Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Christmas in July

 I bought some Christmas motif snuggle-flannel last winter when it was on sale.  I stashed it away and forgot about it until I found it when straightening my stash.  I think I will make a shirt now so it is ready for the Holidays.

This will be perfect fabric for Simplicity 2741.  I use small and add two inches to the sleeve length.  This pattern has a continuous-lap sleeve placket, so I substitute a simple tower placket from another pattern.

I am using my Domestic sewing machine I bought at Goodwill a few years ago and can't believe I never blogged about it before.  It is friction-drive and the handweel goes away from you.  It is the same as a White Rotary, so I used my White buttonholer.

I decided to serge the seams with my Homelock  523.

It turned out bright and festive.

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Friday, July 8, 2022

McCall's 8264 Slacks

 I found McCall's 8264 on sale at Joann's and thought I would give it a try.  

I am making view D, the others have cargo pockets.  View D doesn't have rear pockets, so I am going to add a welt pocket.  I watched this video for making the pocket.

I fall between sizes, I am about a 31" waist.  This means I will make the size 38, which should fit a 32" waist and slim it up at the waist.  I also will be adding 4" to the inseam.

I found some black fabric at Wal-Mart in the pre-cut pieces that should work nicely for the muslin.

I am using my White Sewmaster 611 for this project. It is a straight-stitch machine, even though it has three levers on front. 

The muslin turned out as I suspected.   A little loose around the waist.  I took them in an inch at the seat.  Then I realized the rise was extremely high.   They come up past my bellybutton.  

Extremely high rise

It is not evident on the front view, but on the rear view of the model you can see the high rise
Model's view

Time for a new muslin with 2" removed from the rise.  I have not shortened a rise before, so I looked in a few books to see how to do it.  I ended up using KwikSew 4045 as a pattern for the shorten line.  Thankfully, the pockets didn't move.

I bought some fabric from Wal-Mart for $2 which will make a nice muslin.

I decided to use my Bettina 731 for this muslin.  I have had this machine a long time, but I haven't used it lately.

Now that the muslin is done, I decided to move on to the slacks using some material from my stash.  I am using my White Euro flair 8910 for these.

I serged the seams with my Brother Homelock  523.

I finally finished them.  I don't know where or when I will wear them.

It would be a good pattern if it didn't have the high rise.

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Sunday, April 24, 2022

Kwik Sew 3883 Dress Shirt

 I need a lightweight white dress shirt.  When looking in my closet I decided I had none. 

I went to JC Penney's and found none in my size.  Then I went to Macy's where the clerk measured me and decided I needed a 16 neck and a 36 sleeve.  She found me a Calvin Klein slim-fit shirt.

I told her $75 for a simple shirt was too expensive.  She quickly adjusted the price to $45.  I guess it pays to haggle!

At home, I noticed the sleeve packets were square and not pointed.  I thought this was odd, maybe just a styling feature.

Calvin Klein sleeve

I decided I would use a $12 white sheet from Wal-Mart and Kwik Sew 3883 to see if I could make a similar dress shirt.  I used size medium and added 2" to the sleeve length.

The sheet was so wrinkled even after washing, I had to press it with my Singer CSP-1  press I bought from the thrift store last year but I hadn't used much.

An interesting part of this pattern is it has a 1/4" seam allowance.  Because of this, after sewing with my Bernina 930 with a 1/4" foot, I serged the seams with my Brother 523.

Another feature not on many shirts, is a sew on button packet for the left side.  The right side is folded over as usual.   The yoke was quite small, so was the one on the store-bought shirt.

Here is my store-bought shirt modeled with McCall's 7987 slacks I made a while ago.

Here is my Kwik Sew shirt.

I haven't decided which shirt I am going to wear.  Decisions....

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Monday, February 21, 2022

Ten Years of Blogging

 Where does time go?  Yes, it has been ten years since I started sewing and blogging.

I want to thank my readers for their time spent with me.  

There were good projects and bad ones, but always a learning experience for me and hopefully you have picked up some tips, I know I have.

