Saturday, April 19, 2014

What do you get when you cross the Moss and the Maritime?

Moss-itime?  Mari-Moss? A dang cute skirt.  That is what I got.  I love both the Moss and the Maritime from Grainline Studios.  I like the front and back pockets on the shorts, the yolk and shaping of the skirt, the waistline of the shorts, and my TNT waistband adapted from V8774.  I also added a coin pocket, belt loops and cut on fly.  Below is the Moss pattern atop the Maritime, so I could get the shape of the skirt, with the upper front pocket and waistline from the shorts.  Then I made two skirts.  White and black. 

The white is from a remnant of stretch denim picked up at Joann's for $4.99.  There was less than a yard, so I had to forego the yolk, and had no material for back pockets, but I still like it.

The black is also of the same type of stretch denim, also from Joanns.  This was left over material after making a pair of cropped trousers adapted from V8774.  This time I had enough fabric for the yolk and back pockets!  Black is horribly hard to photograph and capture any details, so forgive the overexposed photos.

Here are the cropped trousers I adapted from the V8774.  I omitted the yolk and pockets in back and changed the front pocket to be slanted like on trousers.  I then shortened them by 5" (same amount I had to add to the original pattern to make them full length when making the jeans!)

And last, but not least..... I made a bag for my sister's birthday, which was inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest.   The outer fabrics are both leftovers from shorts from the Maritime pattern.  The inside is just some cute quilting cotton that I thought contrasted beautifully.  The handles were premade, a buy from Joanns.  I put a large zip pocket on one side (white polka dots) and pockets of various sizes on the other side.  I also put a ring on the inside (upper left of bottom photo) you can barely see the striped denim it is attached to, it is for hanging her keys on, so they don't get lost in bottom of bag.  To give the base structure,  I used a flexible piece of plastic that comes in the fabric Joanns shopping bags that they give away now and then. It is sewn to the inner corners of the outer fabric before inserting the lining.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

What time is it? Maritime!

I bought a few Grainline patterns a while back.  The Moss Mini and Scout T have been made multiple times now.  Maritime shorts and the Archer shirt were still left to do...

I had this gorgeous railroad stripe stretch denim from  Perfect for shorts!  I washed and dried it (in the dryer) 3 times, to eliminate shrinkage after construction. 


Image of Maritime Shorts
In trying to determine the size to cut, I laid my recently fitted to me V8774 jeans front and back piece over the pdf patterns.  The purple outline below is size 14, which I thought I was going to cut, the tissue paper piece on top is the size I ended up cutting after comparing to V8774.  The front was about a 12 (with some alteration at the inside leg seam, and a cut on fly)

The back was about a 12/14.  The crotch curves front and back, were perfect. I added about 3/4" to top center back and again reduced the inner leg seam.  I lengthened both front and back 2"

I used the waistband pattern piece from V8774, as having just used it, I know it is a perfect fit.  The diff between my hips and waist is not that great, so a less curved waistband was needed.
The stripes photographed crazy! Not sure why. 
Blue buttons?

Yellow buttons?

I wish this photo uploaded in better quality, I just love the detail that Jen put into the back pockets, so simple, but so professional looking.

Look at the depth of those pockets!!  I love them!

A great shorts pattern with a flattering fit.  The legs are shaped to give your thighs ample room and coverage without looking baggy.
Going to need a few more pairs!
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Vogue 8774, green denim jeans, done!

What a whirl wind of a day!!  I washed and dried my stretch denim 3 times last week ( Yesterday, I altered the pattern (you can see most the alterations on the pattern pieces below....wider width on back - hip to knee, narrowed the front - full length, cut the fly on the front - I see no sense it doing it separately,  added 5" length, made the front pockets and pocket linings deeper - they were too shallow, and scooped the seat a bit more - so no wedgie, took some curve out of waistband and lengthened it to make a wrap around waistband)

I cut out all of the pieces.

My DH worked today, so it was an all day sewing marathon.
First up, I like to take care of all the extra bits.  Back pockets, fly shield, pocket linings/facings/, belt loops (long strip) and coin pocket.  This allows me to get a feel for how the fabric sews, and to determine how to do my topstitching. 
Here is the cut on fly.  It is interfaced and marked with center front line, where the zip stop will be and seam line.

Here are the best fly instructions I have found.  .  Debbie Cook  over at Stitches and Seams.

One of my many professional seamstress tools.  This is after steaming a seam into submission, I 'weight' until it cools. 

The pocket facings extend all the way to fly, makes for nice tummy suppression. 

How I fit my jeans to ME..... I sew the backs together along back crotch seam.  Once the front pockets are done, and the zipper inserted, I sew the inner legs of fronts to backs at 3/8".  I then baste the outer leg seams, front to back, with the longest basting stitch my machine has.  I try the pants on.  From there I can take in the inner leg in more if needed (I took it in another 1/4" from crotch to knees)  If I think the side seams seem ok, I baste the waistband on.  Then I try them on again.  Having the waistband on changes the fit, so then it is easier to tell if the side seams need to be taken in more or let out.   I had to take in just 1/4" from the back pieces from hip to knee.  Then I was ready to sew over the basting with my normal stitches.  And that, is how I fit my jeans to me!!

A mere 8 hours later....  Here they are!

I used some old green buttons, because I had them and I thought they looked cute.

Here you can see the wrap around waistband.  I wrap the outer band around to inside to reduce bulk right where the buttonhole and buttons will be.

I did a little embroidery on the belt loops and top of back pockets.   I always put the back pockets on just about last.  I use a fave RTW pair to decide placement, then I pin the pockets on and try the pants on and then move them around until I am happy with the placement. 

Best of all..... They fit!!  Not too tight, no wedgie, no camel toe!!  I love 'em.

So, here was my inspiration from Pinterest, and my interpretation!! 
Just got to love sewing, eh?

Stay Happy
Keep Sewing
and if you can't sew
Enjoy doing what you can do!
and a little Grandma eye candy....