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31  Re: Buttonhole Tutorial? in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by MaxineBrandywine on: October 25, 2006 11:03:43 PM
nemka,  Button holes are real easy...

Practice on material of the same weight of the garment you are making.

A buttonhole is two rows of satin stitch
[if you don't have a satin stitch selection on your machine use zig zag stitch with a very small length, and make the width smaller also]
sewn next to each other
with a bar tack at each end...

Like this...

my crude image shows the stitches further apart than they should be but this is so that you can see just how simple a buttonhole really is.

A buttonhole stitch selection on  your machine is a bit more acurate and will make a lock stitch at the end then stop automatically. Mine does that but before I had this machine I made buttonholes like you see above.

Just make sure that you practice on similar fabric and use the button that you wish to use as a guide. Look at other garments and compare their buttons to their buttonholes to get an idea of the size you need the opening to be. I mark placement with a pen of some sort with a straight line then sew the rows of stitching on either side of that line. You won't see it later because you will be cutting on that line. If you fabric is white, use something that's not noticable. Perhaps pencil.

Sewing the two rows of stitches close together leaving a fraction of a space, getting them straight and exactly side by side and not overlapping them are all very important.

Next sew the bartack at each end. All that is is a wider stitch just like the satin stitch you made the rows with like the diagram. Overlap onto the ends of the satin stitched rows a little to lock them firmly. That's where extra stress will be when buttoning and unbottoning

Only when you are finished with all that do you cut the centre to make the opening. I use a single edge razor blade in the centre to make the initial cut then use a pair of little scisors for the rest of the cut in either direction. Be careful not to cut any threads on either side or on either end...

You mow have a buttonhole...

I hope this is helpful.

Just remember, you can't undo a buttonhole. If you want it to look good and you haven't made any you have to practice on something unimportant. Once you put one in with all those stitches and especially make the cut in the centre there's not too much you can do to repair it to make it look like new again.

Good luck
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32  Re: If it's not ECLECTIC, is it really worth having? (pic chunky) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MaxineBrandywine on: October 17, 2006 11:19:21 PM
How stupid would I sound asking for a tutorial on the tunic? I say that cause I can look at it and sorta see what you did... but I would like to see the back and perhaps if you could just add a few pointers... I would love to make something along those lines...


Here's the back (the only pic I got before my camera died was right before I sewed it together, so it's a bit lopsided and stuck with pins).
I cut apart the pants at the seam. That's pretty much all I really remember...
I just chopped and placed for the rest.
Sorry for the lack of an even semi-decent explanation, but I hope the pics help a little.

Thanks very much I appreciate it... Details aren't really necessary I guess. I can see what you did and that you made it happen as you went along. I'm guessing of course, that's just my take. It's my thing too and I admire it..

Thanks again
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33  Tutorial: Betty Boop_Leopard_Silk_Etc_Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by MaxineBrandywine on: October 13, 2006 12:11:24 AM
I posted this in the generals clothing section without realizing there was a section just for purses, bags, etc... So here's the Tut for the one that's over there.

First, here's a pic of the finished project...
It's for my neice and I got it mailed off today... I hope she likes it... She's 8  Grin

I started by deciding the basic size that I want the purse to be. I don't care about exact sizes or shapes. If I want to make something and I want a basic look if I get close I'm happy, so in this tut you are not going to find any exactness regarding measurements and shapes.

I cut out the front and back first. My pics are kinda mixed so I'll have to explain. And I just realized that I didn't take a pic of the front and back pieces before I sewed them together.
The pic below is of the back panel. I cut the back and front panels about 10 or 11 x14".

The Pic below is of the front. I also cut two pieces of cotton batting the same size. One for the front and one for the back. I simply sewed all 4 pieces together, right sides of the fabric together with the batting on the outside of each piece. You can use anything you want as batting. I have used old quilt pieces, old blanket pieces, even towels. In fact I like the old blanket best because they have been washed so many times, have a denseness to them and that adds quality and weight to a piece. This piece came out kind of light and I'm not crazy about that. Sew all 4 pieces together along both long sides and the bottom. I use about a 1/2" seam most of the time. That gives me more room for error. If I sew a seam crooked or have to trim a little here and there then that helps make up for it.

