Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Button Holes

This blog just reached 15,000 hits! I wonder how many of them are my? :-P

I think I figured out how to make button holes! Not so much with the buttonhole foot, but if I set the stitch length to button hole and the stitch to normal zigzag, I can very carefully sew one with my normal zigzag foot. I just have to figure out the length thing. :-)

Heck, if I'm going to have to put work into making buttonholes, I might as well give the ones in my sewing books a go some time.

As for the shirts I'm slowly getting around to, I'm going to use bedsheets to make toils. Hopefully they'll be less of a disaster than the black pinstripe one. Sadly, I left said bedsheets at my parents house this past weekend, so I'm going to spend the rest of the week tracing off the medium size shirt for my older brother and then? I've gotten the shirt bug and I'm going to make one for myself.

I'm going to use the peter pan collar from E (the yellow one) and the sleeves from C (cuffless) without the lace trim. If I keep it nice and plain I can wear it with ridiculously over the top waistcoats and vests. :-)

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Me Shaped Shorts!

I finished my shorts! They're a bit rough and ready but they fit better than a lot of my shop bought trousers. And I don't think I've ever had shorts that fit this well. I haven't had a lot of luck with shorts.

I accidently under stitched on the outside of the waistband, but that's because I tried to place it using the diagram, but I should have just held the waistband pieces onto the shorts and worked it out that way.

I still haven't mastered button holes, but I've got some poppers somewhere around here from my gingham dress and I'll probably find them before the weather is warm enough to wear these outside. :-)

Monday, 23 November 2015

New Residents

Yes, I know it's not really sewing related, but my rats moved into their cage today and I spent a lot of the day keeping an eye on them to make sure they settle in. I didn't want to scare them with the sewing machine when they first arrived but we'll see how they cope with it tomorrow. Their names are Trillian, Serenity and Beatrix, by the way. :-)

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Some Slightly Overdue Photos

While I was at Mum and Dad's house me and Mum finally remembered the photos of the brown dress.

I do like how it turned out but I've become a bit embarrassed by my belly. I'm at the heaviest I've been for a while but it didn't really hit home. Maybe I'll have to go back to cooking a hot meal every day instead of having sandwiches or cheese and onion roles. :-P

Saturday, 21 November 2015


I haven't had a very good sewing week this week, mostly because I got stalled with the shorts for want of a 4 inch zipper. I picked up three at the sewing shop so that should see me through to some temperature appropriate trousers.

I also tried to make a shirt toile out of a fabric that just refused. It's a really shifty, draping black pinstripe that I chose because I didn't mind losing it, but it's just not right for any kind of shirt, even a trial one. I could see it as a circle skirt, though. I'm going to order some cheap white cotton for toiling.

In non-sewing news, I helped bring home a lost dog! He was following a teenage girl by the canal and she asked if he was mine, and I ended up walking him round on the end of a shoelace till I found a couple who knew where he came from. His name turned out to be Toby. :-D I just wish I'd thought to get a picture.

That meeting inspired me to do a bit of pet related sewing. My two rats have been living with my mother and their sisters since I got them. Back then I lived at home, but I'm finally close to ready for them. I just need to bring home some supplies this weekend. They're going to be accompanied by one of the others as well because they're used to living with half a dozen other girls and we don't want them to get lonely.

 I made them a tube to climb through and sleep in! It's made of some rough synthetic stuff that was probably meant to work like wool and some black faux fur offcuts that I've had for ages. I sewed the two fabrics together in a square and turned them inside out, then hand stitched two edges together and sewed on the little chains to attach it to the cage bars. That keeps it in place but, more importantly, it also keeps the ends open so it's easier for them to get in.

On an unrelated note, this really makes me want to do something wearable with fur and chains.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Halloween Fabric For Christmas

The prospective fabrics for my brothers' shirts arrived in the post yesterday, and I got all excited. Not very christmassy! The two on the left glow in the dark. I'm happy because I'm probably going to end up wearing two of them. :-D

I know I said I was making trousers in my last post but I've spent today making shorts as a wearable toile. I know making shorts in November isn't very in keeping with making clothes I can wear now but once I've got the trouser pattern down I'm going to make them by the dozen, in lovely, warm wool.

Saturday, 14 November 2015


I finally got all the hemming finished on the brown dress, and all that remains now is to get mum to take a picture on Sunday. Turns out we aren't going to the Grandparent's house because Grandad had a fall and is in the hospital for a heart operation. I'm worried the long stay in hospital won't be good for him, because last time he lost a lot of weight and mobility and he doesn't have much left to lose.

On a much more self centered note, I've started tracing off the pattern for a pair of trousers. I'm using the Sewaholic one so it's the first time my bum hasn't been three sizes larger than my waist.

I bought a white cover for the table so I could see the lines better when I'm tracing, and I weighed the paper down with cans of tuna and spam.

I'm at my parents house now, and just got my hands on a book I accidentally ordered to their address. That's not that bad. When I first moved to Stoke I got a load of DVDs sent to my previous flat in Dunchurch. :-P

The clothes are a bit weird, but it looks like fun stuff to play with, and you can't see it in most of the pictures but the sample clothes are made in miniature! Lol!