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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