Sunday, March 29, 2009
I have (had) a pair of 1969 jeans from the GAP. They were so.... well fitting, that I ripped out the rear and one knee. (-: I took them apart yesterday and decided they would make the perfect stretch jeans pattern, while I patiently await my Jalie pattern.
I think they turned out quite nice. I love working with stretch denim! It is just what my body needs!
I had to install this zipper THREE times. Completely, I am talking top stitching, bar tacking, fly extension inside.. the works.
1st time.... made fly way to loonnng. Extended down into my crotch! Not a good look.
2nd time... did a beautiful job! except the damn zipper was inserted backwards! Had to stick my hand in my pants to zip and unzip. (-: That won't do.
3rd time... was the charm. Good thing, I think if I had to pick out that topstitching anymore, I would have worn a hole in the fabric!
I think the pockets turned out nice as well, I think I am getting the hang of topstitching with heavy thread. Now I just need to work on placement.... I unfortunately went against my better judgement and added the back pockets prior to construction.... and now they are a tad off. But oh well, I can live with it!
For the inside, I used a vintage pillow ticking that I picked up at St Vincent De Paul. I just love it!
So now that I have that out of my system, I think I will be able to patiently await my new Jalie stretch denim jeans pattern, so that I can participate in the Jeans Sew Along!
703.2 to go!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
88.4 miles down
711.6 to go!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Up first on the menu for this weekend was another M5590 high waisted pencil skirt. This time View A, out of a chocolate twill, with belt loops and side pockets. I wish it were about 1 1/2" longer, but oh well. I did not have a cute little belt, so this is just a piece of a jelly roll I had.
For my second course, I felt compelled to make a shirt to pair up with my first M5590. My DD2 suggested something with ruffles. I found Simplicity 2697 and thought it would be perfect! I made view F for the ruffles, and added view B's puffed sleeve with sleeve band.
And then..... here it is with this my second M5590..........
So now.... it is only Sunday morning..... Awaiting in the side lines are.... grocery shopping, laundry, living room 'uncluttering', a short run .... and yet, all I can think about is this plum linen that I bought and Simplicity 2651.........
722.7 miles to go!
Monday, March 9, 2009
I am so excited for spring to hurry up and be here! Gardening, flowers, green grass, fresh tomatos, fresh herbs.... shorts! sandals! ..... Today the sky was spitting frozen tiny snow and the wind was cruel. Maybe if I make some skirts, the weather will come around.
This is McCalls 5590 high waisted pencil skirt, view B.
I love the tabs on this skirt, I think it breaks up the width of the waist and adds a little fun.
You can see from the back, that not only am I a newbie to invisible zippers, but I didn't even use the right color! Live and learn.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
So for dinner, my handsome husband made him Elk Stroganoff (grown up HHelper)
and I made him a chocolate, white swirled cake with raspberry filling and cream cheese frosting... mmmm mmm
My DD's made me the most delicious carrot cake (my fave)
Grandma and Grandpa R came to party....