Archive for March 2016

Full Moon Sewing

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Errrr.  Hello again!  I know I have been saying that a lot lately but life has been so hectic recently.  About three weeks ago, a weather system developed and sat over north Louisiana for about four days.  That meant that the area received 27 inches (~69 cm) of rain in a little over 48 hours.  Our area was hit hard with flooding.  We housed another family for about a week as they were unable to get to their house because of the rising water.  There was no school because of the flood waters.  Needless to say, I got very little sewing done and have been helping to clean and move others in our area.   The bummer part is that 3-5 inches of more rain is forecasted for tomorrow!  Spring is coming in with a bang!

I finally stole an afternoon on a Saturaday to sew the Luna Pants Pattern by Made by Rae.  A wild pair of pants needed the simplicity of the Grainline Scout Tee so I whipped that up on Sunday.

Experiment:
Luna Pants
Size XS

Grainline Studio
Scout Tee
Size:  4

Materials:
3 yards of maroon cotton
2 yards of black cotton lawn
Coats and Clark Black Cotton Polyester Thread
1" woven elastic (~1.5 yards -- just a guess!!)

Procedure:
I wanted the Luna Pant Pattern as soon as Rae rolled it out.  I cannot resist stylish comfiness.  Even Rae professed that the reason she designed the pants was to be able to wear comfy but stylish pj-like pants in public.  The Luna pattern has five pattern pieces. The waist is finished with a waistband that encloses the elastic and Luna features pockets!  An approachable pant pattern for someone who is apprehensive of pants or for someone who wants a quick sew.
I gravitated toward a loud print to spice up these pants.  Do you get the Hammer pant vibe?  I do and I love the throw-back 90s.  The elastic cinched pant leg adds some definition to the billowy bum area.  Very Hammer-y.  
I thought that it might be hard to style these pants.  I was wrong because I have worn them with a cardigan, a tank-top, and the Scout tee.  I am loving that with heels these dress up.  Or sandals, I can survive the onslaught of weekend errands or a day at the ballpark with Jules.  I  am lapping up the compliments!
I followed up the Luna pants with another Scout Tee.  My first Scout Tee is beloved but is tight in the shoulder area.  I raided my stash and found a buttery black lawn.  I sized up to a size four with this new Scout to add a little roomy and a more casual appearance.  The Scout tee in black lawn is very versatile.  With jeans or my Veronica skirt.  The black lends itself to scarves or necklaces galore.

I changed my serger thread to include two black cones and two white cones.  To speed up the Scout tee construction and give it an intriguing look, I decided to finish the sleeves and hem with just the serger.  This is my second Scout and my second Made By Rae pattern.  A winning combo.

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Holy Christmas Trees! I Made Jeans!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Holy Christmas Trees!  I made jeans.  Woot, woot! And, *gasp*, they fit. They are bloody fantastic.

Experiment:
Birkin Jeans by Baster and Gather
Size: 27

Materials:
2.5 yards of denim with 3% stretch
1/3 yard cotton
Gold Topstitching Thread
Blue Thread
6" Jean Zipper
Antique Polished Jean Button

Procedure:
I signed up to test this pattern.  When I received the email I was chosen, I immediately became intimidated.  Could I make jeans!?   Others probably had and mine will look amateur.  Oh the countless times I tried to talk myself out of this project. . .At the start of it, I would have resolutely proclaimed a 'Nope! Can't do this'  Many thanks to Lauren from Baste and Gather for her awesome pattern and the most amazing directions.  It was worth the effort.
I bought cheap fabric stretch denim fabric to make a muslin and to learn how to make a fly front.  Luckily the fly front came together quite easily -- it was the topstitching and pocket placement that was sloppy on my muslin.  The result was perfect for testing but could not even be called a decent wearable muslin.  The muslin process was so valuable as it gave the confidence that I could make jeans.
Soooooo, I cut into the expensive denim from Threadbare Fabrics.  I had to pump myself up with a playlist that included Eminem's Lose Yourself and The Beastie Boys Sabotage on full blast since cutting into expensive fabric is dead scary.  I even busted out the carbon paper and little pizza cutter to trace and achieve the perfect pocket placement.  I carefully topstitched.  And I am quite proud of the my backside ;)!
Yep, I am a fan.  Notice that I did not add the belt loops.  I rarely wear jeans with a belt or tuck in a shirt to show off a belt -- I don't have that kind of accessorizing power.  For sake of time, I omitted the loops -- they sit, made, in a little corner of my sewing table.  The most challenging part for me was the fly front.  I found that Lauren's directions, diagrams and a RTW pair of jeans I could look at over and over again were the key for me to sew a fly front.  The pocket bag also gave me a little trouble  and I'll admit that one of my pockets has the wrong side of the fabric facing out where it should be the right side but coins, gum, keys and lipstick don't care about which side of the fabric they are going to be shoved into.
These jeans sit below my natural waist and are similar to a beloved pair of RTW jeans I own.  The flare is quite large.  I ended up having to remove a good 4-5 inches from the bottom of the leg in order to get them to fall at a place I was comfortable (I guess I am a tad on the tiny side!).  These jeans were worth every curse and stitch that I had to unpick.   And although I received this pattern in exchange for testing I would buy it in a heart beat.  It is fabulous!
My Birkin jeans have been in heavy rotation and I am quite chuffed that the have held up through wash after wash and many tumbles in the dryer. Yeah, I probably shouldn't put them in the dryer but tumbling in the dryer seems to make them softer, loved, and comfy!  I love this pattern but more importantly, I made jeans that I love.

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