I'm terrible when it comes to sticking to a plan, but I think I did well resisting the New and Shiny this week. In fact, I think writing out what I want to accomplish each week is a good idea to help me manage this long term sew-a-long. What about you guys? Do you need a plan to stay focused on the end goal, or are more of the Wing-It type?
Last week:Cut my Fari coat muslin (blue). The pattern does not have shorten/lengthen lines, so I made my own by drawing a line perpendicular to the grain in an area that didn't mess with the hems, pockets or darts. It was pretty easy. I ended up removing 4.5 inches from the hem length and 3.5 inches from the sleeve length. My third change was a 1/2 inch forward shoulder adjustment so that when the collar is closed, the shoulder seam follows my body line. The white muslin is where I tested my pattern changes to make sure they were correct. I interfaced the collar on the white one and it helped the shoulder seams stay in place.
The final step for this coat last week was making sure all pattern pieces were traced, cut and altered.
|Turing under and pressing them flat|
|Top stitching with a twin needle|
I set out to finish all the pockets on my jeans last week, and I almost did it. Although I forgot how much hand stitching there is to finish off the twin needle top stitching. I also think my coin pockets are too high and will interfere with the waistband. Naturally, I discovered this after I tied off all the top stitching. Oh well. I tore them off this morning and will re-do them, along with finishing the pockets as my first goal this week.
|Pockets are almost done|
Here are my plans for this week:
- Finish jeans pockets
- Construct jeans backs
- Install jeans zippers
- Cut out 2 of my sleeveless blouses from navy fabric scraps
- Cut out my coat
|Fabric for my sleeveless blouses|
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