Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Last 2019 Post - Oh the Red Dress!

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This is my last post of the year!  
Red is a great color to end the year on, right!!!

Who remembers my red floral print duster? 
Yes! 
The one I refashioned by adding the red linen blend bands? 
Yep, that one!



Well, it just so happens that I had just enough of the band fabric left over to make a red dress! I love red dresses! Ok, Ok...I love red! 😍



I used view B of McCall's 7189 - which has now become one of my TNTs.  I really love wearing princess seam cuts, but this one has a slight curved hem. And it looks wonderful with the duster and on it's on! I'm in love!



My alterations were my usual...I enlarged the waist by about 1 inch and made the sleeves my favorite elbow length!  

I love the fit and "slightly" flare silhouette of this pattern as well as the slightly curved hem.  Because of the curve, I did a narrow top-stitched hem.
My oldest daughter took the photos and thought my red shoes would look better, but I didn't agree and wore black pumps.  Not sure I will wear red shoes with it...don't want too much red all at once!










I also love the fit and "kinda" flare silhouette of this pattern.





I'm glad I had enough of the linen blend that I purchased from Vogue Fabrics left...less wrinkles, right? 
😏  
I will definitely make it again...maybe in a ponte or a wool blend!


I'm looking forward to wearing it this spring. It's going to look and feel great with the duster.

Or maybe with my black and white jacket - click here to see that blog post!  





























Or maybe with my black and white jacket - click here to see that post!
  
Red is a neutral, right? 😍






I wish you and your families a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!  

I sincerely thank each of you for all of your support this year!  

I'm looking forward to continuing to connect with you in 2020!

Happy Endless Sewing!



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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Denim Jacket Refashion

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Hmmm! 
Somehow I missed posting this jacket before now!
But here we go!



 I had this idea in my head to refashion a denim jacket for over a year. But believe it or not, I couldn't find the perfect denim jacket...because I wanted it to be from a resale store.


Well, I finally found one at Salvation Army for $6.99! And it already had stones on the collar! Oh, the bling! I almost did a happy dance in the store.

  Sorry, no "before" pics, but you can see the stones on the collar!






I altered it just a bit, because it was a bit too big and the princess seams were not hitting correctly across my bust.  

My alterations were a bit tricky and only done on the front of the jacket...not the side seams as that would have pulled the front seams even farther from my bust.


 I then embroidered the back with a sewing themed design from embroiderylibrary.com.





Then I remembered that I had some "fusible" strips of bling that I'd purchased at the Houston International Quilt Festival in 2018.

I added it above and below the design.







 For these photos, I styled it with my well worn, well loved self-drafted cold shoulder hi/low top made with fabric from Vogue Fabrics!








I was a happy camper! 
So much so that I took it with me to wear at the Quilt Festival this year!






 Then the mishap!

At some point I noticed that the bling was coming off!

Yikes!

 What to do?









Well, of course there are sewing machines all over the Festival. 
And because we were under the AllBrands booth where the Brother Machines were being demoed and sold, I ran over to a machine and carefully stitched the strips down. 

My goal was to stitch them without breaking a needle!
Whew!

Yep, Reen from Embroidery Garden snapped this pic of me sewing away! 
Lol! 



Those strips won't be coming off ever again!




I love this jacket, which started with just a bit of bling, but has now been completely transformed. ❤



It's cold here now, but I can't wait until spring to wear it again! 





Have you refashioned or upcycled a denim jacket or pants?



Happy Endless Sewing!



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Monday, October 28, 2019

The Floral Challenge

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This jacket tried to take me out...but I persevered and won!


Thus the title: "The Floral Challenge" 


Remember, fabric is an inanimate object, you are in control! 
After all the challenges, I am in love with it!  
I will definitely make it again and again!


I'm also entering it in a jacket/coat sewing challenge in the @sewmuchtalent group!
I used Simplicity 1421 and only made my normal sleeve length (too long) and waist (increased by 1.5 inches) adjustments.  
I was sew happy about that!




I love how the shiny silver buttons stand out!



 Gotta have that pop of color, even it's on the inside!









The floral print was purchased 2 years ago from Joann's. I knew I'd eventually use it to make a jacket - I just needed to decide which jacket!  

Challenge # 1 - Time! 
I had to put this jacket down several times over the summer, due to working on custom  garments.

Challenge # 2 - The fabric was much lighter in weight than I thought. 
So to give it some weight, I had to block interface it with Pellon EK130 - after I pre-washed it. 

The quilted look faux leather has some stretch to it.  I was a Joann Fabrics 2 yard remnant that I paid $6.00 for.  When I purchased it, I had no idea what I would with it...maybe a bag...I just liked it!











Challenge # 3 - Once I decided to use Simplicity 1421 (which had been in my pattern stash longer than the fabric) I checked to make sure I had enough of the faux leather for sleeves...I didn't!  But, the pattern has 2 piece sleeves and that excited me.  I had enough for the upper sleeves and the pockets!  I was in love!



Challenge # 4 - How would I do the finishing?




















No lining, but interfaced.  Of course I could have created a lining, but I chose not to.  Instead, I chose to do bound seams. I love brightly colored linings, sew of course I needed some color inside all of that black. I love the teal bias tape.  I also used a teal print inside the pockets! 😃




Challenge # 5 - Broken needles! 
The jacket and facings went together without any problems.

Making the 2 piece sleeves was easy and fast! 

But inserting the sleeves was a challenge.  There were so many layers - sleeve seams, jacket seams, binding on both! At some points, I think there were 6 to 8 layers of fabric to sew through,  But I chose not to use a denim needle, because I did not want to take the chance on creating large pin holes in the faux leather. So, I ended up breaking needles on each sleeve. But I got them in!  It's all inanimate and I was in control!  LOL!







Challenge # 6 - Buttonholes!
I love all the buttonhole choices I have on my Juki F600, but it did not cooperate that day! 

After changing tensions, using all the tricks I could think of and picking out 3 different types of buttonholes - I finally switched to the Brother machine that I use for classes to make them! It was effortless, but I'd stitched them in the wrong place!  😂

One more game of unpicking, remarking and re-stitching...I had perfect buttonholes!

I always use fray check on both side of my buttonholes before I cut them.




You can tell from the indentation on my little buttonhole mat that I use this cutting set quite often! 




Challenge # 7 - To Top-stitch or not to top-stitch!


Ok...that was not really a challenge, but a decision. I was pretty sure it would look great on the jacket itself, but I did not want to distort the sleeve hems by top-stitching them. In the end, I top-stitched the jacket, but left the sleeves un-stitched.















Challenge # 8 - Buttons!  Yes, buttons.
I posted the partially finished jacket in my group and asked for their opinion. I was thinking black or white. One of the group members suggested buttons with black and silver.  I ended up buying white buttons and black and silver buttons, but took all of them back and exchanged them for silver buttons! I love how they look against the print and the faux leather!




I then finished all the hems by hands and added the buttons. I held the sleeve hems in place with clips...no pins in the faux leather!

Because of the faux leather and layers, I used my Thimble Crown! I love this little tool!  No sore fingers and fits better than thimbles!



I don't like hand stitching, but I'm very happy with the hems!


Tada! I'ts finished!  I can't wait to wear it! I will definitely make this jacket again! 




Are you making coats, jackets, dusters or capes this season! Why? Why not? 
Feel free to leave your responses in the comments!

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Last 2019 Post - Oh the Red Dress!

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