|Transitional Linen Pant
Fall is in the air, the light is changing, and I am leaning toward fall colors, but the weather is hot. This is a perfect little sumac cross dyed linen pant in a fall-flavored color. I adapted one of the pants in my pattern design, Vogue 8397, view B , adding a pocket in the side panel.
Easy and fast, once the fitting is done, it goes together in an afternoon. I added zig-zag stitching in a contrast color and an oversized button...which also gives a bit of weight to the bottom of the pant. I removed some of the fullness in the elastic waist by adding darts at the center of the side panel (where a side seam would be).
|I added a pocket in the side panel, and also added a dart to take out some of the fullness in the elastic waist.|
|Raggety Linen Vest
My warm weather version of a jacket. Vogue 8430 re-worked in a linen/lycra. I took a cue from the changes Nandini makes in the garments she makes for sale. Here are the changes I made....this is super simple, fast and fun to make.
|1. Tissue fit the pattern to get the scale, shape and length you want.
2 Shorten the armhole 1/2 - 3/4"
3. Narrow the shoulder.
|4. Add a dart in the armhole to remove any 'gaposis.'
5. Stitch 1/2" from neck, hem, front edge and armholes.
6. I sewed the back and shoulder seams to the outside, the side seams to the inside.
|7. Topstitch using the back and forth 'cardiac' stitch.
8. Add a pocket.
9. After the vest is complete, toss it in the washer (gentle), and drier, removing it when still a bit damp. Hang and smooth out wrinkles. Touch up press. Trim errant thread ends.
|Award Winning Version of 8430
Ellen Kundrat of Lewiston, Idaho says: 'My version of your lovely jacket has been juried into the Pacific Northwest Quiltfest showing this August in Seattle. I felted the wool for the jacket and for the leaves I felted hand-dyed wool roving. The small leaves are cottons.
|New Marcy Patterns
T-Shirts-Vogue 8497 and Pant/Skirt Vogue 8499
|All 3 T-Shirts above use Marcy's cotton-lycra knits, now available in new summer colors. |
|Putting it Together|
Renditions of Marcy's Vogue Pattern 8454
All the jackets on this page are made using the same pattern.
|The Pattern Envelope Looks Like This:
|This is how I'll wear these patterns for spring & summer.
Jacket 8454, T-Shirt-Vogue 8497 and Pant Vogue 8499
The T-shirt uses Marcy's cotton-lycra. The pant is a cotton-lycra blend, has a faint white stripe. .....stripes are my favorite 'print'!!
|Brown Metallic Linen|
|I love the possibilities of using both sides of a fabric. This is a metallic linen. I stitched the darts to the outside, then slit them open, pressed, then stitched in a back and forth random stitching to secure.|
|The band was fun to construct, like building blocks, one bit at a time. I used the selvedge, both sides of the linen, snippets of brown nylon tulle and bits of a cotton-lycra stripe that I used for pants.|
|Stitching Detail on Inside-Out Darts and Seams|
|I love this back and forth stitching, it is part of my sewn signature 'mark'. Here, it secures the dart and seam, both stitched to the outside of the jacket. |
Silk and metal pleated fabric found at Bouchera, a lovely fabric store in the heart of Paris. This rendition is used for photography in the soon to be released pattern.
|Washed Silk Taffeta|
|This washed silk taffeta version is a prototype made while developing the pattern. The selvedge edge is used as a design detail. ......I LOVE selvedges!!|
|Another prototype. This rendition is a pre-pleated polyester. The torn edge is used on the front band. |
|Black Linen-Lycra Knit|
|A black cardigan is one of my basics, this happens to be a summer version, but would be equally good in cashmere or wool or acrylic jersey for cool weather. The fabric is a light linen/lycra blend with great drape. The fabric is thin, and working with it was a bit of a challenge. What made sewing on this thin and stretchy fabric easier was using Sulky Tearaway stabilizer. I cut the tearaway in 1-2 inch strips and placed them behind the darts, tucks and hems as I stitched. Made a potentially frustrating sewing project easy to handle. LOVE the results.|
|Ivory Cotton Tulle |
|Ivory cotton tulle with cream cotton tulle ribbon as band and detailing|
|Cotton tulle ribbons finish off the front edge and form the band. |
|Casual T-Shirt & Skirt
Consider a casual skirt with t-shirt as an alternative to jeans or pants. Feels fresh for spring. Here is how I am wearing it right now.
|An out of the ordinary black t-shirt is a wardrobe basic. This version uses Marcy's cotton-lycra in Vogue 8497 with stretch poly tulle inserted in the seam and at the neck. The shaping of the t-shirt is just right with the skirt at right.|
|Skirt Vogue 8499 in a cotton-lycra stretch woven. I used the 'Circle Game' silk screen with copper and black paint. The black motif on the skirt ties in the black t-shirt. In summer, I'll wear the skirt with a tank top and sheer black cardigan. |