NSM Challenge Week 4...Colette JuniperSunday, September 30, 2012
My blog roll has been filed lately with pictures of Colette's new pattern launch party. Oh how I envy you other bloggers and your big fancy towns, and big fancy meet ups. I'm stuck here in B.F.E looking forward to the next Watermelon Festival or Chili cook off.....NOT. While others are gassing up on chili or doing the watermelon crawl I'd rather seclude myself in my sewing room. For the time being I'll just live vicariously through you all. I really get excited seeing your pictures and hearing your stories about your meet ups and what not.
My weekly challenge for the month of September has come to an end. It's hard to believe that October is here already and I'll soon be busy making Vito a Halloween costume. Poor dog, how I torture him so. Last year I made him a pumpkin costume. Any ideas for what it should be this year?
|I like to EAT pumpkin, not wear it!!!|
For my last challenge I made my first pair of pants! Colette's Juniper wide leg trousers. How cute are these!! I only wish mine turned out as cute. I started with a muslin made out of an old bed sheet. I cut a size 4 and the fit was pretty good. I could stand to let the butt out a little (no more chocolate chip cookies for me) and my waist needed to come in about an inch.
This was a beginner pattern and very easy to follow. As always with Colette patterns the directions were clear and illustrations very easy to follow. For this particular pattern there is also a blog tutorial on how to sew a fly front. Thanks sooo much for that!!! Putting pants together is a lot easier than I thought it would be so I do see more pants in my future (my co-workers will be thankful). I'm not really pleased with how my final version turned out and that's because of the fabric I chose. Big fail! I got a houndstooth suiting fabric from Joann's. It's a poly/rayon/spandex blend..yuck! I totally did not know it was spandex until I got it home and started cutting. I guess I had my eyes closed that day. It shows every lump and bulge in the rear. Pantylines..oh yes. I can not wear my shirt tucked in like I intended too because it just looks tacky. And the fraying is just ridonkulous!!
|Pocket bulge and jazz hands..oh my!|
|excuse the wrinkles, I forgot how to use my iron|
|yay for fun pockets!|
This fabric just kind of hangs on me. I brought the waistband in a whole inch and it could stand to come in a little more. I guess that's due to the stretchiness, and yes I know they are way too long. I just knew I was never going to wear these so I didn't really care anymore.
They just seem really wide on me too. Maybe these can be saved if I shorten them and bring in the legs to reduce the width some. What's your opinion? I will be making another version of these, I'll just follow the fabric suggestions more closely and choose something medium weight and NO poly/spandex garb.
I just got a few samples from Mood as possibilities for the Anise jacket.
I really love the mustard wool on the left. I think that's my pick for the Anise. I'm thinking the turquoise tweed in the middle would look good for my second go around for the Juniper pants.
Hope ya'll have a great week!