One bad go at pants wasn’t enough. I had to try again. This time I used this simple slacks looking pattern and again, I traced the pattern out on kraft paper and graded up a few sizes. I ran into a few issues in tracing, which may have led to some of my problems with fit. Basically, the pattern was printed lighter than normal so I had to sandwich the pattern between two layers of kraft paper to make the lines visible to trace out. That meant trying to keep all the layers still, which was beyond difficult. In hindsight, I should have pinned them together first. Doh! Anyway, I finally got my pieces traced and a few measurements told me things were going to be a bit big. My waistline was measuring out at 52″, not subtracting for seam allowances so I know I’d have to take things in. I sewed them as is though and then tried them on and yup, way too big. I ended up ripping out the waistband, and taking in about 2.5″ from each outside seam, plus adding one small dart that took up about an inch into each side in the back. ThatRead the rest…

I told myself I was not going to get way behind on my sewing again and actually going to make the mock-ups I’ve created and keep my fabric stash flowing. If I buy more fabric, I need to use fabric I already have first, and I need to recheck my closet and see if there is any clothes I just don’t wear that I can part with. The reality is I do not have unlimited space for clothes, and it’s also rather silly to keep clothing I never wear, or stuff that doesn’t fit quite right when I have so many better options at hand. Anyway, long story short, I pulled 2 dresses I never wear and listed them on my eBay and made myself two new shirts this afternoon. Ive got a half dozen clothing items up for grabs right now, and I will entertain offers on all of it. Seriously, just ask. Chances are I will accept it or something close to it. You can see my eBay items here. (http://www.ebay.com/sch/kittyloafdesigns/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=&rt=nc&_dmd=2) There are also sewing patterns, handcrafted jewelry, accessories, and fabrics listed besides the clothing. Okay, let’s get back on track. The first thing I sewed today wasRead the rest…

I promised myself some new workout clothes next month, and I set aside $50 in my budget to buy and try some new athletics fabrics I found on Fabric.com. Of course while I was there, I ended up finding some neat stuff on clearance, so got a little more then intended there, and not as much of the athletics fabrics as I had planned. But hey! I stayed under my budget! Simplicity 6816 View B I’ve sewn in a blue and blue polka dot fabric, and View C I just sewed the other day out of that white birds fabric.I think View A is the same as View B but with hemmed sleeves instead of bound and gathered. I’m not sure if I got the yellow burn out fabric or not- I went back to it right after I placed my order and it was sold out, so hoping I bought the last of it and I did get it. The orange fabric has an eyelet lace detailing in it, which I love. I also want to do either View A or a free pattern I found online in this cool red crochet lace I found. I am leaning towardsRead the rest…

I had this old t-shirt a friend gave me that was okay, but the fit was terrible. The fabric is old, permanently stretched out, and there was an elastic sewn into the waistline which I was unaware of because it too was hopelessly stretched out. I was thinking about throwing the shirt away, but decided to cut it up and make something new and see if it could be made wearable again. This is a recycled t-shirt project and it was super easy. I started by cutting it down the side seams, and across the tops of the shoulders so I had two pieces, front and back. Then I busted out my Kwik Sew 3740 and pulled out the pieces for front and back. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to cut the arm- and neck-hole bindings out of this fabric, but decided to worry about it when I got to that point. The original shirt hadn’t been cut in any manner that really centered the print, which would have made it look a lot better, but there was nothing I could do about that.   I ended up just hemming the neck- and arm-hole edges and notRead the rest…

I decided after cutting the pieces for a second version of Kwik Sew 3740 View B of this top that I wanted to add the cowl neckline that is on View A. Except for the cowl and the option of long sleeves, the two tops are identical. The problem is it takes almost the full yard of fabric to cut View B without the cowl, and I only had 1 yard of this fabric. I ended up cutting the cowl in 4 pieces instead of two, adding a hem allowance and stitching the two halves together. Luckily because the fabric is a solid color, and because its dark, the extra seams aren’t terribly prominent, so it works. I really like how this one turned out, and since doing the first one, I had a little more idea of how to manage the stitch in the ditch this time. It still didn’t turn out as well as I wanted it to, but it is a lot neater than my first attempt on the blue version.   My sewing machine has a speed governor on it, which I normally keep set at just over 50%. I found if I slow it downRead the rest…

Yesterday I posted that I was working on Kwik Sew 3740. I had planned on showing you two versions of that top today, but by 9:30am it was stifling hot in my craft room so I only got this blue version finished. I do really like how it turned out though, save for some minor stitch in the ditch issues. I finally figured out as I was attached the last piece of binding that if I slowed my sewing way, way down, I could stay almost perfectly in the ditch. Don’t mind my ridiculous sunglasses- I bought three pair off of eBay a week ago and these ones are not the most ridiculous of the bunch. I also got pink cat’s eye frames, ad some black frames the same as these ones.   I also used black thread on this, which really isn’t as noticeable as I was afraid it would be, mainly due to most of the stitching being “in the ditch.” The Kelly green half circle skirt is something I made a few weeks ago to wear with this top to Tracy and David’s BBQ. I think I looked a bit like a Christmas tree but I wentRead the rest…

A little while back, I posted these mock-ups. I wanted to add some basic pieces to my wardrobe, things I can wear with pretty much anything, and had selected a few patterns to do that with. Yesterday evening while we were out with Mattie’s dad and brother, I received my latest (and last for a while) package from Fabric.com. The box contained 8 cuts of fabric, including some bright turquoise velvet, black lace, royal blue and chocolate brown slinky knits, an olive drab knit, some dark blue stretch denim, and some light tan twill, both of which will make me some pants. I also got this crazy orange, yellow, black and white striped knit which I have fun plans for. But, if you peeked at the post I just linked, you’d know that. 🙂 Tonight I worked on two sewing projects. One was a plastic bag dispenser I started the other day made out of what was left of the two pink fabrics I made the reversible skirt and the reversible purse out of, and the other was a tank top using the Kwik Sew 3740 pattern I got in my box from Fabric.com last night. I try to useRead the rest…