Life gets in the way of blogging. My Paris SWAP did not get completed, but I'm happy with what did get sewn. Those HP Everyday Pants were my downfall. I made three muslins and thought I had them fitting me satisfactorily enough, but after I had finally cut a couple pairs from the actually fabric in my plan, they were much, much too tight. I am thinking that since I made my third muslin in a fabric with lycra (just like a couple of the fabrics I was planning on sewing), I may have overfit the final muslin. That's the only excuse I can come up with. I was so tight on time, that I was sewing the actual pants three days before we were to leave. Had there not been a problem with the pants, I think I may have completed all four pairs since this pattern is easy to put together. One thing I did learn from this pattern is that I may have knock knees. After going through all my fitting books, I came to the conclusion why I was having so many problems fitting this pattern was that knock knees might be the issue. I made the adjustment needed for this deformity, and the muslin did fall much better. I just don't know if it's the pattern or me, since I have never had this issue before. Someday when I have time on my hands, I'll try to figure this out. In the meantime, I'm putting this pattern away for a while--things always get better when you abandon them for a period of time. What I did do for my trip was go to Lord & Taylor and pick up a couple pairs of pants in black and grey to go with the tops. Now those pairs fit great, I should just trace them off and make my life easier.
I did complete all my tops plus two more and the jacket was worn several times before we left. I did not take the purse since I prefer the travel purse I take on most trips. I have reviewed the tops and jacket on Pattern Review, but just did not get a chance to show them here, since it was the end of tax season, work was beyond hectic and sewing was my priority!
So here are pictures of my completed projects:
McCalls 4596. I sewed this in a lightweight wool charcoal twill and lined it in Ambiance. My biggest problem with this jacket was finding a 20" zipper that I liked. Since I could not find one that I really liked, I ended up using a black plastic zipper reasoning that it would just blend in and not show. I am happy with my decision. PR Review
Material Things Fearless T-Shirt #109. This t-shirt has become a TNT pattern for me. What really helped me was that I followed Marcy Tilton's "Where Did You Get That T-Shirt?" DVD. Marcy takes you through the fitting process showing how to fit yourself when no one else is around to help (which is usually the case). I followed her fitting instructions and am very pleased with the results. I made four versions of the shirt, but the last one I don't have a picture of since I sewed it up at the last minute. I used a rayon/cotton knit in a sage green and made the basic T with 3/4 length sleeves. The other tops were made from rayon lycra, or rayon/cotton lycra knits. PR Review
Textile Studio #1205 Marseilles Top. I made this top from a crinkled georgette I purchased from Emma One Sock. It is somewhat see-through, but I wear a black camisole under the top and it looks quite casually dressy (if there is such a term). I lowered the neckline opening 2" and bound the entire neckline rather than just turn it as given in the instructions. This top did see a couple evenings out during our trip. PR Review
Loes Hinse Bianca Sweater #5208. Another new TNT. I changed the neckline of this top into a v-neck since I thought it would look better with my choice of fabric. This is a knit from Casual Elegance I bought last summer. This top was incredibly easy and fast to sew. I need to go through my stash and see what else I can make with this pattern. I think I'll also try the pattern's original neckline next time. PR Review
For our trip, I also packed a black silk cardigan sweater, loads of scarves, a dressy pair of black flats for evening, my silk pjs and my perfume print robe. I wore my jacket, black pants, one of the t-shirts, my short black raincoat and my very comfortable Ecco shoes (which I lived in and never got tired feet) on the plane. We left Boston on April 22 and came back on May 2. My head is still in Paris.
Oh, I also have to thank my resident photographer, my son Kenny, for taking these pictures. He was very patient with me.