Vote! Plus Patterns and Postcards!

Patterns and Postcards – a tremendously fabulous idea by the hilarious TJ over at The Perfect Nose

I’m joining in on the fun – so check out my Patterns and Postcards Page sitting just under the banner up top :)

Also – if you’ve been a member of Pattern Review for 3 or more months, then you’re eligible to vote in the Lined Jacket Competition! Preferably for me of course… but only if you think I’m worth it. There are some seriously fabulous entries by some seriously talented peoples!

You can read my review of Vogue 8333 (my entry) here, or check out some more pictures here. Thanks guys!

I also received this on wednesday – yay!


V8333: The GGQB Blazer

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Vogue 8333, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

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The Instructions
Like manna from heaven if you’re into the tailoring thing. It’s been said before that this pattern is worth its weight in gold purely for the 4 bits of paper that come with, and I honestly couldn’t agree more. If I were to make another of this from scratch and following the word to the letter, I would still learn something new.

Couture vs. RTW Construction
You have the option of using couture techniques, or the quicker route of using ready-to-wear techniques. I made View A (couture) instead of View B (RTW), which uses horse hair canvas at the front and silk organza as underlining everywhere else. My fabric was loosely woven so I interfaced all the pieces with a really lightweight fusible to keep the tears to a minimum.

The Collar
Sewing a notched collar shouldn’t be this easy. But it really is! I also love that the collar is made up of three pieces – a stand, upper and under collar. The latter is cut on the bias and shaped so that when you turn it out, the seam line is just ever so slightly on the underside, rather than on the fold so it’s visible. I think the term is ‘allowing for turn of cloth’?. 

The Waist
It’s not often I thrown on a jacket and have an instantly defined waist. Kudos to Claire for making a pattern that flatters one of my favourite sections of the female physique. 

Corporate vs Casual
I had bought enough fabric to make a matching skirt… but really I’m loving this as a weekend thing with jeans. My jacket from The Vogue Suit gets a lot of wear this way too (in fact, it’s easily the most worn item I’ve sewn yet), so now I can spread the wardrobe workload a bit. 

Hand Worked Buttonholes
Maybe this doesn’t quite deserve to be included in my favourite things. There’s something amiss with my technique because my buttonholes don’t look like Jeffery’s, Marina’s or Paco’s. But they have shred apart my belief that couture = fragile. You could launch a rocket through those button holes and have them hold. They ain’t going nowhere! 

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The Materials:
Fabric – Periwinkle Blue woven raw silk tussah from EmmaOneSock, and lemon yellow silk satin lining from Clegs. Inside you’ll find horsehair canvas, silk organza, nylon fusible interfacing and a truckload of hand stitching.
Buttons – in self covered fabric from Buttonmania. Click here for hand worked buttonhole resources like gimp and silk buttonhole twist.

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Other Stuff: 
Why the GGQB acronym you ask? It stands for Governor General Quentin Bryce – my inspiration for both the fabric colour and the style. What a woman.

There was only one part in the instructions that left me a little confused – where you are required to ‘tape the front’. It doesn’t specify what kind of tape one should be using. Thankfully, Claire also talks about this in her Couture Sewing book, where she said she uses strips of silk organza. So that’s exactly what I did (you can see my ‘immaculate’ fell stitching, pad stitching and tape application here). The only other thing is that there’s no telling when you’re supposed to remove the basting stitches. But hey, it’s hardly a life changing decision!

My love of both wearing and making tailored jackets is well set to continue… I’ve already got the fabric and the pattern for my next tailoring project-to-be safely stashed away! 

I’ll be entering this puppy into Pattern Review’s Lined Jacket Competition very shortly – so feel free to check out the competition (and my review here) and if you’ve been a PR member for 3 or more months – to vote! Preferably for me of course (voting starts September 1), but only as long as you think I’m worthy of it :)

I completely forgot to include some shots of the lining (click to enlarge), which is a requirement of the competition rules. So yay for more photos!


Pattern Review Jeans Comp – Runners Up!

Well low and behold – it would seem my Turquoise Terror Jeans have landed runner’s up in the Pattern Review Jeans Competition! To those who voted for me – thank you so much for support!

