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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It's a BOY!

Yesterday I alluded to something I bought at the 2nd hand shop ... here he is! I found this boy black plastic mannequin on a stainless steel stand. He was only $10 so how could I resist. He's a good boy, doesn't say much (well he has no head just a neck so I guess I shouldn't be surprised), never argues and will always display clothes I make for his fleshier brother with no grumbling. He's about the same size as my 10 year old so I guess I have twins! I like that the stand goes up one leg so I will be able to put the shorts on him to really show them off! What do you think? Could you have left him behind?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Vogue 8774 jeans finished.... well, just about.

This is how the jeans are at the moment. They just need to be hemmed, the belt loops sewn on and a button or stud on the waistband.  They look really good; a lovely shape. I used a lovely polka dot waistband lining that was once part of a dress I bought 2nd hand (a Laura Ashley - the cotton is lovely and soft - I changed the dress from a dirndl style skirt with a point in the front to a boxed pleated skirt a couple of years ago but kept the scraps a it was so lovely).

All the photos are shocking... sorry, I couldn't get them any better. I took lots more... believe it or not these are the better ones! The zip isn't perfect but not as bad as it looks on the above photo. You can see on two photos that I snipped some inside threads and but it unravelled the sewing so I have to fix that up too.

Pockets don't look too bad (but the thread is definitely not grey as it looks above). Topstitching is OK but not perfect, good practice though. Big question is why isn't there a photo of me wearing them.... well because they don't fit. Not even close. I overlaid the Vogue pattern on the Simplicity Amazing Fit pattern (that fits me well) and the size 14 Vogue is like a 10 in the Simplicity (I made the 14 in the Simplicity). To get the same size on the Vogue, I have to make the size 18!!!! What!! I did measure the tissue against some jeans that fit well but loose and comfy and they were so close so I can't understand why there is such a difference. Oh well.

I've cut out a Simplicity from an aqua and white (vintage) houndstooth that I love but I can't find the instructions for it so will forge on with the fly instructions from somewhere else. I didn't really like the Vogue ones so will investigate some others. That's the only tricky part of those pants. I narrowed the legs to the width of the Vogue as they are a bit wide down the bottom. Before I start these, though I finished another Vogue 9080 sweatshirt; with the hood this time, and I am finishing some knit pants, a pair of boys pants (both need black elastic I will buy tomorrow) and a girls peasant blouse. Oh and a bought a great prop at the second hand shop for $10 on Friday but you'll have to see what it is at the next post.  

Monday, August 4, 2014

Vogue 8774 Jeans

Well I've started some jeans. Vogue 8774 of which there are a lot made up in blog land. I'm making them up in some vintage maroon corduroy that I found at a church thrift shop a few weeks ago. I have some nice summer weight denim I bought at Lincraft last year (or the year before?) but I just want to check the sizing with this wearable (hopefully) muslin. (Summer weight denim is probably heavy enough for most winter days here and probably ok for spring too but too hot in summer... I don't wear jeans in summer).

I checked the sizing against some new Esprit jeans I found at the secondhand shop for $10 a few months ago. Seems like they are straight size 14 - pretty close by tissue check anyway. I feel so '70's sewing these up. I remember making a skirt out of the very same fabric in the early '80's. Someone had made pants of some sort from this as this is made from the remnants  - long pieces along the selvage with obvious crotch seams. I had just enough to cut all the pieces out put the waistband I will have to piece with 2 pieces but that's easy enough.

This is where I am up to. I've basted the zip (on one side only so far) in but reading reviews last night, most people point out that Vogue have you put the fly on the opposite side to where most (all?) RTW jeans have them. I believe this is the 'women's side' but most RTW have them on the 'men's side' which is the universal side I'd imagine. This is probably for ease of production thereby reducing costs. So I'm not going to bother changing it on this pair... but I'll see if it annoys me enough to bother for the denim pair!

I went free hand with the back pockets and random too. I'm pretty pleased how these turned out. I just picked a fancy stitch on the machine and went for it. The pockets are a little out of shape because that was as wide as I could get on the scraps after cutting out the main pieces.  I see on the photos it looks like contrast thread but it isn't. I am top stitching etc but not with contrast thread. I didn't want to bother setting up another machine for this pair but will for the denim. I've already bought the thread from Trad's last week.

I'll just leave you with the photo of the Mandy Boat Tee. Sorry about the silly face and the big fold in the front of the top. It has a lovely sheen to it and it comfy to wear but it will only be used for school pick ups and drop offs as the hem is still a bit wavy and I feel it is too wide. I've made another one folding about 4cm from the centre front but DOH that makes 8cm so it made the neck a bit tight even for my pin head, and the sleeves sit up higher and therefore are a bit tight. I think however if I fold out only 2 cm and redraft the neckline (to keep the boat neck look) it will look and feel much better on. Don't like the look on the front of those white jeans.... you know what it is... I'm not going to write it but it's been noted for when/if I wear them again!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mandy Boat Tee

Before I get to the Mandy Boat tee, this is how much thread was left when I finished my Burda top hemming with the twin needle (which I just realised I haven't photographed... tomorrow).

I put all my used thread spools in this little basket and it builds up very quickly surprisingly. I have another one with spools that have maybe 30 - 60 cm each which I keep for any hand sewing I might do - you know buttons etc.

 I decided to make the Mandy Boat tee from Tessuti. I must be the last person on the sewing planet to make this. It is also my first PDF pattern... not my first download as I have downloaded many free patterns but never felt the need to actually make one till now. Laziness is the main factor but now that I have done it I think, if there aren't too many tiles it is now an option for me.

This is a remnant from the designer fabric sale last year. When I was sewing the neckline with the twin needle and I was too lazy too lazy to use the steam a seam so I put some tissue paper underneath to stop the fabric stretching. This is very stretchy and the first run was a bit stretched out. This helped but wasn't perfect.

I just tore it off the back gently so not to stretch the thread. 

It worked out well. On the hem (which I haven't got a photo of.. sorry) I did use the steam a seam but the hem curled up still and I'm hoping it will calm down after a wash. I did steam it with the iron and that helped but it isn't perfect. All in all, it's a very easy pattern to make up and wear. I love the sleeves but I think it is too wide for me. If I make it again I will take out a couple of cms from the centre of front and back to bring it in a bit. I think it's worth another go.

Lastly, remember this fleece jumper I made and the oil splashed on it and melted dots into it? Well I fixed it. I found a rhinestone press in the 2nd hand shop for $3 a few months ago and while there were some rhinestones left, I used these steel studs that are quite plain and pressed over the burn dots. I love it. It really lifts the jumper and I love the randomness and asymmetry of it. I also love the collar  (and the colour) of this jumper. I've worn this a lot. What do you think?