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Creation: Burdastyle Helena Skirt in Corduroy

Sometimes you just have too much going on to really focus on sewing. The last two weeks of October were like that for. There were just too much happening so at the end of the day I didn’t have any energy to sit by my sewing machine. Sad, but that’s life. Therefore it was the perfect timing to have a sewing meet-up planned to get me back into sewing mood. During that day I finished one dress and I cut another project: this skirt.

Helena in Corduroy (6)

To really help me get back in the saddle I deviated from my fall plan and decided to make a simple project, and while it’s a deviation I still chose to make something that would fit into the plan. However, this skirt might not be an addition to the plan, but rather a substitute. The Third Michelle has never been worn and I can’t get over just how home-made it looks with that poor fabric choice. What is polyester duchess satin really meant for, can it ever look good?

Helena in Corduroy (3)

Onto my new skirt. For a while I have been attracted to Megan Nielsen’s Kelly skirt, but there were many negative reviews regarding the pattern and it didn’t motivate me to buy the pattern. Instead, I turned to my pattern stash and used a pattern I had used before. The Helena skirt from Burdastyle has a similar, but not identical, look to the Kelly skirt, with pleats and the button placket. In my first attempt this time I did box pleats, as in the Kelly skirt, but that did not look good , so I did the original pleats instead. I do miss the pockets, but I decided to skip them as I wanted a quick project. I’ll beat myself up later and if I make this skirt again (which is totally plausible) I will try and draft some slash pocket (with draft I mean steal from another pattern). Perhaps I’ll make a wider waistband as well.

Helena in Corduroy (2)

That pattern is really easy and straight-forward to work with, having pictures included in the instructions makes this an easy pattern to put together. It was even more easy in my first version, My Namesake Skirt, where I put the front piece on fold instead. There is one drafting error in the waistband. The waistband is supposed to be seamless, one piece to go all the way around, but it’s too short. Also, the button placket is very narrow and might not work with buttons that are too large, I used 18 mm buttons and they just fit on the placket.

Helena in Corduroy (25)

This skirt is very wearable and the colour blends in nicely with my wardrobe. I really feel like I’m coming into my own, making clothes that are wearable and still me. I’m happy!

Fabric: Aubergine Baby corduroy from Stoff och Stil
Pattern: Burdastyle Helena Skirt (if there’s a pattern out there with a better name, I haven’t found it)
Notions: Buttons, interfacing
Techniques used: Button placket, buttons and buttonholes, stitch in the ditch, pleating.

Do you ever make the same pattern more than once? Is it OK to draw inspiration from one source and use another pattern to make it up? How do you get yourself back in the sewing saddle after a dry streak?


Creation: Simplicity 4032 – Sweatshirt Blazer

I really feel I am coming into my own in my sewing. This project was a gamble and I felt it could either way, success or complete disaster. It makes me very happy to report that it’s a success.   The story of this blazer began in the summer. The husband and I had ditched the kids at the in-laws for some shopping in their town. Mainly grocery shopping, but we also took a walk in the city. There’s a lovely boutique which I like to visit for inspiration and an occasional purchase. I tried on a blazer in sweatshirt fabric, which I quite fancied but the husband weren’t impressed with the raw edges of the collar lapels. It was quite pricey and it didn’t feel 100% so I left it behind, but I did like the idea of a sweatshirt blazer. I haven’t been much of a blazer person in my days and a sweatshirt blazer seemed like a nice way to ease myself into it. Sweatshirt Blazer (8)   I searched the web for a suitable pattern and in the end settled for Simplicity 4032. It’s made for fleece fabrics, but several other fabrics can work, including sweatshirt fabrics. The bodice is princess seamed and there’s a variety of collars and flounces to make a jacket or vest. A lot of options in fact and I can see myself making up a few of the other versions. This time I made view D as it was the most close to the blazer style I envisioned. Sweatshirt Blazer (11) According to the measurements I was to cut a size 16. Looking at the finished garment measurements this jacket had an ease of 15 cm (6”). That’s a whole lot of ease! So I cut according to finished measurements, in my case I cut a size 12 with no size alterations. It’s still a bit too shapeless in the back, but it looks good. I don’t even want to imagine a size 16 on me, I wonder if I even could get it right after it’s been cut. The sleeves are a bit too long and the elbow dart hits too low on me. Ah, those short arms of mine! If I make this again I will shorten the sleeve a bit, perhaps also take it in and make it sleeker. Sweatshirt Blazer (7) The instructions tells you to just layer the two pieces for the collar/flounce and leave them raw. As the rawness was what I didn’t really liked from the beginning so I stitched the two pieces together and folded to get a more finished look. Along the way the iron was my best friend, the sweatshirt fabric really benefited from a good press in achieving a professional look. Sweatshirt Blazer (14) Verdict? I love this jacket! Lounge wear for work at its best. There are a few things I could’ve have done better, but all in all I’m pretty pleased with my first blazer. It may sound a bit stupid, but I am glad I went with my instinct and cut a smaller size than recommended as it ended up great in size, not too much ease. I makes me feel more confident in my abilities and is a testament that I have learnt a lot this year in fitting. Two thumbs up! Paired with my Helena in corduroy (unblogged at the moment), the blazer was in my fall plan and the skirt was added later. I’ve brought the look together by matching the buttons since my fall plan is dominated by grey and aubergine. I’m getting the hang of this styling thing! Fabric: Grey sweatshirt fabric (isoli) Stoff och Stil Pattern: Simplicity 4032, view D Notions: Buttons, interfacing Techniques used: Buttons and buttonholes, collar and flounce, concave/convex seaming, princess seams. How do you draw inspiration from RTW? What is your secret for getting away with lounge wear at work?