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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Small Fry Skinny Jeans for the Little Guy

The little guy (aka grandson) has a hard time with jeans.  He is in the middle of the charts for weight and  on the lower part for height.  I tried an Ottobre pattern but it was just too big and actually short.  My Ottobre magazines are older, back from the twins younger days, think 10+ years old.  The styles were a bit different, looser and baggier.  I went on the hunt for a jean pattern and purchased
Small Fry Skinny Jeans, the description states "classic skinny fit style with enough ease for comfort"  I thought this would be perfect.

I love how these fit him and how the pockets sit low on the bum.

I used some navy twill from Mood Fabrics and it is perfect for these jeans.  Initially purchased this fabric for me a blazer.  I really didn't like the feel of it for a blazer but it is perfect for jeans.  I will be able to make him many more jeans, as I have plenty of yardage!

I love how these fit him and how the pockets sit low on the bum.

Another  design feature the pattern incorporates is the buttonhole elastic, which helps keep the pants up around the waist

The pattern uses flat fell seams, overlapping the seams with a generous seam allowance.  I   used regular seams, stitching with the regular machine then finishing with the serger.

Small Fry Skinny Jeans has a nice back yoke

One area I did a flat felled seam with some modifications was the hem area, I wanted  the seams to look very finished when the pants were rolled up.  I serged the side and inside seams, to a certain point, then I clipped the seam allowance.  This clip allowed me to create a flat felled seam

I made a size 2T, which I think will take him through several months.  My only alteration  was to shorten the pants by 1".  The pants are still plenty long and I will shorten them another 1" next time.

These are great little jeans, just so cute but please "no more pictures, he is too tired!"

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Vogue 1378 - Denim

Vogue 1378  is a pattern that has intrigued me

I thought I would give it a try in some Mood Fabrics' soft denim (with a bit of lycra)

While constructing these, I did not think my denim had enough stretch.  After wearing these for a bit, the fabric is just fine.

These are a bit tricky to put together.  I would pull out the pattern piece, the instructions and the cut fabric.  It would take a bit of manipulating the fabric to really figure out what I was doing.  My advice is to just go slowly and keep you pattern piece handy to review the information.

I tapered the bottom more than the pattern's.  Also, my slit at the ankle is only 1", I just didn't see the need for a longer slit.

For these photographs I thought I would have unlimited options for tops.  No, not that way at all. This oversize JCrew super sale on sale t-shirt was really my only option.  With these leggings I just feel more comfortable with a longer top.  Guess I will have to make  a new top!

my hair was cut a bit too short this time, grrr, this is 10 days after the cut and my hair grows quickly. 

I read on Pattern Review, the fabric should be the same color on the front and back.  My fabric is not that way and it turned out just fine.  The seams are just overlapped, so take extra care when trimming.

Here is some close up pictures, so you can see the seam details.

With the limited stretch of my fabric, I cut out a larger size.  This might not of been necessary but wanted safe not sorry.

I probably will not make this pattern again it is very unique and one pair is probably enough.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Rockstar Bag - Sew Sweetness

I have my name on Sara's pattern tester list and I responded to an email to test the Rockstar Bag and on August 12th Sara notified me I was one of the pattern testers.

I went right to work on this fabulous bag, first fabric shopping then sewing time.
Why can't all my pictures turn out this bright, clear and crisp?!?!!

I had most of the extra notions at home.  The only thing I had to purchase were the swivel clips, zippers  and purse feet.

Sara's 55 pages of instructions make  this bag superb and the Soft and Stable really adds to the look and shape of the bag.  I had some leftover from my laptop case and my bag

Here is the top zipper

Sara puts so much thought into her bags and the design and construction.  I was so impressed throughout the construction process with all the details.  I love how the handles look on the side of the bag, adding the great hardware and the rivets, too.

The front flap pocket is a nice feature, perfect for car keys.

I finished my bag on August 22nd and sent the photograph and my testing suggestions back to Sara.

Sara put up a blog post with pictures of all the testers' bags.  A most impressive group of bags.

This bag is not for a sewing newbie but if you have been sewing awhile this would be a great pattern.  You are going to be successful  with  the thorough instructions  and Sara has added so many photographs to help with the construction.

My main suggestion is make the crossover strap extra long.  I think everyone has a certain length they like in a crossover bag and the length can also depend on your height.

I really enjoyed testing this bag and learning some new construction techniques.

I am adjusting to the empty nest, even though the twins are Sophomores this year, Kaitlyn lived at home last year and Erin, her hubby and the little guy were her last year, too.  They were building a house.  This year it is a total empty nest except for some weekends and an occasional weeknight.  One thing for sure, I have lots of time to sew.  I have 2 garments for me to blog about this week, a pair of jeans for the little guy, a bag for Erin and it is just Sunday night!  Hubby and I went to the golf course today, he golfed, I walked and enjoyed the beautiful fall day.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tula Pink - City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks

It is finally finished!!! I started this quilt back in May 2013 and finally in September 2014 it is finished.

The book is one of Tula Pink's

I used only my scraps for these quilt blocks, following the suggested color ways so I could use the layout on the front cover.

I worked pretty hard the first couple of months and then it got pushed aside.  The beginning of summer, I really started working hard on the blocks.  May to Mid-June, I would make one block everytime I went into my sewing room.  This method put me to 60 blocks very quickly.

brightened a bit too much but you can see the block details

Mid-June was a turning point, I just had to finish this quilt, All my focus was on finishing this quilt, which I did in about 2 weeks.  I was thrilled  to post this picture on Instagram on June 28th.  The quilt is so big, Meredith had to stand on the truck bed to hold it up and off the ground.

