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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / my 1st garment project! jammie bottoms!!! on: April 28, 2009 06:19:26 PM
pattern:  mccall's 4979

I made jammie pants!  And my seams are pretty much straight since I just followed the 5/8″ guide I  taped off on my needle plate.  I was a bit nervous when I was sewing the crotch seam because it is curvy but I ended up just taking it slow on the pedal so I could take keep my eye on my seam allowance.  Putting the elastic in was a bit tricky, at first I was worried because suddenly my crotch seam was all wonky crooked (and I was pretty sure I didnt sew it that way) but once I scooted the elastic around the crotch seam straightened right out!  And now, OMG, I have a super comfy pair of jammie pants!!!  Im wearing them now!!!  I know I sound giddy and silly but I feel so proud of myself!!!  A big thank you to all who answered my noobie questions in the discussion forum! 

The only thing I would do different next time is shorten up the crotch area a bit where indicated on the pattern.  The jammies are quite comfy but I think they hang ever so slighly off in that area since the crotch is a bit long.  I did shorten up the jammie bottoms where indicated on the pattern 2.75 inches and still hemmed up the bottoms about 2.5 inches.  So when I do adjust the crotch next time, Ill have to remember that I may need to make adjustments to what I originally shortened so I dont end up with capri jammie bottoms.

Sorry for the not great quality pic of me in the jammies, can you believe we don't have a digital camera?!  we have a camera phone though Wink  thankfully a scanner cuz that's what I use to upload most of my pics!

Thanks for looking.  I'm also posting a pic of the first seam I "finished" using a zig zag stitch through just one layer of the seam above my seam and then trimmed with pinking sheers






12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / finding bobbins for my machine on: April 26, 2009 05:55:35 PM
Woo-hoo got a very very gently used Brother sewing machine!  It is running quite nice, made a slightly wonky pot holder last weekend (bias tape was tricky around the curves!!) and am in the middle of making a pair of jammie bottoms for myself.   

Thankfully my machine came with 3 or 4 brother issued bobbins and the manual says it takes class 15 bobbins so I went to my fabric store and picked up a dritz pack of class 15 bobbins, brought them home, and took one out of the package and it is a wee bit smaller (in diameter not in height) than the brother bobbins that came with my machine and the dritz bobbins do not fit nearly as snug in the bobbin case as the brother bobbins.

I have not yet bothered to test one of the dritz bobbins out for fear of making a huge thread tangly mess since the bobbin doesn't fit in the drop-in bobbin case snugly.

Question:  Do most people actually buy brand name bobbins for their machines or order them directly from the manufacturer?  I was kinda bummed the "off the shelf" bobbins didn't fit right.  I do recall seeing a pack of brother brand bobbins at walmart but they were made in China and I'm just asusming that whatever factory they came from pretty much makes 1 standard size bobbin and just packages them accordingly, a brother box, a singer box, a dritz box, etc........

So long winded, sorry, so do y'all buy brand specifc bobbins for your machine or can you find off-brand (like dritz, etc...) bobbins that work in your machine? 
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / ok, i've cut my jammie pants pattern but now things aren't matching up on: April 25, 2009 06:31:45 PM
I'm using McCall's pattern #4979 and am making the jammie pants.
http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M4979.htm

I carefully cut my fabric today but now that I look at it, something seems wrong.  I have not sewn the jammies yet as I've run out of steam Wink and want to start when I'm feeling more awake and alert.

When I lay one jammie pant on top of the other with the tissue paper still pinned and facing, each jammie pant leg is the same length but one leg is consistently bigger than the other for the width.  For the bigger pant leg, the entire outter side is wider, and the inner side (where the crotch is) extends 1/5 inches out from the crotch "seam" and then all the way down the inner leg.
 
I mean just looking at the pictures, you can tell that the crotch curve's are different, the one of the right curves in more to the pant.

Is this normal?  I am positive I cut my correct size on both pieces.

Earlier I thought this might account for roominess in the seat area but now that doesn't make sense because now I'm thinking one leg is going to be wider than the other???!?!!?!?!?

I'm thinking  this is going to lead to trouble when I turn one leg right side out and put it inside the still inside out leg (fabrics will be right sides facing) and sew the crotch seam, won't it be hard if one seam is bigger than the other?Huh

I know this isn't a great pic, it's from the camera phone, but perhaps you can help!  i hope so!!!!



 
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / noob question about seam allowances, cutting my pattern, shortening the pattern on: April 24, 2009 02:21:33 PM
I have McCall's pattern #4979 (yay for jammies!) and would like to cut out my pattern tonight.  I noticed in the directions it says the seam allowance is " 5/8 inches (1.5cm) included unless otherwise indicated, but not printed on tissue."

Okay I understand since this is a multisized pattern, things could  get pretty messy and confusing if they included the seam allowances for each size on the paper.........

