Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Wrapping Up....KWIK Sew 1281 "Mens Turtleneck"

I finally found my hunter green fabric.  It wasn't in the Ponte Roma knit like I wanted.  Believe me I hunted far and wide for that particular color in that particular fabric type.  I was beside myself to find "It just does not exist in that color".



I found the fabric that I ended up using at Karens Kreations.  She inherited this particular bolt from the previous owner of the store.  The only thing that was printed on the core was "Hunter Green Knit Fabric - $5.00 a yard"  (Hmm a mystery, I'm intrigued).  Since up to this point I have had no luck what-so-ever finding a suitable hunter green, I was willing to give it a shot.


This was really a different type of knit.  It seemed more like a sweater knit.  It was really soft and had a little more stretch than I was used to sewing with.    With that being said though, it felt so good to the touch that I just had to buy it.  Always up for a challenge and knowing I had a really good walking foot that never let me down.  I was ready to sew my fourth and final turtleneck for this winter season.


Since it had so much stretch to it I had to pick up a couple new techniques to adding the bias binding to the shoulder seams.  In the end it came out just right.


So here we are at the end of another series for a pattern.

Below is a little final photo recap of them all.





I have really enjoyed sewing each and every one of them.


I highly recommend this pattern for anyone who needs a nice warm turtleneck this winter.  For me, it's time to tuck this one back into the pattern archives and call her done.

Until Next time....Happy Sewing!  Seam Ripper Joe

Thursday, December 5, 2013

KWIK Sew 1281 or "The Turtleneck Chronicles"


There is something to be said about making the same garment over and over again until you have it in all the colors you need.  To be able to sew it together without having to worry about every little step, because you know the pattern like the back of your hand.



That's where I am with my KWIK Sew 1281 Turtleneck Pattern.  This is my third shirt I made with this pattern.  My first was in navy blue then black and now potting soil brown.



Shoulder seams with my extra top stitching.


Another shirt done and complete!  Yeah... Now the only color I'm still missing is a dark hunter green.  So hopefully this next week I'll be able to find it.  The fabric hunt is on and I am once again one shirt closer to R.T.W. independence.

Until next time....Happy Sewing!    Seam Ripper Joe

Thursday, November 28, 2013

"Back in Black"....KWIK Sew 1281 Turtleneck

I have to say, I really love this pattern.  It's easy to cut out and sew and the fit is just the way I like it.



Since I am a big turtleneck fan anyway, it only makes sense to roll out as many as I need for the winter all in a row, in a nice variety of colors.  This particular one is going to be made from a Ponte Roma black knit.  I just cannot say enough about the Ponte Roma Knits.  I absolutely love the sturdiness and the ease of sewing of the fabric.  I highly recommend it!  It's just a good all around knit.




The whole pattern is really easy to pin down and cut out.  The pieces also fit together really nicely before you sew them together.


On the bottom of my turtlenecks I always give the hem a double row of zigzag stitches.  I try to incorporate extra stitching anywhere I can.  I just really like sturdy clothing.


Another shirt done!  Yaah!


One step closer to R.T.W. independence.


Another area I always try to incorporate extra stitching.  In the shoulders and around the arms.


That's it for today.  Hats off to everyone this holiday season.  I hope all of you are having a wonderful thanksgiving with family and friends.

Until next time....Happy Sewing!    Seam Ripper Joe



Saturday, November 16, 2013

At last....The finished KWIK Sew 1281 Turtleneck

Hi everyone!  I've really missed my fellow sewist.  This last month I've had to take some time off to take care of my wonderful wife.  She suffers from Lymphedema in her legs and around the beginning of last month Stephanie started treatment.  So we travel back and forth to the therapist on a daily basis.  She's really responding well to the treatment and life will be getting back to our version of normal by the beginning of December.  In the meantime I was able to sneak my KWIK Sew 1281 Turtleneck through our long days and finished it up.


In the fall and winter I love to wear a nice, warm turtleneck.  It's a really good all around cold weather top.  So you can imagine how thrilled I was to find a KWIK Sew Turtleneck pattern from 1983 uncut with the instructions included.  Have to love ETSY for finding vintage sewing patterns.  I was immediately off to Joann Fabrics & picked up 2 yards of navy blue Ponte Roma knit fabric.  (Of course with 40% off coupon in hand)  That's a given ;)


Surveying my pattern before tracing it.



This was a very easy pattern to lay out and cut.  The instructions for sewing it together were simple and well written.  I am definitely going to have to make a couple more of these.  Maybe one in hunter green and another in black.


I made a couple of small changes to the pattern.  On the inside seams for the shoulders they wanted to just use one strip of fabric to bind off the inside raw edge.  I choose to use two strips of bias tape and top stitched them both down from the right side of the fabric.  I also top stitched around the arms.  Just a personal preference I feel like it makes the shirt a little sturdier and I also like the way it looks.


The Finished Shirt.  "Love it"!


The fit turned out exactly how I wanted it.  I made the shirt in a XL because I like my shirts just a little bit looser fitting.


My topstitching on the shoulders and around the arms.


I absolutely love the way this shirt fits and feels.  I highly recommend this pattern for any turtleneck enthusiast.  I am definitely going to make a couple more of these for this winter.

That is it, the end of my post for today.  We just have one thing left....the big "Shout out".

Today that is going to.... Thread Theory it's a awesome sewing blog for men's clothing and they also sell their own patterns, Very Cool.  I highly recommend them to anyone sewing men's clothing.  I know it's taught me a lot.  So you just have to check them out.

