Sunday, April 12, 2009

It's Finally Finished...

It's been a long journey with many stops and starts, and a few changes of direction but the pantsuit is finally finished. I had to get this one out of the way. It was hanging in my direct view every day taunting me with its incompleteness and my inability to find a way to make the sleeves work...so in the end...I turned the idea on it's head and went in a different direction. A way that is unexpected yet totally satisfying.

First let me warn you that I have no shots of the finished outfit on me...those will come later, I promise! I just have a busy day today and wanted to get this post up...so look for those candid shots at a future date. As an aside...three years later I'm still chanting that I really need to get my dress form some new feet. I need to make that a priority this year!!! *LOL*

So the original project was to make a pantsuit using this pattern:



Vogue 7944

A TNT pattern that I've made several times before along with my TNT pants pattern.

Of course the easiest part of this pantsuit was the pants...which have been completed for several months...just hanging around and waiting for this problem child jacket to have its issues worked out! I finally broke down and wore just the pants with the twinset as pictured here:


So the problem with the jacket was the sleeves. No matter what I tried, they just did not insert into this jacket well. Which stymied me because I've made the jacket three times before and never had a problem inserting the sleeves...so I let it sit. Periodically, I would pick it up and rip the sleeves out and try something else...still no good. Here is how they fit the last time I inserted them:













This was bad, really bad and I had resigned myself to the fact that this jacket was just not going to happen...which hurt me greatly because I loved the lining that I had installed...especially the back facing piece:



Last week when I was cleaning out magazines (way too many of them come to my house) and sending them out to the recycle bin, I spied an article in Lucky called "Sleeveless Jackets" and I had an Oprah "Aha Moment!" I decided to just get rid of those pesky sleeves. Once I made that decision it was like being released from prison. I knew exactly what steps to take to get this baby finished and onto my back.

So even though I had planned to work on "The Dreaming of Spring Dress" this weekend, instead I cleaned up this niggling project. Okay, how about a peek at the finished pantsuit:



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The stash I will never, ever complain about is my notion/trim stash...because quietly residing in that stash was a roll of bias cut linen in a complimentary shade of olive green. With that roll, my bias tape maker, a little steam and time, I had bias binding that coordinated with the vest which I used to finish the armholes.



I also added the lime green piping to the armholes to tie the trim all together.



The buttons blended so perfectly with the fabric.

Now I am completed thrilled with this outfit. I will wear it to work this week and it will reside safely in my closet no longer taunting me with its incompleteness. If I could just do something about that red doubleknit jacket and dress....*sigh*

Finally a few stats:

Pattern:
Jacket ~ Vogue 7944
Pants ~ TNT pattern - used wider leg version

Fabric:
5 yards of a striped worsted wool crepe from Fabric Mart
5 yards of bronzed brown lining from Paron Fabrics

Notions:
4 yards lime green piping purchased from Daytona Trimmings
3 yards olive green linen bias binding
5 olive green soutache shank buttons from Sawyer Brooks Fabrics

This is my first completed piece in April. I have a 4-gore skirt that's cut out and laying on my sewing table that I would like to work on tonight after the guests go home...trying to prolong that three day weekend as long as possible! *LOL*

As always...more later!



36 comments:

  1. I love it like that, and much more suited to spring, forgive the pun.

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  2. Great solution! Why slave over making those sleeves fit when you have now a versatile set.

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  3. CONGRATULATIONS! I know how it feels to have something unfinished calling your name from the closet. I've got a topstitching job to redo on a jacket I made last spring. Your ensemble looks marvelous!

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  4. What a fantastic solution! It looks wonderful. Great job :)

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  5. Nice solution to a nagging problem! I have a few UFOs that I need to deal with soon - I'm tired of looking at them. So, your post is a great inspiration for me.

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  6. I like what you did! Fabulous as usual!

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  7. I love it! And no one but us will ever know it was Plan B.

