Do you watch Project Runway?
Since I enjoy Project Runway and sometimes dream of being on it, my husband thought it would be fun for me to try the next challenge – only with no real time limit. We tape it and usually watch over the weekend. My daughter watches it in real time though. So she relayed the challenge so I could try it without seeing what everyone else was doing.
The week I played along there were teams who got their materials whilst being paint-balled. I’m skipping that part! But I am creating a 3 piece ensemble.
Already it is intriguing since I usually think of only sewing one piece at a time.
There is a jacket I have had in mind to work out the details of for a while now. And the second piece – a button down blouse – is based off Butterick 5526, but with some changes I wanted to try in the back. And the pants will be slim. My husband, who thought this whole thing up, said I surely could use patterns if that was necessary. Just be free and enjoy creating!
White Button Down Blouse
The white blouse I cut from a very thin poly cotton based on Butterick 5526. You can see I will need to wear an undershirt with it.
When creating the flounce in the back, I totally forgot to add seam allowance.
I could either add something or cut the front. Since the shirt was already bordering on being too short for what I envisioned, adding would be necessary.
But what? I mocked up a ruffle and that was not the vision.
Next, I pulled out some laces and tried that. Hmmm, still not right.
So I cut a curved piece using the drafted flounce piece. This would be attached to the bottom.
This works! It also gives the flounce a bit of weight so it hangs really nicely.
It fits well in the arms and shoulders. It is finished with 1/2″ shell buttons and feels great!
Stretch Denim Pant
The pants are Style Arc Flat Bottom Flo. Love, love, love this simple 4 piece pattern! My bum is semi-flat, and these were kind of a test to see how the’d fit. Well, I did end up scooping the back seam to add a bit of room.
Style Arc patterns used to be very expensive to get because you had to order them from Australia. And they took a long while to come! Now, many of their patterns are available on Etsy for immediate download – and no shipping costs!
This fabric is a stretch denim originally purchased for some denim leggings that never got made last year and it is wonderful for these pants. These pants will end up being a favorite – they are comfy as sweat pants, quick to sew, and look polished. That’s a win, win, win!
The only change I will make on future pairs of these is to slightly increase the leg width below the knee. In the Style Arc photo, they show a woman wearing a high heel – that’s not happening on these feet! It would look smoother if the pant came down a little more over my foot and shoe instead of stopping as it does.
This is fabric that was not my favorite (again, online purchase without swatches…) and it was very inexpensive, so this is considered a muslin.
I think this jacket summarizes my indecision as to whether to make it close fitting one or more relaxed. I also couldn’t decide about buttons, and it needed some shaping in the front, so a tie was the answer.
This one is based off the button down shirt…but somehow misses the mark for me.
Here the jacket tie is off and this is how it hangs freely. Not too bad.
I just don’t know how a jacket needs to fit. I know it needs to be bigger than the blouse underneath. But by how much? Anyone know a formula for that? Anyone have a favorite jacket pattern to share?
I plan to play along with Project Runway again soon – not the lingerie week…anyone want to play along? Leave a comment and I’ll connect with you about it!
Happy Creating everyone!