Sunday, December 4, 2016

My First Sleeveless Duster

I started seeing these sleeveless dusters being worn around my area. They peaked my interest, especially since it doesn't get extremely cold here in Florida.  I thought these were a nice look for fall/winter paired with long sleeve sweaters and tees.  I think this is something that can be dressed up or down!

So I set out to make one for myself… I got the idea when I made my Burgundy colored, two piece dress on a previous blog post you can see here.  I'll show you that burgundy set with my new duster shortly. First let's talk about the duster...

I started with a commercial pattern for the base. Although, my resulting duster doesn't look anything like the commercial pattern, LOL!   I used McCall's 3796 and I selected view D (the rust colored one).  Now this one is out of print, but can be found on Etsy, Ebay and other websites.  However, ANY jacket pattern will do just fine depending on how you want your end results.

The fabric is from my stash and was purchased from Joanne (I cannot remember when).  It's a very lightweight wool blend with a slight stretch.  I would call the color "taupe".  This is one of those great times when I paired the right pattern with the right fabric…thank you Lord!  

Because this is a muslin, I decided not to line it. (And I live in Florida, doesn't have to be line either...too hot at times!) I will be making another in black and it will be lined.  Sewing this one was such a so much!  I only ran into a couple of very minor issues that I decided not to correct because this is my muslin and I love the way it looks as is! (Yes, I plan on wearing it!)

The two minor issues were…

The Duster has an "over the shoulder and back panel" which was totally self drafted by me.  On the next one I will make this panel about 2 inches longer to come just over the bust.

Secondly, the commercial pattern I used had an extended shoulder, I assume for shoulder pads on this particular jacket.  I didn't realize how much they extend out until after I had sewn the facing in! (That's too much for me to take out and adjust... and I just don't want to because I'm being lazy!). I have adjusted my pattern for the future and there definitely will be another!

I love the back of this vest!! 
Here's a much more casual look (I think I need a new pair of old ballerina's have seen better days!!)

Actually on phone w/ son...called during photo shoot! 
I can't say how much I love this Duster!  It's a nice trendy piece to add to my wardrobe and it was so fun to sew as well!  What's the last trendy piece you created for your wardrobe?

As always, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing a little of your time with me!  It's truly appreciated!!

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Another Shirt for the Hubby

I am really loving working on shirts and tees for the hubby! (He's loving it too!).  I know it takes time away from my "selfish sewing" but it's so worth it!  Especially when I see him go into the closet and grab items I made for him first!   He has long arms and it's hard for him to find shirts that fit his arm length without being too large in the body.  Since I already have a TNT pattern for him (McCalls 6044) it makes it super easy for me to create different styles for him without him physically with me. That means "surprise" shirts can be made like the one I'm making in this post.

The design for this shirt came from my husband seeing an inspiration shirt in a mall store.  He thought it was the coolest shirt!  Now mind you, my hubby is not one for shopping for himself nor remembering titles, brands or any of the important things necessary to research and find what you need.  He also is one that needs a while to "think about" a purchase and usually misses out because it's no longer available when he finally makes a decision.  Needless to say, that's exactly what happened to him in this situation!  We had gone back to the store where he saw it and of course he could no longer find the shirt (even with the assistance of a store clerk).  Then I searched online for a faux leather black shirt like the one he'd seen with no luck at all.  There were so many out there, but none like the one he described, I felt bad for him because now he seemed to really want the shirt.  I swear the more we could not find it, the more he wanted it! (This is probably his "passive" way of trying to get me to make it, you think?).  We decided it was a loss for him and he agreed the next time he saw something he liked, he would buy it...he could always take it back if he decided he didn't want it for pete's sake!

Of course, you know I pulled out my trusty tools and went to work! (Sewing machine, serger etc., LOL!!). First, I had this beautiful fabric I had purchased from Pennie Fabrics about 2 years ago...sorry I don't remember the fabric content.  However, it feels like an extremely soft medium weight rayon with a slight stretch and beautiful drape (feels like a lightweight lambskin leather!)  This could be used as a contrast fabric because what makes it so unique is the Leather look...

The picture doesn't do it justice! 

I remembered when I first saw it in the fabric store I wanted to make a two-piece dress for myself or some cool "leather look leggings!"  So I decided to be "selfless" and use it for the hubby. (Does he know how lucky he is...YES!!).  Fabric for the remainder of the shirt is a very nice Kaufman Cambridge lawn cotton purchased from 

Ok, enough of the "novel"!...I bet you want to get to the good stuff, right? LMBO!!  I made a few changes to the pattern:

First, I extended the back yoke approximately 3" towards the front to make more of a contrast with the leather look fabric...that worked beautifully!


I added a "placket" opening at the cuff (this pattern does not include it).  Also, the hubby had mentioned black snaps...I found these cool Black flat matte ones on Amazon here).  I love shopping online, you can find just about anything!  I combined a snap and button on the cuff, snaps on remainder of the shirt...



The hubby was a very  "Happy Camper" when I showed it to him after he got home from work Friday night!

This was a fun shirt to make and because it started with his TNT pattern, it made for a quick sew! Do you have a TNT pattern you use for your loved ones?

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