Saturday, October 11, 2014

Groovy 70s Shirt

This was supposed to be a pajama top, but after I began making it, I decided that indeed it would make a great shirt.  I used Simplicity 6436 from 1974.  It is interesting it is shown as a uni-sex pattern.  I think the belt would be a little over the top for me.  So, no belt.

I added two inches to the sleeves and body length.  Otherwise, besides the decorative stitching with my White 571, I followed the pattern instructions.  I serged the seams.   If I made this again, I would probably use flat-fell or french seams.  A quick project called for quick methods of assembly.  After all, this was supposed to be a pajama top.

White 571

Decorative Stitch Selections


Max likes my collar

I am glad I have a huge quantity of this fabric.   It is comfy and looks great.  This was a great thrift store find.

Now I am not sure if I will go back to pajama tops.  The crafting urge is hitting me.  Some appliqué, some embroidery, or whatever hits me.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Treat me nice!

Remember in my last post I mentioned a Bernina I made my shorts with?  Now that the fiasco is over, I will tell you about it.

My pair of shorts was made with a Bernina 1011.  I had this machine only a few days.  It was purchased on ebay.  When it arrived the spool pins were broken off, the power knob was sheared off, the stretch-stitch/feed dog knob was smashed and bent. It was rusty inside and some corrosion on the bottom.  All the knobs would not turn due to corrosion.
Shorts made with Bernina 1011

Bernina 1011 on ebay
 I was able to get it going.   I turned the cog for the power and lights to "on" with pliers, so it would be "on" when plugged in like old machines. I oiled and cleaned it up.  The reverse didn't work and the feed dogs rubbed the needle plate.  I adjusted the feed dogs and was able to get the reverse working. The stretch-stitches still needed some adjustment, but it purred and sewed  nice like a Bernina should. I was going to keep it because I felt I had found an excellent deal for $125, even with the shipping-damage.
Sheared power button

Broken spool-pin

Smashed knob

Bent knob shaft
Bernina as received

Packing material

Then as they say, "All Hell broke Loose".
Joe had me email the seller to tell them in the future to package things better. I also sent pictures of the packaging and the damage.  I didn't ask for money back or anything.

I was pummeled with numerous emails calling me a scammer and a liar.  I was threatened with I should "hide".  And other threats.  The seller said to turn it over to UPS and they would win because the packaging was strong.

So I turned it over to ebay and UPS because of their attitude. Then I received emails from the seller saying the money was taken out of their Paypal and they were out of business because of me.

I had never opened a case on ebay.  I did not know the funds would be seized immediately, but I guess it makes sense.   Then more threatening emails.  Plus, they said they closed their bank and Paypal account so I would get nothing. I am glad these people are in Mississippi and I am in California.

Guess what?  Ebay refunded all my money.  UPS took the machine and returned it to them in the same box and packing it was sent to me.  I  would hate to see what it looks like after another trip across the U.S. in that poor packaging.

Moral of the story.  Treat me nice and I will treat you nice.  If this seller would have simply said I am sorry, I would have probably let it go.  If they had offered $20 to replace one spool-pin, I would have let it go. Their attack on me is what caused them to get their smashed Bernina back and my money back to me.

I miss my Bernina 1011 even though I only had it a few days.  It definitely had a better home with me.  I feel sorry for it.

Did I do right?

Now I am making a 70s shirt which should be "Groovy"!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Shorts for Joe and Wil

As mentioned in my last blog, I purchased an enormous amount of cabernet-red colored material at the thrift-store,  It is soft, comfortable, and the right thickness for shorts and shirts.

I decided to make some "lounge-shorts".  Perfect for wearing around the house.  Comfortable and over-sized.  I used McCall's 6231 pajama pants pattern, but made the legs shorts-length.

I made a pair for Joe first. There is no fly.  I sewed a fake fly seam, so it would be easier to tell front from back.  They turned out so well, I made a pair for me.  Of course  his are medium and mine are small.
Joe's shorts

My shorts
Flat-fell seams

I used my Bernina 817 for Joe's pair.  This is a 3/4 size flatbed Bernina.  I can't believe how smooth and powerful this machine is.  I posted a short video of it on Youtube   I have had this machine since March, but this is the first project with it because it had no case.  Since the motor is mounted on the bottom, I could not simply place it on the table to use.  I lucked out last weekend finding a case for $2 at a yard sale. I don't go to yard sales too often, but this one was on the street where we walk  Max. Max received lots of pets and kisses from the yard sale attendees.

I used a different Bernina for my shorts.  It ran smooth and quiet.  A couple of fix-ups and it would have been  a great machine.  More on this story in a later blog.

I used my Pfaff 1469 to write our names on the shorts so we wouldn't get confused.

My next project is some short-sleeved pajama tops for us with the same McCall's pattern.

I am sure a photo-shoot will be necessary.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Egyptian Themed Shirt

I made McCalls 6613 with some of the Egyptian themed material I bought at the thrift store.  I think it turned out nice.  I wanted to try a new pattern, but fell into making one I knew.  I made the small size, but lengthened it four inches.  I added two inches to the short-sleeves.  This pattern for some reason has very-short sleeves otherwise.

