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Hey all!  I’m deep in the throes of making my husband’s Doctor Who suit.  Just the finishing and bagging the lining is left, plus a little more work on the pants.  Since I don’t have a full project to share, I thought I’d pop in to catch you up on what’s happening on Elizabeth Made This on the video front.  First, here’s my tips for sewing faux leather.

Tips for Sewing Faux Leather

There’s other tips in the video, but firstly, to be successful in sewing faux leather, mostly, just be fearless.  Fear not the faux!  And practice with your scraps and start small!  My first faux leather project was a simple belt.  That belt’s chief design feature is wonky topstitching, but it taught me a lot.

sewing faux leather

Fabric Mart Fabric Haul Oct 2017


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I have yet to buy a bad piece of fabric from Fabric Mart.  Of all of the online stores I’ve bought from, they really seem to most consistently have the best prices for the quality of the goods.  It’s probably good that they don’t have free shipping, or I’d be buying from them a great deal more!

I’ll leave you today with some sneak peeks of my husband’s suit:

Pretty pockets

Oh, the matched pinstripes and that pretty shaped pocket.

While they’re not my best welt pockets, this was #5 in the jacket.  I won’t beat myself up too much either, this being only the second time I’ve made welts from lining fabric.

Tailoring guts

I couldn’t go through all of the work of padstitching without showing all of the work.  I finally get why people get into tailoring.  There’s something truly magical that you get to see as each stitch shapes those lapels.  You think that part of the jacket just sits that way on its own?  No.  Tailoring is careful manipulation of the fabric.

I did most of the undercollar while watching my sons play soccer.  And those custom shoulder pads are fusible fleece + bias cut muslin + love.

The end is in sight!
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This is a bit of a nothing sort of project, but this month I suppose I need something quick and easy. With my husband’s Doctor Who 10th Doctor suit on my docket, a super simple project is just the thing to keep my brain from being overwhelmed. There’s no less than 39 pattern pieces for the suit! This fall henley top was just what the Doctor (ha ha!) ordered!

Fall henley top

I’ve had this burnout jersey from Emma One Sock in my stash for a couple of years now. I dithered for a really long time trying to find the right pattern to show off this beautiful fabric. It’s even been washed and ready to go since Spring, yet I hesitated.

Do you ever do that? Get all ready for a project and then shelve it because you simply forget about it? I’ve talked before how I don’t often have unfinished objects (UFOs). Instead, I deal in NSOs (not started objects).

Burdastyle 12-2009-121 henley + my TNT t-shirt

I’ve made this henley top before. Burdastyle 12-2009-121 is a good basic henley, but when I went to make it, it occurred to me that all I needed to do was trace off the front placket and a copy of the neckline.

The front is a standard tee, but the CF is cut about 1/4″ away from the fold so you can sew in the placket. That’s it. There could hardly be a more simple tee variation.

Doctor Who 10th Doctor suit: the beginning

I was able to do a first muslin of my husband’s suit. The pants only need length changes, but the jacket will take a little more work.

He has a slightly more rounded upper back which will require a horizontal dart, plus he needs more width across the back and a little more breathing room in the hips. He’s traveling this week, so I won’t be able to do the changes and forge ahead, but that’s okay.
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I realized this week that planning for a big project takes up a lot of time but also a lot of mental space. While pondering this, I came up with 6 tips for planning a big project that will help you keep you from burning out when you reach the end. Have a look!

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With school getting started here, I’m slowly easing back into my regular posting schedule.  Today I’m sharing the San Francisco chapter of my California Fabric Haul videos.  In it, I discuss my fabric purchases in San Francisco and Santa Cruz.  When I was there, I went to Fabric Outlet (Cali Fabrics’ brick and mortar) and Fabrix.  Santa Cruz, of course is home to Hart’s Fabric, which is a veritable fabric candy shop.

San Francisco Fabric Haul

Fun morning ahead @califabrics store in SF! ❤️❤️#isew #sewcialists #fabricshopping #fabricaddict

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LA Fashion District Fabric Haul

In case you missed it last week, here’s my tips for shopping the LA Fashion District and what I bought there as well.  Besides finding leather at the FIDM Scholarship store and a bevy of nice metal zippers, I came home with 5 yards of Italian pinstripe wool purchased for a song destined to become a 10th Doctor suit for my husband.  No doubt, that’s a good thing given that the pattern is going to be a fortune.  Plus, on Deepika‘s recommendation, I checked out The Fabric Store and found some lovely linen and Liberty in my color palette.

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Bad Wolf Costumes on Etsy

 

Seamstress Tag

As I note in my Seamstress Tag video, my favorite place to go fabric shopping is on vacation.  There’s only a couple of local fabric stores where I live, and they are often hard for me to get to.  To combat this problem, I usually either shop online or stock up when I’m traveling.  So this was a stock up trip for sure!

Do you stock up on fabrics or are you more of a shop for the project kind of sewist?

Happy fabric shopping,
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Here’s all of my videos for the zipper ruffle tank. I explained a bit how I made mine in my last post, but here you can see my whole process.

DIY Zipper Ruffle Tank videos




In the first video, I’ll show you how to alter your pattern. Part 2 shows you how to construct the zipper unit, and in part 3 we’ll sew it all together.  I’m using Straight Stitch Designs’ Greenwood Tank for this hack, but there’s other options.  You can start with any tank top pattern as a base, but here are some ones that are a good choice and won’t require you to alter the shoulder width as I show you in the video: McCalls 6964, KwikSew 3232, Butterick 5948, NewLook 6285

 

New Look Pattern 6285 Misses' Knit Tank Tops

Don’t forget to vote for my zipper ruffle tank below.  Melissa has challenged me to a friendly round of Who Made It Best.  Check out her version of the Greenwood Tank.

 

VOTE HERE

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Dress Week at Indie Pattern Month

Hey, in other news, my Overdyed Fringed Charlie Dress made it into the finals of dress week for Indie Pattern Month at The Monthly Stitch.  The voting is over, and I’m curious to see how it all went down, but do check out all the lovely finalists.

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