Sunday, December 26, 2010
Let's all meet her right here. Remember to lock her in your faves. Itwould be great too if you became a follower and root her on while she's on this exciting journey of freedom.
Until I take pics of the few items I made in limbo.
I'll be back.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Skirt to top. This is the unfinished version because I need a photographer for the finished product. The skirt can actually work with the jacket even though that wasn’t the intentions. And again I need to take those pictures. But the products are done and the reviews are done.
I had much fun and trials with this pattern. I like it a lot and plan on getting a lot of wear from it. Especially with jeans. Here are the pics. I am sorry for the vagueness for I am trying to beat the clock:
These are the collar tribulations. Before and after the fix.
The welt pocket marking that did not quite make it to a pocket…because I didn’t know what I was doing.
Front and back. Too cute.
Collar trim before and after.
The pocket that did become a pocket. I need to work on this welt pocket stuff!
Here is the unfinished lining because I ran out of material. It is finished in a sense – the arms and side front and back are not lined but the lining is neatly finished and I like it. So that is all that count. No one will know but me…oh and you, and you and you ….
Here are the buttons that I wanted bigger.
Pictures of me just posing.
I think I should keep the shirt tucked in….but then again. I kinda like it like this.
Until later, Schey
This is the last and final piece to the Endless Combination 2010 contest on PatternReview. I have been through some serious highs and lows with this contest. It wasn’t because of the contest but because of priorities that were going to be met under all circumstances. I was taking STATISTICS II while this contest was underway.
This piece was very easy and simple to do since it is basically straight lines and only three pieces. And two of the pieces are the same. It took less than an hour to sew it. I will update this blog when I get the actual pictures uploaded. I need this part to be done for the count in the contest. When you have time go on over to http://www.patternreview.com/ and take a peek at all the entries and cast your vote. I think you have to have an account as well. Here are two of the in the making photos so that you can get a quick look.
So, I will be back early in the morning – my time – to up date with the pics.THERE WILL BE NO UPDATED PICTURES. YOU SEE MY DEAR LOVING ONE YEAR OLD CUT UP MY SKIRT! OMG THERE ARE JUST SOME THINGS THAT CHILDREN DON'T UNDERSTAND. ONE: DO NOT TOUCH MOMMY'S SEWING - EVER!
TWO: DO NOT TOUCH MOMMY'S SEWING - EVER! LOL
I will redo the skirt because it had a dual purpose...that I am sure my Hubby would love. So it's a redo must!
Until later, Everyone.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
There is no description on the package but I would say Misses' tops with shoulder strap and hem variation with simple palazzo-style pants in six sizes. I made version c.
Six sizes from 8 to 18 and I cut at the 14 line.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I believe so. In fact, I think mine is better, especially in the purple paisley print.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
From what I scanned they were fine. But this top is actually easy to put together with out them.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the hem line especially.
In fact that was the only reason I bought the pattern in the first place. It has been the stash for a while but now I have a fabric and a push (contest) to get this top done. Dislike? Ummmm, this is not a dislike but a sewer-b-ware: If you use sheer or semi sheer fabric, don't skip the top bodice lining; Unless of course that's the look you are going for. But I will be wearing this top out and about and do not need anyone looking at my headlights. (The pattern does call for lining. I just thought I'd put my 2c in. Because I plan on making this for a nightee, which will be sheer.)
A poly charmeuse but it feel like a little cotton is there...
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
No design changes, no alterations. I did use a solid fabric for the lining. It is a tad bit heavier than the fashion fabric. I'm trying to use the stash and I really like the feel of how it came out. t is not cold against my skin when I first put the top on.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I plan on sewing it again for a night shirt to go wth some night shorts in a red and white heart satiny fabric, but about that later....
Recommend - sure.
Next time I will widen the straps - personal feelings not the pattern.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
These are the J. Stern jeans pattern. They are the first piece for the PatternReview Endless Combinations Contest. The purpose of the contest is to make endless possibilities for outfits that will end the dreaded ‘nothing goes with nothing else’ in the closet syndrome. I have a lot of UFO pieces, RTW and hand made, that are stuck in the closet. They are good pieces, they are just lonely. To remedy this from happening again, I think my new way of thinking is to build new looks – endlessly. You start with a piece, I chose a pair of jeans since a wardrobe can spin off in several directions with just a pair of jeans. This is the pattern:
I used a black stretch denim even though the pattern does not necessarily call for stretch. It’s a personal preference because it feels much better than being all stiff like a frozen sausage in non-stretch denim.
During construction, I incorporated a few tip I learned from other phenomenal sewers. The first thing I decided to do at the last moment was bias bind the pocket seams. This gives the pockets a so much better look. The next time I will make sure the thread matches. It was too cold to run out to the sewing “hut” and grab some thread so I used what I already had for the jeans. I also would liked to have used purple bias but I couldn’t find any and really didn’t fell like making my own. Note to self: MAKE OWN BINDING WHEN NONE CAN BE FOUND.
The next picture shows the pocket prepped with the coin pocket from the wrong side. I am glad there is coin pocket piece. Makes it more RTW.
This one is the coin pocket face front.
The back pocket design was an after thought. I wish I had made my mind up before I cut them out, but since I didn’t, I made a simple design and I am quite happy with it. It’s only on one pocket though. I wasn’t quite wanting the symmetrical look.
I took picture with the hot pink top I wasn’t too long made. The top is not part of the contest. I needed something to take the pictures in besides nude “buttons”.
The length of the jeans are quite long for me. I am 5’3”. I do think I will keep them a bit long so that I can wear them with some heels. In this picture, I am wearing a pair of hot pink mules where the heel is not so tall.
Here is the front view: Here is back view:
Up close on the pockets. Up close on the yoke.
I need to redo the back loop because the stitches are pulling. I always get that! I think it is due to the fact that I need to raise the yoke. Which I will do on the next pair. Excuse the raggedy belt. When you have something that feels so comfortable, you don’t want to let it go.
Here are some more pictures that I took with the jeans because I felt the pink top over powered the fact that the jeans were focal point.
I should have taken pictures and then ate! But I was full, though!