Friday, November 6, 2009

Burda 1-2008-107 shirt

I am making good progess on my next shirt, this would make it 4 since my vacation started!

I actually have sleeves on it, but I need to put the cuffs on.

I like the way that it fits for the most part, even with the jacket:

I think that I am going to lower the front neckline, even if it means recutting (lengthening) the collar.

Other than that, throw on some pearl buttons, those french cuffs and I am DONE.

Then I can move on to that wool jacket, a skirt or some pants.

I guess when I run out of fabric I will have to go back to work.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Good Wednesday Musings

I finished another garment for the wardrobe contest, Yeah! Wasn't it beautiful out there this morning!

I made progress on another: This is the tuxedo shirt from Burda from January 2008, and the fit is really good! I love the way those stripes line up!

I even had a great greek salad for lunch at Barnaby's with my good friend Peggy.

Then I went to an interview which went well.

Since we are in the zen weather period in Houston and the weather was phenominal this afternoon (like this morning as you can see above), I went home and sipped a margarita on the back porch.

The day couldn't have been any better if I had bought fabric!

Oh wait, UPS came this evening:
That picture does nothing for those colors! I also got some nice basic black suiting.
I will sleep will with visions of silk twill and striped cottong shirting dancing in my head.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Hhmmm - Marfy 1903 closure?

I have this blouse cut out (except for the facings which are of plain silk twill), and I am thinking through my construction steps. I can't figure out how I am going to close it!

My first instinct is to go with an invisible zipper, but the fabric is a bit too delicate for that, and the curve of the seam would make it a challenge.

The drawing to the right, and the diagram below indicate that you are too use buttons, but Marfy usually includes markings for buttons when they are to be used. If I go with buttons between the 'F' and 'H' markings, I would have to put them on the left side underneath as well as the right side. In other words, the underlay would have to be secured as well as the overlay. I suppose I could do this and have them button to the inside, but that might be a little awkward.

Any suggestions? I have made and worn crossover tops before, and really liked them, but they all had wrap around ties. I suppose I could draft that, but it isn't what I want with this print.

One more change that I think I will make is to put button cuffs on the sleeves. As you can see above, they are designed to have elastic at the wrists, but I don't think that will look very good under a jacket. I am concerned about the fullness of the sleeves as it is, I don't want them sliding up when put my jacket on, or tumbling out from underneath like I am a magician hiding a magic scarf.

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