Spring challenge underway

SWAP | March 24, 2009 | By

I didn’t have nearly enough fabric for the Tie Back Top, so I cut the Ruffle Top instead. I cut the trouser jeans too. I need muslin, for the jacket, so I will probably go to JoAnn’s this week sometime. We are headed up north for the weekend, so the cut garments will stay on the sewing table, I think. I will bring knitting with me instead, this weekend. Or maybe something to cut, like the Homage Tote, that doesn’t require fitting or a lot of fabric.

On the trouser pants, I chalked, them just like Christine taught me, and I just simply added 1.5″ to each sideseam, which basically meant they came down relatively straight from the hips. I also added a fly, simply by measuring 2″ out from the CF seam, down to 7″ and tapering at an angle over, as a fly front extension usually looks. Chalking this is super simple – no extra patterns to make, etc.

I need denim topstitching thread (gold, classic) to do these trousers, too.

So I think the first two items will go together fast. On the jacket, I need to cut a muslin (hey, a good weekend project) and sew it together (hey, another good weekend project!) to test the fit before I cut into that boucle. I plan to use fusible interfacing to underline the pattern pieces, as the boucle is ravelly. And I may line it, too. In fact, I probably will.

the thought occurred to me the other day, could I make a lining out of the muslin? And does the muslin have to be, well muslin? Can it be a prewashed cotton print fabric? I do plan to dryclean, but I’d prewash the lining just in case. I think I”ll go peruse my japanese cottons and see what inspires.

So, that’s my current sewing plan. A fun, four-piece wardrobe of spring garments and accessories.

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