Saturday, October 13, 2012

Cold weather projects in the offing

I still have a few projects from earlier this summer that I haven't taken pictures of yet in order to share with you all, but now that I have a tad more free time I've been working on a couple of things for the colder weather. It's officially fall here, and so many of my dresses are just completely summery I have a goal of trying to fill out my cold weather wardrobe a bit more in the next few weeks. I'm also doing a little stash busting in the process. Again, no pictures of the projects themselves yet, but I will try and get those taken care of soon. For now, I will leave you with a bit of a teaser, just the patterns and fabric descriptions. I have several small yardages of vintage wool, some of which is real Pendleton purchased in October of 1976 by the original fabric owner (according to the tags left on her yard goods).

Anyway, the first project I've managed to get finished is a wool swing coat from a heavy blue and green plaid that mom gave me a couple of years ago. 

Obviously it's the plaid on the right. Incidentally I've also recently made a pencil skirt from the purplish wool in the front, but that's something I haven't managed to photograph yet. The jacket pattern I used was Simplicity 4027. 

It turned out really well and it's very differently stylistically from any of my other jackets, which is nice. 

The next project I'm working on is a dress from some of the lighter weight wool that was in the stash my mom and I received from an acquaintance who's mother passed away. This one is a bit newer. The note said she bought it in 1994 I think, but it is 100% wool and the colors are perfect for a fall dress. No pictures of it yet, unfortunately, but soon I promise. The pattern I'm using is a vintage original from the early sixties that I found at an antique shop for a dollar or two. 

Image from Vintage Patterns Wiki
I cut the back neckline into a slightly lower V-back instead of the full boatneck. I also wanted longer sleeves, since it is for winter, so I'm using the jacket sleeves instead of the shorter dress sleeves. I just used the sleeve cap for the short sleeve and extended the sides along the seam lines of the longer sleeve piece. I have to dig through my buckle stash to see if I can find one that works with the fabric I'm using, but I should have something. I have just enough of a few other pieces to make myself a few more pencil skirts for wearing to work, and would like to get those done in the next couple of weeks, but we will see how that goes. I have a bit more free time now, but not that much. 
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