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I’m using a pattern I’ve made at least twice before, McCall’s 2233, Uniform Essentials.

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The fabric is from Fabric.com, Michael Miller Nevermore Collection Old Script Urban Grit Black.  That’s a mouthful.

 

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Way back when, I was smart and glued the pattern to some sturdier brown paper, knowing I’d reuse the pattern in the future.  Only problem, I lost the pocket pattern piece somewhere in my many moves!  I had some brown paper and using the image in the instructions, cobbled together a makeshift pocket. Worked fine.

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I always forget to take pix while I’m sewing.  Since I use the Serger for my seams, I had to do a little finish work with the regular sewing machine.  Here I’m making a mess of the pockets.

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One of the things I like to do is to finish all raw edges with the serger.  Below I’m serging the edges of the waist.  This gets turned under and made into the casing for the elastic, but I still like to finish it.  In my mind it tends to unravel less.

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I’m putting the elastic in the casing below.  How do you do that?  Tried and true method: Use a safety pin.

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Now for the tutorial. I hope I can explain this half as well as I would like.

How to use the blind hem stitch on your sewing machine.

First of all, you have to press your hem nice and neat.  Here I just made a tiny ~1/2 inch hem because the pattern is kind of short for my husband (I found out on the previous pants I made).  I could lengthen the pattern, sure.  But I am lazy and that is a topic for another blog post!  So…turn under your nicely serged hem.

PressAHemThen you need to select the correct stitch on your machine.  It should look like a zig zag with straight stitches in between. In my case, it’s #18 on the Pfaff Creative 2144.

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Be sure to lengthen the stitch a bit, otherwise it’s too close together.

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Then you bring over you nicely serged and turned pant leg, ready to be sewn:

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And you Flip The turned hem UNDER, to make a little lip of the pant leg on the left, and the hem on the right.

FlipHemUnder See the little fold there right under the presser foot? THAT’S the key.  You want to imagine the fabric in a Z shape under the presser foot.  When the need is doing the straight stitch, in the right-most position, it will enter the bottom layer which is the hem.  When the needle “zags” over to the left, it will catch the pant leg briefly, then return back over to the hem.  The results are beautiful.

Here is the finished hem.

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And here is what the “zigs” look like (had to search to find a visible spot, they really are blind stitches with the right thread color!).

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Here’s the finished product.  Even the goof up on the pocket is hard to see.

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I made a small video of the sewing machine actually stitching the blind hem stitch.  Need hubby to help me get past the 2mb size limit on uploading media. Grrr.  Maybe if I bribe him with some fancy new chef’s pants…?

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I saw a blog post somewhere where the crafter made a car trash bag for her father for father’s day.  (If you find the link, put it in the comments and I’ll link to her blog.)  The original blog escapes me, but I’ve been mulling the concept over for weeks.  Basically the concept is simple, take a butter tub, cut out the bottom, sew a tube, throw on some ties, and put the tub inside the tube to hold your baggies.

 

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So here is a coolwhip tub (because I can’t find a butter tub), and my heavy duty scissors, because if I used my fabric scissors well, I’d have to put myself in time out.  And there is sewing to be done!

Here I’ve picked out two complimentary fabrics.  Unfortunately these were a door prize.  I thought they would be fat quarters, but they are skinny quarters! 😀  So I checked to make sure the cool whip tub would work with the width of the fabric and it did (foreshadowing).

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Here’s the coolwhip tub cut into a rim for my trash bag.

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Here I am serging the seams of the main fabric.  I simply zoomed up one side and down the other.

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Here’s where Donna starts to go off the rails.  I added this and it was completely useless.  What is it?  Well, I used a bit of the band/ties fabric to make a little lip inside the tube, to hold the coolwhip tub.  It was a good idea in theory (not).

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Below I’m eyeballing where to put the band described above.

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Here I am sewing the band on.

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Here I am testing it out, with the bag inside out. Works great! (Cough, Cough!)

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Here I am pressing the band I made with the contrast fabric.  It is the length of the fat quarter.

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And here is the results.  What I managed to avoid taking a picture of is that the cool whip rim is FOLDED.  It’s so tight I had to bed the coolwhip tub (not easy) to get it inside the main fabric.

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Also, I have a tuck in the center front of the band.  Can’t see it in either picture.

20150307-162815.jpgHere’s the finished Product.  There is no way it will come out and allow me to put a plastic baggie and rubber band around it.  I’m on the lookout for a butter tub now.  When I checked for the width, I didn’t take into account BOTH seam allowances on both sides.  On the serger (so deeper seam allowances).  I’m pretty annoyed with myself.  But it was free fabric, and a free coolwhip tub (thanks, Mom!), so nothing lost, really.  And I learned a valuable lesson.  When copying other people’s blog posts, pay attention to the instructions next time!

 

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New Look 6237.

 

I’ve already done the pants pattern. Several times.

Finally got around to making the shirt.

Sorta.

I didn’t have the ribbing to make the neckline. This is as far as I got:

 

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Ok, so I found a post. on how to make a neckline for a tshirt using knit fabric.  So I gave it a whirl with the jersey knit fabric the shirt is made out of.  Couple of things.  I HATE how short the sleeves are.  But the recipient doesn’t mind.  So I guess I shouldn’t complain.  But I followed the cutting lines on the pattern.  I really wish I had made this long sleeve as it’s winter here and my foster daughter could use some more long sleeve shirts.  She talked me into short sleeves, but these are just like sleeveless!

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Finally, the neckline looks terrible.  I should have cut it from a solid stripe.

But it fits her perfectly and she’s happy.  Makes a good PJ shirt if nothing else.

 

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Ava Finally Got Her Afghan! No I didn’t send it to Australia! My beautiful Sister in Law brought her family over to see the States and visit us!  Would you just look at this beautiful little girl?  Isn’t she precious?!?!

 

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This quilt is for my Cousins Gil and Julie.  They have a quilt they love, called Sick Blankie (long story), and wanted to know if I could try to make something that had a similar weight.  They love Camping, so I picked out some great camping themed Fabric from Fabric.com.

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Because these are curved pieces, they are a pain in the rear to sew together.  Pinning is the key to success!  First I fold each one of the pieces in half, finding the middle and marking it with a pin. For rotary cutting the fabric, I used the Crazy Curves Ruler from Elisa’s Backporch Designs.

 

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Then I match up the middle pins, then pin the edges, and ease the rest of the curves together.  I sew over the pins because I sew very slowly.  Then clip the curves in the seam allowance and press press press!!!

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Here you can see I have a stack waiting to go under the presser foot! 😀

 

 

 

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There’s still a long way to go on this quilt.  I’m going to quilt it with wool batting, trying to imitate the heft of the original Sick Blankie.  I’ll keep posting updates as it comes along.

 

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