Thursday, July 18, 2013

Green Top -- Sewn

Wanted an easy top in cotton fabric. Found this pattern: New Look 6356. Yes it says 2 hours, but only if you're experienced, and of course that's only the sewing. The original calls for a back zipper and side slits which I eliminated.

Used some inexpensive Walmart cotton and it turned out to be a wearable muslin. Next one will be a little wider (it's a bit tight) and the bust darts won't be as long.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Blue and White Jacket

I made this last week but didn't post it. I used the pattern for my top and just cut a slit down the front. I was looking for an easy, quick, short sleeve jacket pattern and could find one. So I just made this.

Fabric was just a inexpensive one from Walmart to test on something. So this worked. It's actually very light fabric and a bit slick. Used my roller foot for the hem.

The sleeve is not that stiff, I just held it out to show the pattern.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Car Garbage Bag - Sewing

The July SAL Challenge is to make a bag.
I wasn't going to, but yesterday decided to.

Here's the finished car garbage bag. (not the best picture, taking early morning and stuffed with a tissue box).

Some of the Challenges in making this bag include:

Button Hole and Button
I haven’t sewen a button hole since the 8th grade (decades ago). I had to practice a few times and the button kept coming out of the button hole foot.
I also sewed on the button. It was almost too big. It was so wide it barely fit between the foot and the darning plate. And the holes were so wide I had to use the widest stitch.
Here’s a picture of the finished button and button hole.

Overcast foot. I hadn’t used this, and although it works fine, I don’t like the stitch it creates. It’s different then the regular foot. It is good if it’s something like this bag, no lining so the edges are finished off nicely. The lining for this bag is a grocery bag.
Here’s a picture of the strap where I used the overcast foot.

My other parts of the challenge:
I made 2 of these at the same time. I thought if one gets dirty, I could bring it in and actually have one.
Also, I had wanted to make these forever. So this is a project I can check off my mental list of things I want to make.