This is an exciting week for us...The Ventana, my new jacket & vest pattern design is now available! In Spanish, ventana translates to 'window'. What a perfect metaphor! This pattern IS the window....a beginning for ways to explore our love of sewing and fabrics. In celebration of our creative textile pursuits, we have created a new format for our pattern line, one we think you will enjoy.
Our new look
OUR NEW PATTERN DESIGN FORMAT- A new cover design to catch your eye- Diane's illustration style combined with Laura's awsome tech support is a winning combination! A larger, sturdier envelope with more color, more pattern info. on the back, and larger silhouette drawings. We're using sturdier pattern paper too (18 lb.transparent bond) and your directions are now in a spiral bound booklet for easy reference and use on your sewing table!
We hope you are as excited as we are!!
GARMENT as CANVAS: Here are some ideas and details to get you going on your Ventana Garment-
Think about the garment as a canvas first: so as you look at the silhouette- a place to combine favorite fabrics and some of your favorite details.
ASYMMETRIC FRONTS: The left and right fronts are unique to each other, with a pocket hidden in the Left Front. I admit to being a 'lefty'...so that is where I want the pocket...you may want to swap the fronts to the opposite sides. The design will work well either way. Enjoy the pocket construction and the finished look.
Tucks extended to armhole
collar size options
COLLAR OPTIONS: Want a little collar but not to much? The pattern includes directions for adjusting the collar height for the finished look you want.
SHAPING with TUCKS: The silhouette of The Ventana is shaped by a series of curved tucks. You may want to add more...once you see how easy they are to make. They can also be extended out to the edges of the garment. On this lined linen version, they are extended out to the edges of the armholes. The pattern includes a template for the tucks (brilliant Laura!), so no matter what size garment you are making, the template can be moved up and down to be the most flattering with your curves. Here are some of the versions I am excited about right now.
Lined Lapped seams are pressed out to show the lining too.
LAPPED SEAM CONSTRUCTION: This gives some depth to the edges...and more options for the directions you want to press and fold the seam allowances. On the neck edge above, the seam allowance is folded to show the lining as an accent.
SLEEVES: The sleeves repeat the tuck shapes in the bodice with a tuck down the back of the arm. An optional dart is included for underarm shaping. A shaped cuff end for an asymmetric fold back. Your lining would also show here.
tabs on side seams-
EDGE FINISHES: TO LINE...OR NOT TO LINE? TO BIND...OR NOT TO BIND? The Ventana is perfect for those fabrics you are saving with great selvedges and raw edges! My plum color wool version had great edges to start with. It is a heavy knit wool, and the cut edges are stable and perfect for this pattern. The design lends itself to a favorite binding accent too. You may want to print your own bias pieces to use for the edges on a Ventana.
collar with raw edge
Here is a sneak peak of some printed black wool binding! This fabric is printed with my Wrought Iron Fence Stencil and Pewter Lumiere Fabric Paint. A great holiday look! For more direction for printing on working with Metallic paints and printing on wool: check out my December Blog.
Washed Linen Version
lining makes great accent
Side tabs are folded out for accent-
The LINED VENTANA: This washed, linen vest version was a perfect combination with the silk tafetta stripe inside and peaking out along the edges. It changed for the better when the finished garment was dampened and twisted vertically then let dry. The unique texture adds some nice shaping too.
CLOSURE DESIGN: The ties on The Ventana with a smart buttonhole detail (so the same tie can be on the front or on the inside). In the pattern you will get some ideas for using a favorite frog or a prized, vintage button as a focal point in the lapel folds on the front. Think about how a button and a tie might work...you may not need a buttonhole after all.
It's time to stop blogging and get sewing on the next Ventana!
We're looking forward to seeing yours, so please share them with us! DIANE
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