Update on Refashion Time

I spent Wednesday evening and most of this afternoon working on my refashion project.  As usual, something I thought would be so easy turned out to much harder than I thought it would be!

I had to cut the bodice which was shirred with elastic away from the skirt and lining.  The skirt was gathered where it had been attached. The skirt was lined with a thin gauze type fabric which was not gathered. I used iron on interfacing on the lining top edge to make it stiff and thick enough to sew on.

After I cut everything apart, I had to regather the skirt part and match it to the ungathered lining. I then sewed the lining and skirt together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. I decided I didn’t like results so I serged the top edges of the two fabrics together and was very pleased how it turned out. It looked so much neater. I then had to rip out the seam I sewed.  Ripping stitches out of gauze is not fun!

Tomorrow I am going to sew the elastic casing. Perhaps I will be able to wear the skirt when we go out tomorrow night. Oh dear — I don’t have a top to go with it. I will have to add another thing to my list of things to sew.


Refashion time

I bought a sundress two years ago. I have never liked it. I always thought it made me look fatter than I am. I decided to take the sundress apart and try to create a new skirt from it.

Sundress Makeover

I spent most of the afternoon picking it apart and threading my serger. It is ready to for me to try and sew it together. The lining is a very, very, lightweight gauze type of fabric. I hope it works out! Watch my blog to see how I do!

The Story of Sewing My Pants

It’s been a LONG time since I posted. We cleaned the screens on the air conditioner this morning and I need a rest before I go for a bicycle ride.  What better than to do with my rest time than finally post!

I’ve been working on a pants Burda pattern 6982 since June.  I’ve been struggling with these pants because I have/had so many new things to learn.

I learned how to insert a fly zipper.  I watched several tutorials on YouTube over and over again.  I diligently followed the demonstrators instructions.  I must have put the zipper in 5 times and ripped it out. I just didn’t like the results.  I finally went back and followed the pattern instructions and that worked out very well for me.  Just don’t look in the inside of the pants! Unfortunately due to all the ripping I managed to ruin the fabric at the lower fly part of the fly.  The “fix” I made doesn’t show too badly.

I also learned out to construct slant pockets.  Burda pattern instructions are not the greatest and I did have some trouble with these.  In the end they turned out okay.  Just don’t look in the inside of the pants!

The pants have a pleated waistband.  I sewed it on and ripped it off too many times to count. I finally called my friend who sews and asked her to come over and help me.  Apparently, I was doing it correctly but ripped it out thinkingI had done it wrong.  hithead   She set me straight and I have to rip it out one more time and sew it back on.  Too bad I didn’t trust myself the first time I did it!

I feel fortunate that before I sewed these pants I decided they would be a trial pair. I was hoping I “might” be able to wear them outside the house. They aren’t finished yet, so who knows. I have the waistband and hemming left.  My friend told me to put the pants aside and work on other things for a while.  So that is what I am doing! Frustration does take its toll!

My friend also told me to quit picking these hard patterns. The trouble is that I seem to gravitate toward that type of pattern.  Anyway, we agreed that I should make some really easy things to get my sewing confidence and mojo back.  She said to pick out a very simple pants pattern and make those. She said she would more than happy to help me.  How can I have such a great friend. I am so lucky!

So before I get back to pants struggle I plan on doing the following:

Reconstruct a sundress I have into a skirt. I have never liked how the dress looked on me so I don’t have anything to lose.

→ Design and sew machine covers for my sewing and serger machines.  I have the fabric I will use in my stash.  I picked out some really nice embroidery designs to put on the covers. This project, hopefully, will teach me how to use the embroidery features on the sewing machine.

→ Make baby bibs for my grandson.  I did buy some really cute fabric.  My friend suggested that I make a sample first  because I picked out a complicated pattern. How can a bib pattern be complicated . . .of course, it is because I picked it out!

→ Make some cute overalls and shirts for my grandson.  Can you believe it?  Those patterns are very simple!

 Make some knit clothing for me.  Knits are supposed to be easy, but I will have to learn how to alter, cut, and sew knits.