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  8. It looks fabulous. Wondering - what type of top will you wear under it? I can't wait to see modeled photos. g

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  9. Fabulously fantastic! What a great solution to the evil sleeve. Rock on, sista!

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  10. The jacket looks great on the hanger. I can't wait to see it on you!

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  11. What a great idea!1 Who would of thought? Sometimes the simplest solutions are right there under our noses and we don't see them. Glad you came up with this fix. It would have been a shame not to get to wear something you put so much time into. Can't wait to see it on you.

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  12. Those sleeves wouldn't go in right for a reason. This jacket was meant to be sleeveless. Great outfit!

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  13. I like it better! I was a usual jacket, now it's fresh and interesting. Good save! Inspiring as usual. K

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  14. Love the lime green! How creative

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  15. It was just meant to be wasn't it? I can't wait to see it on you and how you style it. Fabulous!! Happy Easter too.

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  16. Great solution! I need to build up my trimming stash; it really opens up the creative possibilities!

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  17. That is a great save! Congratulations and enjoy wearing the new pant suit.

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  18. Some items just need to spend longer in "time out" than others. They have more things to think about before they can come out and behave themselves.

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  19. What a great idea and a perfect solution.

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  20. Somethings are just worth waiting for. Love the contrast piping. It livens up the outfit.

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  21. I love the green piping! This outfit is another winner.

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  22. Fabulous save and great suit!

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  23. I love the set!! As always, it looks great, can't wait to see you wear the set.
    Joyce in NC

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  24. Carolyn, what a chic solution! It really works with the piping - yay!
    And thanks for posting about the sleeve. I had a similar issue with a sleeve I sewed over the weekend. Georogene posted on the Sewing DIvas with a similar issue.
    Reading your post really helped me to get a grasp on it.
    Glad you got a day off on Friday, too!

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  25. From the pictures it's hard to tell about the sleeves. It looks like you may have needed a bigger cap which is harder to put in cause the fabric has a harder (smoother and tighter with no give) finish - which makes it really hard to do the sleeve header, but you like it sleeveless, and that seems to have solved the problem. The bottom line is that you can wear it and use it. I admire your stick-to-it-tiveness!!!

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  26. You look great in pants! I don't think I've ever seen them on you before. Love the piping on the jacket, this will be such a great suit for Spring!

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  27. Carolyn, you are truly the most creative person. You have the mind of a designer. I'm always in awe of your projects. Can't wait to see the outfit on you.
    Marguerite

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  28. Really Carolyn, I love the way you solve problems. You're creativity really shines. And when it comes to the notions/trimming stash, I have stash envy. I came late to that realization and have been slowly building it up, but more often than not what stymies a project is something in the notions/trimming line. That is what I need to work on.

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  29. Nice pant suite. If time permit, would show how you applied the elastic? What width did you use.

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  30. the results are inspired. Love the piping, which really allows the sleeveless version to work. (I do have an idea about that sleeve, we'll chat)

    So happy you're able to finish this outfit though, and move on.

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  31. How great is that? I completely understand that "moment of freedom" where you just ditched the sleeves and went to working it out. Nice finish, now you can get on to the pretty spring stuff!

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  32. I think that you turned your Aha moment... into a TaDa moment! Very nice! Terrific! You'll figure out the sleeve next time around!

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  33. Good save, Carolyn. So you used the olive bias bindimg on the inside of the armholes instead of facing, is that right? And in between it and the fashion fabric at the armholes you sandwiched the piping. That's the image I have, after scrutinizing your photos.

    Isn't a hefty notions stash a wonderful thing to have? No charging out in the middle of a project to find the right thing. Instead, it's there for the taking. Good for you!

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  34. Great save, Carolyn! Fabulous outfit!

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  35. I know I commented on this pantsuit probably on Flickr but reading through blogs this AM I landed on this post and now know why you did the sleeveless jacket. I love the look and it was a great save which I knew you would/could do.

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  36. I LOVE it! Whata great idea, to make the jacket sleeveless! It turned out fabulous!

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