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Steffi altered-take 1

What a week! I’ve had so many things to do and not enough time in which to do them, I’m worn out. I did eventually get my Steffi alteration finished though. I used the muslin I made last week to mark the alterations onto the paper pattern which I then used to cut into my ‘good’ fabric. If you check out my how-to you will see the alterations I made on the paper pattern in green. The fussiest part of making this jacket was probably sewing on the facings, making sure they were lined up and trying to keep both pieces of fabric flat so as not to get any tucks in the seam. Other than that it was pretty straightforward to make, a little time consuming but worth it. I was originally going to have the sleeves short but changed my mind and made them elbow length. I like to wear some tops with sleeves and the elbow length sleeves will cover these.

I used a cotton (?) fabric that was sitting in my stash to make this jacket, I think it was bought at one of my local fabric stores from the discount table a few years ago, I seem to have the same pattern in a grey colour too. It is crisp enough to hold its shape and is light, perfect for summer time. One thing I didn’t get around to is lining the jacket. I’ve searched my stash and all my local thrift stores and came up with nothing so it seems I will have to buy some ‘new’ lining, oh the horror! At least this way I will be able to match the colour to the jacket. I will use Benedikta’s tutorial. The buttons are from my button bowl, not really what I wanted but they were the best match I could find.

Next week I’ll show you the same jacket but an entirely different alteration. I plan to shorten the jacket to a bolero. I would still like some sort of fastening across the front and will leave off the collar I think. Could I make it reversible? Or would the fabric bunch up too much when turned?

Then it’s onto Jane. I like a number of suggestions that have been made, I’m not too keen on pulling the top up, I’ve breastfed two babies this way and struggled to keep myself modest, having to use a blanket to cover up. Believe me you don’t want to be seeing my stretch mark covered tummy. I’m leaning towards adding extra breast pieces that fasten with a clip of some sort and the underneath fabric will have ‘peepholes’ for easy feeding just like a nursing bra. It’s hard to explain so here’s an


Again, please leave your comments and suggestions below, I really appreciate them.


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    Aug 29, 2007, 05.45 AMby wendyxo

    Nikki, I’m also breast feeding at the moment. I have a singlet that fastens with poppers under the bust so you just lift it up a little way. It is really discrete and also keeps your tummy and back warm during colder weather. Maybe you could try something like this for the Jane pattern?

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    Aug 29, 2007, 04.17 AMby nikkishell

    Ooh, i got a belly cover tube from a friend today! I’d been meaning to make some and have some fabric for them.

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    Aug 28, 2007, 09.28 PMby pranamama

    Nikki-I’m nursing a baby right now, and I completely sympathize with wanting to cover a belly while doing it! evalillian.com has kind of a belly-cover tube they sell. Also motherwear.com offers a lot of shirts that have a front-only underlayer that you tuck in which is pretty convenient. I own a number of those and I like them. You could copy either of those concepts. I cannot wait to see what you decide, because I need some more nursing-friendly shirts as well, since we’re far from done!

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