Monday, February 15, 2016

Rainy Monday

Supposedly we were going to get snow, but its rained all day instead. And I'm just blogging for no reason in particular, other than maybe I felt like it :-) Thought I'd show what I'm up to. I'm usually up to something, but I don't always take the time to post. Not that there's a whole lot going on right now... I do need to start on some custom orders, maybe I'll get some of them cut out this evening. I want to be pattern designing, but I've working on a few personal projects and baby shower gifts. The baby shower gifts are burp cloths and blankets, my usual. I don't have photos of them yet though.. I do have a picture or two of the pajamas though. I cut these out before Christmas and wanted to have them finished by then. But guess what? That didn't quite happen... I started matching PJ's for my girls, and then cut a duplicate pair of 4's for a friend. Said friend has no idea about them, but her sister does :-) 

 I'm making some progress on these today, hopefully I will continue with more progress tonight...

 And this is one of the photos I took earlier of my flannel fabric de-stashing. I just thought it looked cool :-) I'm probably just going to put in my etsy store, since I already have a category marked 'fabric'. Granted, its all been swim fabric up till now, but hey, I don't feel like keeping up with facebook fabric swaps right now. So into a listing it goes!

Other things I'm up to, are just being a mom to two girls. Working with my 4 year old in the schooling that she's learning, which is some pretty basic preschool stuff. I'm actually taking a little step back after realizing that I was pushing too much, too quick. Taking things at a slow and fun pace is what's needed at the moment. I need to be reading to her more, and I need to print out some basic shapes and lines to trace. I skipped over these and went strait to tracing her numbers and letters because I thought surely shapes and lines were too easy. We went through the whole alphabet and she did well with memory, and tracing. But I'm finding that its just going to take time for her little brain to develop all the skills she's going to need. I've observed her at different ages and watched how her brain could do new things as she grew. For example, at one point when she was a toddler, she couldn't figure out that ball that has all the shapes to fit into the holes, and then one day, CLICK! And she was able to do it. Same for puzzles. I knew they'd been difficult for her before age 4, so even when someone would give us puzzles, I would put them away because I knew that they were only frustrating for her. Then one day last week, she asked to pull those puzzles out of the unopened boxes, and she did them, all by herself. They weren't difficult puzzles, but being the mom, I knew her little brain had grown to be able to do new things :-)

 Picture taken with camera phone, so it may not be as clear as my others.

 Its nearly Tuesday, so have a blessed Tuesday!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

No-show Panties, Tutorial and Pattern.

This is a little project I used as extra practice in furthering my knowledge of Adobe Illustrator. As I've said before, I'm taking a pattern making course over at Pattern Workshop. Its going well and I am very encouraged lately! I've gotten to the point where I just need to spend lots of time digitizing my hand drawn patterns. Lots and lots of time! But it will be fun, because after re-watching the video tutorials, many of my questions have been answered and I feel like I've got a much better grasp on what I need to do. At least for this next part :-) Here's a snap shot of lessons from my last day or two... 

   this tutorial and pattern was inspired by a friend. She asked if I could help her with a project. She wouldn't tell me what the project was, but I agreed to it just the same so we could hang out and our kids could visit too. The project turned out to be panties! That didn't weird me out though, I'd made panties before lol! The reason she thought of me for this project was because the panties were made out of a nylon lycra fabric. And she knew I had plenty of that on hand :-) It took a little work and some patience, to make a pattern from the existing panties. So not totally designed by me, just copied a ready to wear garment. I think they could use a rise in the waist and in the front leg cut. I may alter those later and make into multiple sizes. I've not had practice at grading panties into multiple sizes. Though I do have plans to study!

Sometimes to capture a curve on an existing garment, you need to take a strait pin and poke holes through the fabric and onto paper, creating a connect the dots line for you to follow later. 

 With the pattern made, we set to cutting! I momentarily forgot that my curves had to be perfectly smooth because edges around the leg and waist were not going to be finished! 

 The result was really good! The ones we made were the same as the store bought panties :-)

Now I'll share the pattern and photos of the sewing process (which I took today when I made a couple more pair) ... 

~ Pattern only in size 6 at this time ~

Sewing Photos

 First sew the lining to the front of the panties. 

 With the first pair, I used the serger. On the second pair I used only the sewing machine. 

 Turn them right side out.

 I sewed the back to the front. I started in the middle and sewed to the edge. I find that the edges match up best this way.

 Sewing the other half of the seam, from center to edge. 

 I sewed the side seams closed (forgetting that I needed to leave one open so I could add elastic) The pattern doesn't need elastic, but I wanted it because it makes me feel as though I have extra assurance that they're not going anywhere, and I simply like pretty elastic :-) 

 Here top stitching on the lining. 

See this little tail? At some point you'll want to get rid of all your threads at the ends of your seams. And since the legs and waist do not get finishes, you'll want to try and hide these as best you can! View the next few photos to see how I do this...

Fold back along the seam.

 Fold seam over on top of the tail. 

 And sew in place.

 I opened up one of the side seams and added pretty elastic. This type of decorative elastic is called picot elastic. I found this lot on Ebay. This same seller I found on Etsy, and the last time I ordered from her, she sent a discount coupon that was good on her website. I got the drift that she was wanting to direct business towards her website, so I will share that with you here: Lace and Trims is where I found my colorful elastic. 


 This next pair I sewed without the serger and I have to be honest (not that you couldn't tell by the photos) that I could definitely be better at this! I think the lining was cut out a little wonky, and therefore it was hard to sew strait. But I kept going and they did turn out well in the end! 

 My first seam I did what I've always done on stretch fabric when I don't have a serger. I did a strait stitch and stretched as I sewed. Then just for kicks I tried the small and close zigzag. Never tried it before, but everyone on the Internet says that's what you should use. It worked okay. My tensions could have been adjusted some though. 

Sewing the front to back at the crotch. 

 Top stitching on the lining. 

 Side seam, stitched with small zigzag. 

 Using the zigzag stitch to add elastic to the waist.

 Stitching the side seam in place. 

 See, they didn't turn out too bad! :-) 

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