Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Work-in-Progress: Sencha

I know, I am probably the last one to make Sencha... So what? My plan was to finish the cape by the end of last week, but kids take turns in catching the same virus I started with... and my youngest is still at home with me! Have you tried sewing with 2-year old around? Such a project would be doomed, I tell you! The luxury of napping toddler is a rare treat and I enjoy this time finishing some hand sewing, tracing, basting, muslinning - basically anything that doesn't make noise. Luckily temperatures help not get upset about lack of cape - 29 degrees Celsius in New York.

So, to prove that I am working hard on my fall wardrobe, aka Colette Fall Palette Challenge (CFPC) here are rather mediocre images - it's past twelve and all I can think is finish the muslin and go to bed until my toddler wakes me up! She still doesn't sleep through!

You may ask, why I decided to make a muslin? Well, while everyone is praising this pattern, I find that quite a few projects I saw on the web have a pretty baggy back and high neckline. I will be doing Sencha in printed charmeuse, and I don't want to do any fitting with this rather finicky fabric... Here is your answer!

I traced the pattern - hate the absence of stitching lines, which adds another 30 minutes of prep work - and am going to put together the muslin. Will try to snap some pictures for you tomorrow.

I also thought that the pattern itself was rather scarce with regard to text markings - rather different from Big 4 and Burda patterns. As a beginner pattern, I think, it should say clearly which one is center back or center front, or which is grainline, etc. But maybe it is clear anyway. I had no problems whatsoever.

And look at those pretty curves on the image above! The shape looks very adorable already - I am looking forward to the results!

By the way, decisions to be made about seam finishes and facings... Anyone?



  1. Don't worry, you're not the last to make Snecha! That'd be me - I've been humming and hawing over the pattern forever but now think it would work in my developing wardrobe! And I know what you mean about toddlers and sewing! Mine is 21 months and doesn't sleep through either (sometimes, but not consistently). I can't wait to see how you fit this!

  2. Ooh, and I love the new look to your blog!

  3. No I haven't jumped on the Sencha band wagon either. But I do love the blouses that I have seen made from this pattern. Looking forward to your version.

  4. I also have not made a Sencha yet! Of course, I just ordered my first Collette patterns so I could participate in the Clover sew along. I am looking forward to sewing those trousers! Can't wait to see how they turn out. I am also looking forward to seeing how your Sencha turns out!

  5. I haven't committed to the Sencha pattern yet, but I am ready to be convinced by the fabulousness you are making :) I hope the little ones are feeling better and you get some rest yourself!

  6. @meg oh-oh, I hope I can live up to your expectations! :-) It's all Oona's fault!

  7. @everyone: Yay! it's more of us! @vicky: i hope there won't be a lot of fitting issues, really. This was my simple project to balance all the other craziness. Let's see.

    @Gail I do like others too. I guess I am more biased toward a print than solid color, though.

    @Kat I also ordered Clover - have to make that muslin, lagging behind on that one :-) but I have three cute excuses, well...

  8. Hey. Great new look for the blog. Sesha looks a difficult pattern even if it for beguiner . Xx

  9. You are definitely not the last. When I first saw the pattern I was kinda meh about it and then the more completed Sencha's I saw picture of the more I had to have it so I'm waiting on my pattern right now. :) Can't wait to see yours when it's finished.

  10. Sencha is a gorgeous blouse but I agree with you on the fitting front. I have done it and the back is just way too baggy. I plan to do this again, but making a muslin and using a better fabric. Look forward to seeing your version.



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