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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sewing for myself

I am intrigued with the "me made" posts on the blogosphere. I bought a few patterns and some fabric at Fabricland, washed the fabrics, took my measurements for the first time since I stopped sewing clothing about 10 years ago (eek, time is not kind) and had a go. 
This Burda pattern is well drafted with nice European design details. I made it in a firm linen/cotton mix.  I made my usual pattern adjustments of tracing up two sizes from bust line to hip line, and lowering and shortening the bust dart an inch each way. The fit is quite good.  With the wider hip and the stiff fabric, the hip godet detail stands away from the body. Kind of cute but I may omit it on a remake. 
I omitted the front neck opening and the top slips easily over my head. I may take 1/2 inch off the shoulder seams as the armscye is too large so the sleeves bind and the neck fit is sloppy, for my next make of this pattern. But then I have to make sure the sleeves will fit, lower the bust dart - it will be a project. 
See the interesting back dart in the photos below. 

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