Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Ahoy Sailor!

I bounce around between sewing apparel and quilts.  This time it is a baby quilt called "Ahoy Sailor".  It is a cute little nautical themed quilt with sailboats.  You can get the pattern here .

The pattern was released in 2016.  I had to look around for fabric.  I also asked in my quilt class (via zoom meeting) where I might find the fabric.  I received a lot of good suggestions.  One was Saltwaterfabrics.com .

I found the nautical fat quarters I needed for the quilt at Saltwaterfabrics. The white material was from my stash.  I purchased the backing and the other material from Joann's.  Half the fun of making this quilt was hunting for fabric.

My Bel Air Bantam with a 1/4" foot was the machine used for this project.

I started making the boats, and realized the measurements for the large sails were  extremely accurate.  7 3/4 by 4 7/8.  This made for some fussing with the ruler to get the right size. Then once the large sail is sewn, it is cut down to 7 1/4 by 4 3/8.  Needless to say, I ended up with some going in the garbage.

The first of 14 boats finished
Once I finished the boats, I started piecing them together to form the quilt.  Unlike the model quilt, I used a light blue material under the boats to mimic water.

Here it is before quilting.

I used my Necchi to quilt it by stitching in the ditch.  I used Pellon FB-96 cotton batting.

Here it is finished.  It measured 60 inches by 60 inches.

This was a fun project.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

A Shacket for Joe, The Reveal

I have been working on Simplicity 1328 for Joe.  Unlike the pattern,  this will be a lined shacket with welt pockets.

I was going to put a red lining in it that I had in my stash.  Joe quickly vetoed this idea, so we went to Joann's to get the light-blue lining for it.  Joann's needed to order the buttons I wanted, so one more trip was necessary.  Luckily we live in a county that only has nine reported Corona virus cases.  So I feel safe to go to out of the house once a week.

I enjoyed sewing this with my Wilson Rotary sewing machine.  I stitched on the buttons with my Bernina 707.

Maurice helped me with it, even though it was too large for him. 

Here is Joe.  He likes it.

Our weather has turned to hot, 100 degrees this week, so might not need a shacket for a while.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

A Shacket for Joe, Part two

From my last blog, I am continuing my construction of a a shacket for Joe using Simplicity 1328.

I sewed on the two top pockets using my Wilson Rotary sewing machine.  I used a buttonholer attached to my Wilson to make the buttonholes in the flaps.

Instead of the lower patch pockets, I added welt pockets like my shacket.  I didn't keep good notes about the pockets, so I measured my shacket to see where to put them.  First I watched this Video to refresh my memory.

I cut out two 8" by 6" pieces of material and interfaced them.

Then I folded them right sides together,  making them 8" by 3" .  I sewed 5/8" from each side.

 I turned to form the welts.

With seam allowances included I measured the openings should be 4 3/4 inches from bottom edge, and 3 5/8 and 7 1/4 from sides.

Pocket openings marked
Pocket bag and welt sewed to outside

Inside when finished

Outside finished

So far it is looking good.  I had Joe try it on to see if it will be the right size.  He likes it.

Now it needs lining, collar, cuffs, button placket, and hem.

Time to start sewing.

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Monday, May 4, 2020

A Shacket for Joe, Part one

I have a gray shacket I wear a lot.  It is made out of a cotton herringbone  I bought from Joann's.  I made it with Simplicity 1328 with some changes.   My version has welt pockets and is lined.

Simplicity 1328
My version
By checking my old blogs, I found I made this in April 2017.  So, it is interesting Joe waited until today when we were walking the dogs to say he wanted a jacket like mine.

My shacket was made in size small with two inches added to the sleeves.  I think a large will fit Joe fine.

A trip to Joann's was necessary.  Luckily their shirting was on sale.  I bought a blue herringbone that Joe approved.

Since I used Berninas making my last projects, I decided to break away and use one of my "White" sewing machines.

My Wilson Rotary comes to mind instantly.  It is a straight stitch machine made by White.