OKAY question #1:  I know it's pretty much spelled out for me above, but that means that when I cut my pattern, the pattern I am cutting already has an extra 5/8 inch on each side to account for the seam allowance right?!

question #2:  And I assume those handy little lines on my needle plate of my sewing machine are hopefully for common seam allowances, mine has lines but no #'s by the lines so I will need to check the distance from the needle to the line and mark with tape (unless the engraved line is correct) where 5/8 is Huh

question #3:  I know the jammies are going to be too long for me as I am only 5'2.  On the pattern there are 2 places where I can shorten the pattern -- above the crotch and below the knee.  Since this will be my 1st project, do you recommend that I just hem up the excess pant bottom when I'm "done" sewing the jammies OR is it best to actually shorten/alter the pattern before I lay the pattern on my fabric to cut?  The pattern envelope does give information on the back for the finished garment measurements, and says the side length from the waist for the pants wil be 42 inches, and I'm about 34 inches for length from my waist to below my ankle.


Thanks in advance!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / pattern advice for simple elastic waist pajama bottoms on: April 21, 2009 03:20:48 PM
hi, i finally got a sewing machine, yay!!!  and would like to try an easy garment construction project like elastic waisted pajama bottoms.  anyone know of a tried & true easy pattern out there for me? 

i've wandered over to the pattern section at my local fabric stores but admit being intimidated, there are only a few patterns on the racks and lots of catalogs to flip through and there are locked drawers that i guess hold the patterns......

anyhoo, a pajama pattern recommendation for a slim petite woman would be most appreciated!!!!

i did see this pattern at my local quilt shop for $15, but didn't know if $15 is how much a pattern usually costs......
http://www.amazon.com/Easy-Pajama-Pants-Taylor-Designs/dp/B0019QT6A4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1240355947&sr=8-1
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / fingertip mitts - first sewing machine project! on: April 20, 2009 02:22:53 PM
Okay, I know my fingertip mitt is soooo not perfect but I am pleased with my wonky results as it was my first project I did with my new (very very gently used) sewing machine!

I used this template for my fingertip mitts, http://needlecrafter.com/images/pdf_files/potholder.pdf , but followed these directions http://www.savvyseams.com/apt/mitts.php

All in all, I think it was a good first project.... cutting multiple pieces of fabic, lining, cotton batting, inuslating fabric (I used shiney ironing board cover material for the insulating material since the insul-bright stuff I saw at the fabric store makes weird crinkly noises when it is touched, I hand washed the ironing board cover material twice to get rid of the faint chemical smell), using double fold bias tape, a lot of firsts! 

I learned a lot and know that when I make my next fingertip mitt is will come out much better!  Thanks for looking!









17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / super cute doggie zippered pouch / pencil case on: April 15, 2009 05:34:02 PM
for a friend, 9 wide by 3.5 inches tall with a wee little 1.5 inch loop, lined with light blue fabric, sew-in interfacing used for structure. 

i think i'm one of the few people who actually have 2 wal-marts in their town with fabric/craft departments.  i don't go to wal-mart often but one day i wondered into their fabric section and came out with this super cute doggie fabric!  i also have the coordinating kitty fabric too!







18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / looking for a pattern for a gentleman's smoking jacket on: April 14, 2009 09:08:05 AM
Hi, can anyone help me find a pattern for a "smoking jacket."  Although I'm a sewing noob I'm confident that with practice, this is something I could pull off for a Christmas gift Wink

I've been told by my hubby that a smoker's jacket is not necessarily a dressy stiff jacket, that it is more for lounging in yet is not bathrobe-y. 

I've seen some vintage patterns of these types on etsy but are they still made new today?Huh  I'm just concerned because I know vintage women's dress patterns and such are different from today's patterns and am concerned that the fit might not be right on a vintage men's pattern......
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / wee little brown bunny on: April 12, 2009 10:23:52 AM
So awhile back I purchased 2 yards of broadcloth fabric and managed to cut 18 hankies from the fabric!  The finished hankie size after machine hemming is about 10.5 inches by 12.5 inches.  A little smaller than my last batch, but they do their job!

Last week, Benjamin (my 4 legged furry dog child!) and I saw our first brown bunnies, indicating to us that spring is truly here.  In the spring time we see lots of brown bunnies in a certain wooded part of our neighborhood and sometimes are lucky enough to see them in our own backyard!

-pattern is by annie oakleaves-


20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / silly dancing teacup and teapot flour sack tea towel on: April 10, 2009 08:04:51 PM
I love how silly this pattern is.  I decided to be extra silly and stitch their arms & legs in much lighter versions of their bodies and I really like how it came out. 

LOTS of back stitch used, lazy daises and french knots for the flowers, split stitch for the teapots steam, satin stitch for the tea cups eyes, and running stitch for the pattern on the teacup and teapot. 

I also altered the original pattern a wee bit.  I omitted the lines on the teacup and teapot that indicated a shiny surface.  And also changed the open mouth surprised expression on teacup, I changed her mouth to a smile and added a teeny nose!

pattern from flickr, thanks for looking!








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