Wednesday, December 02, 2009

McCalls 5941 Jacket


This all started with these pants that I made last week. I had plenty of fabric left over, so I wanted to make a jacket to go with it. I decided I would make the Textile Studios Capri Jacket, but after searching through all of my patterns, I could not find it. I decided to order the LH Garbo Jacket from Pattern Review. It only took a couple of days to get here, so I got right on it. I cut the top of the jacket using my upper bust measurement and then did a FBA. Well, it fit perfectly over the bust, but was too tight in the shoulders. I was disappointed, because there really wasn't any way that I could fix it, and although it is wearable, it doesn't look very good. Fortunately, I still had almost 2 yards of fabric left over, so I decided to try something different. I had been wanting this McCalls pattern,5941, so I went to my local Walmart and bought it. I cut it out and practically made the whole thing in one evening. I did finish it up the next day, and wore it to work today.

I really like the jacket, but I need to move the snap because it does not hang straight in the front. I did cover the snaps with a scrap of ambiance

I am really anxious to try two new patterns that I just ordered. Both of them are pants patterns from Loes Hinse. These are not new patterns, but I really want something super comfortable to wear to work and on weekends. I always wear my tops out, and especially in the winter, I usually have on a sweater or jacket, so why not try some elastic waist pants that are quick to sew and comfortable to wear? I am trying the cruise pant and the Oxford pant. Both of these pants have gotten good reviews on PR, so I'm going to give them a try.
























Cruise pant on the left and Oxford on the right.

I am also thinking about joining the SWAP on Stitcher's Guild. I had a lot of plans for what I wanted to make, and then I realized I needed something totally different. The contest ends somewhere around March, and I'm planning another trip to Uganda in late March. I am so excited to have the opportunity to return there and teach women how to sew. This time we have a much better plan, and will be teaching women to make skirts, since this is mostly what they wear. As plans for the trip develop, I will keep you posted. Anyway, I'm going to be needing clothes for the trip. Last year I made quite a few things and then gave them to the people in the last village we worked with. I will probably do something similar this time. Now I know that bright, colorful clothing is what I need, so I am working on a plan!

8 comments:

Gail said...

This suit is fantastic. You'll get a lot of wear from it I'm sure. Your trip to Uganda sounds amazing. Are you involved in Peace Corp? I recently watched the Last King of Scotland - the country will take a long time to heal if it was an accurate portrayal of events.

neighbourhood.gal said...

I'm looking forward to your brightly coloured Uganda wardrobe!

Nancy W. said...

No, I'm not in the Corps. I go with a Christian group called International Messengers. Right now I am the only one doing the sewing ministry, but a friend is going with me this year. We usually piggy back with whatever other team is going at the same time. It is wonderful. There is a lot of corruption and confusion in Uganda. The poverty is like nothing we see here in the states.

CarlaF-in Atlanta said...

Thanks for showing the Oxford pants. I've got to check out the pattern.

gwensews said...

Great outfit. I love that vest/jacket. I must get that pattern.

Birgitte said...

Great look on you Nancy! And in just about one sitting, wow! You gotta come back and teach me how to do that...
And how exciting about the return to Uganda. A brightly colored wardrobe will be just the ticket, it's amazing how landscape and the sunlight dictates what works best.
I'd love for you and Andy to come back to LA, but the show is closing on December 20, so we'll have to find something else to do. Hmmm what do you think... could we possibly come up with something?... :))

Summerset said...

The jacket looks great! That is a very smart plan for helping out the women in Uganda - teaching them how to make what they wear is a great thing.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Nancy - I hadn't seen this pattern before but it makes a great jacket to accompany the awesome pants you just made!