November 21, 2017

5 Questions, 1 Take Video

Thanks so much to Elizabeth (Elizabeth Made This) for tagging me and and to Lisa (And Sew On) for starting such a fun tag. I've really enjoyed watching all the other seamstresses who have taken part. If you haven't joined in yet, I'm officially tagging you now. I can't wait to hear your answers.

Thanks so much for watching. I hope you enjoyed this short video. It was really hard for me to keep it short in one take. I did my best and I think it went ok.

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Favorite Pattern: Butterick B5917

I hope that all of your sewing projects are going together like a dream.
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Proverbs 31:27 "She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness."

November 05, 2017

Week 4 Progress ~ Vogue V8991 Couture Jacket

I decided to keep a running journal for this very overwhelming project. The goal is to write my progress daily and then post it at the end of the week. Read my posts for week 1 here and week 2 and 3 here. I took a week off of sewing for family/life stuff but now I'm back and get to start on week 4 ....

~ Week 4 Progress Pictures ~ 

I'm really excited about this weeks work. There's actual construction involved. Before this point it was all about prepping that front panel. I never thought that I would be so excited to sew a seam. Lol

Steps 27 and 28 are a bit of prep work but very minimal. It's simply quilting the lining to the fashion fabric of the side front piece. Just as in a previous step, I skipped the hand basting and just pinned it and then did the machine quilting line. Using silk pins is essential in this step. Otherwise the pinholes would be overly large and the silk lining wouldn't recover.

Step 29 is attaching the front and side front, making sure not to include the side front lining. Again there was basting that I replaced with pins, glorious pins. lol There is also a note to press the seam open. This is quite confusing because in the next few steps the lining is going to be stitched to the seam allowance. I pressed the seam toward the side front.

Step 30 and 31 are pinning and basting the lining to the front piece and then handstitching the lining to the seam.

A poorly lit image of my pinned lining.
That's what I get for sewing in the middle of the night.
The machine sewn line in the background is the quilting line

Step 32 and 33 are attaching the free edge of the side front lining over the front lining. It went rather well, although, I did have to watch a YouTube video to understand how to actually do the slipstitch. Here's the video:

Step 34 is attaching the pocket that I didn't make so obviously I skipped this part.

At this point I know that there are steps missing. While I was researching this pattern I read that the instructions are incomplete as to the treatment of the back. The lining has darts but the fashion fabric (in this case, silk tweed) doesn't. You are supposed to shrink out the fullness. With wool tweed that would work but silk doesn't shrink. So at this point I stitched the darts, by hand, in the fashion fabric.

Pattern Instructions for Darts in Lining

Step 35 to 37 is attaching the back pieces together along with adding the side pieces of the fashion fabric. For the neckline interfacing I used cotton muslin.

Darts and Center Seam of Silk Tweed and Silk Lining

Steps 38 to 40 is sewing the darts in the back lining (I did mine by hand), attaching them and attaching the sides. Yay for all the seam work this week. It's starting to come together.

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October 27, 2017

Holiday Gift Ideas From My Pattern Stash

I've been so caught up in my couture jacket project that I haven't been able to work on holiday gifts. So, I decided to go through my pattern stash and see if there was anything in there to inspire me. Here's what I came up with.

 ~ Vogue V8991 ~ Misses' Petite Jacket (My current project)

 ~ Simplicity 1795 ~ Misses', Men's, Teens' Animal Hats with Leg and Arm Warmers (hooded scarves) 

 ~ McCall's M4898 ~ Children's and Girls Ponchos 

 ~ McCall's Tapestry Pattern Collection Designed Exclusively For Avon 

 ~ Simplicity 4762 ~ Boys' and Men's Vests and Ties 

 ~ Simplicity 9735 ~ Heirloom Doll and Clothes in Two Sizes 

 ~ Simplicity 3544 ~ Misses' Aprons 

 ~ McCall's 3274 ~ Novelty Pillows (Letters) 

 ~ McCall's 6765 ~ Floor Mats and Pillows (pancake, cookie, and pie floor pillows with strawberry, blue berry and pat of butter pillows) 

 ~ Butterick 5054 ~ Young Adult Backpacks and MP3 Player Covers 

 ~ Simplicity 3575 ~ Unisex Child's, Teens' and Adults' Robe 

 ~ Butterick 4251 ~ Tepee and Mat 

 ~ Instagram Dove ~ 
So far I can't find the account that inspired me to find my pattern. If you have seen a lovely, white, felt dove ornament on Instagtram, please share a link in the comment section. Thanks so much for your help. 

It's specifically for inspirational, holiday sewing ideas. I've been collecting images of ornaments, gifts and home decor. There are lots of free patters there. 

~ What are you sewing for the holidays? ~
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I hope that this post gives some gift making inspiration,
Until next time, 
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October 22, 2017

Week 2 & 3 Progress ~ V8991 Couture Jacket

I decided to keep a running journal for this very overwhelming project. The goal is to write my progress daily and then post it at the end of the week. Read about week 1 here. Now we can get started with week 2.... and unfortunately, this ran over to week 3.

