Month: January 2015

Simplicity 2211 Modified Lisette Market Tunic

Simplicity 2211 Lisette Market Tunic in Liberty of London Alma

This has been another pattern I’ve been wanting to use for a very long time. The main thing missing were pockets..in comes Top 64 from Merchant and Mills for mods, and voilà we have the making of a (fun)ctional top.

Momentous moment, finally cut into my First Liberty of London fabric for a modified #LisetteMarketTunic. #lisettepattern #simplicity2211 #markettunic

Simplicity 2211 Lisette Market Tunic in Liberty of London Alma

There was only 1-1/2 yards of this Liberty of London in Alma to use, so the black linen came in handy, although I ran out before I could add cuffs for my sleeves. I’d been sitting on this fabric for more than a year, trying to decide what to make. It’s definitely a pricey fabric, but the idea is to make quality over quantity and I plan to wear this til it falls apart. Going thru a lot of my fabric makes me wince when I see how often only a yard or yard and a half was bought- little did I know then that it really limits what you can make. So I’ve been more careful about ordering in 2-1/2 to 3+ yards if they’re meant for clothes. Live and learn.

Simplicity 2211 Lisette Market Tunic in Liberty of London Alma

This is a size 14 and thought I would have plenty of room for my broad back according to the finished measurements. However, I forgot to take into account the sleeves. These are close fitting sleeves- quite nice actually, without all the extra looseness around the armscye. The problem is that I never thought about how the sleeve’s construction can change the ease in the back. So it fits, but it is a little snug when I bring my arms forward while driving, etc. When this is back on my cutting table, I’ll add an inch at the back for extra ease.

Simplicity 2211 Lisette Market Tunic in Liberty of London Alma

All hail, Liberty of London fabric- and the colors are so nicely saturated. A bit out of my comfort zone, but the black gives a litte relief.

Simplicity 2211 Lisette Market Tunic in Liberty of London Alma

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Modified Vogue 8840

Modified Vogue 8840 in Nani Iro Brushed Cotton by Aja Vaz

Happy New Year, here is the first make for 2015 in a modified Vogue 8840 in Nani Iro Brushed Cotton. From Miss Matatabi, of course. Apparently, brushed cotton is a fancy way of saying flannel. With winters being so short in San Antonio, I had to stop waffling about cutting into this gorgeous fabric.

Modified Vogue 8840 in Nani Iro Brushed Cotton by Aja Vaz

Modified Vogue 8840 in Nani Iro Brushed Cotton by Aja Vaz

Also. This had gold accents. Yes, gold..on me? If Naomi Ito designs it, I will probably love it.

Modified Vogue 8840 in Nani Iro Brushed Cotton by Aja Vaz

For a while I was wanting to make this into a Weekend Getaway Tunic, but didn’t have enough fabric. But my 2 and 1/2 yards would be enough for something a little simpler- Vogue 8840 (size 14) came to me in a flash since it was already cut out and would be easy to modify.

Modified Vogue 8840 in Nani Iro Brushed Cotton by Aja Vaz

So, modifications to the pattern: Added 8″ to bodice length, and sleeves. Did a freehand faux button placket, a la Lisette’s Market Blouse– sadly out of print. And added in seam pockets using the Endless Summer Tunic pocket pattern piece. I also sewed all the way up the back since the opening is just big enough to squeeze my head through after mods.

Modified Vogue 8840 in Nani Iro Brushed Cotton by Aja Vaz

My 2015 is already off to a good start- hope yours is going swimmingly, as well!