Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunday Update

Well I finished the dress and I will have pics as soon as someone gets more on that later!

Today, I'm working on a UFO.  Now I'm not a believer in UFOs.  I either fix them, finish them or toss them!  I have way too much fabric, patterns and ideas to hold onto things that don't work.  So if a UFO exists in my collection, it's because I've put alot of work into it and don't want to lose it or I've just not given up on the piece yet.

This jacket just has way too much work in it to toss it.  So it sat waiting for me to come back to it...and it took me some time.  I hadn't realized that I started working on this jacket in November 2008.  It's been hanging on my closet door since then...WOW!  Anyway, here are the posts on it.  Of course since the jacket is almost 2 years old, I am now searching through my project notebooks looking for the construction details...*sigh*  I've had three project notebooks since then! *double sigh*

But I've charged ahead...the inital challenge that annoyed me and caused me to ignore the jacket is that the lining is too short. 

I think I've figured out a plan to fix that and after trying the jacket on, I now realize that it's also too big.  Gawd, how did I do that?  So right now I'm taking out the side seams on the jacket body and lining and will attempt to reduce some of the extra space there.  Why there?  Because the other seams are all topstitched down and I'm just not biting that bullet!

Originally I was going to make a dress to go under the jacket but I've fallen in love with the bowtie blouse from Vogue much so that I want to make one for my SWAP...yes, I'm still swapping though you wouldn't be able to tell that from what I'm sewing now, right? *LOL*  I believe that I have enough of the painted silk (which started this adventure) to make the trial top from...and there is enough of the red doubleknit to make a straight skirt to wear with the jacket and top.  So that's what I will be working on today.

As far as my SWAP plan...I still have one pair of pants, a vest, and 5 tops to make.  I really think that I can get all of this done by the April 30th deadline.  That's 8 more weekends and I don't think I've picked really complicated tops...I also have another 3 day weekend in there so hopefully that will help me finish it up.

Okay, back to my sewing machine.  I had to take a break to put away the groceries that were delivered and eat some lunch...and I've been listening to my iPod as I've been sewing this weekend...

The soundtrak of the weekend has been, Mary J. Blige's "Stronger with each tear"; Maxwell's "BLACKsummers'night"; Melanie Fiona's, "The Bridge" and Michael Jackson's, "Greatest Hits".

as always...more later!


  1. The lining fabric is almost too good for lining. Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

  2. I remember that lining! I hope you can get a skirt out of the red doubleknit, because I think this will be a lovely outfit.

  3. Oh, I remember that jacket. I forgot you hadn't finished it :) Love that lining. Hope you can finish it and get it to fit.

  4. I remember that jacket and the lining. I hope it works out, I'm sure you'll work some magic. I love the red and I can't wait to see it on you.

  5. As Time would say, "Make It Work"!! I'm sure you will find a way to make that jacket amazing.

  6. Love the lining. I'm sure you'll make it awesome.

  7. Oh I hope that jacket can be saved. I have confidence that you can not only "make it work" but make it fabulous.

  8. Oh yes, that's definitely worth saving! I love the lining. I am sure you'll come up with something fabulous.

  9. Love the fabric choices for the jacket. I'm excited to see the finished product when you get it all done. :)

  10. I look forward to your finished outfit and explanation of how you made it work.

  11. That jacket is well worth salvation. I know you will make it work. This is just too pretty and I bet that red looks fabulous on you.

  12. Oh I'm pretty confident that you will find a way to make it work :)
    It looks beautiful.

  13. Nice jacket - I think you started this before I found your blog, so it's all new to me, as I haven't gotten a chance to go back through your old posts yet. Love the lining, I'll have to get a bit bolder! I'm sure you'll be able to finish it.

    You mentioned project notebooks - what information do you keep in them, that's different from what you keep in the blog? Fabric samples, more details??? Or is it more so that you can look up past projects without having to be at the computer?


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