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1  Old pants, redone! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ginadaniels on: September 11, 2009 07:56:04 PM
So, I had these boring, ratty, old dress pants taking up space in my dresser, and I had always liked how they fit (I like a high rise it smooths out the hip/thigh area) but the fabric was just some poly blend and they were getting ratty at the hems, so I decided to use them as a pattern for a new pair!

My local fabric store had this wicked grey suiting fabric on sale for $3/m that I found and I knew they'd make an awesome pair of pants... sooo here's the process.

The original pair of pants...


I started taking them apart with my handy-dandy seam ripper.


Layed out all the pieces so I understand what pieces were what.


Then I pinned them to my fabric (sorry, no pictures for this) just like I would for a pattern, cut them out, and I looked an my original pant pieces to see which ones needed interfacing and interfaced them.

I then used this tutorial online for piecing the pants together. They explain two ways to do a pants zipper, which is nice.

And here are the finished pants. I didn't put buttons on yet, but that's because I want to pick up some really neat brass ones or something...


So what do you guys think? I saved a bit of money here because I didn't need to buy a pattern, and I already knew how the pants fit, so I saved a bit of trouble... I feel all smart Smiley


EDIT: Photobucket is not working very well, it keeps distorting the photos, and it's freakin' me out.
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2  Back to School! New School bag. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by ginadaniels on: September 03, 2009 07:37:06 PM
Hi Guys!

So it's time to head back to classes, for me at least. So I've been thinking about making a simple messenger bag/laptop tote kind of thing for school and I found the perfect materials today!

Exterior: Magenta stretch corduroy. $3/m
Interior: Blue with white polka dot polyester satin (it's a real pain in the butt to sew though... *see EDIT* yikes!) $2/m

So I decided on a simple construction to begin with and began adding things as I went. This is the first bag I've actually completed... so it wasn't as well planned out as I wish it could have been.

I skipped out on the interfacing, so it's a little slouchy, but I think I like it that way.

Anyway... here you go!







and a gratuitous picture of my cat being annoying helping out.


So the pockets were kind of an afterthought, and so was the zipper pocket in the front. I hope it doesn't look like it though.

It's not really 100% complete though, because I still need to put on the strap, top stitch the top flap, and figure out if I want a snap closure or velcro or if I'll just let it flop there. Any suggestions, questions, comment?

Thanks for lookin'!

EDIT: I forgot to mention a few points about that pesky fabric again. I LOOVED the stretch corduroy because it's a nice heavy fabric and sews beautifully on my machine... but the lining fabric I used I didn't really enjoy, it frayed easier than Chinese silk brocade for goodness sakes, and because the corduroy has a nap to it, it made a mess the whole way through the project. Pain in the butt! But it looks good in there!
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3  Re: Pollini Dress Sewalong? in Clothing Sewalongs by ginadaniels on: February 17, 2009 08:30:45 PM
Hey Guys, I'm so excited to see everyone so interested in this dress. It's true, the pattern is listed as a size 36, not as a multi-size, and you need to remember to add seam allowances, but it's still a beautiful pattern as long as you can get the sizing right.

In all honesty, it's not a complicated dress to construct after you have the pattern put together, I did it in two evenings because I didn't have a zipper on hand (had to run out and grab on the second day.)

I printed off the PDF at work (25 pages!) and tiled the pattern together. There are a couple pages that wouldn't print right for me, even though they look okay on the screen, however with the first page having a scaled-down version it was really easy to fill in the missing lines (damn Adobe Acrobat sometimes.. :S)

When I had my pattern all cut out I measured all the pieces in key places, pinned them down on my fabric and used a fabric pencil to mark any new measurements, darts, and all the seam allowances.

EDIT: Someone asked about yardage on fabric and I can say that I found some great $1.97 fabric on sale and bought five metres... I think I used half of it.

Then I cut everything out carefully, paying attention to the right and wrong side of my fabric (tricky, tricky) and began constructing it like so:

pin the front skirt pieces together, sew
pin the back skirt pieces together, sew

the pattern calls for interfacing the yoke pieces, but I didn't think that was necessary if you're going to double up the yoke fabric.

cut, pin and stay stitch front and back yoke pieces.

sew darts in top pieces. fold under extra collar tabs and stay stitch (I pressed my front top pieces for this step.)

sew front top to front yoke and front yoke to front skirt.

sew back top to back yoke and back yoke to back skirt.

sew shoulders and side seams.

sew in left zipper from middle of skirt to under sleeve.

For the collar:

with dress facing RSO line up collar with right sides facing, sew to dress, turn collar inside, pin, press and topstitch.

Hem sleeves and skirt.

Mine is a little tight, but still wearable I could have done a better job altering it, but here's how it turned out (click for larger version).



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4  Evil Fabric/Pattern in Stitch And BOTCH by ginadaniels on: February 12, 2009 12:28:58 PM
Grr.

So I have this nice New Look Pattern 6803 and I was going to do view D (the lighter coloured short tunic) in a great patterned stretch satin.



No matter how many times I try and line up the collar piece and sew it to the shirt it just WILL NOT LINE UP! Stretch Satin is EVIL.

I've ruined several yards of this stuff trying to get it right. Good thing it was in the sale bin...

Wait, maybe that's why it was in the sale bin...

You know what's even worse? When I get really frustrated with a project, instead of just walking away or putting it away for the evening I keep working away at it, thinking I'll fix it and eventually I get so frustrated I just cut it into scraps in a fit. (I'm such a child when I lose my patience.)

Anyone else have EVIL fabric stories, or patterns that you know are easy, completely understand how to construct but try as you might just can NOT complete?

Share your EVIL Fabric/Pattern combos here!
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