Friday, June 01, 2007

So Far

Here is what I have made so far...

I finished the chocolate brown eyelet jacket up just before I needed to get dressed for dinner out tonight.

And no I did not wear this out...The pieces that I have completed so far are:

  1. Butterick 4980 - jacket in a white jacquard linen
  2. Sewing Workshop Mission Tank - in white jacquard linen
  3. TNT dress - sleeveless in 100% black 'n white cotton
  4. TNT dress - sleeveless in Black/Creme circle print linen & black rayon/linen
  5. Butterick 4980 - jacket in chocolate brown cotton eyelet
  6. Butterick 6082 - Tank dress in chocolate brown cotton eyelet
I still have the blue cotton paisley TNT dress and Simplicity 3744 to finish. I believe I can get both done before the weekend is up but we shall see.

Okay a few more pics ~ here is just the jacket.

And just the dress:

And last but not least, is my review of Butterick 4980! I broke my own rule and posted it to PatternReview just for you Karla!

Pattern Description:

Loose fitting waist length jacket has neck band and three-quarter length raglan sleeves. B: button loop

Pattern Sizing:
14-16-18-20 ~ I normally use a 22 or 24 but I adjusted this to fit me.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I made myself follow the instructions instead of free-styling or just looking at the pictures. The instructions were pretty clear except for in one part where you attach the yoke to the jacket. If there hadn't been a picture there it could have gotten dicey. If we were using 4 stars to rate the pattern instructions - this would get 3.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The jacket is fresh and trendy and it reminded me of a Liz Claiborne jacket that was in a lot of ads in the spring fashion magazines. So that was the attraction to the pattern.

Fabric Used:
100% cotton eyelet in chocolate brown from Metro Textiles

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I made several pattern alterations:
1. I lengthened the pattern 2 inches to fall at my natural waistline.
2. I slashed the front piece from the marked bust point down to the hem and spread it an inch at the hemline.
3. I added a center back seam to the jacket back.
4. I added a center back seam to the yoke back.
5. I reduced the amount of the front fold from 2.5 inches to 1 inch.

Since the fabric is an eyelet all of the seams were bound in cotton bias binding. I was concerned that with the large eyelet holes, serger thread wouldn't hold and I wanted a seam finish for the jacket. I used brown lining fabric for the yoke instead of interfacing. It gave the firmness the yoke needed because I didn't have a dark sew-in interfacing for this fabric.

After adding binding to the sleeve hem and the hem of the jacket, I really liked the look of the binding that I did not hem the jacket. Just left the binding alone. The binding is just ironed in half and applied with some raw edges. I saw this technique on a designer dress and wanted to try it. Since this outfit will be dry-cleaned, I thought this would be a great opportunity to try it out.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I made a Wearable Muslin of this jacket from a white jacquard linen table cloth before making the final version in the chocolate brown eyelet. So I don't need another one of these jackets because of its trendiness. I am more a classic kinda girl. However, I would definitely recommend this pattern to others. The jacket has a lot of punch with a minimum amount of effort.


  1. I love the brown eyelet! The dress and jacket look wonderful on you!

  2. OMG, you are quick!! That brown eyelet is really something and the resulting outfit is stunning! Good job with the jacket, it looks perfect on you!

  3. Absolutely wonderful, Carolyn.

  4. Wow! You've made great progress! I really like that brown eyelet jacket too.

  5. You certainly were productive on your PSV (personal sewing vacation). That brown eyelet outfit looks fabu on you!

  6. I think you are unreasonably hard on yourself. Glass is half full, not half empty - you've accomplished an amazing amount of sewing on your sewing week.
    I really like that brown eyelet and the dress and jacket are stunning. Excellent choice to underline and bind seams I think, as you certainly accomplished your goal of keeping the jacket light and airy.

    And Thank You! :)

  7. This is a great looking outfit!

    Would you show pics of how you finished the hemline of the jacket? This sounds like something I'd like to try.

  8. I love the brown eyelet jacket--in fact, I love all your pieces. Lovely work, you must feel great about all that you accomplished this past week.

  9. My you're speedy. I can't believe you've gotten all that work done in such short order. You look great in the brown eyelet. Kudos to you.

  10. Wow, wow and WOW!
    This is amazing work! I'm so proud of you! ;) :D I *LOVE* the brown eyelet've got such a great eye for matching fabric and patterns. What fun a PSV would be!

  11. Oh, I've been following along with envy, and love all your new pieces, but the brown outfit is the my favorite. Looks so sophisticated!

  12. In the town square of Sewing Heaven there is a statue of Carolyn, The Sewing Fanatic! WOW!

  13. The brown eyelet is fantastic!!! It looks wonderful! Great job!

  14. Very impressive in all "categories" ... speed, style, fabric choices, even "fairy tale writing." ;-) And me, I can't even seem to manage to get a simple tee shirt finished this week. It will be so nice for you to have all those new clothes to look forward to wearing.

  15. Carolyn,
    I enjoy your blog, comments on the stitcher's guild and all your photos. Lovely details.

  16. you chocolate brown eyelet dress is gorgeous

  17. Wonderful - I really like the choc. brown eyelet. I like the fact that the jacket is unlined, it's very airy and summery.

  18. Beautiful set… it reminds me of the glamour days of Hollywood with the trapeze style jacket… great choice of color & fabric. Well as for the skirt... its still being sported by Ms. Mannequin... hopefully tonight I will tackle it.

  19. Congratulations on a very beautifully productive week! I've had such a great time getting to "Sew Along With Carolyn"!

    I can't wait to see what you do with the blue fabric. It's so pretty. All your pieces are just right.

  20. What a great ensemble! Looks fab on you.

  21. I love the chocolate eyelet ensemble - wow.

  22. Love, love, love the chocolate eyelet outfit, so summery and breezy!

  23. Someone asked about seeing pictures of the binding ~ they are in my Yahoo photo album here:

    If you have anymore questions, please feel free to email me!

  24. I LOVE this one! The chocolate brown eyelet is wonderful! I'm quite impressed with all you've been able to accomplish this week!!!

  25. Very nice work. What a great idea to use that open brown eyelet for a nice, different but simple, summer jacket.

  26. Beautiful work, and so very quick to boot. You made the brown eyelet fit the vision you had of the outfit. My personal fave is the black and ivory dot set. I really enjoy your blog. Your great clothes, great advice, and best of all your great attitude make make your blog a not to be missed read.



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