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Monday, April 21, 2014

I have mixed feelings about this pattern. This was my first - and perhaps the only Rachel Comey design that I'll adopt. Vogue 1247 pattern consists of a skirt and a blouse. 

I literally ADORED this skirt pattern! 
It’s very easy, very comfy, very practical. You can sew it in an hour!  :) 
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I chose this fabric along with my birdy print top , but it turned out to be one of my favorites. 
imageIt was very easy to sew and the blue-green mixed color of it makes easy to wear with many other color options. 

However, the blouse was a disaster! :/
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Couple of weeks ago, I found a lightweight cotton - sateen fabric with very fun prints on it. I once swore myself not to buy low quality fabrics ever again.  They may be cheap and even very nice looking, but once you start sewing you end up spending almost twice the time and don’t necessarily get good results. 
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But when I saw the sweet looking birds on this fabric, I couldn’t resist myself :) Although at first, the lightweight quality of the fabric seemed to be a better choice for such a loose fitting top, the fabric gave me hell when sewing! Still, after fixing here and there, I think I ended up with a “not so bad” look.   

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This pattern no. V1247 has very nice seam details at the front. The pleats on the shoulders give a nicer look as well. However, I had to re-size it over and over again in order to make it look size 8. 
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I’m done with pattern-fixing. Now, it is time to start sewing. 
If you’re a novice seamstress, I strongly advise you to start with easy-to-sew fabrics.  Cotton fabrics are perfect in this regard. If you insist on buying fabrics for the sake of nice birds etc. like me, you’ll miss the wonderful delights of sewing :)
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Since my fabric showed every bit of seam flaws, I made a little “trick” on the collar. Allow me to present you the lazy seamstress wonder - the interlining tape! 

So I made a straight stitch on the collar with this tape, so that the fabric didn’t stretch and fall apart. 
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Then, I stitched it on the top, with right sides together. 
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Next, I folded the collar piece inwards and sewed it over again.  image
I did the same for the rest of the hems. You can see the front seams of the top in this photo much clearly. 
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Afterall, I think it looks OK. I intend to give it another try with a better quality fabric next time.  

THE SKIRT

The inseam pockets at the front are brilliant! It's so easy to wear - I feel like I'm wearing a very fancy apron for work :) I will definitely try a denim look in coming weeks.  

Perhaps you can insert similar inseam pockets to your existing skirt patterns, instead of actually buying this pattern. Maybe the below information will be of help. 
how to make inseam pockets
So, after cutting all the parts, you sew the pocket lining on the right side of the skirt front.

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After stitching the lining, you fold them inwards and sew the front top to the front bottom like this. image
The "hardest" part is over. Rest is cut-copy-paste :) 
The only part I dislike about sewing, serging that is, is over as well... 
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That's it! 

cheers :)

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