Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Vogue Five Pak

I know the posts were light last week but that's because working on the jacket took longer than I expected. However, the jacket spawned a few additional pieces, most of which have already been discussed on the blog. So my apologies but this post is a little heavy on the pictures.

The Pantsuit ~
This is comprised of the Vogue 9095 jacket (pattern alterations post here & construction post here) and the pants from this outfit. The pants were loose on me when I was heavier so you know they're swimming on me now. I removed 2" from each outer leg and 1" from each inner leg to slim them down. In total honesty, I'm wearing them with the waistband turned down once. I still need to refit my pants pattern but for now this will work.

Also even though the jacket works with the pants, and this is how I will wear it, I'm not really thrilled with the jacket. The lapels are thinner than I thought they would be. I'm also not that happy with the bands at the jacket hemline & sleeves. Finally my sleeve insertion sucks...but after taking them out twice...I decided this was good enough. I won't be making this jacket again. I'm on to the next jacket pattern adventure.

The top is Vogue 8209 blogged about here.







Black Jacket & The Brocade Pieces ~
The Vogue 7632 skirt + the Vogue top 8209 + the Vogue jacket = a dressy suit.  I think of this more as a church outfit rather than a work outfit.







...and the top and skirt without the jacket...





...the original white ponte top...





Finally, I've decided to add a "casual look" to my blog posts since last year there were quite a few comments asking what I wear during my downtime. I mix and match my work pieces with jeans, maxi skirts and maxi dresses. Here's how I would wear the jacket and top with a pair of bell bottom jeans...




Next...
I'm reworking my TNT dress pattern because I want to work on a dress with a more fitted bodice after that...and you know how much I love my TNTs. I hate that my pattern isn't working for me now. So I've got to get that straightened out especially since spring and summer will eventually show up...

...as always more later!


43 comments:

  1. Your 5 pack is exceptionally nice! You look beautiful !!!!

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  2. The 5 pieces are great and the jacket is faabulous with the red and black pair. Your shoes are always gorgeous and i love the red pumps

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  3. Never apologise for too many photos - we love them! You have some great co-ordinates there now.

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    1. Thanks Vicki! I just don't want to overwhelm with too many pics - y'know!

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  4. Love seeing you in your downtime clothing. More! I agree with you on the lapels. A wider width would like better, IMO. You've put a lot of effort into this. Sorry it didn't quite work out. I am sure it is challenging to keep with fit issues as your weight changes. But that's a good thing, no?

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    1. Bunny - since I had TNTs with my fit issues worked out I think I was more creative. Now I spend way more time on fit and trying to change my eye to realize that close fitting is not a bad thing!

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  5. I love your causal look! Sorry the jacket wasn't what you were hoping for, but that means you get to do more experimenting with patterns.

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    1. Alicia - do you know why I had TNTs? So I could just sew and use patterns creatively. Fitting a whole bunch of new patterns terrifies me! LOL!

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    2. Well, it is just a different kind of creativity now. You have got this. Of all the sewists that I know, you are the one I know can handle this the best. Its just time for new TNTs is all.

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  6. Such lovely outfits! I particularly like the brocade pieces. Very festive looking.

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    1. Thanks Irene and it's good to see you here! I've missed reading your comments and seeing new garments on your blog!

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  7. The jacket looks great with everything, but I love the easy pictures of you in jeans :)

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  8. Love your look in a pair of jeans - you are rockin' them!

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  9. I like the blazer and always feel something different & and unexpected in one's wardrobe is a plus. The blazer pairs beautifully with the dress. I have certain blazers that are only paired with dresses and for you this may be the answer. However, I do like how you are rocking it with jeans.

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    1. Sheila - I need not only your skill with incorporating more jackets into my wardrobe, but your refashioning techniques, as well! Thanks!

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  10. Great job on the jacket/blazer . I love the versatility of it . I'm a jeans girl so I like your styling of dressing up jeans .

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  11. You've got a nice wardrobe going here. I think that I like it best with the skirt. The jacket is a good length for a skirt.
    Have you considered starting from scratch with a smaller size for a new tnt dress pattern? So much changes when you lose that much weight I would think it would be easier than reworking a much too large pattern;).

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    1. Nancy can you see my next post already? LOL! Yes, I started with a smaller size!

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  12. Nice 5 pack but I agree with your negative comments about the jacket. The collar is too slim. I think the fit would be better if the sleeves were set in closer to your natural shoulder and perhaps more shaping in the side seams. Since you've lost so much weight your upper body is now smaller. It's gotta be hard to completely re-vamp your TNTs.

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    1. Like I said to Bunny - I'm spending a lot of time on fit and this is a journey. I know I will get there and that not everything is going to be fantastic. I just gotta keep sewing knowing that I will get back to TNT land.

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    2. Love all the pieces and they all work well together. I actually like the narrower lapel.

      I agree w/Sewingkm about the shoulders being too wide. Honestly they look like they could come in close to an inch and I think the silhouette would be a bit more flattering. Maybe as suggested a light shoulder pad would help.

      Many years ago I lost 60 lbs. so I know the challenges you're facing right now. You'll get there eventually.

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  13. I'm wondering if shoulder pads would help the jacket fit at the shoulders.

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    1. Wendy - probably but the pattern doesn't call for them and I didn't think about it. Will remember that for next time.

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  14. I'm sorry you aren't happy with the jacket, but you always look so darned classy! I love your outfits!

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    1. Thanks Amy - I think that's my wonderful stylist daughter!

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  15. Had to laugh at rolling your waistband. Anybody else do that the minute they were beyond their mom's sight!

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  16. I really like the jacket even though you are not happy with it. It looks good paired with your jeans, this is nice casual look. I love that dress, that fabric is gorgeous.

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    1. L - I prefer the casual look - I think the jacket just works better with it. Thanks for the compliments - they are appreciated!

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  17. Look.Ing.Good.!!!!! I really love this whole thing! Especially the casual look!

    Hopefully the jacket grows on you. It looks like the perfect 'grab and throw on' piece!

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    1. N - yeah I think it works better with the casual too. Thanks girl!

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  18. Very stylish garments and they all look fantastic on you. I would be surprised if anyone could get those sleeves in, there just seems to be too much sleeve cap.

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    1. Sharon - I had that thought and that I should fix it but I charged ahead anyway. It's like I've lost all of my sewing sense now that I have to fit everything!

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  19. hi, carolyn,
    your jacket is actually very nice. you might like to widen the lapels just from shoulder to waist (so the roll at back neck is still narrow and comfortable) in the next interpretation since that would give them more definition. i'd certainly wear it as it is now. your styling with the jeans is rockin'!--anne

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    1. Anne - you're right widening the lapels would make this better! However, this is a one and done. I'm not using this pattern again but I will be wearing it with jeans. Thanks for your comments.

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  20. I love how thought-out your wardrobe is! Your pieces mix and match so beautifully! And I love seeing your casual look, too!

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  21. Love you in your jeans, such a different look for you and it rocks!

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