After you sew those seams trim the corners across.... in other words so that the piece you trim off will be in the shape of a triangle. This will help the corner lay flat when you turn it inside out. Don't cut your stitching of course. Trim within about 1/8" of the corner stitching.

Now to make the bottom look like this here's what you do.

You can either lay the seams over to one side or you can open them up to lay flat on either side of your stitching. I opened mine up cause I think it's better and makes everything more uniform. Grab the side seam and the bottom seam at the corner and press them together. Stitch straight across about 1 1/2" up from the corner. Now you can fold that flap toward the bottom and stitch it flat or you can leave it cause there's a lining. I think stitching it flat is better though. I'm sorry I don't have a pic of that procedure.

Here's a close up of the corner after it's sewn flat..

Here's the beginning of the flap. The left is the pink leopard backing, the right is the ribbin trim (remember the leopard backing is just a little bigger all around) and the leopard strip for the edging. I made the ribbon trim by sewing pieces of ribbon together at the edges. Lay them side by side and then use a seam overcast stitch that my machine has. You can use a zig zag stitch just as well. hold them taught front and back without pulling either way as you sew and that should do the trick keeping them flat. You can plan it or not. I planned it by laying out pieces of ribbon side by side and just adding more. I sewed them together if they looked good. After that I cut the the bottom edge in a V shape and followed the instructions below.

This is a pic of the back of the flap after I sewed the ribbon front to the it. All I did to edge it was to cut the pink leopard fabric bigger by about a half inch or so, fold the edge of it over all around about half of that and press then pin them together. There should be about 1/4" or so left. It doesn't matter what the measurement is as long as it is enough to cover the edge of the front when you fold it over it and make sure the flap is going to be the size you want it to be to cover the front of the purse. Now stitch it down and you're done with it. Just sew it onto the front when the time comes but not yet. As for the brown leopard trim, it's just a piece of fabric about 1" or so wide. It had a nice freyed edge so I pressed the other edge down about 1/4", centered it and sewed it on. finish the ends however you want. Add buttons, pins, patches, beads wherever you want to hide raw edges and ends. Just try to use your imagination. There are no rules. Remember that and stuff will just start to evolve.   

Below is a pic of the front of the flap finished except for the ends of the brown leopard... I was going to fold them once then fold them again and lay them against the back, stitch them down then add a button or something but I couldn't find anything I liked in my stash. so I cut them shorter and made a small hem on the back. You'll be sewing this on after you finish the lining. That's coming up next...

It's late and I have to get up early so I'm going to finish and make any corrections needed tomorrow...  I will also take some generic pics to fill in some of the places that I have instructions but no pics...

Remember there are no rules. Remember that and you'll create something great!


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34  Betty Boop_Leopard_Silk_Etc_Purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by MaxineBrandywine on: October 11, 2006 12:22:18 AM
I thought I would post my newest creation... I have been wanting to make something like this for a long time and I finally took the time... I made it for my niece of 8 whole years old... I got the Betty Boop fabric at Walmart in the remnants bin.

Here's the front...

Here's a close up of the front flap... I made it by sewing strips of ribbon together then shaping it onto a V at the bottom then adding trim along the edge... The backing is pink Leopard...and of course the HD label that I cut out of something sometime I can't remember when...

This one shows the silk tie that I made the strap out of... I got it a goodwill for 3.00

This is the flap before I finished the edges of the leopard fabric. Then I just sewed it on to the back side and it flaps over

And this is the back before I put in the lining and sewed on the flap and the strap...

It was hard to get a pic of the inside but I put a pocket and the long purple ribbon is a pen/pencil holder

I used embroidery stitches along the edges of different places. The tie on both sides, the words on the BB material, the HD label, the pockets and some other places... all red embroidery thread to put it together and the lining is made of red Dupioni silk that I had left over from a previous project... I applied iron on interfacing to that and the front and back are both lined with cotton batting. That's inbetween the lining and the outer shell.
The bottom is just straight stitched then I folded the corners inward and stitched them flat to make it dimentional... Same with the lining only in the reverse so the seams are all hidden... It was pretty easy. Things are always easier when you don't have to follow any rules Wink

It took an evening to make... This evening...

