Monday, December 11, 2017

Memory Mon 76~ Turning Corners with Sewing with Nancy

 Back in the 70s many of us were garment sewing 
when you could make clothing for roughly 1/3 the cost of store bought clothes.  
That was before fabric prices went sky high.
Nancy Zeiman in Sewing with Nancy on PBS came up with the idea of
 "wrapped corners" for collars and lapels.
 I have long since used that method a lot for any corner that needs to be turned.
 This method of turning the fabric on the previous stitch line and stitching over it,
makes great corners.

 I'm really going to miss Nancy Zeiman who seemed to be a very humble person.
 I hope somehow her friends that frequently appeared on her show,
continue with her show?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thoughtful Thinking Thursday #118 ~ Wrapping Up in Landfills?

How much of your money goes into landfills within an hour?
If you wrap gifts or put them in paper bags that aren't reused,
and it takes an hour for your family to open all their gifts,
then what happens with ALL that paper?
In my early married years, money was tight.
I saved wrapping paper and reused it.
When paper bags came along, we saved those too.
My sister and I used to have a tradition to pass the same bag back and forth.
I have this thing about everyone's gift wrapped up alike so no favoritism is shown.
Then one year I came across a large roll of fabric and made fabric bags.
Since then, I look for either a large amount of fabric of Christmas colors,
or rolls of wallpaper at yard sales and second hand stores for a dollar or 2.
Wall paper is strong and can also be reused.  The embossed paper can make an elegant looking gift.
The roll above wasn't very wide, and apparently was cut off from some curtains.
I loved the country Christmas colors.
Found it in Florida last winter for a $1.00.
Also got the crochet thread there for a buck.
I've been told by those that receive my bags,
they do reuse them.
At least I don't see them in the waste can except for maybe a couple.
Is it worth stopping wrapping paper from going to the landfills?
"THINK about it."

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wordless Wednesday #245 ~ Nature's Temperature Guage- Birds

 Not so cold.
Very cold.
Birds "fluff" their feathers to trap more body temperature around their body.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Flat Construction Technique for PJ Pants (Elastic Waist Pants)

    Do you like to sew up something quickly to wear? If you can make a pair of PJ pants, you can change up the type of fabric to make them casual or party wear! Use a silky type fabric with a tunic top and no one will know you used your PJ pants pattern.  
     Using the flat construction technique is the quickest way I know to make these pants. For class, I used my 18" doll size patterns to make samples for each step of the technique.  Thought I'd share them here.
     You can make a pair for anyone if you have their hip, waist and length from waist to knee, ankle, wherever measurement. 

Tuesday Tutorial 

Use a 1 pattern piece pants pattern. 
 I traced mine from a pair that fit me well.  
A 5/8 seam allowance was added.
You will also need 1 inch wide elastic marked the length of waistline plus seam allowance. 
Do not cut elastic, just mark waist measurement with pencil.

1.  Turn up, press hem and top stitch. No need to pin if you iron. WARNING:Must make sure both hems are same length or they won't match when doing the very last step. 
2.  Sew front center seam.  Most patterns call for a 5/8 inch seam.  Check yours or use the amount you added when you traced pattern.
3. Lay elastic (1 inch wide is good, not the 1/4 inch used for a doll here.) across top and double fold to lay over elastic, press.  Notice the safety pin on one end to help guide and hold end.  It is easier if you DO NOT cut elastic, but mark the length.
Tack end of elastic.
Another elastic waist application besides this channel method
can be found HERE.  You can use either a sewing machine or serger.

4.  Top stitch along edge of fold being careful not to catch the elastic.  This saves time from having to thread the elastic through the channel.  Again if you have pressed well, you won't need to use pins to hold while stitching which saves a few more minutes.  Stitching a consistent distance from the outer edge helps appearance. However, pin if you feel you need. After stitching, pull elastic through to marked length, tack down at mark inside seam and cut elastic at mark.

5.  Stitch back seam.
6.  Meet center leg seams right sides together, pinning to match the crotch seam and most importantly  matching the bottom of the hems. (Remember what had to be done in step 1?)  I like to start stitching from crotch down each way to prevent any warping of fabric.  Some would start at one hem and sew around to other hem.
7.  Turn right side out, do a final press and you're done! Go party or lay on the couch?
Where can you get the FREE doll pants patterns and other doll patterns?  Try HERE

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Please check them out for some great ideas.
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