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Me-Made 2012 and where they are now

This post took a while to write, but I'm glad I'm doing it because there seem to be so many makes I never blogged about!

I think these are all my makes of 2012. Let me do a refresher on what happened to them.

Center piece - The HIPPIE SHIRT

La piece du resistance, hands down the most worn item of the year, blogged here.

This is just awesome awesome fabric. Fit not that great, but the fabric made all the difference and it's much better than the Thai silk shirt made from the same pattern. One buttonhole is too long which makes that button become unbuttoned often.

Still, pretty much the first thing I wear out of the washing machine.

And now, clockwise from top left:

The thai silk shirt

Not exactly blogged about, but mentioned several times (1, 2). I wear it rarely because it has fit issues. A killer look when I wear it with a cardigan though.

The British summer skirt

Blogged here, my modified Meringue pattern. Worn only a few times due to very bad summer weather this year. I sus…

Patching jeans

I don't make jeans, mostly because the ones I buy seem to suit me just fine. Whether that's true or just my impression - I do not know. But the desire for me to make jeans is just not there.

I have this one pair of Levi's that has a special "feature": they are threadbare in places for an interesting effect. Unfortunately, one of these places was close to the knee, and due to wear a tear appeared. Then, one day, while getting dressed, I managed to put my big toe through the tear and pull - a huge slit appeared :(

I thought I should fix them, and this is a post on how to mend a tear and add a patch to jeans.

Materials needed

seam ripperpatch of muslinpatch of outside fabric [should be sturdy]needle and threadsewing machinepinsstrip of silk organza [optional]topstitching thread [optional]

Prepare the jeans

Unless the tear is somewhere accessible, you will probably have to unpick the seam. Jeans have two seams - one is flat felled (usually the inside of the leg), the ot…

In which a size 4 waist, 0 hips Meringue skirt becomes size 4 waist, size 4 hips

I started my adjustments. I have this TnT skirt pattern, a modified Meringue (no scallops) which I had the suspicion no longer fits well. Here are some photos of a skirt I made from this pattern around November:

It doesn't look too bad in these photos, but you will see the grain lines are not particularly straight. The actual problem is somewhat more visible in this photo:

There are slight pull lines across the hips, meaning there is too little fabric somewhere.

I took Lynda Maynard's Craftsy course advice to heart, and cut a muslin that was on proper grain, had 1" seam allowances and, most importantly, followed the grain marks with contrast thread. I even made extra sure these grain lines were on actual grain by removing one woven thread from the muslin before stitching the line:

Then, I enlisted Mr T's help to figure out the problem. The grain markings (both crosswise and lengthwise grains) need to be parallel / perpendicular to the floor. Any distortion indicates a…

Getting to terms with fit

I don't usually do resolutions of any sort because I think things that are broken need to be fixed as soon as you become aware of them.
I have a fitting problem. I realized it when I made the third version of B6035, which is made of Thai silk and has yet to be blogged. It's actually M6035 - a quick Google search for B6035 reveals my blog posts and a knit pattern from an unknown pattern company.
So anyway, fitting problem. The shirt looks great on me but I cannot move without it running up. The back seems to be the issue as, funnily enough, when it does move up this is only apparent in the back - the front looks almost OK. This means I must wear it with a cardigan or not wear it at all. 

The truth is that I had some of these problems with the previous version too, but they are somehow exacerbated by a combination of fabric and longer sleeves.

Even though it looks like it has more fabric than it needs, it doesn't fit properly.
I haven't done anything about it yet…

A nice surprise

Back in October, when the whole Deer & Doe craze started, I went through their patterns and discovered one that would work for an idea I had:

I planned to make the Robe Belladone, with a twist: the top of the back side would be made in leather. I still have some leather scraps (big enough) from when I attempted to make Mr T a laptop sleeve*. I also have this great cotton that I think would work - black and brown in an interesting pattern (picture from when I bought it - the top one):

Anyway - I duly ordered this in October but it never arrived. I thought it had been shipped and got lost in the post, so I never emailed them to tell them about it. Until yesterday when I got a call from our reception - they had my package. It was missing my surname, which is why no one knew where to deliver it - there are 3 companies in our building.

I'm pretty happy I got it as now I can go ahead with my plans. I might reconsider on the main fabric though, depending on what else I have in the ev…

I've taken the plunge...

Sooo, I finally decided. I bought the Singer 9960 on and got it shipped to a colleague in MTV. I mostly decided on the Singer because the Brother we have at work has some very annoying features that I know I won't be able to stand for very long.

In all, I paid 231 pounds (including tax!), and I saw the same machine being retailed in the UK for about 580. It's just a question of getting it safely to London now.

Speaking of travelling, is anyone up for a meetup in the SF area on January 26 or 27?

I've got some "make" posts lined up but I have forgotten my SD card adapter in London so I can't get them off the camera. The first one will be on why silk is not a good fabric for fitted shirts.

My grand plan!

Happy New Year everyone!

So. I have a plan. As I'm travelling to California (yet again!) in less than a month, and since for some bizarre reason sewing machines seem to be just .... cheap on Amazon US, I am toying with the idea of buying this:

or this:

The SINGER 9960 is waaaay cheaper than in the UK, where I saw it on a dodgy site at 376, and on the normal ones at 599! The Brother is made for the US market only, though it seems people have had good success with ordering it from the States. This is encouraging.

We have the SE400s bigger brother, Innovis 950, at work now (we have a "maker's room" with all sorts of cool stuff), and it's pretty nice, except for a couple of things. The bobbin winder is absolutely horrible to use, I manage to wind the thread on the little metal thing instead of the bobin half the time. I don't have this …