Monday, April 29, 2013

Knit Skirt Sewed

Since I felt so confident making the top I did an easy knit skirt. I had this material from a thrift store.

The skirt is just 2 rectangles, elastic waist and pockets. I choose to make it very simple.

Sitting it in right now, I see why people like knit skirts. This material is so soft.

Since I had white thread in my machine I cut the skirt so I could use the white thread. I used the 3 stitch zig-zag throughout, even the hem. Stretches nicely.

Ignore my feet and the floor, the flash did that :(

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Sewed White Knit Fabric Top

My May SAL is to sew a knit top. I decided to try something very simple to get ahead.
I found this pattern at walmart as well as this white knit travel material. This is a very easy top. Front piece, back piece, neck band.
This was a good first piece.
I learned to use 2 different stitches. A 3 step zig-zag and a 3 stitch straight stitch. I used the 3 step zig-zag for the shoulder and side seams. I used the 3 stitch straight stitch for the neck and hemming.
I didn't do very well on the neck, so I added a stitch to the top.
Then I tried it on. It was almost falling off my shoulders and remember someone on Ralvery mentioning that I probably have narrow shoulders since this happens with RTW tops. So I did a fold and stitched it to fit. My next piece will be 2 backs. The fold at the under arms is just the way it looks with my arms down.
I don't know what happened with the hem. Maybe too wide and should have been more narrow.
This is a white fabric.
New Look A6216 pattern.

Capri Pants Sewing

I found this pattern at a thrift store and since I couldn't find my Capri pants pattern, I bought it. The pants were uncut (lucky me as the skirt was).

I was between 2 sizes so I want up a size, from the picture on the pattern envelope looking form fitting, I figure it would be fine.

I'm not sure how they ended up looking 4 sizes too big. Yep there at home pants.

I used a cotton fabric like it called for. I added side pockets.

ETA I sewed up the sides a bit and front and back. I ironed it so much the sides don't flare out like I wanted, but maybe when the material relaxes, it will be fine.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

PJ 3rd pair

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Made my 3rd pair from the same pattern. New Look 6765.

This material seemed thinner after I washed it.  Some of the seams kind of were coming out. Even with the stitch I used.

When I sewed on the pockets to the side, I realized it was thin and changed my stitch (I used one that was two straight stitches with a zig-zag in the middle---number 14 on my machine).  But the material is thin.

But the print is pretty and will last me through spring and summer. I plan on making some fleece ones for winter anyway.  That will be before winter. I want some cute PJs in the winter. Usually I just wear sweat pants (they're warm and the men's have pockets--womens' are usually the fashion type and don't have pockets or fit comfy).

PJ 3rd pair by cfdcdc2003
PJ 3rd pair, a photo by cfdcdc2003 on Flickr.


Close up with the TRUE color, a teal/blue:

Monday, April 15, 2013

PJ Bottom, 2nd Pair

My second pair of PJ bottoms. I started these thinking I could make a pair a week as a challenge. But after I started these, I thought these are easy and going to be boring soon. Also, how could I challenge myself?

So I decided to do outside front pockets. Then I decided to do outside back pockets. Looking at a pattern, didn’t help, so I just winged it. I added the decorate stitch to the back pockets to cover up my poor sewing skills. Then used the same scallop for the front. I had the pockets cut for the side seam ones, so I just used those.

For the material, I used a sheet I had in my stash for practice and this a good practice on outside pockets which I hadn’t done before.

Pattern: New Look 6765 (for the legs and original side pockets).  Very easy pattern, one front piece, one back piece and pocket pieces.

Pockets:

pj #2 close up of pocket detail by cfdcdc2003


And the PJ’s on me:

pj #2 by cfdcdc2003

Sunday, April 7, 2013

PJ bottom

PJ bottom by cfdcdc2003
PJ bottom, a photo by cfdcdc2003 on Flickr.
PJ bottom. 6765 New Look pattern. Material in stash. Bought from a thrift store. Both Pattern and material. 50 cent pattern, uncut.

Very easy pattern.  Just a front and back piece, and a pocket piece. These could be made in an hour after a few tries, I'm sure. If you elminated the pockets, it would take that long, but I love pockets. And they're not hard to put in.  These are the same simple side pockets I use for skirts all the time.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April SAL Plans

My March SAL (sew-a-long) didn't happen because I was doing a charity sewing project for my church.

I'm ready for April though.

April is to sew some PJ's.  I'm going to do some bottoms (I think most are on Ralvery).  I choose a print I have in my stash.  I was going to make a skirt with this print, but then I decided it would be cuter in PJ bottoms.  I had the pattern. I'm going to do the long PJs.  It's a unisex pattern.



These are both thrift store finds. I can't remember the price on the material as I bought it over a year ago. The pattern was 50 cents (love those prices)--uncut.

The pattern is very easy.  Front, back, pockets.  Yep it has side slit pockets.  If it didn't, I was going to add them anyway.  Elastic waist and simple fold over hem for the bottom.  I read the pattern the other night.  The bottoms are cotton (or similar) material. The top is a knit, so I won't do that now.  Another SAL is a knit top and I have material and pattern ready for that.

I discovered I did not have any purple thread.  I couldn't believe it.  Last night I found two that looked like they would match and one will.  I used a picture on my cell phone since I hadn't cut out the pattern yet.  Normally I would take a piece of scrap material (had to do that once when I couldn't find the thread I bought).

If anyone else has done PJ bottoms before, put a link in the comments and let me see.  I would love to.  yes I've done pants before (2 including 1 muslin), but I still like inspiration.