Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Meet Maurice

I have been sewing since 2011.  Some good, some bad.  But always lots of fun.

I have been wanting a sewing buddy for a long time.  Since I live in a rural area, the closest to a sewing buddy is quilting class.

Now I finally have a pseudo sewing-buddy.  He is my size, so I can model shirts on him.  This is truly convenient.  His name is Maurice.

Maurice modeling a blue shirt

Maurice decided I really need to be making a size 40 from Simplicity 8427.  My chest(and his) measures 38" , but due to the small amount of ease and the way I like shirts to hang on me this sounded like good advice.

The finished chest size of size 38 is 40.5" and size 40 is 42.5" according to the pattern .  Not a lot of ease.  My last blog I made Simplicity 2741 in size small and the finished chest is 44" .

I am using a turquoise sheet to make this shirt.  I am making it in short sleeve and I squared-off the hem since I won't be tucking -in this shirt.

Maurice helping.

Automatic buttonhole.

I used some off-white buttons.  Looks good on Maurice.

The size 40 has the looser fit I like, but still fitting my shoulders.

I sewed this with my Bernina 640.

In the pictures I am also wearing Kwik Sew 3504 shorts.   I made these with some green denim from Wal-Mart for $4.

I sewed these with my Bernina 1120.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Summer and Winter Projects

With the weather being in the 90s this week I decided a new pair of shorts for Joe to wear around the house using Kwik Sew 3504 would be nice.  Some green cotton from my stash would work fine.

First thing I did was to embroider one pocket using my Simplicity embroidery machine.

Next  I decided to use my Singer 404 to sew the shorts.

I also used my Brother overlocker instead of flat-felling the seams.

I made size medium and they fit him like they should.

I decided to make a pair for myself using some denim in my stash in size medium, but cut an inch off each front.

First I embroidered the back pocket.

I also sewed these with my 404, however I topstitched with my White 677.

I did a combination of serging and flat-fell seams. I also french seamed the pockets.

I am still getting use to sewing on my treadle.  Therefore, another shirt is in the works.  This is Simplicity 2741 which I made before.  This time I am making it in a light-green snuggle flannel in size small with two inches added to the sleeves.

I found this fabric at Joann's while looking for some quilting fabric.  But since it is in the 90s now, the shirt will be in the closet until Fall.

This pattern has a continuous lap sleeve placket.  But, I used the tower placket from Simplicity 8247.

I really like the sound and rhythm of the treadle.  I am sure I will do many projects with it.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Pedal to the Metal

I finally did it!  I found a White rotary treadle sewing machine at a good price and in good shape.

It all started two years ago when I started looking for a treadle machine.  They were either junk, too expensive, not a White, or too far away.  I know I was being picky.

I became lucky when I saw one for sale on Facebook and only 35 miles away.  It cost $100, but I think it was well worth it.  The man selling it bought it from a storage auction where he bought the contents sight unseen.

Precious cargo
Jet Age needles

Lots of treasures in drawers.
This treadle was made in 1906.  It is in good shape for being 113 years young.
Decals in good shape

Cabinet is in good shape
Lovely iron work

I did many test sews by stitching straight lines.   Then I practiced turning corners.  It takes a little practice to get coordinated with pedaling, making sure the wheel is going the correct direction, and feeding the fabric.

My first project was a short sleeve shirt made with Simplicity 8427.  This is my "goto" shirt pattern in size 38.

It turned out not too bad.  I cheated a little by serging the seams.

I like treading, and with Pacific Gas and Electric threatening to turn off the power for fire safety this Summer, my treadle will come in handy for sewing with no power.

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Wool Toggle Coat

I must be crazy.  I have many coats, but I decided it was time for another when I saw McCall 's 5649.  It is a unisex toggle coat from 1991, but looks like something I can sew and wear.  It comes in two lengths, I am sewing the shorter one.

I had some black wool in my stash I was going to use.  I also had some tan material perfect for the lining.  Then I looked at wool on different web pages, just to look.  I ended up buying some brown wool from fashion fabrics  This will go better with the lining.  I also bought some plaid shirting for other projects.  I purchased the toggles on Amazon.

I made a muslin for this to be safe.

This thing was huge, even though it is a medium.  The shoulder seams were two inches below my shoulder.

I started adjusting it.  I took one inch off each side seam.  I took the front yoke  pieces in one inch, and two inches off the rear yoke. This a total of four inches off.

I made another muslin.  It looked a lot better.

I then added two inches to the sleeve length before starting the real coat.

I used my Necchi SuperNova Ultra to sew it.

I followed the directions until the hand sewing of the lining to the coat.  I sewed it with my machine.

Here are pictures without the hood.

 The hood is removable.  It attaches with three buttons.

Besides the sizing issue, I like this pattern and instructions.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Camping Flannel

I bought this cute flannel with camping icons on it from Joanns.  I decided to use my go-to pattern, Simplicity 8427.  I also decided to dig into my sewing machine stash and use my Bel-Air Bantam to sew this shirt.  The Bel-Air Bantam is a Singer 99 clone( 3/4 size machine), but made of aluminum so it is only 12 pounds.

Camping flannel

Bel Air Bantam
I used my vintage Singer buttonholer, a $3 thrift store find.

I was asked how I align my plaids.

First, I do not fold the fabric for the front and back pieces.  For the front, I cut a single layer and flip the pattern over to cut the other front.  I use a rotary cutter and a ruler to get straight cuts.

right front

left front
For the back, I cut one side, remembering not to cut the side that says "place on fold".  Then flip the pattern and finish cutting.

I line up the bottom of the patterns with the same line.

left rear

right rear

I fold the fabric for everything else.
yoke cut on angle
This shirt has flat-fell seams in the armholes, but I serged the sides.



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