Whipping My WIPs into Shape

By the end of last term, apart from the selfless sewing I blogged about recently, I found myself with a pile of WIPs – (works in progress). I was keen to wipe the slate clean before settling on any new projects. All three makes were cut out and two of them were even part sewn. 

Firstly I completed my second New Look 6028, you can check out my first here. For lining I used some leftover cherry blossom fabric from a dress I made (currently being unpicked due to fitting issues). A smart navy jacket is something I’ve wanted in my wardrobe for a while.  

 I like this jacket because it’s simple and lined, so has a neat finish. It’s quite plain so I prefer to wear it with the lapels folded back and the sleeves turned up, to break it up a bit. I’m fairly happy with the finished make, though there’s a pucker on one side where one of the sleeves meets the princess seam, but I’m trying not to dwell on it. 

Secondly, I finished my third (but not final) 1609. My previous two can be found here and here. I used some blue fabric with a gold thread that I had bought for around £14 in total from Barnsley Market. Both of my previous 1609s had been flawed in different ways, so I was anxious to create a good finish on this version. As I’d French seamed the avocado version but found it very slightly too tight, I opted for simply pinking the seams inside, and added the bow rather than the collar for this version. Unlike last time, I interfaced the bow and attached it using the technique suggested by Amanda which worked very well! 

 The cotton was lovely to work with, and the dress sewed up beautifully, aside from one mishap; instead of hemming the sides I accidentally hemmed one side plus the back seam, where the invisible zip should have been placed. I’d rather do anything than unpick, so opted for just moving the zip to the side, as you’ll see below. 

 I took greater care with the hem which pressed nicely and turned out well, which was a relief as the pattern, although small, would have exposed a wiggly hem.  

 I’m really pleased with how this dress turned out, it feels nice and smart and once again has left me wanting more dresses in this pattern.  

 Finally, I completed my first ever McCalls pattern.  

 I’d bought it fairly impulsively during my walk to work one day after seeing it on a blog. I picked up this pretty summery jersey for around £8 per metre. I think this pattern only needs around a metre and a half. The fabric kind of reminds me of blossom petals floating on a puddle…bit random? 

The internal finish on this dress isn’t amazing, I changed my needle but still found my cotton kept snapping quite often – any ideas on how to prevent this would be gratefully received. Other than that, it sewed up easily. No fastenings is always a bonus, plus after trying on I was happy with the fit prior to inserting elastic around the waist seam.  

 I’m quite pleased with this dress as it’s a style I like to wear but not one I’ve had chance to make before. I’ve not had chance to wear it yet but am definitely looking forward to doing so soon. 

Since then I’ve chosen and cut out a new project, which I hope to complete before moving on to the next thing. Probably. 


15 responses to “Whipping My WIPs into Shape

  1. Well done for getting them all finished! I love the jacket and would love to have a go at making one of these myself…and the 1609…and the McCalls! I do think that the McCalls is very much a ‘you’ dress 🙂 Gorgeous fabric on all three!

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  2. STH

    Yes, those are some lovely fabrics. And I love finishing a WIP that’s been hanging around for a while–makes me feel so virtuous. 😉

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  3. Love them all – especially the Amanda dress! She’ll be nipping down the A1 to borrow it off your washing line!
    I’ve not been to Barnsley market for years, is it worth a visit?

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    • Thank you! Barnsley has a couple of fabric stalls and nearby shops, I normally pick up a few metres but I’m not sure it’s worth making a special trip if you live further away. Where do you normally go for a decent selection?


  4. I’m so glad you finished these! I love the lining of the jacket. So you prefer the zip on the side of the 1609? I know Amanda tends to sew them on the side – I imagine it makes dressing easier!
    Oh and re your cotton snapping, did you try a different cotton?!

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    • Thank you 🙂 I don’t mind the zip on the side, except it does dig in a tiny bit – no idea how to avoid it!
      I didn’t try a different cotton as it was the only reel of navy I had to hand, it was a Guttermans one too so I felt like the quality should have been ok…

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  5. These are all really lovely. I’m inspired to get my WIPs in order now!

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  6. Lovely makes. Well done on finishing your WIPs before starting anything new.

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  7. Yay for you! How good is it to finish all these old projects 🙂 I absolutely adore that little jacket. I’d love to make myself a jacket before winter finishes but unfortunately I’ve pledged to myself to use up my current fabrics and finish my WIPs before starting anything new… so I guess it has to wait 😉

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    • Thank you – the jacket is easy to make and a nice finish with the lining so all the seams are hidden which is always a bonus 🙂 Do you have many WIPs awaiting your attention?


      • Oh you are truly tempting me! I currently have PJs from about 6 years ago that I cut out and started sewing but they’re enormous and I’ll never wear them… and I have a summery Moneta that I had to order more fabric for after I’d cut most of it out, and it was a slightly different dye-lot so I have to figure that one out… AND I have made a little list with swatches of fabric for other things I need to make to use up my old fabrics… I have the lists of tasks, just not the motivation! New ideas (like this jacket) seem so much more exciting!

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  8. Nice fabric choices! I always feel extra happy when I finish something that has been lying around. Your’s will be a great addition to your wardrobe.

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