Thursday, January 27, 2011

Vogue 8603 - SISC #3

Bet y'all thought I had forgotten how to sew, huh?  Duncan's sleep patterns (or lack thereof) are starting to take their toll, but Tuesday night we had our sewing group so I finally got to finish my third Self-Imposed Sewing Club (SISC) project, Vogue 8603.
And I love it!!
I used view D for the front and length, but I  love that peplum in the back,
so I put it in.  Love!!  I keep seeing this pattern pop up on PR and all over the blogosphere, and I can see why it is so popular.  The several views allow for lots of different looks, there are princess seams for a great fit, and if you aren't "sleeping like a baby" like we are around here, it's a quick and easy sew.  The fashion fabric is a tropical weight RPL (rayon/poly/lycra) from Gorgeous Fabrics.  It is completely fabulous - soft with a nice stretch.  The color is a heathered brown that varies from almost black to gold, making it a very versatile color.  Although the polyester content made it a bit resistant to the iron, it sewed beautifully.
It is also lined, although I'd have done that anyway.  Rather than Vogue's method of stitching the facings over the lining/FF unit, I used the Threads quick lining method, where you edgestitch the facings onto the lining and treat them as a unit in construction.  No floppy facings!  The pattern didn't include a lining for the peplum in back, rather it instructed you to leave that section open and slipstitch the lining to the seam allowances around the gathered section.  I didn't like that treatment at all, so I included the gathered section in the lining.  The lining fabric is a floral printed acetate, again from Gorgeous Fabrics.  I think it is too adorable.
Of course, I used an invisible zip and attached my facings and lining by machine, like I did with the Butterick skirt.  I did hem the skirt by hand, but did a serger rolled hem on the lining.  I love my serger!
When I finished cutting out the skirt I had a couple of fat quarter sized pieces left.  It's such great fabric that I just couldn't throw it out.  It turned out to be just enough to make a pair of wee man pants!  I firmly believe one should cultivate a love for finer fabrics early.
The pattern is my stand by Simplicity 3765.
Aren't they perfect with the sweater I knit him?

Next up in the SISC queue is Simplicity 2614 in a green and cream lawn from FFC.  At the rate I'm going, I should have it ready say, by June?

22 comments:

  1. That skirt is gorgeous! I'm amazed you get anything sewn at all with so many little ones under your feet. And look how you cutie's grown already! Too adorable.

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  2. The skirt looks fabulous...as do you, lack of sleep and all! I love the tailored look. Duncan is rockin' his new outfit. The pants look perfect with the sweater.

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  3. So great to finish one you've been waiting for.
    Your baby is darling!!

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  4. Love it - both the skirt and his pants!!!!

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  5. Beautiful Skirt and baby!! You do make wonderful things:)

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  6. You look amazing in that skirt!
    Your little one is so adorable. That sweater is so handsome on him. Great job!

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  7. That's really cute. Love the lining--what a nice surprise! Nice job on the sweater for the little one, too.

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  8. You look great! So does the skirt!

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  9. The skirt is lovely, but what really has me giddy is the wee man in his pants and sweater. I just want to squeeze him!!

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  10. LOVE the skirt, and how awesome is his little outfit!

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  11. What a lovely skirt! It's great. And here I always thought "sleeping like a baby" meant sleeping well - not randomly. :) Hope you get more sleep soon. Your little man is adorable in his momma made clothes. g

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  12. I'm dizzy. Where do you find the time?

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  13. I sincerely hope that you are not beating yourself up about "not sewing". You have 3 small children for goodness sake! The skirt looks terrific, and I would just love to cuddle your gorgeous baby. He looks so adorable in his trousers and hand knit sweater.

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  14. Great skirt! Beautiful job on the lining!
    Here's a tip for next time: if you want to reduce bulk in the peplum area, consider pleating the lining fabric, instead of gathering it. The converse (gather lining over pleats or darts) also works to reduce bulk.
    Of course, Duncan is very GQ!!!

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  15. Great skirt... you look fantastic! He's so cute in his little outfit!

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  16. Handsome little man! I LOVE that green and cram lawn from FFC. Had my eye on it, then spotted it at Emma One Sock. I hope you sew it up BEFORE June. I'd love to see it 'in real life' before I order it to Canada.

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  17. That's a great skirt, and little Duncan is so adorable! He looks like a happy baby, even if he isn't sleeping when you want him to!

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  18. Heh, looks like he's lovin' his fine fabric.

    And very neatly done skirt! I don't do things like perfect construction when I'm short on sleep ):

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  19. I love that skirt! The godet is such a great detail. And you are looking rather fantastic in it.

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  20. you look fabulous so soon after having Duncan! That skirt is very flattering on you.

    I hear you on the sleep issues - it's been two years and counting since I've been able to sleep for more than 3hrs at a time. Good thing my Anna and your Duncan are so cute!

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  21. Way to keep at the SISC projects! The Wee Prof is totally adorable in his custom threads!

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