Pattern tests

Hooly dooly. I’m all pattern tested out.
Kwik Sew 2694:
The test fabric is a bolt of poly knit from Tessutis that is see through but if this works, I’ll line the bodice. I’ve used the overlocker and coverpro to sew this up in XL size. I’ve also used seams great for the shoulder seams.

McCalls 6247 View B:
Same test fabric and I’ve used size 14 but added to the width of the front and back bodice pieces. The neckband was a new skill for me and it worked. I’ve used seams great for the shoulder seam stability and I’ve cover proed the hems.

Butterick 4132 View E:
I bought this pattern yesterday at Spotlight (50% off) because I didn’t have a size that suited mum’s measurement and I can’t waste time adjusting my existing patterns.

Here’s where I overlayed the two tops to check the cowl depth against the McCalls v-neckline.

This fabric is also a test fabric and I really do like it for formal occasions. I bought it from the fabric place that was at Burwood but closed down last year. It has a crushed look to it. I’ve used steam a seam lite2 for the hems and french seam finishes.The skirt is a test and no pattern used, just the fabric width, waistline casing for 30mm width elastic and overlocked hems, for now.

Kwik Sew 3003:
Here’s a bias skirt with elastic waist that will work for the bronze woven skirt. I’ve used a suiting fabric and lined it with chiffon. The seams are overlocked and 30mm non-roll elastic was used in the waistband. Using steam a seam lite2 for the hem and a twin needle made this an easy skirt to neatly finish.

Below is a rough combo check.

That’s it until we do the first fitting. My crash test dummy isn’t as wide as mum so I can’t just finish these items off without checking. Then I can update the patterns and finish off Mum’s combos next weekend. At least I’ve learnt how to construct these new patterns.

Future patterns
I also bought Kwik Sew 3659 for the cowl and neck tie versions and

Butterick 3886 for a blouse and cardi for her.

Mum is definitely a Kwik Sew size 16 but my height so I’m getting used to doing her fit adjustments.

While looking at the pattern books for Mum, I felt like a real geek because I was doing a PR review check for each pattern for technique issues and fit problems. There weren’t that many using these style but the reviews that were there were truly helpful reviews.

Possible skirt/top combos

So the second formal jacket is complete and I’m thinking of the skirt and top combinations.

The jacket has three rows of topstitching and I’m thinking of doing three rows of topstitching along the jacket and sleeve hems. Maybe topstitching on the sleeve hem might be enough to balance this feature.

 Mum still needs to try these jackets on for a final fitting before I finish the hems properly.

The button loop is made from two rows of the braid edging I’ve used on the lining. I’ve zigzagged two rows of the braid edging and the stitching is keeping the button loop in shape.

McCalls 6247 V-neck top: This style uses a knit fabric with a print as the contrasting top with the combo. Knits will provide Mum with movement so that’s a good thing. What I might add is a chiffon scarf tie to this top from my Jalie pattern.

New look 6609: I like the jacket pattern and I would convert this to a top – maybe. On second thoughts, I might just stick to the v-neck knit top and Kwik Sew cross over top that I’ve made for her before.

The skirts will be straight with elastic waist but I might add two vents at the back so Mum can walk easily. I’ll make all of these decisions when I start working on each piece.