I’m working my way through 9 yards of this fabric! More on that later – but this is a wonderful and easy variation of the tunic top included in V9275.
I stripped it down to essentials (no curved hem or collar cord), and added 40″ to the length, marked from the waistline. For reference, I’m 5’7″, and 57″ from shoulder to the floor. And I sewed the size XS – this is a very roomy top. But the sizing really extends its possibilities across many sizes and shapes.
It’s hard to see details on black fabric, so Emile is modeling the kaftan to show the inside:
I love the cowl – it’s just about perfect in this cotton/lycra jersey.
The sleeves are deep enough to be very comfortable, and long enough not to allow inside peeks.
This is one of my favorite projects this year!
The fabric. I mistakenly ordered two fabric kits from Fabric Mart, instead of one. For $8 each. The kit included 4.5 yards of jersey and the Christine Jonson #526 wrap dress. I’m actually glad I did it, this print is so appealing.
And it will show up again soon, in an Itch to Stitch Paro Cardigan!
And I’m off to work on the cardi. Bye for now – Coco
Can you tell I’m between projects? Anytime I’m pondering what to do next, I take things out of my closet – the ones I haven’t worn – and contemplate their future…
I waited so long to find a cheetah print for a long cardigan, and I was thrilled to find this one in a hacci sweater knit. I love the fabric! but honestly, I was disappointed in the cardi.
When I put it on, I feel like it’s wearing me – just too much. But I let it percolate – a candidate for salvage.
Yesterday, I cut it off, added a band and buttons, and I love the result!
I will wear this like crazy. More views:
And a closeup of the back and hood on Emile…
How I got there:
I brazenly cut the cardi 19.5″ below the finished neckline.
And I cut a band from the remnant. I wanted the band to be 2″ wide, so I cut it at 5 1/4″ wide and about 42″ long. That was longer than I needed, but I wasn’t sure how the bodice would gather into the band.
I added five 1/2″buttons, no buttonholes, along with #4 snaps. A note on this: I wanted to use buttonholes, but I had not sewn my facing with enough interfacing to facilitate them. Kind of a disappointment, but I was out of tear-away stabilizer. I practiced with the hacci and other external stabilizers, and I feel sure it’s feasible for future garments.
This was so much fun that I’m contemplating a similar cardigan with another hacci in my stash.
So, the post office has promised delivery today of a few fabrics I ordered. Now I don’t know what I’ll do next – what a great problem 🙂
Now that our cool weather is past, I’m working on warm weather thingies to wear around the house. Retirement inevitably comes with the temptation to go grunge very casual most of the time. Tee shirt, leggings, socks, PJs. But part of my new year/new me is to avoid that!
Simply irresistible! Joel did it on Northern Exposure, but this YouTube version is the original by Robert Palmer. All the anticipated red vibe…it was in my mind the whole time I was sewing these pants!
This is my second version (original in black here), so here’s a look at the pattern:
I sewed View D in Kaufman Brussels washer linen. It’s a wonderful linen blend, more linen than rayon, and is a great marriage of these two fibers. Unlike 100% linen, this blend is not itchy/prickly or wrinkly. All my pics here are straight out of a wash/dry cycle, no ironing. I don’t iron!
Such nice pants. I’ve gotten both verbal and non-verbal compliments while wearing them. Makes my heart sing.
Sewing notes, and because it’s easier to photograph red, I can share some details of the construction that just could not be seen on the black pair:
I added a line of topstitching above and below the pleats, which secures them and ensures that the waistband facing doesn’t shift.
I’m really picky about finishing details, all the way down to the belt loops. I didn’t want mine to ravel, so I serged the ends and took the time to sink all my threads. For me, it’s all part of sewing, I don’t mind extra steps at all.
I really wanted to keep the flow and continuity of the color on this pair. Using a contrast belt of some kind didn’t appeal to me. So I made a belt!
This is a 1 3/4″ buckle from Dritz. The sliding middle piece makes it self-catching, and it stays put as promised.
I did some looking online, and I found lots of similar options at Emmaline Bags. On their site, they’re described as strap sliders, and they come in widths up to 2″.
Cute, right? I interfaced the entire width of the belt, 4.5″ wide unfinished, folded it, and added trapunto stitching.
And as on my black pair, I added a fly shield. My first post (link above) has details. It’s not difficult and makes a huge difference in how the fly looks and feels.
This is definitely not a quick sew – it has many details, and it requires attention and time during layout, cutting, and construction. But it’s so worth the effort, and I enjoy a project that has a bit of challenge.
These pants, red and black, are my go-to pairs for strutting my stuff – sassy 🙂
Finally! I’ve been working on a hoodie cardigan design for a couple months, ever since I saw a ‘maxi hoodie’ on Pinterest (below).
I simply cannot find a pattern to match it, but have worked with a several that have requisite elements. A couple of attempts later, my final design is based on the Vogue 9275 jacket, with the hood from McCalls 7634.
I used a medium jacket (no lining) and size 12 hood. Incredibly, the necklines match perfectly, all the way down to the shoulder markings. So easy.
My fabric is a lovely Hacci sweater knit from Fabric Mart. Like many knits, it’s printed, and this one is solid cream on the inside. I’m super picky about having the wrong side of fabric exposed, because it can really detract from a garment. For a nicer finish to the hood, I faced it (just cut it out twice) in self-fabric.
And to avoid having the inside exposed on the front, I drafted facings for the front and back neckline. The back facing has the added benefit of stabilizing the jacket/hood seam, and the front facing will let me add a zipper in future versions.
As much as I like sweatshirts, I’m not always fond of their signature kangaroo pockets. I used a large patch pocket (7 1/2″ high and 7″ wide finished dimension). They don’t even show because of the print.
Last change, I added 2″ to the length of the jacket – mine is 36″ long at the center back, from the base of hood to the hem.
Whew. I’m so pleased with this. In anticipation of everything working, I ordered a great small polka dot sweatshirt fabric. I’m going for the whole works: a zipper, bottom band, and corded hood.