Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Just spoke with older son--he is cooking with his family. Older DGD made a pumpkin cheesecake! Great news that she can cook too! Sure miss having the whole group together for the holidays...

I did a little sewing this week and DH took photos for me. One Ottobre tunic for younger DGD and a couple of "wraps" for DH's photo gear. Ripstop nylon squares with fleece backing and secured by velcro strips. No fit issues!

I loved the Ottobre top--really well drafted and each piece fit perfectly together. I don't think I'll use the elastic method for gathering if I make this again. It is from the 4/2008 issue, style #19, "Kaiku" cross-front tunic. I made a size 116 for my 6 YO DGD. I also made the Lokki leggings from the same issue--need to hem and put in the elastic and they will be ready for the holiday gift stash. I am hoping to measure DGD's waist today at Thanksgiving. Maybe, maybe not. I am also going to go over the directions for using the cover stitch on my Evolve serger and give that a go. I am not thrilled with my Janome 900 CS machine--may well be user error, but it is just not the quality of stitch I am hoping for.

So, that's it for now. Photos to follow!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Dead End

Well, I was really excited about the jeans I was making for DGS--very cute and a great repurposing of some barely-worn garments of mine. But, they are HUGE on my skinny little guy. So, thanks to Melissa's post, I went cyber shopping and found great pants at Kohls, Sears, The Children's Place, and The Gap online. Now I need to rethink my sewing projects and get started on a few things for my DGD for the holidays.

Hope to have some photos up soon.

Friday, November 14, 2008

I'm Sewing--no photos!

I am working on some jeans for my grandson--he's a skinny size 4 and most RTW pants are just too big. Only the Gap sells 4S that I can find. So--I am repurposing some garments I bought for me on ebay several years ago. Two Talbots garments were cut up for their fabric--they were too big for me but the denim is great quality and the hand is very soft on both. Neither was more than very gently worn. So far I think they will be cute. I used a Patrones size 4 and hope that they fit! We'll see. I need to finish the waistband on one pair--the other is about half done. I will show the pix ASAP.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Loes Hinse Garments--Photos Coming!

See comments below--I never can move things around like the pro bloggers! I made these garments during my 4 days in Carmel and one day at home. Fun and gratifying!

Here we go--I made the black/white jacket from a "tweaked" version of the Biarritz jacket, size small. Brown jacket and multi color knit jacket with the velvet collar are the Biarritz jacket as found in the envelope. Also size small. The t shirts are versions of the Perfect Tee pattern, also size small. The lace T is the long sleeve version with sleeves and hem done on the rolled hem serger. The dark olive is the same version with the sleeves and hem trimmed to cut off the hem allowance then trimmed with rayon chiffon. I tried to tea dye the chiffon, but it was very spotty. So, I bleached it back to off white and like it as is. The tank and camisole are made from the tank dress pattern, size small. Whew! I made the brown jacket when I got home--it was a remnant that Sharon gave away on the last day and the collar is a scrap I had from a jacket I made in the spring.
It was fun to sew garments that fit, including the gray Oxford Pants--made in a small. They fit well, but Loes helped me to "scoop out the butt" to make the fit really just about perfect! Now I have a TNT pants pattern that I can use as it is or to help me adjust other patterns to ensure good fit. Hope I can load the photos now!