Monday, September 6, 2021
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
My Stylish High End Nephew!
He said he has been looking everywhere and I believed him because he loves stylish clothes! I just happened to be sitting in my sewing room as we were talking. I asked him would linen do? Linen is a premium fabric and I knew it would be of his standard. So out from the stash table came some - you guessed it fuchsia linen. It had been taking up stash room for about three years and I had a lot of it so why not. Now, I do NOT sew for anyone except my son so he understood the magnitude of my yes.
I told him, I will do everything just be ready when I need you. He was quite excited and said this was his first custom garment. I prepped my machines and got to work. Not only was this a good opportunity to flex my menswear muscle, I could also do my Janome project. (I'm a Maker ya know! LOL!!) I measured my nephew that day and we had one fitting and the rest is photo history.
I used the Airthread 2000D to serge the fussy linen edges. I also had fuchsia serger threads to make pretty insides. I made sure I lined the inside of the shorts to minimize the wrinkle factor. They have elastic at the waist, a fly zip and wooden beads to finish off the shorts.
He wears them well. Real men wear fuchsia!
|They look Great! If I do say so myself!|
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
This Dress Has History!
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Flannel - Not just for winter!
It’s Spring in the Midwest! -Janome Maker!
The days are longer and starting to become warmer, but the nights are still chilly. I thought what would be great to make for this type of weather? Knowing summer will be here soon, a sweater was not the answer nor pants. I thought about a dress, but I just wasn’t feeling choosing a style. Pajamas! Easy, fun pretty. I did say summer was coming, but it’s still cold at night. I thought about air conditioning and how cold it can be. Flannel!!! Flannel Pajamas with a hint of summer fun. Flannel is a great fabric. It’s not just for winter. It’s colorful, inexpensive and breathable cotton!💖 Off to the store I went to get some flannel and I found a gem of a fabric. I opted for some shorts.
Then I reached for my go to PJ pattern and figured I’d make a “Bedroom Jacket” to match. I was off! Me and Mano my Janome Memory Craft 15000. This machine is so smooth sewing flannel.
|Me gett'n Busy!|
Added a pink ribbon and All finished!
Wait!!! This cute pair deserves a matching top. My first attempt was a HUGE fail, to big, to ugly and a huge mess. NO PICTURE’s of the wadder here!! So, I sat staring 👀 at jam’s thinking what could I make to match this set? Finally, it dawned on me that Mano is almighty! This machine turns into an embroidery unit! I got out the Janome AcuDesign software and found the perfect design for $1! I found some fabric in my stash, set up my machine and got busy.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Mom - Can you make these?!
|I am a Janome Maker!|
Not Your Average Sweatpants!
As this crazy year drew to a close, I thought, Janome Maker submissions are coming up. So, I picked, prepped and prepared what I thought to be the perfect project. I started in the fall and then life happened. I got a new job, which is a good thing, but It has taken up so much of my time that my beautiful Makers project was waiting in the wings. So as time grew closer, I didn’t feel any pressure until I looked up and it was Christmas. To make a long story short, my sewing room is a mess and my beautiful project was not done!! I scrapped it because I will finish it later and rushing is not an option! ON TO THE NEXT PROJECT! That project didn’t work out, nor did the other one that I won’t mention. 😛
I stood around my sewing room in complete despair December 31st and my machines started talking. “You better get busy or Mano (Horizon 15000) is going back! My serger Airthread 2000D - he’s still nameless) started to cry. So, I looked around and saw a project for my son that I started a month ago. Gertrude (AKA Dirt McGurt -Skyline7) Said “Darling that’s it! Finish your son’s project, it’s just been sitting there collecting dust anyway!”
My son asked me to copy some “sweats” he saw on the internet about a year ago. I committed. How hard could that be? Well, he sent me a picture of the “sweats” and my eyes grew. These sweats have 8 pockets and 4 zippers and 4 of the pockets are 3D and Cargo! So, I decided to go all out! I ordered waist banding and collected all I needed for the project and it sat. Gert called me out on New Year’s Eve.
I got the pile of cut up love and started working. I had already drafted the pockets and flaps, I used a pattern as my block, customized the block and we had one successful fitting.
|3D Pocket Pattern|
My love pile needed construction only. Since there is a ton of sewing on this project, I used my 15000 to embroider and for most of the construction, Skyline 7 for basting and my Airthread 2000D serger for finishing.
My son is an artist so, I wanted to include something on his sweats that had meaning, and I wanted to embroider something since “Mano” and I have become such good friends. I decided to add a tiny bit of embroidery on one pocket. I used the Janome AcuDesign software to import a free design onto my Janome Horizon 15000. The software was pretty easy to learn and it came with my machine. I love how subtle and statement making the design is. “Kace” the nickname I gave my son as a baby, and it’s also his artist signature. (Mom moment)
This fabric was crazy thick and backed with a heavy fleece. It’s very heavy and great for the winter. This fabric, I thought, will be an issue for the serger. I did a test stitch and was so happy! The Airthtrad 2000D serger was flawless and made serging the pants a dream!! That serger has the best attitude EVER!
To make things easy for myself, I used size 14 universal needles in the sewing machines and regular All-purpose thread. I used the Acufeed dual foot on Mano-my Janome 15000 and used the Acufeed Dual on Gert-my S7. (I love walking feet!) For the embroidery I used Sulky Rayon thread in black, a Janome purple needle and cutaway stabilizer.
All day and night later😫 - the rest is history! Here are some construction pictures of the 3D pockets and the invisible leg zipper. also cut in and made two half welt pockets on the back of the pants (per request).
|Welts on request!|