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SueC56
Posted 2012-01-20 9:14 PM (#79866)
Subject: Princess Seams Conquered!



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I have completed the vest! It is a classic blouse with princess panel darts and button front. This is the first time I've made princess seams. I am a glutton for punishment because I also made the panel version, and lined it! Lots of princess seams! The fabric is from Hancock Fabrics and is a brushed polyester with a slight nap to it. There is an underlying bright blue metallic thread that doesn't show up in these pictures. The shiny fabric is just the "wrong" side of the fashion fabric. I thought the contrasting stripes would make a cool effect. I was inspired by this dress created by The Slapdash Sewist (http://theslapdashsewist.blogspot.com).

The other "new" thing I did was to line this vest. I had made one lined light-weight jacket before this, but that was with a Big-4 pattern and I just followed the directions. This one I had to figure out how to get the garment together given that I decided to line it AFTER I'd already assembled the vest. I realized that the fashion fabric would probably stick to the shirt underneath and needed a slippery lining. The lining is just blue polyester "lining material" from Hancock Fabrics.I am still learning about bagged linings, but more or less accomplished that with this one. I ended up having to fold in the seam allowances on the armholes and top-stitch them, as that was my last opening between the vest and the lining. Long live WonderTape! I had never used it before, but it was just the ticket to help keep the folded seam allowances and lining together while I top-stitched the armholes.

The vest fits quite well and all-in-all I'm quite happy with it. I thought about making side vents but was also afraid they might stick out rather than lay flat. I had originally planned on this being a jacket but was unsure how it would work out, so made a vest instead. I still have enough fabric to make a jacket and pants to go with it, so will start on the jacket soon.

I'm happy to have the vest done in time to wear it to my very-part-time job at a local sewing shop, the Cedar Falls Sewing Center. I always like to wear something I made and I don't have many of those yet!

Until next time...

Edited by SueC56 2012-01-20 9:21 PM




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Trish
Posted 2012-01-20 11:22 PM (#79868 - in reply to #79866)
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Congrats, Sue, that is a great vest! Don't you love Wonder tape!?
BTW, you can use Elmer's gel glue and just set it with the iron to temporarily baste stuff...it will wash out with water. There are glue sticks that work and wash out, too!
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Grandma C
Posted 2012-01-21 12:41 AM (#79869 - in reply to #79866)
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Sue, that vest looks great on you. Your sewing is comming right along isn't it.
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SueC56
Posted 2012-01-21 1:17 AM (#79870 - in reply to #79869)
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Trish - thanks for the reminders about glue sticks and such. I had forgotten about them. By the way, I love the by-line on your blog "coloring within the lines". Wish I'd thought of it, as I think it fits me, too!

Belida - Thanks for the compliment. I'm sure enjoying acquiring more sewing skills.
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julie w
Posted 2012-01-21 4:22 AM (#79871 - in reply to #79866)
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Very nice, the fit is great and love the style lines.
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StMike
Posted 2012-01-21 8:19 AM (#79872 - in reply to #79866)
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That is one cool-looking vest!  I really like the design, and you did a great job with the sewing.  Good going!
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Sewhappy
Posted 2012-01-21 12:40 PM (#79873 - in reply to #79866)
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Great fit, nice colour on you.
Congrats on conquering princess seams and with shiny fabric inserts too!
Just a thought, if you do make a jacket, you could use the shiny side for the lapel to make
your own version of this year's return of the ladies tuxedo jacket
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SueC56
Posted 2012-01-21 4:53 PM (#79880 - in reply to #79873)
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Glad someone's up to date on fashions, otherwise no telling what I'd be making! ;-) Thanks for the info!

Found a link: http://www.fashionising.com/trends/b--womens-tuxedo-7230.html

Edited by SueC56 2012-01-21 4:56 PM
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Sewhappy
Posted 2012-01-22 1:40 AM (#79881 - in reply to #79880)
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oooh, great link Sue
The Gwyneth Paltrow jacket is the interpretation I like
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barbara
Posted 2012-01-22 10:59 AM (#79884 - in reply to #79880)
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sue I think sticking to what looks good on you is best. If a wide collar is too much for you , go narrow. trends are just that, trends, and sometimes we might not look our best in the trends. a nice fitting jacket, proportion to your body will go a long way. I like the shoulder princess seam, I use that most of the time.
I am short and I think the lines help lengthen me, " At least try too"

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barbara
Posted 2012-01-22 11:14 AM (#79885 - in reply to #79881)
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I think the Gwynith Paltrow jacket looks a little tight on her. How can that be she probably only a size -1. I don't get high fashion, it seems to me that most of time the garments don't fit the person. we are trying our hardest to get a good fit and then the fashion industry shows off ill fitting clothes that no normal person would look good in much less wear to work.
I like the collar on her jacket. the shawl collar never goes out and I think it also elongates.
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SueC56
Posted 2012-01-22 12:38 PM (#79886 - in reply to #79885)
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I'm inclined towards the shawl collar, also. Like you guys said, it's classic. And I am so NOT a trendy dresser. Thanks for the jacket ideas!
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wheelyfeet
Posted 2012-01-23 3:25 AM (#79900 - in reply to #79866)
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Neat vest! Very creative, with the inserts. Good job. I wouldn't have thunk of it! - Debra
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PCMomwad
Posted 2012-01-23 7:31 PM (#79924 - in reply to #79866)
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Very sharp!  Love the contrast insets.
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Cristina
Posted 2012-01-23 9:21 PM (#79925 - in reply to #79886)
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You gave me a new idea: inverted fabric for the sideseam panels
would make my waist look smaller.
Nice work!
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