Archive for October, 2015

The brown jacket is nearly done.

DSC01626The facing for this kind of jacket goes from one neckline down the front, across the side and back, across the other side and up the other front to the neckline.  It is pretty easy to apply unless you sew the neckline first and when sewing the long facing around the rest of the jacket you discover that you have totally twisted the facing into a Mobius strip that nothing but a seam ripper can cure.  In situations like this it is a bad idea to set the item aside to fix later because chances are you won’t.  I grabbed the ripper right away (new behavior for me) and fixed it in about 10 minutes.  Now for some trimming and clipping and then some buttonholes and buttons.

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Finally the brown shirt is moving along.  Early rising and sewing from about 7 am to 9 am seems to fit my schedule better, and I quit when I’m tired of bending over the machine.  This type of shirt/jacket has lots of fiddly pieces, so instead of looking at the big picture, I just pick one or two units and try to finish them in one morning.  For example, the first day I sewed the bodice seams and the back yoke, then the next day did the collar and put the cuffs on the sleeves, yesterday did the princess seams, pressed the seam lines on the pockets and sewed the pocket flaps, and today topstitched the flaps and sewed the pockets.

DSC01612I don’t think I’ve ever sewn a pocket flap before.  Something new all the time in the sewing world.

DSC01613I actually already had the right color of buttons in the stash.  I also think this color is growing on me a little.

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Sales Flyer

Every Sunday the newspaper carries a sales flyer for the local JoAnn store.  Even though there is enough fabric in this house to clothe a battalion, sometimes to sale is too good to pass up.  Last week, some cotton prints were on sale for only $1.99/yard so I picked up three lengths for tops for M.  She likes polka dots and has been wanting a navy top with white dots, and the price was right.

DSC01601Today I was up with the dawn and started sewing right away while listening to a good book-on-tape.  Shirt No. 7 is going slowly, probably because I’m not that thrilled with the color (a chocolate brown), but the fabric weight was perfect to try out this new version of the shirt pattern.  Today the back was constructed and topstitched, the pockets were sewn but not attached yet, and the seams on the front were sewn.  When I got tired of sewing, I set up my cutting table and cut out one garment and then, since I was using an older pattern, I traced off some of the pieces that were looking a little worn out.

We may still be mired in drought and watching our yards dry up, but at least the sunsets are sometimes pretty:

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Cutting Out

Didn’t feel much like sewing today so I set up the cutting table in front of the TV and so I can cut out while I watch movies.  Cutting out shirts means cutting out lots of pieces, so today, as a change of pace, I’m cutting out some New Look 6871 tops for M.  The pattern only has 4 pieces plus some bias.  And nothing that requires interfacing.

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The idea is to use up some of the fabrics I bought by the pound at the craft thrift store.  Fabric #1:

When the garment is all cut out and the bias is cut, I store the pieces in a ziplock bag which prevents random pieces from going walkabout.


Next fabric on the cutting table is the same blue that was used for my recent shirt and the shirt for A.  There was certainly a lot of yardage in this wide fabric, and there might be enough left for one or two more shirts.


Here is a remnant I also got at the craft thrift store, and I am wondering how to use it.  The motifs are very large, from about 10″ to 15″ high.  They might make fun baby bibs or a baby quilt.


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Birthday Presents

My birthday was this month and as usual, the husband and kids wanted a list from me of things that I would like as a present.  My fabric stash is enormous and I already have just about every sewing gadget I need, not to mention my hundreds of patterns, so I needed to think of something that didn’t take up much or any room.  I finally thought of something I am going to really enjoy:  Craftsy classes.  They offer so many I am interested in, but here are the ones I got:

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Fullscreen capture 10112015 124659 PM-002It will be fun to learn a lot of new things without ever having to leave the house or to heft my sewing machine to a class.  This is so much easier.  I’ve started watching the Garment Industry Secrets class and it seems to be excellent.

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Shirt No. 7 is already cut out and the sewing machine is threaded with with right color, but the sewjo seems to be weak this week.  This next shirt will include some features from the classic jean jacket, something I have never owned but am presently interested in.   The shirt pattern was given a back yoke and a front yoke, a curved back seam, front princess seams, curved front hems, and pockets.  I’m using a brown denimy fabric to test out the pattern.

DSC01568I have seen some pictures of ready-to-wear shirts that have the facing stitched down on the edge which adds an interesting line to the design, so I am going to try that.  If this shirt works out, I will try a version without the pockets  to use on fabrics with a busy print:

DSC01572This version can have either a collar and stand or a plain collar (which I am trying on the first version).  Since I am all ready to start sewing I should just go sit at the sewing machine and sew.

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