Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Anorak

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At the end of the day, this was salvageable. I am so glad that I started with a size smaller than usual. Had I not, this would have been a donation jacket.

I made trouble for myself by cleverly deciding to make it reversible and then not paying attention to details. Like the front, which had cut-on facings that folded over twice. I only cut them off at the first fold line, but of course, I didn’t figure that our until it was put together and top-stitched. Yes, even that. But I hacked off two inches on each side and carefully turned in the seam allowances and it all worked out ok.

Here it is one side 1…


As it is, I cut off a total of 3 inches from the sleeve hem, and look at the cuffs that are left! Who are these things designed for? Someone with arms as long as her legs. I may sew some small snaps on the sleeves so I can keep the cuffs in place.
The hood is huge, more like you would expect to see on a Little Red Riding Hood cape than a jacket, but I guess it works. Maybe some critter with arms that long has a really big head too. I’m picturing Quasimodo.

I do like the two fabrics together. You may recognize the lighter one from my last garment, the comfy Vogue tunic. Apparently I got a great deal on the fabric and bought about 5 yards. The darker fabric is a quilted knit that has quite a bit of sheen to it, almost like it is water resistant, but I don’t think it is.

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And here is side 2…

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This still feels a little sloppy -big, but it is wearable.

Please forgive the ultra-lousy picture behind my head.
This was the only spot in my hotel room where there was enough light (barely) to take pics and the painting was bolted to the wall.
Do people steal bad art from hotel rooms?

 

 

Anorak McCall’s 5635

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Hoo boy. I decided to make this one reversible. And in knit fabrics. I made it one size smaller since I was working with knits. It is still pretty big. Had to make a few adjustments to the pattern, getting rid of front facing, for example. Didn’t get that quite right on the first try. Must hack off another 2 inches on each side. Guess I didn’t see there were two fold lines.
And the sleeves. Dear god, this must have been sized for some other kind of primate. I cut three inches off the sleeves and still have enough for the very deep cuff. If you opt for the elastic cuff, you’ll have to make the sleeve much narrower or end up with about 4x bulk around the wrist. Crazy.
Pics to follow tomorrow after this shapes up a bit.
Oh, and the hood is huge too, but I kinda like it.

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Vogue 8854

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I AM sewing, just having a hard time documenting it. Here’s a quick take on a new Vogue pattern in a sweater knit I picked up from fabrics.com.
I know, lousy photo. I was running out the door!
This is a quick and easy, especially if you have a serger and are comfortable with knits.
Might have taken longer to cut than it did to sew.
I felt like I was wearing my jammie’s all day. Oh yeah.

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