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MBM - McCalls 7200 kimono jacket and Style Arc Evie

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At the beginning of April I picked up two drapey summer weight fabrics, among other things, from Pitt Trading. My initial thought was to stash the summer fabrics until next summer. When I got them home and saw them side by side, though, I decided not to wait but squeeze in one more summer make.
McCalls 7200 kimono jacket has been kicking around the queue for a while. I’ve had a few likely choices for fabric in the stash but nothing that enthused me overly much so it kept getting reshuffled down the queue. The fabric for the main body is a rayon, while the collar and middle back piece is silk/cotton. Clearly, the sewing gods were waiting for these fabrics to come to my attention!


This pattern is made up of a number of mix-and-match pieces that make up one of four views on the envelope. I made none of those views. This is the short jacket with sleeves, and the plain middle back .




This is a size Medium. By my body measurements I should have made a Size Large, but knowing McCalls definit…

MBM - New Look 6351 and a big fat fail

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Today's post brings you a modest success and a big fat fail. Let's get the fail out of the way first, shall we?
As soon as my husband saw me wearing these pants he asked me "Did you make those?" when I replied "yes" he informed me "They look homemade". (He is an amateur winemaker and "homemade"is shorthand between us for "go back to the drawing board on that one").  And in pointing this out, he was pointing out something that was already patently obvious to me.




These pants are my second version of Style Arc Tessa. The first version was a big success, and have been worn multiple times. Soon after making the first version, I was on the hunt for linen to make another pair. I ordered some linen from the Tessuti website, and almost as soon as it arrived the fabric was in the wash, dried and cut. It wasn't until I was midway through construction that it dawned on me that while the colour and fabric content was good, the textured…