Monthly Archives: November 2014

Dark Skinny Jeans

I made another pair of jeans. And it warmed up enough around here to take some pictures outside without freezing!

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I’ve made several pairs of these now, and I feel like it gets easier every time. The fit is getting better each time too. I really like how these fit, but I think I’ll add just a smidge of length to the back rise next time. They ride down a little low when I bend over and so I want the back a tad longer.

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When I made my last pair of jeans, I had some problems with leg twisting. It was the first time I’ve had that problem, and I wasn’t sure exactly what to do. I re-listened to some of the sections in my Craftsy class with Angela Wolf on jeans making, and after listening to her I thought that I probably just didn’t pin well enough when I sewed the inseam and that the feed dogs on my sewing machine pulled one layer of fabric through faster than the other.

So for this pair, I pinned the heck out of them before sewing. My inseam aligned perfectly when I was finished sewing. I was pumped!

Then I sewed the outseams, and saw that the awful twisting was there again, just like in the last pair.

I decided not to topstitch the inseam so that you wouldn’t be able to see the twisting seam unless you looked really, really, closely.

You can see it in this picture if you do indeed look closely. It’s on the left leg.

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I was pretty frustrated, so I did some reading and found out that leg twist is a very common problem with denim, since the weave of twill is diagonal.

While I was reading up on leg twist, I found the Ginger jeans Sewalong by Closet Case Files. I really liked how she explained a little bit about right hand twill, left hand twill, and broken weave twill in her Sourcing Denim sewalong segment. Broken weave twill was made to help prevent leg twist.

In her Cutting And Prepping segment, she gives a great way to cut the front and back pieces to help prevent the dreaded twist. She says to cut each piece separately, instead of folding the fabric over. Then you can better make sure that each piece is on grain.

She also says to rotate the pattern pieces 180 degrees when cutting the second front and the second back piece. I’m definitely going to do that from now on.

Anyway, I like this pair of jeans, even with the twisting. And I’m going to be very careful with my next pair and hopefully I’ll get ’em twistless.

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Day Tripper Top And Another Placket Top

I finished two new tops for me a little bit ago. It’s taken me some time to get pictures taken of them because Winter has come to our little part of Idaho and ruined all of my picture-taking fun. It’s too dark and cold to get any outside.

But tonight we tried to get some indoor shots that were decent. It’s the best we could do and I’m afraid that’s how all of my pictures of my stuff will be until Spring comes and it’s not so dark and dreary.

Anyway, the first top I made is the Day Tripper Top by Shwin Designs. It’s a loose fitting shirt with Dolman sleeves. And by the way, I didn’t even know what Dolman sleeves were until I bought this pattern.

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I found this pattern one night when I was reading a sewing blog and I fell in love with it. The very next day, I bought the pattern and got to work on it.

I used some Kaufman knit from fabric.com for this shirt. And I got the buttons for the shoulder tabs at Walmart. Jon is not a fan of the shoulder tabs. Actually, I don’t think he’s a fan of the shirt in general. He told me it looks a little bit flamboyant.

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But I like it. At first, I didn’t. I cut a size xs based on my bust measurement. And I knew the pattern was for a loose fitting top, but when I was finished with it I felt like it was too baggy and it just hung on me. It only took one wash to tighten things back into place though and I think it looks a lot better.

The pattern has an option for front pockets and so I added them.

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They are pretty fun, but I don’t think I’ll add ’em next time. They are a little bulky.

The only things I changed about the pattern were that I didn’t do the neck binding the way the pattern said to. I did it the way I always do my knit collars.

Also, the pattern has a high-low hem and I am not a fan of high-low hems so I evened the hem out.

I really like this pattern and I will be making more tops with it.

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After I finished this top, I made another one of my placket tops from the pattern Jon and I drafted together.

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I used the fabric I had left over from my last t-shirt dress. The fabric is pretty poor quality and my t-shirt dress has only been washed a few times and it’s already pilling really bad, but I love the print so I decided to use it anyway.

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The placket on this shirt is definitely not my finest. I decided not to interface it at all because I don’t like interfacing and if I can avoid it I do. But I should not have avoided it this time. The fabric is too thin and the placket warped a bit while I was attaching it. Also, my buttons are a little too chunky for my skinny little placket.

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But it’s all ok. I like it anyway.

I dropped the armpit down 1/4″ in my pattern before making this top. And I widened the sleeve too. I’ve had to do that in all of my shirts lately because my bicep muscles are a-growin’.

Nice sleeve.

Nice sleeve.

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I have really been in a mood for making myself new tops, but I’m out of girl knit now so I’ll have to wait to make more. Today I started a new pair of jeans and I’m pumped about that.

Some Button-Up Shirts (And A Little Tie)

I found some fabulous shirting fabric at Joann over the summer and last week I finally got around to making Jon a shirt out of it.

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I used the same Kwik Sew pattern that I’ve used for his others. This time, I took the shirt in a little bit more on the sides. I’ve taken it in some nearly every time I’ve made it, but it was still too big. I like how this one fits.

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After I finished his shirt, I still had enough fabric left over to make Owen a shirt too. I used the Fishsticks pattern that I’ve used before for Owen’s shirt. It’s an easy pattern and I finished it pretty quickly. Quickly for a button shirt, anyway.

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He was peeking through the crack at our neighbor in this picture.

He was peeking through the crack at our neighbor in this picture.

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After Owen’s shirt, I still had some fabric left over (Those three yards served me well!) so I made a newborn tie for a baby shower for my neighbor.

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I used this tutorial that I’ve used before.

I’ve had my fill of that fabric and it’s time to move on! But, matching is pretty cute for sure.

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White Sketchbook Shirt

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I made Seth a new Sunday shirt using the Oliver + S Sketchbook Shirt pattern. But before I say anything else, I’ve got to say that the pictures I took of this shirt are poor quality. It was stormy and cold after church when I took them and I was in a big rush. But guess what! It was incredibly hard to get Seth to leave his Sunday clothes on long enough to get even these crappy pictures so they will have to do.

The pattern has a combined collar stand and collar.  I’ve used this pattern once before and so I knew that I didn’t care for that and I wanted a separate collar stand and collar this time. So I drafted a different collar and stand based off of Jon’s button shirt pattern that I use frequently.

I got the collar a little too tall this time, so it looks a bit floppy. I’ll have to shorten that for next time.

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I had to do some slashing and spreading of this pattern to get it to fit Seth. He’s a very sturdy boy, but I also feel like this pattern runs a bit small. And short. I had to add several inches of length to the pattern, and Seth is average height.

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But I think it will do for church.

I think this is his "Please stop taking pictures and let me go in the house where it's warm!" face.

I think this is his “Please stop taking pictures and let me go in the house where it’s warm!” face.