Things I learned:
- Leave all elastic in place until the final moment before stitching a seam.
- Stitching pieces together to match the flat paper pattern somehow makes pants that are too wide.
This week I tried to take two pairs of ill-fitting underpants and combine them into one suitably-fitting pair. It did not work.
Things I learned:
I found a sewing store on my way to town. Keep in mind, I have to drive 30 minutes or more to go to the bank and have affordable grocery shopping. All the fun things like ethnic grocery stores and fabric shops are even farther away - I haven't even visited them yet; with no GPS, I'm nervous to drive in the big city. This little craft and sewing store is all about quilting, but they do have some natural fiber yarn and offer sewing and craft classes. I have no desire to quilt, but I do enjoy looking at all the patterns on quilting fabrics. I found one that looked water damaged, but after examining the fabric, it seemed to be designed to look that way. I found the concept puzzling, although in a way I see how someone might use the fabric.
I love this idea for keeping a loose neckline in place.
Maddie gives useful guidelines for armholes. I'm always excited when someone can explain something technical and make it easy to understand. I don't mind putting in some work to learn new things, but there is a reason I didn't go to school to learn pattern drafting - sewing is a hobby for me, not a job.
Sigh. If only I could make myself do the work to figure out an armhole/sleeve that works with my body, I could make something like these colorful jackets.
I don't think I could do it in 30 minutes, but I like this idea for altering a blazer. I also like her hair in the second photo.
When I was active in Delta Omicron, I needed a white dress. I wish I had one that looked like this.
I did not sew this week. I did, however, receive a new refrigerator from my landlord. When the delivery people moved out my old refrigerator, they dumped foul-smelling black liquid out of the drip pan. I have no idea what that liquid was, but they left me to clean it up. The smell is still in the communal stairway of the apartment building.
I actually tried to sew this week. that is, to work on the bodice block I started before I got a new job and moved, but it doesn't seem to fit any more and I feel too much in disarray from moving to work on it just yet. You know how fixing something is harder than starting from scratch? That's how I feel right now. Mostly, I only have energy for bike rides, hikes, and watching movies, but I know sewing energy will come back in its own time.
We have to wear specific t-shirts for the summer reading program at the library where I work. I could have hemmed mine, but when I first got them, I didn't have a sewing machine. Besides which, it is a toss up whether or not I will make it too short and I want the shirts a bit longer than I normally would so that I don't flash anything while crawling on the floor fixing computers or anything else required by my job.
Instead of cutting and hemming, I came up with this solution. At first, I didn't use glue or thread, but because it is a work shirt and I need it to stay nice for months of wear, I slowly gave in and attended to details.
I began by making sure the shirt was completely flat and the front and back were even. Then I measured and cut a slit a few inches up the sides. By trial, I found that 6-inches was what I needed, which also happens to be the amount I pull out of the shoulders when I try to get the original hem to sit at the proper place.
To keep the original hem threads from coming undone, I used a glue made for stretchy fabric and dotted it on the ends of the threads. The glue can be seen from the right side, so I probably should have tacked down the threads, but I strongly dislike hand sewing.
Even so, hand sew I did. The slit was stretching wider and higher, so I stitched around the top of the slit. Hopefully, this will keep the fabric from tearing more.
These kinds of t-shirts aren't really my style, but with my alterations, at least they look less dumpy.
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.