I finally organized my entire sewing room. I took inventory of all the fabric I have so I will know what I have when I want to make  things.  Most of fabric I have is from the two estate sales I went to.  I sold some of the fabrics for what I paid for the ALL the fabric at the estate sales.   I guess you could say I have been “reimbursed” and I still have yards and yards of fabric!   yay

I do have a lot of fabric that I purchased at fabric stores, too.  Some it is from 30 years ago when I sewed for my kids! I am going to try to use what fabric I have on hand before I buy anymore.  That’s what sewists called fabric fasting!


I Basted the Pants Together AND THEY FIT

I doubt I will make the contest deadline, but I will get those pants finished soon.

I basted everything together this afternoon and the pants fit! Don says they look good. I don’t know.

I ripped out the basting stitches and am going to sew the permanent seams now.

I will have to sew in the fly zipper. I never have done this so it will be a challenge. Then I have to sew the waistband on, hem the pants, do the hand sewing, give the pants one more press and Voila . . DONE! I will post photos once I have completed finished them.

Note: I did make numerous alterations to the original pattern before I began sewing to get them to fit. If I use this pattern again, I will do some fine tuning.

I think if I would lose some weight I would have easier time with sewing pants!

Another Try on Another Pants Pattern — Burda 6982

final burdaI am going to attempt to sew Burda Pants Pattern 6982 for the Pattern Review contest which ends June 15.  There is a pretty good chance I won’t get them done it time.  No matter though, I will have a pair of pants!  If you click on the picture at the right you can see more details on what I will sew.

I traced the pattern out today. Everything was there and made sense. I will have to decide if I want to make view a or B. I really like them both. Tracing the pattern out was amazingly easy after I struggled so hard with ImageWear Pants Pattern #1002.

I will have to alter the crotch as I always do on pants patterns.  That will be very easy compared to how I struggled with it on the ImageWear pattern.

I am going to have to learn how to sew a fly front.  Thankfully I have friend who said she would help me if I run into problems.  I hope I can learn to do this. I don’t want to fail again.  Fortunately I do have another pants pattern that has a side zipper, but those pants are so boring.

Well, please wish me luck.  It seems I have spent so much time on making pants yet have nothing to show for it but perhaps I may be too hard on myself.  I threw out several pairs of pants I made because I didn’t think they looked very good on me.  (I’ve also been known to throw my RTW pants out after wearing them few times if I find them uncomfortable or decide they don’t look good on me. That gets expensive!! ) Now I see women wearing Ready-To-Pair pants that looked ten times worse on them than anything I made. I guess Don was right . . . there isn’t anything wrong with the pants I make . . . I am just too fussy and too much of perfectionist.

I’ll keep you posted!



I Have Officially Given Up on Sewing ImageWear Pattern 1002 Pants

I can’t figure out to get the crotch straight, how to shorten it, and even if I have traced the pattern properly. I don’t understand how to draft/use the pattern pieces that are missing. The instructions are just too brief for my status as an advanced beginner. The again, maybe I should classify myself as a beginner.

This is a pattern for an extremely advanced seamstress who pretty much knows what to do without using pattern instructions and can alter patterns successfully.

ImageWear Pants Pattern #1002 is a Lot Harder Than I Expected.

I think tracing this pattern is most difficult tracing I have ever done. It was hard to find everything because everything is on top of everything else.    The blouse pattern pieces lines are on top/bottom of the pants pattern. I outlined the size I think I need in red on the pattern before I traced it.

It is very difficult to follow the lines for the size you want to cut out. Outlining the dart was miserable.

There is no line on the pattern for shortening the crotch so I will have to draw my own.  I hope I can figure out how to do it!

The leg piece of the pattern ends around the knee. You have to draft the rest of the piece yourself.

I thought I was missing two pieces. I contacted ImageWear. It turns out I have to draft the two pieces myself. Instructions for drafting the pieces is included with the pattern.

The back crotch length is really gradual. I know I will have to scoop that out. I will have to figure out how to add the amount taken off in the crotch to the hip.

The instructions are incredibly brief.  If I hadn’t made pants before I think I would be in trouble!

I love this pants pattern and would really like to sew it — even if I don’t get it done before the deadline. It is just so dang hard! I never expected I would have to draft pattern pieces.

Why do I seem to pick out the hardest things to work with or sew????