Lately I'd been wanting to try making jeans. Commercial patterns for just plain jeans are surprisingly hard to find! I finally settled on McCalls 5142 and made View A (the cropped version) out of my ugly fabric. It took just a little tweaking (slash & spread the center seams of both the main back piece and the back yoke, each about ¾") to ensure the "low waist" wouldn't hang way down on my butt, and the rest of the measurements were fine. I'll make some other minor adjustments on the next pair, but that's just nitpicky.
I was surprised how easy these pants were to make - I've always thought of jeans as being complicated, but really they're not. I guess I've taken apart enough flies on other pants to use the zippers that sewing the fly made total sense to me now. And I found myself making improvements on the pattern instructions - why leave raw edges when flat-fell seams make so much more sense? I love the feeling of learning and understanding new skills.
Here's my cat Lenore (and her spooky glowing hypno-eyes) giving her fuzz of approval to the pants in progress. I sent that picture to my sister, and her response was "Only you could wear pants made out of that fabric. Well, that is, you and Maria and a bunch of Austrian kids who like to sing."
First, it's not a big addition, but I've added some accessories to my collection - a few belts, but namely suspenders. One pair clips onto my trousers, but the other three pairs are the kind the require a few sets of buttons to be on the pants to hold them. And so, I will be selecting a pair of trousers to which I will apply some cool vintage buttons so that I can wear some snazzy new suspenders (well...new to me, anyway, since they came from the thrift store.)
Finally, for $1 each at the thrift store I also picked up 6 copies of McCall's Needlework and Craft - two from 1958, one from 1962, one from 1960, one from 1957, and one from 1955. They have a bunch of crafty stuff, but - oh! - the knitting patterns. If I can find wool to approximately match the wonder that is Triocolaine (the fibre of the future), I'm making some lovely sweaters (really, I'll make them anyway, out of something nice...the new focus on manmade fibres in these magazines amuses me.)
And so, I apologize again for not having any photos to accompany this post. But soon, I hope, once I find a camera that's good for me.
I'm Catherine (lovelycate), a kiwi living in Oz (Melbourne), perpetually looking at clothes in shops and saying things like "I could make that - and so much better, or so much cheaper..." - and then never actually sewing anything - or buying anything either! I've got consumer tendencies which I'm trying hard to suppress - it's not the way I want to live, or the way I would like my children to live (not that we've got any of those yet). And I've also got a tendency to ramble on a bit...
I've only signed up for two months this time, so I might have to regard it as a probationary period. The good news is that I've been getting heaps of inspiration from you all, and feeling a lot more positive about the future state of my wardrobe...
The old me would blame my husband - if it wasn't for his stuff all over the dining table, I would have been able to get started ages ago, but who am I trying to fool?! Procrastination is something I can do straight away...
Well, I've still got a month to redeem myself, although looking back on the last month, I believe I may need to use that Get Out of Jail Free card in addition to my other sins... ah well.
Catherine http://firstname.lastname@example.org - not that it's worth looking at at the moment cos there's nothing on it!
My next project was to try to salvage a cute little wool sweater that my husband shrunk when my first daughter was a baby.
I cut off the short, stiff sleeves and some of the length. I then fashioned a "handkerchief" skirt from a layer of eyelet and a layer of lace I had in my stash. At the waist I added buttonholes for a velvet ribbon that ties in the back. And I can't forget the embellishment: some felt flowers at the neck. Now the shrunken sweater has been reborn into a fall/winter dress for my second daughter!
My group blog Warning: It's not a crafting blog. But if you are a mom or are thinking about being a mom someday, you might have fun checking it out.
The proud owner (who finished the motiv with his choice of words). I decided to take pictures along the way to see if this could be a tutorial for what to do when painting a t-shirt my way.
More over at my journal.
Wow! The people posting here are amazingly creative and talented! What a great inspiration!
So...here's my first entry. This isn't the first thing I've done, just the first thing I bothered to take a picture of to post here. Actually, I'll post two.
The first is a shrug made from a scarf. I have to keep the sun off my arms, so I'm always looking for ways to do this and stay cool here in central Georgia. This scarf is thin and lets the breeze in but seems to be keeping enough of the UV rays out to satisfy my finicky skin. I started going through my scarves and this seemed to be the best one to use. I took off the fringe and just sewed up the arms!
This next one is a shrug I knitted from a Rowan pattern. I changed the sleeves...I prefer bell sleeves to tight ones. The yarn is mostly some that I traded a book for, although I did have to purchase extra to finish it. The yarn is KnitPicks Shine and I love it...very soft and
drapey drapy um...drapes nicely. ~kathy