Monthly Archives: June 2014

Some Curtains And Fabric Panel Wall Art

We’ve been living in our house for three years now and I decided it was definitely time that we put some curtains up in our living room. I’ve been meaning to for awhile, but curtains can be so pricey.

Anyway, we drove down to Joann and picked out some fabric. Then we came home and got to work. Jon actually sewed the curtains while I watched a movie next to him. That might seem weird, but curtains really just involve doing some math and sewing straight lines, right? He’s really good at both of those things! Plus, I knew he would be able to sew them in no time flat. I am a careful sewer and he is fearless.

I was right. He finished the curtains way before I finished the movie.

Open.

Open.

Shut.

Shut.

I am definitely not a good home decorator. For that reason our house is very underdecorated and I don’t mind at all, but last week I saw a blog post about making fabric panels to put up on the wall and I fell in love. I love fabric so much and the panels seemed like they would be a very easy way to add some color to our house.

So I made a couple of those to go with the curtains.

I'll probably add more to it.

I’ll probably add more to it.

I think I’ll make a table runner too to go with our new decor.

I know it’s nothing fancy, but I really like how the curtains and panels have cheered up our space.

Conquering The Crotch Wrinkles

Well, after 3 muslins and a few hours of pattern altering, I have a pair of shorts that I like.

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Don’t mind my crazy hair. We were outside riding bikes and stuff all day and I didn’t even think to look in the mirror at my hair before Jon took the pictures.

I started out trying to make the Jamie Jeans I talked about in this post work. I tried flattening the crotch curve and lowering the waist in the front (since my natural waist dips down low in the front).

Sadly, I tried using some broadcloth to make the muslin to test those changes. I thought that if I added extra room to the outseam that maybe it would work to use broadcloth. Stretch denim doesn’t have that much stretch anyway, right?

Ha. I couldn’t even get them up over my body.

So I ran into the nearest little city that has a Joann and bought the only stretch denim they had. There was 5 yards left on the bolt, so I bought it all!

Then I came home and made another muslin out of the stretch denim. The crotch wrinkles were still there, and if anything they were worse.

Next, I tried adding some fabric to the inseam to see if maybe that was pulling on the crotch and making the wrinkles. I made another muslin, and the wrinkles were still there and there was bagginess in the inner leg so that definitely didn’t help.

I decided then to switch over to the pattern that I drafted last year (I also talked about that pattern a little bit in the post I talked about the Jamie Jeans in). I drafted that pattern from a pair of jeans that fit me near perfectly, so it fits me pretty well. The things I didn’t like about the pattern were the front patch pockets and the waistband, but I knew I could fix those things.

I was still getting a pull in the crotch area with that pattern. After thinking about it for a long time, I realized that the pulling across the crotch was a lot like a rope that is pulled tight from both ends, so I figured that maybe the jeans were too tight in the hips and that was pulling the crotch.

I added some width to the pattern starting at the front outseam and ending perpendicular to where the crotch seam ends. Then I blended the line in.

It worked and I was so pumped. Then I used the front pocket pieces and the waistband from my Angela Wolf pattern to complete the jeans.

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I didn’t add pockets to my muslin for these shorts. So when I made the real shorts and used the pocket facing piece, it slightly changed the curve at the top and made them a little too tight. I couldn’t line up the center fronts exactly without making them too tight to wear, so the fly is a little crooked. I’ll fix that for next time.

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I added slits at the knee and I’m digging the slits.

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Here’s the back.

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And one more with my wild hair.

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I’m so glad I didn’t give up on getting some jeans that fit the way I want them to. It was a lot of work, but I learned a ton trying and I am feeling more confident in my fitting skills after all those attempts. I think the most important thing to do to get the fit right is to not give up.

And come on! What’s better than jumping on the trampoline with your kids while wearing a new pair of shorts?!

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P.S.

I made Jon another tie for Father’s Day.

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While making it, I realized that when we digitized our pattern (See the Free Patterns And Tutorials tab at the top of the page if you’re interested in downloading the free pattern) we accidentally put the notches in the wrong place by a little bit. Too bad we didn’t notice until after it’s been downloaded a couple thousand times.

But it’s fixed now and that’s good.

Owen’s Birthday Shirt

Owen had a birthday last week and so of course he needed a new birthday shirt. I used the scrap I had left over from Jon’s last shirt to make it.

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I used my Fishsticks Everyday Camp Shirt pattern, just like I did for his last button shirt.

I used some metal Dill Buttons that I got from fabric.com. I love Dill Buttons, and I really love how these look on this shirt.

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This week, I’m working on getting the fit of my jeans pattern right so I can make a pair. It might take awhile, but I’m hoping I can figure out how to get them to fit the way I want them to.

We will see. But for now, I will leave with a couple more pictures of my sweet little boy in his birthday shirt.

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Father’s Day Shirt

Jon is super cheap when it comes to buying himself clothes (he never does), but he likes it when I make him clothes. I know it’s just because I can make them for so much less, and he doesn’t even have to set foot in a store (he hates shopping).

But I like making them too so it works out great. For Father’s Day, I made him another shirt using my Kwik Sew pattern.

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This is the fourth shirt I’ve made for him so far. I’ve been tweaking the pattern a little bit each time. This time, I made the collar yet a little wider. I’ve widened it every time, and I think it’s finally wide enough now to fold down and cover his tie nicely.

I also took the sleeves in this time. They were way too wide for him. I think they fit just right now.

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I love this fabric. It’s a cotton poly gingham and it’s so soft and it was great to work with. I also really like making men’s collared shirts.

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Skirt And Top

I have a new outfit. wpid817-20140607-161433.jpgThe skirt is from my maxi skirt pattern. I added about an inch to the length of this one because I wanted it a little longer than others I’ve made.

I got a really good deal on a Craftsy class called Pant Fitting Techniques. I’ve been watching it and I’ve learned some nice things so far. One thing I realize now is that my natural waistline is high in the back and pretty low in the front. So for this skirt, I came down lower gradually from the side seams and ended up two inches lower at the center front.

I’m not sure if that makes sense, and I forgot to take a picture of the waistline. But I really like how it fits me now. I don’t have to slouch the front down to where I want it to hit because the waistband just hits there.wpid819-20140607-161447.jpg

For the top, I used my scoop tee pattern and made gathers in the front like I did for my chevron top.

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I used the regular scoop tee sleeve for this one, but I did add a little bit of width to the sleeve. Last year when I drafted this pattern I didn’t have much muscle mass in my arms. But then I started swinging heavy kettlebells (heavy for me anyway!) and over the past year, I’ve grown some guns and my pattern fits a little snugly in the bicep area. The pattern slopes in a little for the body of the sleeve, so I changed it to be at a 90 degree angle with the end of the armscye. That gave me just a bit of room, but it was enough.

For both the top and the skirt I used rayon fabric with a little bit of spandex in it. I just love the drape of rayon so much.

I love working with knits because they’re so easy. I had a new skirt and top real quick and they’re very comfortable too.

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