My first attempt at apparel was in my first blog, and in fact I still wear it.  A t-shirt made with a pattern and material from a thrift store.


My last shirt.

I started sewing with a Brother XL2600i.  It is a very good machine.

My sewing has included many vintage sewing machines.  Most of them I still have and use.  I have re-donated some back to the thrift store because they have to make me smile.  Who wants to sew with a machine with no personality?

The only machines I have ever named are Alice and Ann.  They both have lots of personality.  They are straight-stitchers.



Another machine I like is the Singer 6268 with embroidery attachment.  It does simple embroidery via plugin cartridges.

Of course, I have to mention my Berninas.  They are so smooth and quiet, with a perfect stitch.  The 707 Minimatic  is so cute, I have it pictured here.

My oldest machine is a 1906 treadle made by White.

I have many more machines, but decided just to mention a few.

A few years ago I started quilting.  I enjoyed going to class until it was cancelled due to Covid.  One quilt I did took two years.  It is my Farm Girl Vintage quilt I did in class.

A quilt top I have done now, but I am waiting for Spring to make into a quilt because I do it in the driveway.


Now working on shirts again.  I should have another blog soon.

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Another Flannel Shirt and Another Singer

Time for another flannel shirt.  I decided I wanted it a little more fitted, so I used Simplicity 8427.  I made it in size 40 with two inches added to the sleeves.  I used size 40 because otherwise it is too fitted.

I found in my old blogs that I used Simplicity 2741 many times.  I like this pattern, but I substitute the tower-placket for the continuous-placket on the sleeve cuff.  Interesting thing is I used a small with two inches added to the sleeve with this pattern and it fits fine.

I used my new to me Singer 237. I bought it from Goodwill.  It was made in 1969 and is one of the last all metal machines made by Singer.  It uses a class 15 bobbin. It must not have been used in years, because it was seized-up when I got it and I needed to really lube it up.  Now it runs and sews great.  The only minus on this machine is the presser-foot doesn't lift up real high, making it difficult to sew thick fabrics or use a buttonholer.

I bought several different plaids from Joann's during the Super Friday Sale.  I decided to use a blue one which has lines in it, but not too much plaid.

I inserted lightweight interfacing in the button plackets and the pocket top.  I used heavy interfacing in the collar, collar stand, and cuffs.

I used my Greist buttonholer for the button holes.

Here it is.

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Thursday, January 6, 2022

McCall's 7638 Shirt-Jacket

 After completing the muslin in my previous blog, I dove into making the real one.  I am making figure A in large with one inch added to the sleeves.

I am using my Bernina 930 to sew it using some flannel I bought while visiting Joe's mom in Juneau, AK.  The sherpa lining was ordered from Joann's.

I am glad I decided to make a large,  it fits fine with the lining.  The only thing I did different from the directions is to add interfacing to the front plackets.  Otherwise I followed the directions, even the cuff opening on the seam.  Yes, a very simple pattern.

We had some snow, this shacket was plenty warm in the 32 degree weather for the photo shoot.   It might be more of a jacket with the super-warm sherpa lining.

Time for another project.

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Friday, December 3, 2021

McCall's 7638 Shirt-Jacket Muslin

 I have been sewing a quilt the last few months.  So now it us time to start sewing apparel again.  I am sewing McCall's 7638, which is a shirt-jacket or a "shacket".

I am making figure A,  it has a collar and is lined.  I bypassed on this pattern until I saw this picture in a Joann's advertisement.  It doesn't look anything like the drawing on the pattern.

While visiting Joe's mom in Juneau, AK last month, I went to their Joann's to see what they had.  It is a far bigger one than here by our house.  I ended up buying some beautiful blue flannel for this pattern.  I then ordered the blue sherpa for the lining from Joann's when we arrived home.  Everything on sale, of course.

I decided to make a muslin in large with two inches added to the sleeves to see how it fits using my Bernina 930 sewing machine.

The muslin fits fine but I think I will only add one inch to the sleeves of the shacket.

You can see the plaid I am using in the picture.

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