Archive for February, 2016

This fabric is a thin knit with a border print that I bought by the pound at the craft thrift store.  The piece of fabric had lots of yardage, enough for two more tops at least.  The border is only on one side of the fabric:


Since New Look 6027 has a rectangular set-in yoke, I decided to use the border for the yoke.


When the fabric has a lot of drape like this one, I underline the yoke and then line it.  This fabric was so floppy though that I ended up quilting it to the lining, but the print is so busy that you can’t see the stitching.


DSC01965Above is the view of the inside of the yoke.

The armholes and the neckline are finished with self-fabric strips.  This week, M brought over one of the tops I had made for her from this pattern a few years ago so that I could see what I did the last time I made it.  I do try to make notes on the pattern envelope telling what I changed or how I did things, but sometimes I forget.

Thin knits like this aren’t the easiest fabric to sew, but they tend to travel well, don’t wrinkle much and are easy to hand wash and dry if you are in a hotel room.  I need to think of how to use up the rest of the yardage.

So that is the end of the machine being threaded in white thread for now.  I tried to find all the things I could sew while the white thread was still on the machine, but now it is time to put the gray thread on and finish up the shirt for A.

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UFO Expose

Every once in awhile I like to get out all the ziplock bags of cut-out projects to see what there is and to, hopefully, spark the mojo.


Left to right in columns top to bottom:

Column 1:  Crepe blouse – me,  dress and jacket – me, shirt – me,  denim skirt – A

Column 2:  Royal blue tops – me, shirt – J, shirt – J, knit top – me

Column 3:  Shirt – A, top – M, shirt – me, experimental top – me, knit top – A

Column 4:  Fleece vest – me, shirt – me,  flannel shirt – me, top – M

Age of oldest UFO?  Well, the truth is lost in the mists of time, but maybe 15 years.

Age of newest UFO?  One hour

This week I am going to finish up the black/white/red top for M (ziplock in bottom right corner) and then I will remove the white thread from the machine and finish up the gray shirt for A.  I had quite a length of fleece left after the blue print vest, so I tried cutting another one out to see if I could squeeze a vest out of 1 1/2 yards of fabric.  Yes, I can.  It takes a little fudging but it can be done.  The next one I sew will have buttons instead of a zipper just to see if that will work.  I hope it does because there are colors of fleece for which it  would be impossible to find matching zippers.  It will be interesting to see if I can make buttonholes on fleece.


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Blue Print Fleece Vest

This vest was another experiment.  I narrowed the wide shoulders to see what would happen.  I like them except that the narrower shoulders change the way the very large armhole looks and drapes, but that’s an easy fix for the next version.  I’m going to raise the armhole about 1 1/2″.  Other than that, I really like it and it will get a lot of wear.



I did a lot of hand basting on this vest which does decrease the amount of ripping out I have to do.  The next project will be something cotton that is less trouble to sew.  No, wait, I forgot that I have to finish up that gray shirt first.

Now that I have four very nice fleece vests to wear on cold winter mornings, the spring temperatures will surely get warmer so that I have to wait until next winter to wear them.

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Busy Week Of Sewing

Not that I have much finished to show for the busy week, but I did finish one top.  We visited with A over the weekend and had her try on the gray shirt, and the fit was excellent.  This means that I can now churn out one shirt after another in different fabrics for her to wear to work.  This is the beauty of a Tried-and-True pattern.  I think I’ll experiment with different cuffs and collars and maybe tucks, embroidery and/or lace.  Back at home, there are three shirts cut out for me and two or three for M.  We talked about a plain, useful white top for M but I ended up trying a lace overlay on the yoke just for the fun of it:

DSC01938The fabric is a white knit that is not too thin.  Because I didn’t want to have topstitching around the neckline or armholes on the lace, I used a binding.



In addition to this top, there is a black/white/red top half done for M using a border print knit.  There is also yet another fleece vest half done that should be finished up today, chores willing, and another cut-out shirt for A to get started as soon as I finish up the gray one.

We are still getting the occasional rain storm but Spring has definitely arrived here.  The almond trees are blooming and the daffodils are also in bloom.

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Productive Week

The gray blouse is waiting for A to try it on, so in the meantime I decided to reduce the stack of fabric in the sewing room.  I grabbed two lengths of fleece that I bought for pillowcases for the long body pillow, and before I could lose steam I had sewed up two of them.  Then I caught sight of the ziplock with the other cut-out grocery bags I had intended to make last year (three of them got finished last year and are now in the car) and sewed up three more bags.  Now if only I could remember to take some into the store with me when I shop.

DSC01896-001I got this fabric at the craft thrift shop last year or the year before.  It was heavy for a shirt but just right for grocery bags.  These bags are the same size and shape as the brown paper grocery bags.



There have been some pictures online of a certain type of Japanese apron that crosses in the back and has no ties.  I looked them up on pinterest:

Fullscreen capture 2112016 115725 AM-001I used to have some Daisy Kingdom patterns with a similar shape, or rather, I still do but don’t feel like going through boxes and bins looking for them, but this pattern (Simplicity 1133) was more accessible:

DSC01917This pattern could be shaped more like the apron very easily.  It might be easier to line it, making it reversible, because that’s a whole lot of bias tape there.

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Getting down to the home stretch with this work shirt for A.  We’ll skip quickly over the part where I forgot to trim the neck seamline down to 1/4 inch to match the collar I was using, but that I remembered before I did the topstitching.  I was able to rip that collar off, trim the neckline, and put the collar back on.  Didn’t take as long as I expected.

This is the same shirt pattern we worked so hard to fit to A last year, but that pattern has a lot of darts, and sewing darts is not my favorite thing.  I changed it to a shoulder princess incorporating the closer-fitting darts.  If it meets with A’s approval, I can really crank these shirts out, mojo permitting.  It is fun to use a contrast but coordinating lining for the collar, stand, and cuffs.

The weather here has been rainy (hooray!) but is very cold this week.  The violets are blooming in the front yard but I haven’t seen any almond trees in bloom yet.  Some years they bloom in late January, but not this year.DSC01849

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Little Ironing Tools

When the collar and stand unit for the new shirt was sewn, it turned out to be difficult to iron the small curve at each end.  What I needed was something small and round with a handle to put into the end of the stand so I could press it.  Today I was at the fabric store in the craft section and had an idea.  I already had some wood glue so I bought some head beads in two sizes and some dowels that would fit them.  The package of dowels was only $1.49 and the package of beads about $2.50.

DSC01886 The ends of the dowels were dipped in the glue and then the bead was glued to the end portion of the dowel.


Now I can use whichever bead fits the curve of the collar stand to iron the end.  I’ll probably leave the iron on the ironing board and press the collar stand end with the bead in it against the hot surface.  We’ll see how it works.


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