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Friday, June 28, 2013

Today's Progress

 Today's progress: I got fancy and added a pocket. The lining is red with gold stars.

Now I have to practice making button holes with my machine, because I've never done it before. I have 13 buttonholes to make... and I want them to be perfect. The shorts fit! They're a little baggy, but I was really scared because of the first time around. I even had to take the side seams apart and sew them in a bit. They could go in a little bit more, but that would require the removal of the waistbands, and I'm not going to do that.
All I need to do is make the buttonholes, sew the buttons on, put the eyelets on the back panels, and hem them. I'm going to do a mock cuff. Stay tuned.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sailor Pants Part Deux!

I'm determined to make these shorts. I got new material and a different color lining. The center button stand makes sense. I'm hopeful that it's going to work out fine. Above is the inside center front button lining.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Brewing On It!

Okay, I get what the center front button stand is for... because that's where the button hole goes:

So it is supposed to be vertical. I wish that was included in the instructions, but live and learn. I'm so mad!!!! Next time around, I will do different color lining for the inside waistband and inside of the front panel. What an expensive mistake.

Epic Fail!!!

Definitely back to the drawing board. Yes, they look fine, and it's a mighty fine waistband, but the pants are maybe 2 sizes too small!!! UGH!!!! I didn't want to make a muslin, and these turned out to be a very expensive muslin! The pattern was tres tres tres hard to figure out, BUT I prefer the home printed pattern, because if you cut the wrong size, you can just print the pattern again... yes, back breaking work, but worth it. I'm so mad, but going through the sewing steps will help me understand better the next time around, because I'm determined to make these shorts! There are a couple of things on the pattern that I just didn't understand. I wrote the company, and I'm hoping to get an answer.
Things I did wrong and lessons learned for round 2: The bottom part of the waistband is backwards.... lol. the straight edges are the front and the angled edge is the back. If I don't get my answers from the company, I'm going to sew the center button stand on horizontally. It doesn't make sense vertically... unless I'm not seeing something correctly. Whew... these pants are kicking my ass!!! If someone can add some insight, please help!

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Sailor Shorts Are Making Me Walk The Plank!

Oh my god! The directions for the shorts were written for someone that has an advance degree in physics! I don't know how I'm getting through it. I had to take a break. I got as far as putting the waistband onto the bands. All I know is my seam ripper is my best friend!!! Stay tuned.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Finished! Whew!

I had to drill the holes I started with my metal cutter. That really didn't take that long. Then I started the riveting. That was fun.
Once both plates were on, I started sewing. I thought everything was going well... the middle picture says it all. After I struggled to flip the purse to the outside, I panicked. I had to rely on my quilting skills...

and hand sew this sucker together. The zipper looks good, the sides look good, and the bottom looks good. I even riveted on the D-ring for the straps (with the help of my handy boyfriend).
The finished product...
 The lesson here: MAKE AND FINISH THE PURSE FIRST, THEN RIVET THE PLATES ON. I don't know what I was thinking. I could have hand sewed the lining closed.
I saw, and I conquered! This may be the best thing I've ever made. Now on to sewing the sailor shorts.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Today's Progress

Today's progress: By just following the directions on the original tutorial, instead of questioning it, the zipper turned out great!

I had some quick thinking to do, because I didn't want triangle sides, because I figured the purse wouldn't open wide enough, so I modified it, and made it a rectangle. I didn't have enough of the fat quarter for all of the lining, but I had enough of the denim to make the other side of the lining. Then more quick thinking made me see that I had to cut the top and bottom in half to make a not so wide a depth of a purse. I like the modifications. I can see the purse taking shape.
And the most important part.... I've decided to rivet the license plates on first then sew up the purse. It looks like there is enough room for me to fit the rivet tool inside the purse.
I also changed the color of the macrame strap to dark and mid blues with a D-ring. So cool when an idea comes to fruition. I'm a little apprehensive about the sailor shorts. The instructions make NO sense. Stay tuned.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Ready, Set, Sew!

The general purpose presser foot that was missing from my machine was delivered today, along with the rivet kit, so I am ready to go. I had to get a zipper and liner fabric for the purse. It would have been neat to find a United States themed or license plate themed fabric, but this floral screams California to me. Here we go! Ready, set, sew!
First, to test out my new sewing machine, I turned the halter straps on my new Bettie Hello Sailor Swimsuit (from Pin Up Girl Clothing) into shoulder straps. I hate halters. It's so much more comfortable now. Check!

