Nancy made one a few weeks ago, and hers looked great too. I've had that pattern for a while, and after reading their reviews of the pattern, and finding some time--I have mine started.
The patterns calls for knits, but I'm making mine from this gray/black wool stripe fabric. It's a brushed wool, loosely woven. I bought it at a sewing meeting--3 yards for 50 cents. My jacket will be lined in a black print lining fabric I got off the grab table at another sewing meeting. The only money I'll be out for it is buttons. I am turning the stripes so that they run lengthwise on the lower bodice, and cross-wise on the upper bodice. I also bought 3 yards of charcoal gray solid wool for 50 cents that will be slacks to go with the jacket.
Yesterday, I worked on the pattern, and cut and sewed a muslin.
I changed the pattern just a bit. The sleeeves had a seam down the center. I eliminated that seam, and the CB seam also. The stripe doesn't need to be broken up with seams. I added a cuff at the sleeve hem. This is a boxy jacket that doesn't require a lot of fitting. The Big Four pattern companies share one thing in common--and that is the chest/shoulder/neckline area of their patterns are very often large. Not so with Hot Patterns. I like their draft.
Today was very productive. I cut out the jacket and fused the interfacing. I am using Pro Weft Fusible that I ordered from Pam. I like that interfacing. It's light but firm enough for soft tailoring. I may not get back to my sewing room this weekend, but have some time next week.
Earlier in the week, I made a stop at Jo's and bought several pieces of cotton interlock for t-shirts.
When I find a block of time, I'll "whack and stack" some t-shirts so they're ready to sew. I've made the same t-shirt from the same Stretch and Sew pattern so many times, I can do it in my sleep. Making them isn't creative, but I like the way my Ts fit. My t-shirt pattern is the first thing I made during the Ann Person S&S era, which really changed the way we were sewing at that time. That was in the 70s. I think I got my money's worth out of that pattern!
I picked up these McCall patterns that were on sale.
It is soooooo cold in Michigan. Brrrrr! I live on an Island and my house has water on two sides. It's very open here--no buildings to block the wind coming off the Bay. The canals are glazed over with ice. It was predicted we would have a mild winter. So far, the weather forecasters are batting zero!
Stay warm everyone. Enjoy your weekend. Sew much.