Delia's Closet

My wardrobe sewing blog.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Pattern Drafting for Dressmaking Vol 1, 2 & 3

I did not realize how long it has been since my last post.  Well, I was looking Miss Celie's Pants blog and I was able to find all three volumes of the Japanese Pattern Drafting books.  They are really interesting and are a little bit time consuming to follow.  I do look forward to the learning more about pattern drafting.  I purchased all three volumes on amazon.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Sewing Update

I really haven't been sewing, I guess I lost my mojo. I started working on M5633 View C in Denim and only put in the zipper. I really like the fly shield on this pattern. I decided last night to work for a little bit on them and I got the side seams and inner leg seams sewn. So all I have to do now is put in the waist band and hem the bottoms. I will post pictures hopefully this week end. My next project is B5087. It will be done in a charcoal grey, double fleece I got from

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Busy Week

I planned on taking pictures of my pants, I have not had the time to do so. I also have a few sewing plans in the works. I cut out Jalie 2794 the sweetheart top that garnered positive ratings at pattern review. I also cut out McCalls M5633. Hopefully this will be a good pattern for my work wardrobe. I know that the Butterick pattern is the main one, however, the pants are wide legged and I don't think I want them for everyday; I might change my mind again.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Pictures & Patterns

I am so proud of myself, I have almost completed one item for my work wardrobe. I will post pictures on the morrow. I just have to sew the pants hem and I'll be done.


Size used: 16

Fabric Used: Medium weight denim from walmart

Notions: Jean/ Dungaree Button

View Used: D

These pants went together nicely, I did not have a problem this time. I cut the them out on Monday night and sewed everything except the hem on Tuesday. I love the wide legs of the pattern. I may be wearing them this week.

Simplicity 3842

Size used: 14

Fabric used: Mystery stretch/woven fabric from walmart

Notions Used: Black Twill Bias Tape 1/4"

View Used: B

The pattern is not very difficult. I sewd the majority of the pieces flat. Looking at the picture, I need to add about 2 inches in length of the bodice, so that the gathering will sit below my bust. I had to grade in the waist seams because of my full bust. I had a sewing error with the neck band, so I added the bias trim to the neckline and the sleeves for continuity.

Overall, this is a easy pattern. This is my 3rd time making this. The first was for my ETA graduation in white eyelet; the second, was done in a red batiste that I absolutely loved, but I could not get it to fit with my bust, so I gave it to a friend.

I may make this again.

New Look 6811

Size Used: 14

Fabric: Lightweight Demin

Notions: 5/8 inch elastic

View Used: C

This is going to be a favorite pattern, I cut this out and sewed in on Sunday and wore it to work on Monday. I adjusted the length and the crotch depth for my 5'0" height. I absolutely love this. I did not use the drawstring ties, eventhough the pattern instructions for the ties are great, you don't have to t urn the fabric. The cut of the pants are wide, so you may need to grade down in width for your preference. I love the look so it works for me. The greatest feature for me is the flat front pocket, I think this is very flattering.

I recommend this.

New Look 6816: Easy 2 hour

Size Used: 14 with 1/2" FBA

Fabric Used: Black Jersey from

View Used: C

This did not take me 2 hours to make, it would have, if I did not have problems with the neckline. The problem, I was tired and determined to make the top that night. I had to cut the neckline 3 times before I got it right. At some point I am going to learn not to sew when I need to sleep. The neckline does not normally sit that low, I was lazy and did not want to recut the fabric because I plan to use the remaining yardage for another top. I will have alter the bottom side/hip seam because it flares more than I would like. I wore the top with the belt, so the extra flare is not noticable. This is really a quick top to make and I will make more.

I plan on completing the hem of my demin pants and sew the skirt from the remnant fabric. Will post soon.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

More Patterns and Fabric

A few upcoming projects. I really liked these patterns and I got the fabric on sale from JoAnns a while ago.

Vogue 1026

I am thinking about making this for a wedding, I am not 100% positive or I may use this one.

Simplicity 2938

I really liked this coat/jacket. The fabric was a red tag sale for $4.00/yd.


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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Sewing Etc.

The machine I was waiting for arrived and I have made a shirt with M4922, It was huge, I see I will need to do a FBA (Full Bust Adjustment) so, I will make a muslin and see how to adjust the pattern. The directions for sewing the collar are not the best, I will use David Coffin's book Shirt Making to do so. That's it for now.

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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Work Wardrobe Plan

This is my work wardrobe plan, the Kwik Sew and Butterick pants patterns are not that difficult, I have already sewn muslins. I am really ready to get started, however I can't until my replacement sewing machine arrives. This is not good because I am suffering from sewitis, I want to sew, and I am trying to be patient. I will probably make a few things on my serger to ease the impatience of waiting for my other sewing machine.

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