I usually line up the prints of the pocket and the shirt.  This time I did not.  The print is so busy, I don't think you can tell there is a pocket, without a close look.

I wore this shirt to an Art-Trek this weekend, and many people commented on it.  I felt like part of the art show.  LOL

I wasn't sure what I was going to make next, but while at the thrift store today I found another huge yardage of Cabernet-red material.  It probably has a little polyester in it, not enough to stretch, but it has the feel and a little shine.  This find made me decide to make some boxer shorts.  I don't wear them too much, but Joe likes them.  I think I will make a pair for him and one for me.    Plus, I am sure I will have enough left to make a few shirts.

Interesting Looking Material.  Almost Alligator Print.

Backside Looks Great Also.

Now all I have to decide is what patterns I want to use.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Lycra T-Shirt made with Serger.

I needed  a quick project to satisfy my need to sew and have a usable item in a matter of hours.  A t-shirt for Joe would be the perfect thing.

I used Sew-Knit-N-Stretch #309 for the pattern and some material from my stash.  I have made this pattern before, but it has been two years.  I decided to use my serger after I read I could serge stretch-knits.  I am not sure if this material is lycra. This worked out great.  It made a beautiful edge and a nice t-shirt.

I looked at my old blog pages to see what size I made for Joe last time.   Good thing I have this blog for my sewing-diary.  I actually made him an extra-large and noted how small the pattern runs. Since he usually wears a medium or large depending on the pattern.

After serging, I sewed the edges with a flexi-stitch using my sewing machine to reinforce the seams.  The seams look professional.

  I used a twin needle for the hem.  It gives it a nice touch.

So many things to see



I purchased a huge quantity of material that would be perfect for shirts, lounge wear, and boxer-shorts at the thrift store yesterday.  It has an Egyptian theme.  Pillars, pyramids, and Sphinxs.   Fourteen yards by fifty-eight inches of a light weight broadcloth for $1.50 is the best deal ever.

I wonder if a shirt of this material would go well with my Vogue jacket?  I have many ideas for projects, but the first project will be a McCalls 6613 shirt.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Unveiling the Vogue 8719 Jacket

This was supposed to be a wearable muslin, but I decided to put the jacket together in normal fashion since it has some new skills needed. Plus, since it was $1.50 thrift store material I am not out anything.  I am happy with the jacket.  There are a couple adjustments I could make when making this again.

It is something new for me to have a form-fitting jacket.  Since in the past I would buy a size 38 tall in order to have the length in the arms and body.  I did not realize how big size 38 was on me until comparing it to this one.  I never have seen a 36 tall, which this jacket is.
Vogue 8719 Jacket and Pants

The bias-tape was a new skill for me.  I made it myself because the instructions said so.  I do not have a bias-tape maker, but I am glad I have a bias-tape foot for my sewing machine. Being an unlined jacket, the bias-tape finishes the seams nicely.

I decided not to line the arms.  The pattern was supposed to have lined arms, but I put one lining in and thought it made the arm look wrinkly no matter what I did.  I was going to bias-tape the arm holes, but after one attempt over three layers of fabric, I gave up and serged them.  They came out looking nice.
I added two inches to the body and the arms.  Next time I will add another inch(total 3) to the arms, the body seems the right length.

A Little Longer Sleeve Next Time
I will have to figure out the wrinkle under the collar when I make this again.
A Wrinkle Under The Collar
Since I had leftover lining/bias material. I used my rolled-hem foot to make a handkerchief.   This only took a few minutes and I think it adds a nice touch.

After my experience with this pattern for both pants and jacket I give it a thumbs up.  I am not a fan of the instructions and illustrations for the jacket, but I was able to construct it with a little help from the internet and my sewing books.  When a pattern fits and can be put together with  minimum adjustments I am impressed. Even with the things I am pointing out, this is still a wearable jacket.

I don't think I am going to make this pattern again for a while.  I think I am ready to change direction now and come back to making Vogue 8719 in the future.  In fact, my new project is already being laid out.  A t-shirt for Joe.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Vogue 8719 Jacket Venture Continues

I have been sewing everyday.  I am so enthused about this jacket, that I want to get it finished so I can wear it.  Of course, it will have to get a little cooler first.  It is still 100 degrees here in California.

I don't own an unlined jacket, or a jacket with patch-pockets, so I am looking at the internet for examples of what I am making.

The instructions for this jacket are either for a more advanced sewist, or very vague.  I haven't decided which.  First it was the bias-tape instructions.  They were horrible.  I tried, but ended up making bias-tape my own way since Vogue's way only ended with a mess of fabric strips.  When I make this jacket again, I think I will buy bias-tape.  Also, I was supposed to simply sew on the tape with a regular foot.  If I didn't happen to have a bias foot, I would have never been able to do it.

Then I started the lined-patch-pockets.  My first pockets looked horrible.  After watching some good and bad Youtube videos, I was able to make some nice pockets. This was a good video.  Again, very vague instructions by Vogue.


Pocket Lining





Pocket Close-Up
The collar and sleeves are next.  It should be challenging.

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