The Sewing Planner Guide – Free!!!!

Sewing Planner Templatedoc1Lately I have been feeling overwhelmed due to the many projects on my list and trying to organize them!

I am working on 2 pairs of Jeans, a pair of workpants.  A dress form (using the Sew to Fit U Tube Dress Form Turtioral, which is fantastic!!), and a dress from Bootstrap patterns.

Right now I am just trying to get the patterns ready and all the notions as well as listing the steps I need to do.

I have created this template to help me along and thought it might be useful to you as well.

Just click on the link to download and enjoy!!!

 

Ginger Jeans Pocket for Skinny Jeans view B

I am currently doing the Ginger Jeans for the first time.  I selected the Skinny Jeans view B.  But these pockets are different.

I kept trying to follow the instructions, which were good, but confusing to me.

I couldn’t really find anything that explained these pockets online.

To figure out how to put these pockets in, i had to let go of the instructions and pin together the final look to work backwards on how they should go togther.  Once I did that, it was so easy, although I learned a couple of things along the way.

  1.   First I attached the Pocket Stay (bottom) piece F1 to the Pocket Stay (top) piece F2, togther at the bottom by serging it (but you can sew as well).  I accidentally did the wrong sides together instead of the right sides, so make sure you do the right sides together.IMG_2326
  2.  Second, I had to piece together the pattern pieces to figure out how the pocket facing got attached to the pocket stay (bottom) piece only, make sure the top part is out of the way.  Then I put the pocket facing fabric onto the pocket and pinned it in place.

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3.   I sewed the curve of the pocket facing (the jean piece) onto the pocket stay (bottom) piece #F1 (the pink fabric)  Then I basted the top of the pocket (jean) onto the stay (pink fabric) and basted the side of the jean onto the pink.  Again make sure the top facing is out of the way and not sewn with this jean pocket.

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4.  Now it’s time for the Pocket Stay (top) piece #F2.  Move the Pocket Stay (bottom) that has the jean part attached to it out of the way.  Pin the Pocket Stay (top) to the curve part of the jean as shown below.

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5.  Now you want to sew 5/8″ where the pins are.  You only want to sew the curved part as shown below and clipped the curved part.

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6.  Now flip the Pocket Stay (top) over so that the jean part is shown and press.  I find that the clapper (piece of wood) really helps keep the press in.  Once you do this you want to do your top stitching on your pocket.

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7.  Once you have your top stitching done, you want to bring up your Pocket Stay (bottom), that has the jean pocket on it.  If you did it right it should pop right into place.

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8.  Now you want to pin it in place and baste it in place.

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9.  Once done, it should look like this on the back and this on the front.

10.  You have now completed your pockets.

I hope this was helpful to you!!!!

The Perfect Sewing Space when you Have Kids

IMG_2316IMG_2317IMG_2318IMG_2319IMG_2320Lately I have been struggling trying to figure out how to fit in a full time job, a full time husband, and an active 2 year old while trying to take care of the house and trying to fulfill my dreams of pursing a career in sewing.

I find that sewing is my passion and calling.  It is something that I would love to do full time.

But finding time to sew is proving to be challenging.  I have been trying to fit in pattern drafting on my lunch hour at work when I can.  But I also am trying to fit in a workout on my lunchour as well, which neither is going too well, as a lot of times I work through lunch.

After thinking a lot, I came up with the perfect solution!  Make my space my child’s space.

I redid my sewing to add space and fun to allow my child to have fun while I get to sew.

He loves it!!!

I added a lot of bright colors and fun toys.  I have found that if I switch out the toys every so often that helps too.

I changed the curtains to add more brightness to the room as the room is downstairs in the lower level of the house.  I also added some fun Paw Patrol stickers to help brighten the walls, while at the same time keeping some of my inspirational photos at the top of the walls.

It isn’t a lot of time, but any time is better then none:)

 

New Look 6020 Dress

For my next project, I wanted a regular dress versus a maxi dress. I really liked the look of New Look 6020.

I decided on View B. I liked the princess seams down the middle and the cut in the front.

Since I am more wide rather than full (wide across, flat stomach, flat hips) and hourglass shape without the butt:) I always like to cut a tie belt or use a belt to help accentuate my waist.

I cut a size 14 for this. And again used an invisible zipper (I just like my zippers to be invisible) and found some brown store bought bias tape. I found some brown ribbon and some orange ribbon, but I didn’t end up using any of the ribbon.

Again, I found this fabric from Joann’s. It is a cotton fabric.  I just love the print.  I am very into color and prints.  To me the orange just stands out!!!

I didn’t do any fit adjustments to it.

It was actually very easy to put together.

I love how the front turned out with just the little arch.

I think next time I might stabilize the tie belt with just a little like stabilizer just to make it a little more stiff and to help it come from untying.

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Here is my in the dress in June 2017 (it still fits!!!!, barley, lol).

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Sorry about the lights. Yes, I have green in my hair.  Playing with color!  Did I say I love color!!!

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Here is the inside of the dress. You can see the facing, this was very easy to put on.

Also, I did the bias binding around the armhole.

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I just love this dress.

Honestly this is the first time I tried this dress on in 2 years, I didn’t think it would fit. Guess it does!!  The material just has a little slight stretch in it so it helps.