Until next time....Happy Sewing!  Seam Ripper Joe

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Done! "Boxer Short Madness Completed"

It's been a long time in the making, almost 4 weeks but finally the madness is finished.  I completed my last pair of boxer shorts last night at around 7pm.  So the tally is a total of 8 pairs of premium boxer shorts out of one full size thrift store sheet set.



It was touch and go there for a while wanting to stray away from my objective and sew a shirt or a pair of pants or just about anything else!  Anytime I would have that sneaky little feeling I would just have to take a deep breath and continue on.  It was sorta brutal at times.  Especially when I have several really great patterns sitting in the wings I was itching to start.  Patience and perseverance are great virtues and I believe in both.  It was also very important to me to make each pair with the same attention to detail that I made my very first pair with.  Never taking shortcuts and putting my all into each pair.  What's really cool is that this does bring me a lot closer to my springtime goal of only "Made by Me Clothes".  With that said, it really feels good to be done with them and finally start on my next project.


I found this excellent Turtleneck Pattern, Kwik Sew 1281 from 1983 in  Janie Zekkou Etsy Shop and I just had to buy it.  She has a really nice collection of vintage sewing patterns all the way from the roaring 20's through the 1980's and is definitely worth taking a browse through every couple of weeks.  I am absolutely a big, Big, BIG fan of turtlenecks in the winter.  In fact that's probably understating it a bit.  So I went right out and purchased a really awesome Navy Blue, heavy weight knit fabric to make it out of and just finished washing and drying it right before I started this post.  Yeah!

I really, Really, Really am excited about starting on it, so you know what!

That is it, the end of my post for today.  We just have a couple of things left....first the big "Shout Out".

Today that is going to....Gavin Henderson of Oil and Thread He loves his vintage sewing machines and uses them all.  His skills lay in a wide range of sewing from clothing to quilting and seems to be a natural in them all.  I personally pick up new techniques from every one of his posts, either about sewing or vintage machines and I highly recommend his blog to every sewing enthusiast.

and also....

This Week the "The Two Thumbs Up" goes to BurdaStyle for having awesome Patterns, Projects and Tutorials that helps every sewist reach their maximum potential.  Thanks BurdaStyle!

Until next time....Happy Sewing!    Seam Ripper Joe




Saturday, September 21, 2013

"Special Delivery" my new to me "Prestige by Brother"


So here I am having another "New to Me" sewing machine delivered.  It was really absolutely out of my control.  "I couldn't help it".  Once I saw this unusual creation of vintage ingenuity I just had to have it.




This is my "New to Me", Prestige by Brother Sewing Machine.  The previous owner turned it into a Hand Crank Sewing Machine.  They also sent me the original hand wheel in the event that I wanted to convert it back to using a electric motor.  "Are you kidding me", this machine is the best of all worlds.  The dimensions on the base are exactly the same as a vintage singer, in fact the working components are the same as a Singer 15 which is the same basic instructional DVD he sent me, with my new Brother.  It also fits perfectly into any singer cabinet.  Including the one I will be on the hunt for.  An Old Singer Treadle Cabinet!  She fits all my Vintage Singer Attachments and is your basic straight stitch machine that puts out a flawless, smooth stitch.  You have total control of every aspect of your stitching and you can stop it on a dime!  They left the original lamp which lights up my work beautifully!  "Perfect"!


It does weigh a bit.  It tips the scale at  a whopping 27.8 lbs.  The interesting aspect about this machine is that I have not been able to find another like it on the Internet.  No images, searches or even the Brother Website using the serial number has any information on this particular model.  With that being said.  I don't even care.  "I love the retro look of it and it is so fun to sew with".


The control panel has the normal stitch setting which ranges from 8 to 30 stitches per inch.  You can also set your feed dogs to several different heights which is the first time I've seen this particular function.  Usually feed dogs are either set up or down.  This brother has three settings.  Normal - Silk - Darn.  That is really Cool!  Also you have an easy to use back tack.  Just push in the red button and turn right.  It locks you into sewing in reverse or back tack.  Just press the red button once more and the machine easily stitches forward again.



Yep,  this is my "Frankenstein Machine".  It's a machine that shouldn't exist but does.  It's a machine that works beautifully but has no information anywhere on the model.  All very interesting.



It is unbelievable for its age how very clean this machine is.  It almost looks like its straight out of the factory.




I know, I know, I know....There is my boxer shorts fabric again.  This is my fifth pair out of that sheet set.  I actually think I  will be able to make 8 sets all together.  I just have to keep a steady pace and I will get them all done.  It's really a practice in patience working on the same project over and over until you finally have them all made.


I love that I can use all my singer attachments.  Just finished putting in a buttonhole.  Perfect!


I ended up finishing this pair of boxer shorts with my new brother.  It was such a joy to use.  Everything about this simple machine runs perfectly and smoothly.  In the future if you ever have the chance to use a good hand crank sewing machine, I would highly recommend it.  You'll find it is such a unique experience and thoroughly enjoyable.

That is it, the end of my post for today.  We just have a couple of things left....first, the big "Shout Out".

Today that is going to....Thin Man Sewing blogging out of Sutter Creek, California.  He has a natural style of sewing which makes all his sewing endeavors turn out with a great fit.  He is a very enjoyable read and highly recommended for any sewing blog list.

and also....

This week the "Two Thumbs Up" goes to the good folks at Joann Fabrics for keeping my e-mail box stocked up on weekly specials along with their 40% and 50% off coupons.  Keep up the good work!

Until next time....Happy Sewing!    Seam Ripper Joe