The quilt top sat in the house waiting to go to the long arm quilter for a few weeks, just waiting my turn for the budget!   Now it is back from the long arm quilter and bound.  I love, love this quilt, the 16 months from the start was so worth it.

fabric from a bag I made, from my own pattern

One other thing I love about this quilt is the memories of the fabric, one block has the fabric from the Erin's flower girl dresses , bags I made for Paige and her sorority sisters, many bags I made for the twins through school and other quilts or projects.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Butterick 5781- Mood Fabrics' Jacquard

Mood Fabrics' stretch jacquard dress using  Butterick 5781

    You know when you just see fabric and you have to have it?  That is the case with Paradise Pink and Rosewater Geometric Cotton-Polyester Jacquard (now say that three times fast!).  This fabric just kept saying "buy me, buy me" and so I did.  Initially, I was thinking some kind of pants or shorts for me but the fabric was a bit too bright for me.  I knew this gorgeous fabric would find its way to the perfect garment.  I had purchased Butterick 5781 with Meredith (daughter #3) in mind, as I knew it  was the perfect style for her, just needed the fabric and the occasion.

Mood Fabrics' stretch jacquard dress using  Butterick 5781

 The perfect occasion appeared in our mailbox, an invitation to a wedding, which states "this is a cowboy wedding so bring your boots."  Well, we have lots of boots at our house, just needed a dress to wear with those boots.  That pink jacquard sitting on the shelf was just the perfect fabric and Butterick 5781 was just the pattern.  One of the best things about this pattern is it is an A/B, C, D cup pattern.  I measured Meredith before she headed back to college and went to work on the bodice and skirt.  I had these two parts all finished before she came back this weekend.  A few adjustments to the bodice and the dress was ready to finish.

Mood Fabrics' stretch jacquard dress using  Butterick 5781

Mood Fabrics' stretch jacquard dress using  Butterick 5781

    I am sure you have experienced a fabric layout with very little fabric left.  This dress was just that way, I was able to lay out all 4 bodice pieces across the width of fabric, making it very easy to match these pieces.  I did add 1" to the bodice, for Meredith's longer waist.  I added length to the skirt but that wasn't necessary.  I literally had 1" of extra fabric, boy was I getting nervous if I could pull this off!
Mood Fabrics' stretch jacquard dress using  Butterick 5781

      This fabric is very stretchy and heavy, so take special care with staystitching and handling the fabric.  I added seam tape after I attached the bodice and skirt together.  The bodice lining (from stash)  also helped to stabilize the waist after it was hand stitched.  The pattern and fabric was wonderful to sew, it goes together beautifully. I used an invisible zipper for the dress and tacked down the lining for the finishing touches. Here is my tip for invisible zippers where matching is important.  Sew one side of the zipper, then mark on the unsewn part of the zipper the matching point.  For instance, on this dress, I wanted to match the waistline.  I used a pencil and marked the location of the waistline on the zipper.  Matching this mark with the other side of the dress, I pinned this precisely and only sew about 1" above the waistline and 1" below the waistline.  After stitching this bit, I close the zipper and check out how the waistline matches.  If the match is good, then sew the rest of the zipper.  If not so good, then you have just a bit to unsew instead of the entire zipper.

Mood Fabrics' stretch jacquard dress using  Butterick 5781

      If the night is a bit cool, Meredith's jean jacket looks great with this dress.
Mood Fabrics' stretch jacquard dress using  Butterick 5781

  I think she looks perfect for a cowboy wedding....   And if you like this fabric, hurry over to get it and there is not much left!

Mood Fabrics' stretch jacquard dress using  Butterick 5781

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Pink, Boots and Denim

What are these three things?

Head over to Mood Sewing Network to see!

Have a great day.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Butterick 5781 - For Meredith

I bought this Mood Fabrics' pink cotton-polyester jacquard 

initially thinking it would be a great bottom weight for me.  Well, it would be  a great pants/ short fabric but the print is much brighter than I thought and I didn't want to be a Nana/Mom walking around with a hot pink behind!  LOL.  

Well, in comes Butterick 5781 and Meredith's need for a dress for a cowboy wedding in October.  

This will be the cutest style with a jean jacket (if needed for the weather) and her cowboy boots.  I lengthened the bodice by 1" and the skirt length by 1-1/2".  The skirt length had to change to 1"  extra as there just wasn't that much fabric.

Can you say lucky Lori?  That is for sure with this fabric and pattern.  I had no scraps and I was able to lay all the bodice pieces out in one width of fabric.  A definite plus in print matching
Butterick 5781 with Mood Fabrics
instagram picture with funny glare.

The lining is from stash.  As you can see, the bodice is complete, ready for her to try on Saturday and I am going to make the skirt tonight.  After I check the fit of the  bodice, this will be quick to finish up.

Oh, one more thing, this pattern is A/B, C, D cup sizes!  Yea!

What are your projects?

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

New Look 6212 - Cotton Voile

It is still hot in Missouri and I just can't think about sewing for fall/winter yet.  Most of the days have been over 90 degrees with a pleasant 80 degree thrown in.

I had purchased a cotton voile from Mood Fabrics back in the spring and it was very thin.  I couldn't decide what to make with this fabric, until I purchased New Look 6212

I went with the sleeveless version and no tucks.

I used Fashion Sewing Supply's tricot interfacing for the collar, collar band and front placket.

The fabric sewed beautifully and this was a nice project to get me back to garment sewing.

One thing about this top, the front is shorter than I anticipated and the back is much longer than I thought.  After I looked again at the pattern envelope it is clearly shown.

I am not sure I love this top, but it will be good for these hot days and plus a  new garment is always nice as a season ends.

Now I have a question,  if you have a garment you don't love but don't hate, does it stay around?  Do you try it different ways?