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Baggy trousers

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I worked a lot with these. There wasn’t enough fabric to just cut out the pieces, and I decided that although i could have made an invisible seam, adding two smaller parts together, I preferred to make it a detail . You can see it on the front of the left leg.

Pattern is Simplicity 1940’s retro 3688.

I really enjoy it when there is a challenge and a problem to be solved.

however, I think I made a mistake when copying the the pattern, the pants were SO big and I had to take them in in several places, all considering the pattern and how it would look.

And once they were finished… I just don’t care for them. They feel baggy. Reason is probably partly that the fabric is really thin and lightweight. I bought it in a thrift store thinking it was a sturdy canvas like fabric. It smelled of detergent so I assumed it was washed, which it turned out it wasn’t.  What I thought was a sturdy fabric was mostly the starch you add to cheap fabrics. You’d think I’d know by now.

I can’t be bothered to take up the seams in the waist and the hem to redo them. They’ve been sitting on a chair for a moth now, and I think they’ll stay there for a while.

Buttons

20170616_132101[1]When I grew up I used to love my mom’s button-box. In it were all kinds of pretty buttons and you could rummage your fingers through them and feel their smoothness and hear the rattling sound they made.

Now I have my own and I still like it for the same reasons. However, it’s not of much use to me. When I buy buttons in thrift stores, I’ll go after the prettiest and most extravagant ones n’est-ce pas? Which is fine, I might find a use for them, but usually what I need is to replace one button that’s lost and then I’d need a reather plain one. And if I am to use the flashy ones,  there’s never enough of them, is there?

Right now I’m sitting on two UF’os that need 5 buttons each. Seems I’m gonna have to head for the fabric store anyways, despit me treasure chest at home

Water damage

20170325_182845I cut a blouse from a vintage pattern I’ve wanted to use for some time now, but always hesitated because really, those waists! I never had a waist like that and I certainly don’t know. Of course they’re meant to be worn with a corset but still.  I figured if I ignored the fitting folds in the back it might actually work.

Because the one side is really shiny, I thougyt it best to check if it would work to spray water on when ironing the seams and it was fine. I ‘m quite often good and irons every seam as I make it, but this time I was lazy and sew several before pressing. After i finished I realized that splashing water on it actually wan’t ok, it had gotten water stained. I’m assuming this is a cotton, it doesn’t feel like silk and it’s one of the fabrics my sister brought me from India so there is a limited supply.

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Yes I know fabrics should always be washed behore using.

I can’t decide now if I should make a new one or proceed with the this one and hope the stains don’t show much.

Pantsy schmantsy

I cut out these pants a long time ago and finally sat down to sew them together, I I really needed some new ones. The patterns looks smashing although I’m not all crazy about the late seventies fashion. Not sure they look like the picture, maybe should take them in some more, but…well

Can’t help myself

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I found this stray machine left to itself near a garbage station. I couldn’t resist it’s pleading eyes and took it home. A bit cocky with my previous experience of fixing a broken machine I thought maybe I could save this one as well?

After taking it apart, I’d say I can. It’s in good shape, but a lot of pieces are missing, such as the bobbin case, one of the gears, the pedal and the attatchement pieces for the needle and the foot. Buying all that new is more than I can afford at the moment, so I’ll just keep it for a while. Maybe I’ll find another one, and build them together to one.

Pants! Again!

I’ve made thes awesome pants for a client, she’s a bit shorter than I, otherwise we have the same measurements.

They’re made from this pattern, a reprinted original from the 1940’s,12209460_10153389266518580_1770048349_o but she wanted them a little less baggy.

Now it’s back to making Christmas presents, then I think I’ll make a pair for myself

Thimble

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When i was 15, my grandmother, who was an antiques dealer, gave me this silver thimble. At the time I didn’t think much of it, and as years have past I would wonder why a thimble would have to be fancy anyways. I kept it, but since I always dreaded hand sewing never really used it much.

Now when i’m caught in the ebroidery addiction, I’ve come to realize how much nicer this thimble is compared to the cheap ones I have plenty of. It’s feels much better on my finger, I now use it every sewing day and get to think of Grandma Anna-Lisa as a bonus.

It’s alive!

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I did it!

Here are the brittle, broken machine parts all in plastic that had to be replaced on a Singer 533. It took some time.

When the new parts came I tried to take the old ones out. Didn’t work, the screwdrivers didn’ get a grip. So my son finds one that he once got with a Donald Duck magazine, and that one fit. Good thing we never throw anything out in this house.. When looking closer I realized those round little holes where actually tiny hex screws, so I went to my mom’s  place to borrow her keys. The 2 was to small and the 3 to big, was there a 2,5 to be found? Went to the store to get one, nope the 2,5 didn’t fit either. Found out there are actually metric and inch size hex screws. Who wudda known? I always figured they were just numbers. Anyway ebay had the inch sized ones. Ah at last progress.

Ok, so the parts had to be taken off in a certain order since some of the drives are sitting on long bars, passing through holders and….and so on. But I did it. I got them all off and the new ones on.

Today I was going to see if it worked to sew.

Nah. The fabric wouldn’t feed and move forward. Were any of the parts sitting backwards or something? Then I tried to reverse and that went fine so nothing wrong with the feeding gear then. Disappointed and frustrated I searched the internet and Heureka! A function for special stitches was apparently on, put that on zero and YES!

It’s loud compared to my Husqvarna, but it’s working.

And i added sewing machine repair person to my CV

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Splitting up to go One Direction

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This dress is in my mending box. I made it about two years ago, having sat on the fabric for quite a while because I loved it so much,

I couldn’t decide on which direction I wanted the squares, so I choose both. Or wasn’t there enough fabric to do it all in One Direction? Whichever the reason was, I spent plenty of time at matching the different rows of squares. And because of that careful matching, there wasn’t much allowance for seam allowance. Wouldn’t matter, I thought, there’s not going to be any strain on the seams running around the skirt anyways, right?

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WRONG. Maybe there wasn’t much strain on thos seams, but with hardly any seam allowance they break. That’s how it is. So I’ll have to take the skirt off. And then what? Make it a blouse? I don’t know, but it seems a shame not to use this lovely print in whichever diretion it will go.

The postman always rings twice

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As much as I love my vintage sewing machines, so far I’ve left the serving of them to professionals. But when I was given this beauty for free, I wanted to make sure the cost of service would be worth it, so I decided to take a look myself. How hard can it be?I found a manual online, as well as blogs for working on sewing machines and set to work.

The previuous owner claimed it worked, but worked too slow. I thought there would be a reduced speed function as I have on my Husqvarna but couldn’t find a knob for it, and no info of that in the manual, so it had to be an inner issue. Taking off one cover at a time, I found it wasn’t really dirty, and putting some oil on all moving parts had the desired effect, the speed was picking up with every try

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As I came to the end, however, I realized there was a broken part in the feeding function and some other parts with signs of old age. Ah, the sixties and seventies and their happy use of plastic instead of steel!

But by now I’m seiously hooked and have oredered replacement parts. Anxiously waiting for the postman

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