Fabric: Reassigned

Before Christmas, I had grand plans to sew a couple of projects, namely for my parents, this didn’t end up happening though…between other Christmas stuff, job hunting and our move, time just slipped away from me.

Ripping Down A Failed Project

They took 2 hangers to hang up!

You see, I found some great fabric that had wrenches all over it, and in some circles, my dad’s nickname is ‘the wrench’ – for his handy capabilities (not for his mob duties. Haha! Doesn’t that sound like a great mobster nickname? Johnny the Wrench. Anyway…)

Ripping Down A Failed Project

So, my brilliant idea was to make him a pair of PJ’s out of this great wrench fabric for Christmas. I think I decided to cut a medium of the pattern (I can’t remember which one at this point – since it’s long been garbaged), and I ended up with the circus tent of pajamas. They were gigantic!

Soon To Be HSTs

This is the most accurate representation color-wise

I quickly scrapped the pyjama idea and moved on to something else, but I still had these gigiantic PJ’s in my fabric stash, so a few nights ago, I cut the seams off and I’m going to do a little half-square-triangle (HST) quilt using the wrench fabric and some other stash leftovers I have (some wonderfully cheerful Amy Butler fabric).

I also found that I had some little 2.5″ white Kona Cotton squares leftover from my ‘white and yellow’ quilt, but whomever cut them (wink, wink) didn’t manage to cut actual squares (I remember when I was cutting the fabric for this quilt, I had my small olfa mat balanced on my ironing board. That quilt was a lesson in how important accurate cutting is!), so I cut them down to 2.25″ squares.

This project is going to be one where the design progresses as the sewing happens. I certainly don’t have it all planned out at this point, but I think it’s going to be fun arranging all those HSTs.


Progress: Jasmine and Tinder

I have been busy! Yesterday I bit the bullet and cut into my fashion fabric for the Colette Patterns Jasmine Blouse (Version 1). I started by clearing everything off my sewing table and pulling it out from the wall –

Colette Patterns Jasmine Progress

It’s so nice to be able to cut from each side of the table. I used my little rotary cutter (fast becoming my favorite cutting tool for garments) and cutting mat. I had to do some creative fabric placement for some of it though, to keep it on the mat.

I used some great itty-bitty black and white polka-dot fabric in 100% cotton. It’s super lightweight – I think maybe a voile, or perhaps just a tad heavier. You can see through it if you hold it in the air, but not if I’m wearing it.

After my last dress project, I learned to inspect my fabric closely, and I found this –

Had to cut around this little beauty.

So I made sure to place my pattern pieces around it so it didn’t end up on the finished garment.

I was originally planning to mark my pieces with white tailors chalk, but I opted for this brick red instead –

Colette Patterns Jasmine Progress

It showed a lot better. Both of these chalks are from a gigantic box of accessories I got when I bought someone’s grandmother’s old sewing machine. That machine was oiled and fixed up, and then went to live at a 7 year old girl’s house, who was just getting in to sewing. Fun, huh? The next generation of vintage machine users!

I realized when I was cutting the pattern that I did not in fact have the interfacing I thought I did, so I did as much assembly as I could without interfacing, but a trip to the fabric store is in order at some point so I can keep going.

I was able to assemble the bodice, since there’s no interfacing there –

Colette Patterns Jasmine Progress

I opted for french seams throughout (I’ll likely use seam binding on the armholes though, because they’re too curvy for french seams). I tried it on and it fits perfectly! Woohoo!

Colette Patterns Jasmine Progress

The bust darts sit in exactly the right place. And the neckline actually lays the way it’s supposed to.

I was a little bummed to have to stop sewing when I did because if the lack of interfacing, because I’m so happy with the way the project is progressing. I know I could have used some of the fabric from the blouse to make interfacing, but I really want to use a plain black because of the slight opacity of the fabric.

Colette Patterns Jasmine Progress

I was still feeling in the creative spirit, so I picked up the back band of my Tinder sweater and knit on that for a bit while I watched another lesson (or 3) of Kenneth D. King’s Jean-ius: Reverse Engineer Your Favorite Fit Craftsy class. I wanted to watch all of it before starting on my own pair of jeans.

Tinder Sweater Back Band

It looks like the Jasmine blouse and the Tinder sweater are going to go really nicely together too! Until I can get that interfacing, I’ll be knitting on Tinder.

Serger Fun: Making A T-Shirt

When I first bought my serger, in August 2011, I bought some awesome star spangled knit fabric to go along with it. I had plans of jumping in immediately and making myself a t-shirt. Well, the reality of serger ownership revealed a bit of a learning curve, so I never ended up getting to that t-shirt.

Last night, I pre-washed my fabric, traced my size of the pattern, and cut my pieces though! –

Butterick B5215

I think this fabric was about $5 per meter, and I’m fairly certain I can get more, so I’m not too worried about jumping in and going for it. Already a good sign: it looks like it’s going to fit!

Don’t you love all the stars?!? –

Butterick B5215

The pattern is from Butterick, B5215 and has 3 different versions, depending on how much shape you want in your t-shirt and how long you would like the sleeves.

Butterick B5215

I chose Version A, which is fitted and has cap sleeves. It looks a little more curvy than the t-shirts I buy, but the cap sleeves don’t look super short, which is a pleasant surprise. I cut the small size, and went with my upper bust measurement to decide this.

Now I just have to get the serging order right…shoulders, sleeves….wait, wouldn’t it make sense to sew on the neckband before the second shoulder? I have some thinking and research to do…