21 April 2015

Two Confessions

Confession #1:  I can be terrible at finishing a project.

I admit that I have several garments in some state of "almost done" that have been washed and worn several times.  From pants needing the other half of a closure to knit tops that need a hem - the list is not short.  I think a combination of project fatigue and the excitement of a new garment creates a little sewing attention deficit disorder.

Remember this Simplicity jacket?

I finished it (almost), but it took way longer than necessary.  I removed the robot eyes, set the sleeves, cut and assembled most of the lining.  All I needed to do was set ONE sleeve in the lining.  I had zero motivation to do it.  The ease stitches were sewn, all I had to do was gather, pin, and stitch.  I did other things, but to finish what is the simplest of tasks was not one of them.

Like I said, it's almost done.  The only thing that's left is to hand stitch the sleeve lining hem to the jacket hem.  There is no way to fake this one - not even slightly.  The lining peaks out under the sleeve, so if I am to ever wear this jacket, I have to do the handstitching.  I don't hate it, but I also don't jump at the chance to do it.

Confession #2:  I hate sewing lining and anything slippery.  HATE!

My tolerance for fussy fabrics is at an all-time low and it wasn't very high to begin with.  I know lining is important and I will always include it when needed.  But that doesn't mean I have to like it.  

From cutting to pinning, we are both fussing at each other nonstop.  I use a walking foot and microtex needle when sewing, so that's not too bad.  My interest in a garment wanes significantly when it's time to cut and assemble the lining.  It's the reason my now-year-old trench coat is still not finished.

Since I last posted these pictures, I've set the sleeves and assembled the front facing-lining unit.  All I need to do is cut and sew the back lining, and set the sleeves.  Sooooo simple, right?  Sigh. 

Does anyone else struggle with finishing?  What are some of your sewing hangups?


04 April 2015

Skinnifying Jalie 2908


I finished the second pair of skinnified Jalie 2908 two weeks ago.  I am a sedated turtle at blogging, I know.  Anyway, the jeans passed the roller skating test, so they're good to go. No seams popped and they didn't feel too tight with all of the movement.  

The first pair was finished sometime last fall.
Honestly, I don't know if these quite qualify as "skinny jeans."  There is still a bit of bagginess around the ankle and kness and they're not skin-tight.

Anyway, removing the flare from the pattern wasn't difficult at all.  Some time ago, Faye posted a link to Nick Verreos' video on how to convert boot cut jeans to skinny jeans.  He suggests making an adjustment to the inseam only.  I didn't like this because I thought it might cause an imbalance in the hang of the hem.  So while I used his idea as a starting point, ultimately I did my own thing at the end.

Using the pattern pieces from a pair of BWOF skinny jeans I made over a year ago, I measured the front and back hem for my base.  

On the front pattern piece, I subtracted 1.5" (3.8 cm) from both the inseam and outseam for a total of 3" (7.6 cm) removed.  The picture below shows the original J2908 on top and modified J2908 on bottom.

On the back, I subtracted 1.5" (3.8 cm) from the inseam and 1.75" (4.4 cm) from the outseam for a total of 3.25 (8.3 cm) removed.  Again, the original J2908 is on top and the modified pattern is on the bottom.

In Nick's video, he tapered the reduction all the way up to the hip area.  I tapered mine to the knee because I didn't want the jeans to be too tight.  

That's pretty much it!  Like I said, I don't know if these are true skinny jeans, but I'm happy with them! 


 GOMI-worthy pose.  Yeah, I lurk.

These jeans are part of step 4 from the Starting from Scratch series.  Next is a white button-down to go along with the accessories from step 5.  Once I redo the cardigan and knit tee, I'll post an update with pictures.

Until next time, peace!


31 March 2015

Pac-Man + Google Maps = Reason for Life

I saw this by accident and have ceased all productivity for the day.

 Map of Downtown Detroit


Search any region in Google Maps and click on the Pac-Man square next to Satellite. 

You're welcome.  =)




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