Saturday, February 23, 2013

"Fearless February" Complete

This is my first Sew-Along with "Ten Thousand Sewing Hours."

Ok, so I've finally made my decision for this Sew-Along. It will be a white brocade jacket with the ruffles B5720 with my traditional Butterick 5147 dress. Both pieces will be fully lined. The fabric was purchased from Joann's this past Summer so it will go along with the "Stash Smashing Sew-A-Long" at Sew Much Talent.
This is my dress with the overlapped kick-pleat and extra length added. Now that I have everything completely cut, I can start sewing. Not yet! Our daughter need some help with pant fitting and I can't give up now. So here we go again trying to fit her with pants. So let's stop this project a minute.

Pants That Fit!

My plans were to compete the above outfit for my Sew-Along, but things happen. Our daughter came home and I ended up riding back to her home in South Florida. Pants can be an issue when there is a 15" ratio between hips and waist. Guess what! I finally was able to fit her and to all of you girls that have this issue Simplicity 4366 should help. Take a look~ No, the body didn't come from me, but the other half.

I completed three pairs of View D (light tan pair) while visiting. Of course, I packed my sewing machine. Are you kidding! That was the first thing we put in the vehicle. Now, on with it. One pair was the navy poly/rayon/spandex which she is wearing. The next pair was made from a deep plum suiting fabric and the last pair was made in a polyester satin back twill black fabric. All fabrics were purchased from Fabric Mart.

With this pattern I made two muslims, yes two. One was made out of animal print cotton without pockets View D and the other with pockets View A made out of a plaid cotton with animal print pockets and waist. She chose view D as her favorite. Using View D, I still had to use one size smaller for the waist and add 1" to the length.
That is good in comparison to another pattern that I previously had to do a pattern adjustment to decrease the waist, decrease the length between the waist and the seat on the front and the back of the pattern without having a perfect fit. This pattern has the perfect built in adjustment for the seat/waist length.
Future plans are to adjust View A (white pair) with pockets to look like and fit her like View D. Yes, I can!

Back to the White Outfit
Jacket front and back is pressed.

Jacket is together, including neck and sleeve ruffle. If you noticed, I removed the gathering from the sleeve by following the directions of a video called "How to increase-decrease the sleeve cap length."
The lining is ready with the exception of the sleeves.
                                                                  Lining is complete.
Jacket is complete. Now I'm ready to tackle the dress.
                                                          Pinning lining to dress.
                                                              Ready for the zipper.
All complete with three large snaps for closure.


  1. Hi, the suit is so smart, I hope you have somewhere special to wear it. You have also done a great job on your daughter's trousers - they fit beautifully.

  2. Thanks, this will be my birthday outfit for church.

  3. Congratulations on completing your garments. They look beautiful. Happy Birthday :-)

  4. Thanks SarahLizSewStyle and Allison for the early birthday wish. I will be wearing it in April, but thought this was a great time to get it completed. I had been planning to mske this outfit since July.

  5. Congratulations on completing the challenge. The outfit is stunning.You did a beautiful job.

  6. Wow you made this lovely jacket and dress, fully lined them, and then made 3 pairs of perfect fitting pants in between?! That's incredible, I'm stunned.

  7. Elise, I'm retired and sew most of the time. Thanks for the compliments.


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