Now the pinning (yuck) and cutting (yuck) begins.

All I need to cut now is the fabric for the license plate purse (the lining in the 1st photo). Tomorrow I'll cut that, and start sewing the purse. I've never sewn on denim before, so that's the test piece. Stay tuned.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

It's Happening!

The pattern draft for my purse:
Above is my attempt at a macramé strap. California... macramé. It seemed to fit. All square knots.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ideas Are Brewing!

I've decided that I can use the denim from the sailor shorts for the cloth part of the purse. I need to bore holes into the plates (every two inches). I would like to use the cold riveting method to attach the plates to the denim, but I need to find rivets (Home Depot doesn't have them). I have thumbtacks as a back up. I also got large split rings for the handles, and I want to knit or macramé the straps.

New Project - License Plate Purse

Okay, the new project is in the "planning" stage. These are the previous plates from my Jeep. I'm so glad the state of Georgia didn't make me give them up. They represent such an important part of my life's journey. I have to drill evenly spaced holes in both of the plates, and I think I'm going KNIT the bottom and the sides (with the cotton crochet I have left over from my crochet baskets), and maybe add a zipper. Stay tuned.
On the sailor shorts front, I purchased everything I needed to start sewing my shorts (2 yards of denim, gold buttons, gold cording and grommets for the back). When I went to break my new sewing machine in, I noticed that my machine is lacking the general straight stitch presser foot. I ordered one from Amazon.com, so I'm waiting for it. I still have to cut out the pattern pieces. I received the Bettie "Hello Sailor) bathing suit from Pin Up Girls Clothing (.com). It fit perfectly, but I hate anything tied around my neck so I'm going to convert the halter tie into shoulder straps. It's going to look so great with the shorts.

I can't wait to start sewing dresses and skirts.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Ready, Set, Sew!

This pattern requires you to print out the pages, then assemble them and adhere them - I used scotch tape. I'm a little disappointed that the instructions written on the pattern are hard to read. I guess I'll make do. I priced some denim at Wal-Mart today - $9.87 a yard. I need at least 2 yards, which is overestimating, but I haven't cut out a pattern since 1988. I think I'm going with a red ribbon/cord for the back lace, gold grommets, and gold anchor buttons. Since these are going to be shorts, I have to figure out the length. Not too short, but not matronly looking either. I'm nervous. Stay tuned.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Found Them!

Ooh! I must have these. The free Burda pattern wasn't exactly a pattern... it was an modification of another pattern. I knew it was too good to be true. I don't know how I found these, because Lord knows I'm an exhaustive researcher. I must download these (hotpatterns.com). I want to get the bathing suit first so I can see what color to make these. I'm thinking maybe blue jeans. Too matchy-matchy if I do them in red, white, or blue twill.

Friday, June 14, 2013

I Got It Bad Already!

Already, in less than a couple of hours, I'm obsessed. I want this dressmaker's form (at Amazon.com), I want the pattern makers' books, I want, I want, I want!!! I downloaded the pattern for the shorts and all I have to do is get material, buttons, and thread. I'm so excited!

Another Obsession Growing!

Okay, I'm totally obsessed with 40's style clothing. I just purchased the bathing suit on the left from www.pinupgirlclothing.com. I didn't like the swim skirt they offered, then I began to imagine the sailor shorts like the picture on the right. Simplicity offered a pattern 6407:
but I can't find it in my size. What would Lrigyttiw do??? I will make those shorts myself. I found a free pattern online, at BurdaStyle:
I think I'm going to maybe take some old jeans and play around with the concept. They will be made.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Slow Going Grandmother!

It's slow going, but still going... since 7/13/2011. I'm so determined to finish this quilt. Can you believe that I'm STILL making hexagons? I think all the colored flowers are done. I'm now adding the green backgrounds, then the white backgrounds. I had these strips finished from last year and decided to sew them together to see the progress. I'm still debating on if I should embroider on the flowers. Mind you, even though my boyfriend just bought me a new sewing machine, this is all done by hand. I'm definitely going to machine quilt it though.
The rest of the quilt top, in various stages of progress. 180 flowers that need a green background and a white path.