I finally got around to hemming the blazer I bought at Goodwill, brand new for $4 back in the spring. Dare I say hemming the lined sleeves was easier than hemming unlined sleeves? I think the difference was that I didn't have to measure as exactly. Once I unpicked the original stitching, I saw that the two fabrics were folded up with over an inch of extra and then stitched together. You know I'm all about having extra fabric on standby. My hemming did not include interfacing and maybe isn't factory perfect, but I think people will see how the sleeves fit on my body more than they will examine the details of construction. The hardest part of the entire process was putting the buttons back on - I'm too lazy to mark properly the placement, so they are always a little uneven. Then again, even when I carefully mark placement, the buttons end up uneven. Eh, at least the jacket is wearable now.
Remember how I made a dress from this fabric and didn't like it? After many day dreamed thoughts, I made these two items. I cut the skirt short, using my first shirt from this pattern as a guide. I cut off the hem from the skirt and used it as a band to "hem" my new shirt. I removed the elastic from under the bust and used it as a waistband for the remaining piece of the old skirt. I did not hem the new, short skirt.
The "outfit" with the skirt is what I think my summer swimsuit will be. I finally decided that if wearing a typical woman's swimsuit bottom makes my thighs rub and bleed, I should wear something more comfortable. I tried board shorts, but it is difficult to find ones that fit comfortably. This year, as soon as I find a black tankini top, I will try this combination and see how that works. Alternately, I could wear the skirt instead of sport shorts over biking shorts when I ride.
The t-shirt looks similar to the one I made before. Subtle differences include pink top stitching, an underbust seam, and the "wheat" hangs down instead of growing up from the bottom. The neckline is slightly different, too. Even so, I won't wear this in the same week if I don't want people thinking I'm wearing the exact same shirt.
Hi! I live in Virginia. My mom taught me to sew. I think I started at 4 or 5 by sewing buttons onto a handkerchief, but don't trust my memory. That was a long time ago. As a teenager, I was more interested in completing projects than learning good sewing techniques. Now, I am teaching myself some things I missed. My sewing interests are in learning to make alterations to and draft patterns to fit my petite 4'11" tall, 32" chest, 45" hip body.