Readers, I don't know how I managed it, but six years ago, with little more than two months' sewing experience under my belt, I made Burda 7780 (above). It turned out pretty nice, especially from a distance.
I made it with cheap fabric, however, and it didn't really hold up well over the years; I finally said good-bye to it this summer. But since I could really use a raincoat-type topper, I'm making Burda 7780 again. This time I'm using a coated cotton plaid in a rather dark palette.
It wasn't till I started cutting my fabric, however, that I was reminded that this pattern's front and back pieces are slightly curved. As a result, the back looks like this:
The plaid matches (I used a walking foot with my Singer 201) but there's an unmistakable "V" shape at the center. That's OK, right?
I've cut all my pieces out (plaid takes a lot time to cut, I was reminded) and interfaced what needs interfacing. I hope to start putting things together tomorrow (plus double welt pockets; sigh).
In other news, last week I completed a shirt muslin for a client, using a coarse vintage cotton floral I found at the flea market years ago. It's a pretty print but not very soft.
For the first time, I created a pattern by copying an already-made garment. I used the method David Coffin recommends in his book, Shirtmaking. It involves putting pins through the edges of the garment pieces and connecting the pin pricks.
We'll see how it fits in a few weeks.
On an unrelated not, this weekend I draped Michael in blue and patterned shirting I may use to make a shirt for him. He's a "Light Summer."
On Sunday, we did my friend Johanna's colors. We say she's an "Autumn."
And that's it!
In closing, have you ever copied a ready-to-wear garment using David Coffin's method or another? What were the results like?
Have a great day, everybody!
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