Showing posts with label alter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label alter. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday Cables || Paisley

Back in February I mentioned that I'd bought a serger. I used it to sew a dress (and many more things since then) that turned out a little too big for me. I let it sit for the past six months and just a few days ago took it out of my closet and decided to fit it. I don't have much experience fitting things. At all. I put the dress inside out on my dress form and pulled the side seams until the dress was snug and pinned it together. Next, I followed the pins with a chalk liner and serged the new edges. It fit perfectly! 

I wish I had taken pictures of the process, but I only have a couple of outfit pictures from after church. I used a paisley quilting cotton that I can't remember the name of now. I'm getting a little braver with prints and vintage inspired. This is a very busy print, but I'm happy with how the dress turned out, even though it took six months to finish.  

Last week I went a little crazy with sewing and made a couple other articles of clothing. I haven't had a chance to take pictures of them yet, so check back next week to see what else I've made. :)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tuesday Cables || Scarves and Satin Binding

A few weeks ago I posted a photo of fabric I was going to use to make a blanket for my nephew. I finished it shortly after and gave it to hi for his birthday! This was the first blanket I ever made with batting! One of my co workers was marvelous in suggesting different ways I could make the blanket. I ended up choosing what I thought was the simplest way, but goodness, tying every other square was a tedious job, thought it was well worth it! 

Around the same time I made the blanket a coworker at the library asked if I could alter some scarves for her. She didn't like the width of them and wondered if I could cut each scarf in half and hem up the edges. The fabric proved to be a little bit difficult to work with so I kept trying different stitches and methods of hemming on one scarf until I got it! She picked out some beautiful scarves! I loved sewing them! She also let me keep the other halves of the scarves which was SO generous of her!

Side note about my "Checking In" post: I totally forgot to write 10 questions for the Liebster Award! I didn't officially nominate anyone either, so I guess that' short of okay. Ha, I feel so silly about it though. The Summer Reading Program is over now so hopefully I can collect my thoughts and the remainder of my sanity and work on my blog a little more!

Do you know how to run a sewing machine? How old were you when you learned?
Have you ever handmade a gift for anyone? (It can be anything, doesn't have to be sewn.)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Black Pants

I have two pairs of black pants that would be lovely for the winter months at my two new jobs where I don't actually have a set uniform at either! I'm so excited! No more polo shirt day after day after day! Finally some variety, which is ,indeed, the spice of life. 
(Now I will continue this post about two pairs of pants that are the same color. Uh...yeah...variety...)

As I was saying, these pants would be lovely for the winter months, they each need some minor alterations. One pair simply need to be shortened. The other pair needs the legs thinned? I'm sure there's a different word for that, but it's midnight and I'm just thinking about having to get up at 6:30am. To keep it simple for my own mind I just call it "taken up and taken in."  The latter pair is about  10 years old, has ridiculously wide legs and been on stage in many a high school chorus concert.

I just thought I would post a short, no pun intended, preview of the latter pair of pants. The"taken ins." When I said they were wide legged I was not kidding. I figured they would be better trimmed down a bit so I don't lose any children in my pant legs during story time at the library. Somewhat a la Mother Ginger in the Nutcracker.

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Well, here is a very impromptu before of the pants. I guess they're not quite Mother Ginger proportions...but close!