Monday, August 06, 2007

A Few Photos

Well I promised pictures so here they are:


Okay my daughter and I were fooling around but I really liked this shot! Just to remind you I used Vogue 8209 for the jacket pattern, my TNT pants pattern with a slight alteration and a grey/black/white seersucker from Fabric Mart.

A front view:


And most importantly a back view:



A few construction details:

I loved the opening on the sleeve and the sleeve seaming. However, the next time I make this jacket, I will draft a facing for the sleeve hemline. With a facing this sleeve hem will have a cleaner finish and could be cuffed. Also since there is a seam in the middle of the sleeve the bicep alteration was really easy to make!



I had started construction on the jacket and serged several of the pieces before I was "inspired" to bind all the seams in the jacket. The pattern does not instruct you to do any special finishing details. And I want to be clear that I added binding to the seams, I did not do a Hong Kong finish. A few weeks ago I purchased about 20 yards of a light beige cotton binding from Daytona Trimmings I used this binding to encase the seams and sewed close to the edge of the binding.


Nancy asked about the alteration to the back leg...first a disclaimer...this is the Carolyn Method and not a TNT sewing book alteration. I measured from my waist to just under the curve of my buttocks. Took that measurement and made a mark on my pants pattern from that point on I folded in a 1/4" on my pattern piece to the hem.

Why??? Because the seersucker had a lot of stretch in it and I was concerned that if I made my typical trouser pant that the butt would stretch out. Taking out a 1/4" on back pattern pieces, gave the pants a closer fit. That definitely took some getting use to when wearing them today.

The other thing that I would change on the jacket is that I would add some closures to the jacket. This a great jacket to pose in! But in everyday actual wearing, it blows open in even a slight breeze. Clutching my jacket as I walk to the subway is not my idea of looking cute so the fall version will definitely have buttons on it. I even have some amazing silver buttons that I am thinking about adding to this jacket.

Otherwise this outfit was easy to wear...comfortable...and while I was in line for the salad bar at lunchtime, a woman came up to me and complimented me on the suit! It is a winner!

21 comments:

  1. I really love the photo of you "fooling around" - you have such a gorgeous smile there!

    Thanks for posting the photos of this (and the dress above). It's so much easier to picture them in action like this!

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  2. It is always wonderful when we get compliments from strangers - well done!

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  3. This is a great looking suit and looks fab on you!

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  4. You look really nice in that suit. How exciting to get a compliment on something you created!

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  5. What a great ensemble!!! The suit is very flattering on you.

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  6. This suit looks fantastic on you! Love the red dot dress too.

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  7. Carolyn! You looks fantastic! Love the poses. I can't believe how fast you got that done!

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  8. Carolyn! You looks fantastic! Love the poses. I can't believe how fast you got that done! (oops, posted a comment using the wrong account...sorry about that)

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  9. It definitely is a winner! Just beautiful, Carolyn.

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  10. Both look great - much better on than the hanger. I love the bell shape on that sleeve on the red dress.
    Is your back pantleg cut on the bias, or is that just a function of the way the photo picked up the seersucker?

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  11. Looks fabulous. Very good for this awful weather!

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  12. Allow me to add another compliment. I love the pants suit! Is your TNT trouser pattern one with a front fly zipper and a waistband?

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  13. Carolyn, you look wonderful in your fabulous suit! I liked your rule of three for the trim on your red polka dot dress. I think that trim is terrific and you look great in the dress. I'm amazed that you got both outfits done in a weekend. Enjoy wearing your suit. You can COUNT ON it getting even hotter than it's been already. 100 degree heat/humidity index in Chicago around 6:30 pm this evening and NY always gets it even hotter. Stay cool!

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  14. Oh I love seersuckerk and that looks so comfy! Beautiful!

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  15. Strike a pose... love the suit... I am an avid fan of Seersucker.

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  16. Carolyn, great photos of you in your seersucker jacket and pants! Really makes me feel cooler. I have this pattern and love the jacket pattern. I made a short version. Really like the idea of seersucker for this outfit.

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  17. I love the way your binding looks. I've got to try that the next time I do a jacket that I don't want to line. I've been in the serge and sew camp or FFF camp for a while now.

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