They even were the most viewed review on PR for a short time!

It would appear I’ve won a $50 voucher over at Fashion Fabrics Club. This definitely brought a smile to my face – who can turn down an offer of more fabric? Totally stoked!

A big congratulations to the talented seamstress sfshaza of Communing with Fabric for her win with jeans pattern from French pattern company Au Bonheur des Petites Mains :)

VOTE ONE: poppykettle

Jeans Contest
If you’ve been a Pattern Review member for 3 or more months, and you thought the pair of jeans I recently made for the Pattern Review Jeans competition:

 – were sewn nicely
 – fit well given the style
 – my review was helpful (you can read it here)

Then I’d love to gain your vote. You can click here to do so. 

You know you want too! Thanks a million fellow blogerette’s :)

V8774: Turquoise Terror Jeans

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Say hello to my Turquoise Terror jeans! I’m head over heels for them, and whilst I can see plenty of room for improvement (both in technique, skill and knowledge) in the future – I’m deeming these entirely wearable. 

I went shopping last friday after work, and was sad to see all the autumn and winter stock that’s out and about – black, grey, dark brown and everything not in between. Adding salt to the wound is all the spring colour palettes popping up on the blogs of your northern hemispherers. This is yet another winter season I will blatantly disreguard the non-colours shoved down our throats by clothing retailers. I simply refuse to bow down to lack of colour in yet another upcoming Melbourne winter!!! How about a bit of fluoro yellow and brilliant turquoise to brighten the day?

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You can find my review and competition entry over at Pattern Review here, and whilst you’re at it, you may as well check out the fabulous entries by others in the competition gallery here. There are some totally talented people out there – I’m flabbergasted at the shear number of self-drafted jeans entries! My personal favourites are these amazing green jeans by velosewer of Clever Thinking 99, also using Vogue 8774.

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The fabric is a turquoise denim from Gorgeous Fabrics. I can’t believe I actually grimaced when I originally pulled them from their package – back then I lumped the fabric as being something for future toile’s. But over the weeks, it just grew and grew on me. It certainly fits in nicely with my 2012 promise to myself to start wearing more colour on the botton half! Although, I prewashed the blasted stuff 3 times and the dye is still coming out.

The rise of the jeans is a lot higher than any that I own – but I’m finding I really like this. I have a naturally long body, with most of the length between my waist and hips, so this additional coverage appears to be quite flattering, especially at the back.

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I’m about 80% happy with the fit, even after the numerous changes made to the pattern. I think this is because whilst I made my toile up in a woven, the actual fabric I used has some stretch. The changes made to my woven toile didn’t fully translate into stretch – I would have needed to exaggerate the darts I put in to reduce excess fabric and bagginess to achieve the same look I think. 

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Pretty Liberty of London leftovers for the pocket lining :)

As for the Vogue Pattern? Well, it has quite a few positives, but I had expected that a jeans pattern from Vogue would have the same features as a pair of RTW jeans – such as flat felled seams. Top stitching gives the look yes, but it isn’t a flat felled seam! I did the real thing (you can see my 101 on Flat Felled Seams here). Although, the jeans fly was practically identical to all the shop-bought jeans I own.

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Topstitching makes me nervous, so these jeans helped me overcome a bit of a personal demon :) I decided to go with a self-fabric design on the back pockets, which was completely, utterly and unashamedly copied from one of the numerous pairs of Sass & Bide jeans already in my cupboard. Imitation is the highest form of flattery?


I was wanting to try putting in a shank style jeans button (I even bought two different types) – but at the last minute caved in and went with a hook and clasp – like the pattern suggests. I’ve yet to try a buttonhole (other than a bound button hole) and was a tad nervous at the idea of trying for the first time with a finished garment. I’ll target learning button holes at a later date I think!

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Some of you might recall I was originally going to try and use a favourite pair of jeans that were no longer wearable as a pattern. Thankfully, I came to my senses. But then I got an email just a few days ago about a new Craftsy course…

Jean-ius Reverse Engineering Course by Craftsy – click here

Thank you, Kenneth King. I’m so totally in!