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makings

I have a few sewn things that I finished over the last few weeks.  I haven’t posted about them yet, but will do them all now.

First, I made a pair of jeans!  I have been planning to make jeans for about a year, when last May I decided to try it.  I bought a Craftsy course by Angela Wolf (after hearing a podcast interview with her) about how to make jeans.  I bought her pattern sometime around Christmas, as well as the denim she recommended.  Finally, in March I started tracing and cutting out the pattern, then making a muslin.  The first muslin I made, I was having to make so many adjustments that I realized that if I made the jeans 2 sizes smaller, I would have fewer problems.  So, with a smaller size, and only a few adjustments, the muslin fit pretty well.  Then, I started on the jeans in denim.  They were much easier than I thought they would be – and actually a lot of fun.  A bit of a puzzle with lots of room for artistry (not that I could put much art in mine at this point).  The top stitching was fun and a good practice.  I used two spools of thread, twisted, to make the thread thick enough – and increased tension a bit.  Next time, I will use a top stitching thread.  I forgot to use stabilizer when I was top stitching the pockets, so they don’t look as good as they should.  I also was not totally pleased with the fabric.  It was too thin and too stretchy.  It has 3% Lycra, I think.  Next time I will choose a thicker denim with a little less Lycra (and I may have found that fabric at a local fabric store).  Also, the pocket linings did not go far enough down to look right.  The lining sticks out a bit.  Anyway, despite these problems, the jeans fit and they are very comfortable.  I used two buttons from my grandmother’s collection on these.

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Next, I made Evva a sweatshirt that matches (or goes with) the one I made for Anne a few months ago (I must not have posted it – her’s is black French terry with the mustangs in teal and off-white) – mustangs with an organic cotton knit fabric.  Oliver + S pattern.  You can’t see it in the pictures, but there is a front pocket that is a neat detail.  Evva loves it.

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Finally, I made shorts for each of the girls and myself.  I love this pattern from Purlbee.  It is easy and the shorts are cute and comfortable.  Also, I used a bias tape maker I got from Purl Soho which makes bias tape making SO MUCH easier.  I love it!

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sewing little things

I was sewing, fast and furious, before we left for Europe–or really, before the girls left for Europe. I realized that many of the clothes they own are not really up to par as “nice” clothes. We get a lot of hand-me-downs and we are hard on clothes (living in the country and all), so they had a lot of cheap clothes, tees with logos, and lots of stained clothing. They did have some nicer clothes and dresses, and these were in large part clothes that my mother gave them or clothes that I made them.

I whipped out a pink tee-shirt for Evva (made with organic cotton knit) and a pair of gathered waist kaki shorts for Anne, which I was in such a rush to make, I did not realize until yesterday that I sewed the pockets in wrong. Oh, well. I used their own clothes to as a base for the patterns, and I did some improv sewing to get them to work. I made these simple, basic garments because I thought it would probably be quicker and easier than loading up all the children for the 2 hours it would take to go to Target and buy them. Quicker, it may not have been. More enjoyable, and cheaper (while being better quality) – yes!

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I also really wanted the girls to have a pencil pouch to carry their pencils and markers that I knew they would be using to journal and color on their trip. I cut out the fabrics and bought the zippers on my way out of town. I sewed them up in about 20 minutes at my grandmother’s house in Elizabeth City. I got to use her nice Bernina which had not been sewn on in 5 years. It is a great machine, but more complicated and sensitive than mine. At one point I somehow changed the stitching to only go backwards, so I sewed up one pouch that way before I accidentally nudged another knob and the stitching went back to forward stitching.

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I also made up a little wallet for Hythe who was begging for one to put his money in. Not sure he will use it, but it is cute, and was simple, and used up fabric scraps–just about a win-win.

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I made myself a little skirt from a New Look pattern I bought when I was in college, and cut up an old dress I haven’t worn in 10 years, but loved the fabric so never got rid of it.

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And, I sewed together a pile of napkins for a cousin’s fiance. They were her wedding shower present–all women who came brought a scrap of fabric, wrote a blessing on the muslin backing, and I sewed them all together. A bit of a hodge-podge, but I think it is really sweet and fun (and you really can’t have too many cloth napkins).

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Since I have been back, I haven’t been sewing, but I have been thinking of what I want to sew next. I got out a beautiful vintage Vogue pattern from my grandmother’s collection, thinking I would make it to wear at weddings and other events this summer. But after reading the instructions, I realized I did not have enough time to make a muslin and a dress in time to wear this summer. Plus, I have other things I want to sew, such as presents for the wedding couples and uniform bottoms for the girls new school. I found another, simpler pattern from the 70s or 80s and nearly finished the muslin last night.

I am looking forward to my new, bigger, sewing projects.

On-going Sewing

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I have a few projects in the works, but the one I want to finish first is a skirt I am making for Evva.  It is Notting Hill by Pink Fig Patterns.  It is super cute.  I made a skirt for Anne a month ago from this pattern, though I have had the pattern around for almost a year.  I had wanted to make a dress for Anne, but she did not like to go to school in dresses or skirts because they were too short (knee-length) and someone might see her underwear.  When I saw Notting Hill I knew it fit her personality and the requirement of low-probability-of-underwear-citing.  So, I finally got Anne to pick out some fabric from a great on-line (and brick and mortar) store (Alewives Fabrics), and made her this skirt.  Because the pattern was so easy and Evva is now getting to that stage, I am making one for her too.  Anne picked more bold, primary colors and patterns that were more contemporary.  Evva picked romantic colors and patterns of flowers, pink, orange, blue.  I love that this pattern can adapt to so many colors, styles, and personalities.  I love making clothes for my sweet girls.

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