Thursday, July 30, 2009

I have just threaded my serger!

this is a HUGE deal. I've had this Brother 1034D for almost 4 years, I think! Figured i should try threading it to comply with my patriotic shirt project. Serging is required to seal the seams of the arms to the body. I'm so happy and excited. Sometimes we really won't know or won't do until it is really necessary =)

Back in class today... Patriotic shirt sewing

Finally back in class after a week of being unable to attend. Today, I was critiqued regarding my vest. Professor said that it was 'Excellent' in all categories... dramatic and great choice in fabric/print/color, Yay!

I started sewing my Patriotic shirt. The steps are:

Sew the lapel with nfusible interfacing right sides together, with 1/8 or 1/16 in stay stitching. Turn other way and press. Repeat for other side.

Join pieces at shoulder. Finish seams with a serge or with a 'simple seam' finish.

Take one side of collar and apply fusible interfacing. Press.
Take both collar pieces right sides together. Stay stitching all around 1/2" except for the sides with notches. Make a diagonal at the corners instead. This will make the corners sharpest.
Turn the collar inside out. Use a pointed stick to push out corners. Press.

Attach the collar notches to the shirt neck right sides together matching notches, pin.
Take the lapel ends pin edge to itself 1/2"
Pull around lapel and meet with shoulder stitching.
Sandwich and pin the collar and stay stitch
Cut a notch on the collars where the inside shoulder seams line up with the collar. Stay stitch the whole thing from one side to the other, but lifting up the top layer of the collar when sewing in the area between the two shoulder seams.
Take the top unsewn layer and fold over other layers. Stitch 1/8. Press.

Attach Sleeves:
I'm currently working on this... have to figure it out... will update later.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sewing Journal backlogged

July 22, 2009

3 pm: I see the light with my vest. I only had to unravel one side of the stitching. Sew, press a lot, do some inside out hocus pocus and I practically finished it in class. Only buttons and button holes needed.

July 23

It is now past midnight and I will be attaching the buttons.

2 am: Finished vest. Will be going to class today with the baby. I need to turn in vest and get my patterns for the next project. I will bring lots of stuff and food for her to do. We’ll see how that goes as she gets overly excited when she sees a single sewing machine

5:30 p.m. Chloe did alright in class. She was everywhere searching for “ouchies.” She knows what pins are and how they hurt so she was careful and brought the ones she found to me. I went in and we had a sub. Turned in the vest and got the pattern for a Medium sized Hawaiian shirt. There were no Hawaiian prints @ Poway’s JoAnn so I opted for a patriotic theme. We’ll be sure to wear what comes out of this as we love patriotic holidays!

July 24, 2009

So I’m sitting here waiting for my sewing meet to start and then see on my calendar that it isn’t until 6 pm. This is what I get for switching times every week =/

July 25, 2009

It is Saturday and I finished cutting my pieces for my “Hawaiian” shirt. I will try to stat sewing it on tonight after the baby is asleep.

July 29, 2009

Still no progress on the shirt, I am getting antsy and worried. I hate last minute but I am unable to make it to class and have no clue on how to go about my shirt =/

Sunday, July 26, 2009

How to Hem Jeans on a Flatbed

From one of my favorite sewing blogs on the net as she is all about vintage machines, which i do have a couple of, but these tips can also be used on newer machines.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Class Project # 2 Fitted Vest Size 6

Cotton fabric Heidi Grace - Midnight Kisses
Dark red synthetic stretch fabric for lining

This took a lot of thinking and sewing pieces.
Well worth it. It fits me quite nicely.
Will update pictures later.

Friday, July 10, 2009

First Official Sewing Class by Jennylou 7/10/09

UPDATE: the night went really well... we even got a project done. the skill of the night was threading a machine and sewing straight lines. Here is a picture of Holly's 6-pocket Craft Apron:


  • Sewing-machine basics.
  • The names and uses of common sewing tools and terms.
  • How to sew a straight line.
  • How to sew a seam.
  • How to find the grain of the fabric.
  • How to read a commercial pattern and much more!