Just a little preview of my next project.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

McCall's 7818

After making several shirts, it was time to change gears and try a jacket again.  I decided on McCall's 7818 because of it being lined and supposed to be oversized.  Since my height and long arms need longer than standard, I thought this might be a good pattern to try, even though it is a unisex pattern.

The medium muslin surprised me.  The arms and the body seemed to be the right length.  The shoulders seemed pretty good.  However, there was a lot of extra material around the stomach and in the back.  I tried to take in the seams a little, but then decided to try a muslin in small.

The small was way too small.  So I decided to make a medium jacket with some adjustments.

I sewed them with my Bernina 1005.

I had some wonderful wool fabric in my stash.  It was perfect for a casual jacket.

The first step after interfacing the fronts, sides, and back with lightweight fusible was to install the welt pockets.  I didn't like the instructions.  I followed Pam Howard in her Modern Jacket Techniques video on Bluprint.

Everything was fine until I tried on my new jacket.  The shoulders had wrinkles.

First I pulled the threads and twisted the shoulder to the rear.  That helped a little, but I still had wrinkles under the arms.  After adjusting the arms several times, I decided to leave them alone.

Now on to the lining.  I used a white lining because Wal-Mart had it for $1 a yard.   I machine sewed the arms into the body even though the instructions said to hand sew.  Otherwise I did quite a bit of hand sewing.

I sewed the jacket with my Bernina 640.

I am modeling the jacket in a made by me outfit.  I am wearing a short-sleeved shirt, so no cuff to show.

It fits nicely.  I actually made it just as the pattern called for with no adjustments.  The instructions were good until the final sewing of the lining to the jacket, which were vague.

I am glad to say it is finished after a month of sewing.  It was a fun project, I don't know when I'll get a chance to wear it.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Touch and Go

Before the "shelter at home" order,  A fellow student in my quilting class asked me if I worked on machines.  I am guessing she did because I was sewing with my Bel Air Bantam in class.  I told her I liked to oil them.
BelAir Bantam

Anyway, she then told me she had two machines she would give me at the next class.

To my surprise she brought me a portable Singer 771 Touch and Sew.  I don't think this machine was ever used, it was sparkling clean.  However, I had to replace the rubber feed dogs because they had deteriorated due to age.   It is quiet and sews a perfect stitch.  It also does a two-step buttonhole.


Many steps for a two-step buttonhole.

The second machine was a Brother Select-O-Matic 100 in a desk.  This machine needed oiling, a belt, a lightbulb, and a new electrical cord, but still beautiful.  After doing the fixes it needed, I found it to be a great machine.

I am not sure if I will keep the machines or donate them to the Hospice thrift store.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Blue Bomber Jacket

Sometimes I get in a rut and make the same pattern more than once.  This is the case with McCall 7637.  I made a sand-colored jacket last time.  This time it is a blue jacket.

The reason I made a second jacket is mostly because I bought some blue faux-suede and the lining at Wal-Mart for a total of $6.

I purchased the zippers and ribbing from Wawak.com for $15.

For $21 I have another faux-suede bomber jacket.

I used my Bernina 1120 to sew it.

Here is how I inserted the zippered pocket:

First I ironed interfacing a 1/2" bigger than the opening on the marked pocket opening on the inside of the fabric .

Then I sewed the pocket facing to the front side of the fabric and slit it up the middle with two little tabs, similar to a welt pocket.

Then I pushed the facing through the opening and pressed.

Next I put double-sided tape on the zipper and centered it in the opening face down from the back.

Then with a zipper foot I sewed the zipper in by sewing as close to the opening as I could.

Finally, I sewed the bag to the facing, keeping it free from the garment.

Voila! A zippered pocket.

Dixie and Armani

The pattern calls for a 24" zipper for the front that must be shortened to fit.  I simply used a 22" zipper.

 The pattern also says to slip-stitch the liner to the jacket.  I used my machine as much as possible and only needed to hand stitch 4" of the opening .

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