Monday, November 19, 2007
Autumn inspired creations from my thimble
The coming of fall has allowed me to make a foray into the world of muted colors and warmers patterns. During several recent excursions to the fabric store, I noticed a dark green fabric embroidered with a pattern of leaves and flowers. When it finally was reduced to 60% off, I snatched it up. I chose a pattern that I was rather skeptical about (based on the outlandish jackets featured on the front of the pattern!): McCall's 5477, but which I decided to give a try. I am glad to say that my initial hesitation proved quite unfounded.
Amazingly, I made only one change to the pattern: the sleeves, which are represented as being long-sleeved, were nowhere near long enough! I lengthened them, but they still were too short. Hence, I added a ruffle around the bottom edge of the sleeve. They are still not as long as normal jacket sleeves, but I like having my shirt cuffs show.
The Council of Elrond Skirt
I have recently taken to naming my projects after the dominant impression I had while they were in progress. In the case of my new wrap skirt, my sister and I were listening to the rather lengthy chapter concerning the Council of Elrond on the audio CD of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Hence, this skirt has been dubbed "The Council of Elrond" skirt. I think the embroidered leaf design on linen works well with this name! I obtained the tutorial on the Internet, but unfortunately it's no longer available. I purchased the fabric on clearance, and the entire skirt cost only $7.50 (plus tax!). I added buttons for the closure rather than making ties.
And now, pictures of the completed projects:
This pattern was quite unique -- and quite complicated! The fact that I had never made a jacket before didn't help matters, but I didn't encounter any real problems. It was certainly time consuming, though! The side panels are cut on the bias, which I found unusual. My favorite design aspect was the gathering on the front and back of the jacket.
This pattern is now a permanent fixture in my stash.