I didn’t make the purse. For some reason, I change my handbag about once a year.

Usually when my mother sees mine ripping, she will go buy me a new one.

I just can’t seem to part with the money for a purse, huh, don’t know why.

I love shows as you can tell!!

Until next time, Cheerio!

 

 

 

 

How to Balance Sewing and Life?

Okay I am going to go off track today and come in the current time.

I have a question out there to all the sewers:  How do you manage to balance sewing and life?  Or otherwise put how to have a harmonious life with managing everything?

I work a demanding full time job.  I have an almost 2 1/2 year old son, a 22 year old (who luckily is living out on his own, yes!!!, but does need money here and there, no!!!!!).  I have a husband (who feels like another kid), and a dog (who yet, feels like another kid). LOL

I am struggling trying to find time to do my passion!!!

Luckily at my current position, I am some of the time doing data entry.  While doing this I can listen to Sewing U-Tube videos (with the phone down) can’t get caught.

I love Mimi G, Brittney S. Jones, Sew to Fit, and the Sewing Blab.

While I love these, they are reminding me how much I want to sewwwww, but just am having a hard time fitting it into my daily life.

Prior to the baby, my husband worked second shift, I worked first.  I had plenty of time to sew and workout!!!

But after baby, my whole life has changed.  I was trying to workout on my lunch hour, but that didn’t work as I kept getting so sweaty and still had to go to meetings afterwards.

My husband moved to 1st shift, which I thought would be great, but instead, it means I have to not only pay attention to the little one, but also to him as well.  He wants me to help him with the chores outside!!!

How can I do this, while trying to do the chores inside.  I say I am going to sew every night after the baby goes to bed, but my husband wants me to watch TV with him.

So now I am down to trying to do pattern prep and hand sew on my lunch hour.  This is great!!!  I also try to sew on the weekends when the baby goes down for his nap (this is great).  However, I am still trying to quickly do the laundry and my husband is getting mad because he wants my time.

If the little one is awake he wants me to take him to the part, color, play with trucks, etc.

So my question in how do other women do it!!!

I love to sew, it is my passion and I am so happy doing it, but how do I fit it in.  I thought I would make a schedule, but that ended up with me stressing even more because I wasn’t meeting my deadlines:)

Help!!!  Any advice would be great!!

 

 

 

New Look 6122 June 2013

This is still one of my favorite dresses to this day. I love this dress and still wear it 4 years later!!!!

Guess I’m getting better!!

For this dress, I used New Look 6122. I did view D.  I need ¾ yd for the bodice, and used the same material for the top facing.

I found this fabric at Joann’s. It was a really nice heavy stretch knit fabric.  Sorry, I don’t have the name of it.

But I fell in love with the design of the fabric.

Purple is my favorite color.

I think I cut a size 16 and I didn’t make any fit adjustments.

Now, here is where I made my mistakes!!!

You can see that I used blue water marker for my marking on the inside.  Boy when they tell you to do a test for anything you are going to mark to make sure it comes out, pleaseeeee make sure you do it.

I marked the front and inside and it was really a job to get the mark off the front. I kept wetting and wetting the material.  I finally got most off the front.  But you can see, I didn’t get any off the inside of the garment.

So you can see I had some issues with the bodice. It was a little too wide for my test (or my boobs are too small, lolJ).  So I tried to sew it more together by hand.

Then I had some issues with the band. I finally used weft iron on to help.  You can still see a little here:

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Here is another view of the inside.

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Here is a current picture in June 2017 of me in the dress. It still fits and I still wear it.

It was pretty easy to put together, minus the few fit issues I tried to fix myself.

Actually, I would have been better off making the fit adjustments to the pattern versus fixing after. But again at that time, I didn’t realize that much about fit.

I was more concerned with learning construction.

I felt I did a great job!!!

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Until next time, Cheerio!

 

 

My First Serger June 2013

aaaSoooo I was reading all these posts about a serger and how great they were. So I thought I would get one.  Then I started reviewing serger’s online.

While I really liked the price of the Brother 1034D ¾ Thread. But after reading reviews, it seemed liked it was a little difficult to thread.    But I still really liked the price.

We have an authorized sewing dealer in town so I went to them.

I explained what I wanted. They didn’t sell Brother Machines, but they sold Janome.

The store rep showed me the MyLock 634D. He sat with me, showed me how easy it was to use.  He threaded it, he had me thread it.  He said it was on sale and that they also had financing available for it.  I think it was about $549.00 at that time.

I was sold. This was way over my price budget, but I was so caught up in the moment, that I didn’t care.

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So I took the machine home, and yes, it worked great!!!!

That is until I had to re-thread the darn thing:)

OHHHHH, I was so angry.

I spent so much time trying to thread this thing and get the tensions right.

Now, after reading more reviews, I think I am a very rare person, because most don’t have an issue.

Let me explain something. I am very impatient!!!

I work full time and I was doing an hour workout each night at that time, so time was of the essence.

Anyway, I kept trying and finally got it to work sometimes, but to me it was still a pain. Most times I just stuck to the sewing machine.

You will see in a later post that I went back to the store and they gave me full credit and I bought a babylock!!!!! OHHHHHHH I love my babylock.

But more on that later!!

Until next time, Cheerio!