Just a couple of housekeeping issues...
1. Zuzana - you never contacted me about the fabric. Please contact me in the next 3-4 days IF I don't hear from you by Tuesday, December 14th, I will draw another name for the wool double knit fabric.
2. I didn't sew at all last weekend...I ended up putzing around. However, I did make an alteration to this Butterick 5446 jacket:
it became a vest instead:
which I love!!! I was having a problem with the sleeves, as my bodacious biceps seem to have become even more bodacious recently...which I think is a part of my newly found raglan sleeve love. Anyway I removed them, added some bias tape binding to the armholes and "walah" new vest. I wore this to work this week with a black turtleneck and black lined wool pants and it was a hit! So I'm definitely going to look for another piece of interesting fabric from the collection to make it again!
As noted in yesterday's post, I will be sewing this weekend. And you all have left some interesting comments...to address a few:
Nancy DaQ said:
"Carolyn, have you ever considered making a separate pants liner to wear with pants? That way, you might be able to salvage some from last winter."
Sew Great To Be Me seconded:
"Cuddl Duds make a silky-type of thermal pants that I wear under pants. I'm sure you can whip those up in about 15 minutes."
I have thought about this at various times but it's just another layer at my waistline that would drive me crazy. I already have 3 layers, underwear, tights or stockings and pants...a liner or thermals would make 4 and truly I'm not happy with the three...four would just drive me over the edge! *smile*
"I learned a neat way of lining/underling pants. Cut the lining 5/8" larger on all the vertical seams and keep the regular size on the curved ones. Sew the vertical seams right sides together with the fashion fabric using a 1/4" seam and turn. The lining wraps around the fashion fabric pieces forming a mock hong kong finish. Then serge all the curved edges. I can hem to this underling and pressing in the crease is a snap as the lining and fashion fabric are treated as one. I won't do my wool pants any other way."
Thanks Jane - that is exactly what I meant about how to handle the side seams and the inner thigh seams...I will remember and use the serging the curves portion of your comment. I definitely can do this! So thanks again!!!
I've also tried the add some extra to the pants leg in the lining but it tends to bunch up in my thigh area and I find I'm constantly tugging at my pants so that method is out now too!
Finally sewistafashionista left this comment from the almanac:
"Here goes: "Winter will be milder across the north but colder across the south [NY area], with the coldest periods in early and mid-December, early and mid-January, and mid-February. The snowiest periods will be in late December, mid and late January, and mid-to late-February and early March."
Umm, I don't know whether to thank you or curse the almanac! *LOL* The one thing I hate more than the cold is snow...
Thanks everyone for the suggestions!