I am now starting on my second week working on this project and looking at my jacket I come to a heavy conclusion.... I haven't really done anything yet. Yes, my pattern muslin was made and my fabric is cut out but I haven't sewn a single seam. Oh my!! I had better get to it.....

Picking up where I left off, with steps 14 is making the buttonholes. Here we have some pre-instructions. That is instructions to follow before you actually do the step. In this case, we are supposed to make practice button holes on scrap fabric before we actually start doing them on the true garment.

In step 14 Claire Shaeffer explains that she doesn't have a "notcher for making holes" so she "cuts a small triangle a the end". I've never heard of a notcher for making buttonholes but when I looked it up I found lots of examples of what looks like a leather hole punch. I have an antique one but I don't trust it to be sharp enough. So I went with a stiletto to open a hole in the fabric and then used my thread scissors to cut the notches.

Step 15 is stabilizing the area to be cut. I really like this technique. I set my stitch length to as short as I could and stitched very close to the basted cut line, using a zipper foot, from the front of the fabric.

Close up (in terrible lighting, sorry) of the center thread designating where
the buttonhole will be cut, surrounded on either side by a machine
basting stitch to stabilize the area.

In step 16 we actually cut the slit for the buttonhole. This wasn't that bad. That stabilized area on either side really gave a lot of support. There's also a tip to use glue on the cut edge to stabilize it. In my case this step was very important because I didn't use fusible interfacing. I used school glue. It didn't leave any discoloration and dried stiff, keeping the tweed from unraveling.

Steps 17 and 18 are instructions on how to hand stitch a buttonhole. Thankfully, I have had hours of practice doing this when I was making eyelet lace, also known as cutwork or broderie anglaise. Unfortunately, trying to do this without actual buttonhole twist and actual gimp made it incredibly difficult to achieve an acceptable result.

Hand buttonhole worked in white topstitching thread with one strand
under the stitching as gimp. 

I went with topstitching thread because I can easily get that from Joann Fabric. I picked up some white (because the project lining is white) and followed the directions. I hated it. It just didn't look right to me. Eventually, over the course of two weeks, I decided to change my thread color to a dull green and use four strands behind the stitch as gimp. This gave a much nicer effect because the white thread stood out and using only one thread behind the stitch didn't fill in the areas where the fashion fabric shown through the stitching. Whereas the green recedes, making it look more natural against the tweed, and the four strands do a very nice job in adding bulk under the stitches.

Finished hand sewn buttonholes in Gutermann topstitching thread
color 724, it's a nice, light, sage green

Steps 19 and 20 are to make faux bound buttonhole "flaps" on the interfacing side. I was going to skip this part. However, it does show itself to be necessary once you see the backside of the buttonhole. Let's just say that there is much to be desired in the stitching. For this part I tacked strips of silk ribbon to the interfacing.

Steps 21 to 26 are all about prepping the pockets.... of which I'm not doing.

Here's some tips that I found very helpful in making hand sewn buttonholes:

  1. Try to find true buttonhole twist and gimp in the color that you need. There are online retailers that sell in short lengths. I will definitely be taking this advice in my next project. It will go much smoother from the start with way less aggravation.
  2. Work in a very well light space. I like to have a lamp shining over my shoulder when I'm hand sewing.
  3. Use a sewing needle with a wide enough hole to pass the buttonhole twist easily. There's nothing more aggravating, in hand sewing, than not being able to thread your needle.
  4. Wax your thread. You can get a little piece of wax in the notions section of WalMart and I'm sure Joann Fabric sells it. I couldn't find mine and used a regular, short pillar candle instead. 
  5. If you are using fabric covered buttons, make those first so you can check the size of your hole. You don't want to find out at the end that your buttons are too big for the holes.
  6. Practice on scrap fashion fabric until you are satisfied with your work.
  7. School glue is your friend. I dabbed it around the edge and didn't have any problems with my tweed unraveling. 
  8. Use the stabilizing stitch, in step 15, as your guide. Bring your stitches up just behind this stitch and you can achieve very even stitching.
  9. Don't be afraid to take out a stitch if it doesn't fall where you want it to.
  10. Thick gimp makes lovely buttonholes. If only I had had true gimp, they would be even better. Using multiple strands of thread was quite a hassle because inevitably a strand or two would end up getting caught up in my stitching thread. It really slowed me down trying to keep it all sorted.
  11. Make sure and pull the stitches tightly as you make them. Also, try and keep them straight as you go. 
  12. Once you're finished, if it looks a bit wonky, you can fiddle with it to straighten it out. 

If you have any other tips, I'd love to hear them. While I was familiar with the buttonhole stitch, I had never actually used it to make buttonholes. Lol. This was a great learning experience.

Looking ahead to next week's directions, I see that there are actual seams being sewn. I'm very excited about that.

I hope that all of your sewing projects are going together like a dream.
Until next time, 
Happy Stitching!!

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