Last week’s output - a pantsuit to hurt my relatives’ eyeballs on Christmas Day! :D
In my old personal blog I regularly cataloged the things I wanted for Christmas a la Rachel Green. But the one I made this year isn’t for me. It’s for you to buy for your own beloveds. Check out Smile, Cebu Pacific’s in-flight magazine when you fly this month or click on the page to read the issue.
Finally got around to doing this project after three weeks of skipping school, and boy what a daunting endeavor it was. From the beginning I tried to make my patterns perfect but I guess even with utmost care, something is bound to go wrong the first time.
First, there are the pockets. I initially planned to have patch pockets at the waist, but while watching Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, Homeland and Much Ado About Nothing (the Joss Whedon one), everyone’s flap pockets seemed to mock me. So I ended up turning my patches into flaps, but skipped the welt that would make them function (wuss!).
Then, of course, the sleeves. To this day, my crowns are still to curvy, still too big for the armhole. I was able to attach them without pleats, but the back part is a bit puffy.
The tailored collar gave me my next nightmare, as I treated a portion of the stand as part of the fall. I only realized this after attaching and topstitching the lining at the neckline, requiring me to rip a lot of my work before correcting the construction.
As a result, the corner I had already snipped slipped under my needle, and puckered after I turned the garment to do the lapel. Thankfully this part is hidden when I put the collar down.
The rest of my machine work went swimmingly, down to the single rear vent that is made just like a kick pleat.
So after five days at school, only the buttonholes and the buttons remained, which I did manually at home the next day. I even put in a butonniere that I intend to use for my eyeglasses (because I hate having the temple poke me inside my blouse).
But this project had one last curveball to throw at me - my flaps were crooked! I didn’t notice during all my fittings midstream because I didn’t close the center front. What an idiot. So now my flaps are happily repositioned (by hand!) to lower, wider, and level spots.
I would have loved to go to school yesterday and continue the blazer I’m making, except that the threat of *the biggest storm ever* prevented me from leaving home.
But time away from the machine doesn’t have to mean time away from the craft, so I brought out the handsewing projects I had been planning to do for some time now.
One of them is this Zara tee, which was the perfect basic for the must-have color of the season at the time (Spring a year or two ago?). It was the perfect-ish price, too, although it kind of irked me that my money couldn’t even buy finished edges.
Raw on the horizontal; the work in progress diagonally
Several months ago, after reading about Hermes scarves and before starting my bias dress (which would need a very narrow margin at the bottom), I decided to research how to make handrolled hems. And this tutorial was exactly what I was looking for.
I made a mental note to try the technique on my frayed shirt, and finally got around to it yesterday. I went with the Hermes tradition of rolling the fabric outward to the right side of the garment for some dimension.
Let me just say that trimming the fringe is quite important for a neater result (see below), and - not sure, though - perhaps sticking the needle a little lower than the folded edge so that it ends up tucked away completely.
Four yards of navy windowpane-printed cotton waiting to be turned into separates! Perhaps some slim pants and a sleeved shell (coat optional)? A cropped top and mini? An offset wrap skirt? Drop me a line if you wanna buy so I can make ‘em in your size!