Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Easy-Peasy Sewing

My sewing time has been limited lately, because of my work schedule. But I refuse to let it rob me completely of my joy. I just decided to do a couple of easy projects. I choose a couple of unlined jackets. Butterick 4817 and Shapes-Nine Lives Vest
The Butterick 4817 jacket is made using 4 pattern pieces,front back,sleeves and facings. I
wanted to try a couple of techniques I learned recently,at the sewing expo. I learned about matching large prints and adding a little extra to the front of a jacket so that it doesn't gap open with every move. I haven't hemmed it yet. This fabric is a linen blend,given to me by my friend,Ebony.

The Shapes-Nine Live Vest,is a new pattern by Louise Cutting and Linda Lee. I purchased it at the sewing expo. It consist of 4 pieces,two fronts,a back and a collar. I made it right out of the package to get an idea of how it would fit. The vest has an asymmetrical cut front. I haven't found the right buttons yet. I'd like something really different. This fabric is another piece of linen blend given to me by Ebony.I have the day off tomorrow, and I plan to spend it in my sewing room. I just recieved my Speigel and Coldwater Creek catalogs and my head is swimming with ideas.

20 comments:

ebbyj said...

Both pieces are so SHARP. When you told me about the fabric choices, I could not remember for the life of me which ones they were. That is turly a sign that you either have too much fabric or that you have away too much fabric. I am glad that you found a pattern to suit each piece of fabric. Both will look sharp with your new hair - do.

CarlaF said...

Your jacket are so spring-like and fun. I haven't the nerve to match fabric prints...yet. Speaking of fabric. I don't dare go to Gail K. I know they have spring and summer fabric in stock and I've exceed my sewing budget this month at expo :)

CarlaF-from Atlanta

Faye Lewis said...

Very nice pieces, great matching of the print, you'll have to teach me that one.

Tanya said...

I love both, you have to share the matching technique. How awesome that they're both from gifted fabric.

knitmachinequeen said...

Both tops are very nice. I've been following your lead and sticking to some easy projects...that is until I decided I must have double welt slant pockets on the pair of slacks I'm working on now but I'm taking my time. I'm going to have to get that Nine Lives vest pattern.

alethia said...

Love both jackets, especially the blue floral. I see the way you match the print in the from of the jacket. Very nice

Joyce said...

I have the Butterick 4817 pattern. Your jacket looks great. I usually stay away from large prints. I'd love to learn your technique for matching the large prints. I think I need to make up the jacket for a quick spring/summer jacket.
Joyce in NC

Antoinette said...

What a great job you did matching prints on the blue floral jacket -- the big flower on the front looks perfect!

Jackie said...

Very nice! Please share how you matched the print like that. It's beautiful!

Omega said...

Cute, I love the white & blue. It looks so much like Spring. The vest it cute too.

Sheila said...

Lovely garments, and also would like to know your technique for matching prints.

DawnSSL said...

Wow! You matched the print on the floral jacket so beautifully!

Julia said...

The matching of the print is amazing!! I should have gone to the sewing expo. I love that orangey fabric!! The pattern is really nice too.

Carol said...

Wow! I am so impressed with that jacket. It is so accurate, so perfect and I bet you'll get a load of wear from it. I can already picture the things I'd wear it with. The assymetric top is gorgeous. I was unsure when I first saw the pattern, but seeing one made up changed my mind. The colour is lovely and I really like the stand up collar. It's going to be a really flattering look with your hairstyle and will frame your face beautifully. I see it with pants and lovely chunky beads. I think I'm going to have to have this pattern now! Thanks for the inspiration.

KimT said...

nice work on both!

Mary Beth said...

Hey Lisa: How's the weather in your neck of the woods? We had a tornado turn two trucks over in Nashville yesterday. Lots of rain.

Yes, do share that layout tip you've learned, when you get time!

BTW do you like wearing the Shapes garments you've made? I think the most important part of sewing is in the comfy wearing. I haven't tried this pattern line out yet.

Elle said...

I am so impressed with your pattern matching. I have a big floral coming up and have been putting it off for this very reason, now I am inspired.

Cennetta said...

Very nice. Greant placement of the floral print.

Lesalicious said...

I see we both been MIA about the same time. But, loving your latest projects. Great job. Love that flower print you did good with matching that flower up in the front great job.

JC said...

I love those colors. So glad to see you posting again and that you have a day off to do some sewing.