The pictures don't do it justice... I hope she likes it... she's 8... I can't wait for her to get it?

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35  cheap garden gloves in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MaxineBrandywine on: September 08, 2006 10:51:59 PM
Thought you might like to see what I did with a pair of cheap garden gloves... They were originally about 12-14 bucks. Can't remember for sure...

Here they are before I did anything to them... funky and stained from wearing them riding...

these are the funky little leather edgings that I took off of them  just before I took that pic above...

This is the denim I decided to use. It's the bottom of an old jacket... this jacket...

I cut 2 equal pieces and pinned them on like the pic below...

Pinned them on like this...

And this is how they came out... It was a major pain sewing down inside there... My sleeve arm on my machine was too big to slide the glove over and sew...

I'm not big on working with leather. I love wearing it but not working with it... this was easier I think cause it was that cheap stuff... It sews just like regular fabric.

I wore them today for the first time and they are quite comfortable...

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36  Needed More Thigh Room... Chaps in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MaxineBrandywine on: September 01, 2006 11:49:42 PM
These Motorcycle Riding Chaps were X-Small and they fit me everywhere except my thighs so I didn't wear them for years after I gained weight. And they were my favorites too! I saw this on something... can't remember what now... so I had to try it. It worked well. They were just plain in the back. The lacing is in the back of the leg.

This pic shows the outside back of one leg and the inside back of the other leg...

This is a close-up of the lacing. I am not fond of working with leather really. It's just not my thing... but these came out pretty good and they fit great now. And they are  Wink Tight
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37  Tight Jeans get more comfortable in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MaxineBrandywine on: September 01, 2006 11:40:56 PM
Yes they are tight... I am a tight jeans girl...

I had another pair of jeans that ripped out in the butt... could be cause they were so tight and getting old and couldn't stand the stress anymore... lol  They were not repairable so I took the waistband off and sewed it on these. They had a really skinny waistband and it was uncomfortable. The ripped out jeans also had cool bottoms on the legs so I cut those off and sewed them on these..The split was already there cause there were zippers on the ripped ones legs... The split is where the zipper was...

Yes that's velcro... it lays nicely flat so my fat rolls don't show hardly at all... lol

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38  Re: Denim Jacket Recon OMG I did it... I'm stunned in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MaxineBrandywine on: September 01, 2006 09:19:03 PM
ok now that I got past that learning curve... sheesh

I found that jacket in a flea market for $20... it was pretty standard as far as fit was concerned but long and really straight. I still have the bottom part that I cut off. Haven't used it yet.

This is the back... please don't judge me for the silly oversized HD emblem... that was 10 years ago... it's coming off.

I made the label from a hunk of leather some lace and the letters are made from writing paint. I had a really cool rhinestone earring on the right but my hair kept getting caught in it so I took it out.. it's sewed on with nylon fishing pole thread. The kind they decorate the handles with...

This is my favorite part... the old nylon stocking, the garter and the black lace at the upper part is the top of a really cheap thigh-hi stocking. I sewed on some sparkly beads too

The rest of the sleeve showing the stocking better...

The jacket is fully lined with black fleece for warmth all the way down to the edge of the cuffs. The fleece is the only think I bought except for the jacket itself. A friend gave me the leather for the waistband. I had an old leather steering wheel cover that I wanted to put on there but I just could not get it to fit.

Hope you like it... Maxine

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39  Denim Jacket Recon in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MaxineBrandywine on: September 01, 2006 09:00:58 PM
I did this jacket about 10 years ago... and in advance I had a rough time getting my pics up on the site. Jeeezzzeee I feel like such a dork... if you can't see the pics I'll have to try again...

if I see the pic then I'll post the rest..
allert... this is a test
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