I happened upon a lovely group of inspirational sewing folks via my Facebook feed earlier this summer. The focus of this group is to work through a defined list of sewing patterns with the intent of sharing tips, hints, ideas and creative comradery. A new pattern is selected each month and as the members complete theirs, they post their thoughts on fabric selection, alterations and progress pictures with the end result of showing their completed garment. You can jump in and do one challenge, or all of them – it is entirely up to you.
It is always amazing to me that with social media we have such a wonderful way of connecting with like minded people around the world. It has certainly enriched my life.
I participated in the June challenge, which was to sew Vogue 9183. Here is the front of the envelope:
I chose view A with the contrasting side panels and sleeves, using navy and fuscia ponte knits.
This is touted as a “Very Easy” Vogue pattern and that is certainly true. The pieces amount to a front, two back pieces, two sides and two sleeves. There were only two bust darts and because I used a knit, I eliminated the need for a back zip as the boat neck is generous enough to slip over my head – even better!
Now, some in the sewing group had some trouble with the neckline. The instructions have you interface it to provide some stability and in some cases, it was causing issues where it was just not sitting quite right, nor was it folding over as expected. I tried a rather stiff fusible in mine which seemed to do the trick; giving the knit enough structure to hold its shape while worn.
There isn’t a lot more to note, except to say that this is one of those garments that you can quickly pull on and dash out the door, looking quite pulled together.
Here is a shot of the inside for you wackadoodles who, like me, prefer to see that sort of thing:
And a shot outside on a bright sunny day which seems to be a thing of the past…alas…
Nice pose, huh? A natural model, I am not.
Since taking this photo, and based upon the keen eyes and feedback of the folks in the sewing group, I have raised the hem an inch. And they were quite right…it was a small thing but has made a positive difference.
Bye for now,