Saturday, May 5, 2018

A Tetrad of Tilton's

I'm not even sure tetrad is the correct term to use here but I was looking in Thesaurus for a word beginning with "t" that meant four.  This is what I came up with so there it is.

Anyway...I'm back on the Tilton sister's train with four new garments, all from TNT patterns I love to make and wear.


I've made Marcy's V9230 three times now, as a coat and a vest.  It is generously sized so it fits comfortably over other clothing.  
This version is made using what I think is home-dec fabric given to me by my dear friend, Lynn.  Thank you Lynn, I loved working with this fabric.  It doesn't show in the pics but it is several shades of earthy green.


You should give this pattern a whirl, it is not a quick sew but really satisfying.  It has something like 21 pattern pieces, most single cut, so it's not for everyone.  But it falls right in line with my new slow sewing practice.  And when it's done there is such a sense of accomplishment.

Here is a wad of luscious, velvety purple corduroy-like fabric that was given to me by another great friend, Patty.  She cut it out for a long dress but decided against making it.  I found it on the free table at a retreat this spring and swooped it up.


I wanted to try inserting sleeves in Marcy's V9112.  The sleeves I cut work well.  This is just a muslin since I think this fabric is a bit heavy for the pattern.  But it will be a great knock-around dress.  The fabric is very soft and comfy.
For the next go-round (in thin black linen, I think) I want a tunic length.   I'll try making all of the pieces shorter by cutting along the bottom of all the pieces at a smaller pattern size line.  Hoping that will work.

I had so little fabric I didn't even have enough for the neck facing so I used a scrap of Kaffe Fassett cotton.

The last time I went to the Sewing Expo in Puyallup I met Marcia Derse.  She designs primarily quilting fabrics but the quality of the fabrics she uses and her designs are also great for garments.  This fabric is called Treasure Hunt.  Once again I didn't have a lot of fabric so I had to cut creatively. 

 I used another TNT pattern, Marcy's V9171.  This is a not-to-be-missed pattern.  It looks good on every single person who tries it on.  And it's very fun to make.  I like to wear it with a Diane Ericson Fault Lines vest.

This is the first time I've made Katherine Tilton B6491.  The fabric is a slightly stretchy black denim I got from Marcy.  It turned out to be a bit too heavy for this pattern to be considered a shirt.  But I'll wear it as a coat dress in cooler weather.  I'd make this again in a minute using a lighter weight fabric.

I faced the pockets with collaged fabrics I made in a Holly Badgley class.  I'm loving the deep dive into my stash these days, it feels really good to use what I have.

And here's the other pocket.

I bought some killer rubber snaps at Passamaneria Toscana while in Florence.  Wish I'd bought many more.  Do any of you know where I can find them online?
I've seen this snap closure treatment on several RTW garments.  This technique is NOT an easy thing to do well.  Mine are passable, not perfect.

And that's it for the Tilton Tetrad.  I have the whole weekend off and I'm headed to the bunkhouse to sew!

8 comments:

  1. All very gorgeous and unique!

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  2. Your posts are the very best eye candy. Love your work. Thank you for always inspiring me.

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    1. I'm delighted that you are inspired, thank you!

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  3. OMG Gayle!! What a stunning array of new clothes. I absolutely love everything you made. The fabric in the first jacket is so interesting. Big yearning going on here!
    What sleeve pattern did you use for the dress/tunic. I love that pattern but it didn't suit me at all. Perhaps with sleeves it would.
    The Treasure Hunt fabric for the dress/tunic is indeed a treasure. Going to see if I can find some of that. Love it. Love all the colours and prints.
    And the Katharine Tilton coat/dress. What a stunner. Love what you did with the pockets.
    You are always such an inspiration.
    I have seen big snaps like that though not rubber. I think Dritz makes them. I've used them and like them a lot.

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    1. To find a sleeve that would fit I brought out all of my patterns and measured the sleeve of each to the armhole of the dress. It worked like a charm. Be sure to measure by standing the tape measure up on it's side and measuring at the seam line.

      Thank you for your comments and I hope you try the sleeve!

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  4. Every one of your garments looks soooo much nicer than the pattern envelope! Lovely and unique collection, Gayle.

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    1. Thank you, Louisa. I agree that Vogue does not do a good job of photographing the garments!

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