28 April 2015

Welcome the Newest Visitors to Wadderville

I call them "visitors" because there may be hope.  Maybe.  For now, they both need lots and lots of time in Narnia - one step beyond the magic closet.

First up is the BWOF trench skirt (8-2009-107).  This has so much fail and it's all because of the fabric.  It's just too heavy for this pattern.  I am bummed about this too because I bought the fabric initially for a jacket.  I should have stuck with my original plan.  Oh well.

It looks horrible on me, so dress form pics are all I have.  The skirt is pinned to the form and so are the buttons.  

Given that I shortened the pattern 1", I probably should have repositioned the diagonal topstitching so that it was proportional.

The hem is turned under twice and topstitched.  With the fabric being so thick, I can't get the pleats to lie flat.  I could unpick the hem and lop some shit off, but I don't feel like it right now.

The instructions aren't that bad if you read them slowly and a few times.  The word maze sort of works itself out in the mind and it starts to actually make sense.

I'll definitely sew the skirt again, but in a much lighter-weight fabric.

Next is the very ambitious interlined eyelet button-front blouse, Simplicity 4077.  This pattern has been in and out of the rotation for...hmm...six years or so.  I made the FBA, but did not like how the darts looked.  So I converted both the front and back darts to princess seams and got the fit that I like.

Unfortunately, something is still off about this version.  Because the eyelets are rather big, I decided to underline each piece with a light-weight cotton batiste.  This thing feels like a suit of armor and I haven't even put in the sleeves or ruffles.  

Meh.  I have no motivation to finish it.

I had high hopes for both garments, but alas, it is not to be...for now at least.

I want to sew something, but my sewjo is on hiatus in the worst way.  I don't even feel like sewing a pair of jeans.  =/  

I'm in a funk inside and outside of the sewing room; I hope the tide will turn soon.


21 April 2015

Two Confessions

Confession #1:  I can be terrible at finishing a project.

I admit that I have several garments in some state of "almost done" that have been washed and worn several times.  From pants needing the other half of a closure to knit tops that need a hem - the list is not short.  I think a combination of project fatigue and the excitement of a new garment creates a little sewing attention deficit disorder.

Remember this Simplicity jacket?

I finished it (almost), but it took way longer than necessary.  I removed the robot eyes, set the sleeves, cut and assembled most of the lining.  All I needed to do was set ONE sleeve in the lining.  I had zero motivation to do it.  The ease stitches were sewn, all I had to do was gather, pin, and stitch.  I did other things, but to finish what is the simplest of tasks was not one of them.

Like I said, it's almost done.  The only thing that's left is to hand stitch the sleeve lining hem to the jacket hem.  There is no way to fake this one - not even slightly.  The lining peaks out under the sleeve, so if I am to ever wear this jacket, I have to do the handstitching.  I don't hate it, but I also don't jump at the chance to do it.

Confession #2:  I hate sewing lining and anything slippery.  HATE!

My tolerance for fussy fabrics is at an all-time low and it wasn't very high to begin with.  I know lining is important and I will always include it when needed.  But that doesn't mean I have to like it.  

From cutting to pinning, we are both fussing at each other nonstop.  I use a walking foot and microtex needle when sewing, so that's not too bad.  My interest in a garment wanes significantly when it's time to cut and assemble the lining.  It's the reason my now-year-old trench coat is still not finished.

Since I last posted these pictures, I've set the sleeves and assembled the front facing-lining unit.  All I need to do is cut and sew the back lining, and set the sleeves.  Sooooo simple, right?  Sigh. 

Does anyone else struggle with finishing?  What are some of your sewing hangups?


04 April 2015

Skinnifying Jalie 2908


I finished the second pair of skinnified Jalie 2908 two weeks ago.  I am a sedated turtle at blogging, I know.  Anyway, the jeans passed the roller skating test, so they're good to go. No seams popped and they didn't feel too tight with all of the movement.  

The first pair was finished sometime last fall.
Honestly, I don't know if these quite qualify as "skinny jeans."  There is still a bit of bagginess around the ankle and kness and they're not skin-tight.

Anyway, removing the flare from the pattern wasn't difficult at all.  Some time ago, Faye posted a link to Nick Verreos' video on how to convert boot cut jeans to skinny jeans.  He suggests making an adjustment to the inseam only.  I didn't like this because I thought it might cause an imbalance in the hang of the hem.  So while I used his idea as a starting point, ultimately I did my own thing at the end.

Using the pattern pieces from a pair of BWOF skinny jeans I made over a year ago, I measured the front and back hem for my base.  

On the front pattern piece, I subtracted 1.5" (3.8 cm) from both the inseam and outseam for a total of 3" (7.6 cm) removed.  The picture below shows the original J2908 on top and modified J2908 on bottom.

On the back, I subtracted 1.5" (3.8 cm) from the inseam and 1.75" (4.4 cm) from the outseam for a total of 3.25 (8.3 cm) removed.  Again, the original J2908 is on top and the modified pattern is on the bottom.

In Nick's video, he tapered the reduction all the way up to the hip area.  I tapered mine to the knee because I didn't want the jeans to be too tight.  

That's pretty much it!  Like I said, I don't know if these are true skinny jeans, but I'm happy with them! 


 GOMI-worthy pose.  Yeah, I lurk.

These jeans are part of step 4 from the Starting from Scratch series.  Next is a white button-down to go along with the accessories from step 5.  Once I redo the cardigan and knit tee, I'll post an update with pictures.

Until next time, peace!



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