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Jul 3, 2014

A (Slight) Change of Plan



Remember this cotton/linen outfit from last month?

Well, if you watch my vlog -- and if not, why not? -- you know that I had planned to start my gray cotton jumpsuit this week.  But I fear that the result may be too similar in mood (no pun intended) to my matching jacket and pants ensemble above.  So I'm shelving it for at least a month.

My jumpsuit inspiration from Hermes.

What I am going to sew -- and which I started today in fact -- is a blue cotton suit made with the fine herringbone fabric I purchased in May.  I could really use a lightweight, dark suit; it will get a lot of wear.  A cotton jumpsuit, in contrast....let's just say I'm not sure.

The fabric looks light here but it's actually navy.



I'm using Simplicity 8368, the same pattern I used to make my groovy vintage sheet suit last year.





The only change I'm making to the pattern is to shorten the length 1/2".  I now only alter my patterns with pins, never tape.  That way I can easily change the alteration if I need to.



If you're not too distracted by the fuzz, you can see the herringbone pattern in the fabric.  This was a stitching sample.



My pattern pieces are all cut and I've started sewing.  Since the jacket will only be half-lined, I'm using some vintage bias tape to finish the exposed seam allowances.   I know the stripes are green and white, but I thought it would look kind of preppy though I'm on the fence about it at the moment.  In the worst case, I can serge it off in morning, resulting in flatter seams that are less likely to show through the front of the fabric.





The jacket will have patch pockets, so it should come together relatively quickly.  We'll see...

In other news, have you seen the new improved Pattern Review?  What do you think?

I don't know about the weather where you live, but we are being flooded at the moment -- a true deluge.  My July 4th plans have actually been postponed to the 5th, fireworks or no fireworks.

Have a great day, everybody -- stay dry (or wet, as the case may be).

19 comments:

  1. The striped binding looks awesome!!!

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  2. I see your point about the styles.

    I loved the clip. It's raining here, too.

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  3. I love that song from Easter Parade - one of my favorite seasonal movies. Perfect clip for the lousy weather we're having right now.

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  4. I'm not going to say a word. Really I'm not. But you know what I'm thinking, Peter. You know.

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    1. All in good time, my little pretty, all in good time.

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  5. I'm with Mr. Tiny - keep the striped bias tape. I love little surprises on the inside of garments. I just used polka dot tape on the inside of a denim skirt.

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  6. That's exactly what I thought, Muscato. It's the juxtaposition with the flowered suit.

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  7. I will be so sad if you take the bias tape off. Green stripes with navy? So preppy fabulous.

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  8. I love that suit that you made!

    Selene

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  9. You should stick with the wonderful preppy bias tape. It is a nice, refined finish.

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  10. How about a jumpsuit that is a faux shirt and trousers? Use all your shirt making skills too

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  11. I love the bias with the navy and your jumpsuit inspiration. I could see why a suit would get more mileage though.

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  12. If the inside of my clothes looked like yours I think I might wear them inside out!
    Frankie
    http://www.knitwits-owls.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. Keep the bias stripes, if it's not too late. Love the hidden surprise.

    Also ... esp. after Cathy's appearance on the vlog ... I've been wondering when will we see Michael as more than a blurry phantom piano player? (And what a fantastic blurry piano player he is!)

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    1. "Everybody wants ta get inta the act!" as Jimmy Durante would say.

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    2. The schnoz is wise. :-)

      Would you consider sharing some insight into what goes into the production? Like ... how much lead time does Michael get to learn your musical selections? Or does he already know them? Do you collaborate? Or is it a song dictatorship? Inquiring minds want to KNOW!

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    3. Michael sight reads pretty well, so we just go over a song (of my choosing) once or twice and then the cameras roll. It's totally thrown together -- I'm from the "keep it fresh and spontaneous" school!

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  14. Peter - just caught your Vlog and "LOVE" it - makes your blog so much more personal - I love the singing also!

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