Weekend sewing results…some good, some bad….

Had a few successful sewing days last week and weekend. I fished out a few items that needed finishing, ok, what really happened is that I had forgotten where I put the top since there was some hand sewing involved and I recently lifted up a skirt (in a sewing basket) that needs hemming (hand sewing again) and I found it! It was further along than I remembered and so it was an easy one to finish- tada!

Linen top

See & Sew B5203

Linen top

Linen top

Here is a terrible pic taken with my droid of the pattern. I made a straight size 12 and basted it, then tried it on. I liked the fit, it was loose and comfy, View A, but it was too long. Almost dress-like and not the look I wanted. So I cut it. Much better but maybe a tad short. I kept the short front and longer sides but it really could be about 4 inches longer. No pics of me wearing yet as wearing it tonight on our boat to see the fireworks on Clear Lake.

See & Sew B5203

See & Sew B5203

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to this cute top, I made a pair of shorts. I used a blue cotton chambray purchased from Fabric Mart, they are currently sold out. Again, bad pics with the droid. I’d made this pattern before and found the shorts to be too high at the waist. I made size M, I took off about 2″ off the top edge and must have gained some weight around my bum because now they are a bit too snug. I fiddled with the crotch curve and let it out 1/4″ and it kind of solved the tightness. What I need to do is eat better, but I love cake and ice cream. I’m trying out the slow-carb diet by Tim Ferriss, more on that as I get into it. Been trying it out for one week.

Chambray shorts- VIEW A

Butterick 5044

Butterick 5044

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, the wadder. I bought this pattern about 3-4 yrs ago at Wal-Mart, had just begun to get into sewing and found out they had a craft/fabric area as some stores. Like the one near my office where I could go at lunch. Didn’t realize most of what they have is polyester or quilting cotton until I had been sewing for a little while and learned about fabric and such. I had not a clue.

Anyhow, I like the look on the front of the pattern, I think because in my mind I want to look long and lean. I’m really 5ft 2 in and shaped like a rectangle. I did not make a muslin first. If I had, I would have seen that the waist on the pattern is at my high hip so it’s tight across my lower abdomen which is not flat like the picture on the pattern. I’ve figured out I am short-waisted and will need to adjust patterns for this. Can’t decide if I want to cut the dress and make it into a top and separate skirt (elastic waist) or make a belt out the linen fabric that it’s made out of and make the top flare out a bit over the belt which draws the skirt up on my body.

Looks like a potato sack

Looks like a potato sack

 

 

I really like the color of the linen fabric. Will have to think about how to proceed.

Simplicity 1993

Simplicity 1993

New elephant box

I have been on a quest to get organized and declutter! Over the last few months I have discarded and thrown away a ton of stuff! It has needed to be done for a while now and it feels great to finally be doing it. Once I threw stuff away, I realized that I am lacking a storage place for some loose items. I know, I know, less is better but since I sew I decided to make a fabric box to corral some of the stuff that just sits around.

So, I searched on the interwebs and found several tutorials for making fabric boxes/trays. I kicked these ideas in my mind for a few days and one afternoon, I got busy.

I had no specific measurements in mind but I had some scraps (yay for scrapbusting!) that I thought would make a cute box.

I wanted the sides to be longer so I measured 8″x5″ for the bottom part of the box and for the 6.5″ for the sides. I kind of  winged it, like I said, I had no specific measurements in mind.

Elephant box

Elephant box

Next, I cut out fusible interfacing, I used 809 Pellon and it felt stiff but once I fused it to the outer box, it was not stiff enough. Note to self, make a sample by trying out different fusible interfacing before going ahead with the project! Anyhow, I cut the interfacing about 1/4″ less all around the perimeter since the edges would be sewn together and I didn’t want any overlap. Example: bottom of box measures 8″x5″, I cut the interfacing 7 3/4″ x 4 3/4″. By the way, the seam allowance is 1/4″. See how that works out?

Outer bag with interfacing

Outer bag with interfacing

 

 

 

 

 

Lining cut out same as outer box

Lining cut out same as outer box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I cut the lining with the same measurements as the outer box. Next I sewed the outer bag first, right sides together at a 1/4″.

Box done first

Box done first

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I usually would press the seams open but I was lazy and wanted this done fast so I didn’t. Then I sewed the lining also, right sides together. I picked one corner to leave a gap through which the box would be turned. I made sure to backstitch to set the stitches, here is a pic of that. I did iron these seams open as it will help when sewing the gap closed after the box has been turned inside out.

Lining opening

Lining opening

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now, we get to the fun part!!! Place the lining inside the box, right sides together, just like in the picture. This means that the outer box will have the right side on the inside and the lining will have the right side facing out.

 

Ready to sew

Ready to sew

 

 

 

Sew the outer box and the lining top edge with 1/4″ seam all the way around.

You are about see some magic!!!!!

Magic!!!!

Magic!!!!

Inside out!

Inside out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this is what comes out! Ok, it looks like there are 2 boxes but it’s the reflection in my bathroom mirror. I gave it a good press all the way around the top and topstitched two rows to make it pretty. I also sewed up the gap, you can either do it with a machine or by hand. I was in a hurry so I used my machine. I loved making this and plan to make more. I think that the sides might be a little high and next time I plan to use stiffer interfacing.

Finished box

Finished box

My loose stuff

My loose stuff

 

 

Weekend sewing part 1

My husband and I celebrated our one yr anniversary last Thursday, had planned to got to Biloxi for a poker boat run but due to the deluge of water we have received lately, we canceled the trip. I kept my original vacation days and had a mini staycation= SEWING!!

So, I was busy, more on that later.

This top, Grainline Tiny Pocket Tank, was made specifically for the trip to Biloxi since we were going to be on a boat. I made it a few weeks ago and put it in a drawer until Sunday when we went to have lunch at my mother-in-law’s house. I used pre-made double fold bias binding and used pink thread as contrast. It’s not perfect but I am ok with that. That being said, I realized after I had the top on that it’s a bit too tight across high bust point. I have made this pattern before and I cut a straight 12. I’ve had this pattern at least 2-3 years, since I started sewing and knew nothing about fit, have made 2 tops and now that I’ve learned a little bit, I realized that one of the best things about sewing my own clothes is that I can make any change I want. Not that I want to make changes all the time but my waistline does fluctuate. I guess that since the pattern said 38.5″ for the bust measurement, that’s what I went by. My bust is 38″ exactly, no wonder it’s tight! I am going to print a PDF and try the size 14, it will be a better fit. I used a rayon challis I bought from Fabric Mart, yeah for stashbusting!!!

20150531_135200Opted for sewing the back bodice with a center seam rather than on the fold.

 

Taylor Shorts

Taylor Shorts

Just out of the shower, sorry for the awful pic

Just out of the shower, sorry for the awful pic

Here’s the deal with Greenstylecreations.com Taylor Shorts. I love the pattern, had to make 2 muslins, one wearable the other not. I lengthened the crotch length and had to adjust the waistband. I guess I have a sway back (see, I’m learning!!) and for this one, ended up taking a dart on the center back waistband. I have since changed it on the pattern as well.

Sorry for the VPT,  really like this pattern and plan to make many more.

Back view

Back view

Another view

My fabric tray. I made this in about 30 mins (love those fast projects). Got the idea from this blog, Noodlehead, it was super easy and used up some more fabric scraps. I plan to make a taller box for under my sink in my bathroom. I also used a stiffer Pellon fusible stabilizer. I bought it from an Etsy vendor.

Fabric box

Fabric tray