the easiest route would be to use M6886 and separate the top from the bottom.  

Happy Sewing!
Muah
-J




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7:06 AM

Mesh Is The New Tulle!

Top of the morning!!

One one of many sales on Fabric Mart Fabrics, I was able to score 10 yards of multicolored mesh at a whopping $1.99 per yard.  I took 6 yards of this mesh and created a mini skirt, perfect for my vacation that is approaching.  I gathered a total of 216 inches!!!!  I doubled the fabric because it is after all... mesh!  My top is a very simple V8815 crop which is my go to for crop shirts. I paired this with a simply gold chain and bracelet, with Alexander McQueen Sandals. 

I hope you like! 

Happy Sewing!
Muah
-J

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5:29 AM

Sew Red - Vogue 9075

For the first time this year, the weather consistently rose above 60 degrees.  The long awaited Spring has arrived and haven't failed me yet (fingers crossed).








Today's dressy jumpsuit is courtesy Vogue Pattern 9075 found (HERE).   The Fabric is a "hot tamale poly/twill suiting from Fabric Mart Fabrics found (HERE),  Once I saw the color, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it!


This is one of the simplest patterns I've sewn in a while.  In under 3 hours, I had a completed garment.  Instead of lining this top, I opted to create a facing for the center front, and center back pieces, using the original pattern piece.  


Once attached, The pattern piece and the facing (both with finished edges) were pressed towards the facing, under stitched, clipped in the curve.



I repeated this step for the (2) center back pieces.


From here, all other steps should be according to the manufacturer's instruction.  I will be completely honest, this pattern is so simple, I did not read the instructions at all!  I assembled the pants, put the pockets on, sewn my pleats (which I laid flat instead of towards the center front), a double hem on the sleeves and pants, added the a zipper and that was IT!  You cannot construct a jumpsuit any simpler!.


  And there you have it!  I can't wait to wear this over the spring/summer. 






Happy Sewing!
-J

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