Sunday, June 29, 2014

KWIK Sew 3267 ~ Men's Shorts ~ In Tan Cotton Poplin!


The shorts are finally done and just in time for this 80 degree weather we've been having in Ocean City!


Now that I have the size just right, I really like how they fit around the waist.  The large was just to tight.  Where the extra large fits just right.


I am a big KWIK Sew advocate to say the least!  I just really like how well they write out the instructions to each pattern and how well the patterns are printed.  I know, I know, I'm always boasting about KWIK Sew, I can't help it, you would think I'm on there payroll but nope, just a way big Fan!


The one thing I did change with the pattern just like in my muslin was to have a button as a closure at the waist instead of a clasp.  You know me and buttons!  In fact in the distant future I would like to try a button fly.  Something I haven't made yet.  I remember when I was a teenager back in the stone age I had a pair of button fly jeans.  I always thought they were pretty cool.  But that was the same time frame that I and everyone else ironed their jeans.  Remember those nice sharp creases back in the 80's.


I may need for my next pair to take in the "bottom" just a little bit, smoothing the fabric out a bit more on the rear, but I still like how well they turned out and they are super comfortable to wear.


I'm going to make one more pair of these shorts in the Tan Cotton Poplin, this time with a nice tan colored printed fabric that I have on hand for the pockets and maybe the inside of the waist band.  After that I may try them in a nice color cotton twill using the pants pattern for the fall.



I'm a big advocate of hand crank sewing machines.  In the making of these shorts I used my Brother Prestige for straight stitch and my Brother Charger for anything to do with zig-zag stitches or bar-tacs.  It's not just about the simplicity of it all, it also brings you closer to the stitching of your fabric.  You can automatically tell if an extra layer of fabric got tucked under your stitching by accident just by the tension on your hand crank, where with a foot pedal you just keep sewing until your done and then ooops you have to take the whole seam out instead of just stopping in the exact place of the mistake and correcting it right then and there.  Also, I'm not having to chase around a rogue foot pedal on the floor.  I know they're not for everyone, but I sure do like sewing with mine.


I highly recommend this pattern to anyone who needs a good basic shorts pattern.  They are super comfortable to wear and a real joy to sew up.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

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

Saturday, June 21, 2014

KWIK Sew 3267 - Men's Shorts - Muslin Version


I really meant to start this pattern a couple months ago so I would have them ready for this warm weather we are having on the shore.  As it turned out other projects got in the way and I was delayed a bit.  I decided to make a muslin first for fitting purposes and also to get used to a few things I haven't tried before.  Like sewing belt loops.


After reading the pattern instructions and surveying the pattern itself I decided to make them in a large.  Although I have a sneaky suspicion I may need them in an extra large.  I may be suffering from a little size denial right now.  I blame it on the before bedtime ice cream snack.  Darn that Cookies and Cream it gets me every time!


Laid out the entire pattern on a nice white muslin.


Once the entire pattern was cut out I made sure to mark all of my darts and folds.  The nice thing about making a muslin first is that it really gets you used to the pattern and all of its ins and outs.


The front pocket and facing sewn together.


Left front pocket completed with top stitching.


This pattern sews up very easily, both front pockets are completed and I am on my way to installing the fly front zipper.


The fly front zipper installs very easily thanks to the well laid out instructions that KWIK Sew gives with the pattern.


Taking apart the basting stitches.


I am all ready to put the zipper shield in you can see where I have already top stitched the front.


Zipper shield is sewn together and ready to install at this point.


Zipper shield installed.  I have to say this pattern really goes together nicely.  So far I haven't run into any glitches or problems what-so-ever.


The back pockets are welts.  I have prepared the facing and pockets themselves by overcasting the edges of the fabric first.  I know I didn't have to but I was going zig-zag crazy at the time ; )


The almost finished welt pocket.  I just need to sew on the button.  I know it's not the proper way per every instruction I have read about sewing welt pockets but I can't help it I just like to sew top stitching around the outside.  Although at the grocer the other day there was this guy with pair of store bought shorts with the welt pocket top stitched.  So maybe it is all right.  I'm trying to start a trend.  Can't you tell!


All completed!


My front panel and my two rear panels all ready to be sewn together.


Sewing the side seam (front and back together).


All stitched together and overcast.


Top stitched side seam.


Inside leg seams sewn together and overcast.


The waistbands ready to be sewn on.  You can see where I overcast one side for the inside seam.


Just a few more steps to go after the waistband is sewn on.


Stitching in the ditch to sew in the inside seam.


The completed inside stitch.  What's nice about using a hand crank sewing machine is that when you come up to the pins you can sew so slow that the needle will just go around them without harming your machine.


My belt loops.  Edge Stitched and all ready to be folded and top stitched.



Belt loops cut into 2.5" lengths.


Sewing the last belt loop in place.


KWIK Sew had a hook and eye for a closure.  I decided I just wanted to use a button.  Hey, I can't help it I just like buttons.


The completed button and button hole.



The completed shorts back and front.  I really like how they turned out.  KWIK sew put together very good instructions for this pattern which made them super easy to sew.  I would have tried them on and put up a pic but I would have had to suck in the tummy a bit so I decided this time around I'll just show the finished shorts until I can make them in a extra large fit.  Sorta skated out of that one, right!

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

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

"Another Summer Shirt" - Using KWIK Sew 3484

Every once in a while a sewist runs across a pattern they just love to sew.  That doesn't necessarily have to mean it's quick, or that every step of it is super easy.  There is just something about it they really like.  That is where I am with the KWIK Sew pattern 3484.


This is my second shirt I have made from this pattern and I have to say I really like the results.


It gives you lots of room to move around without being baggy.  Just a nice casual fit.


Hmm... I Just have to wonder if I need to put another order into Hawaiian Fabric.com for fabric for another couple of shirts.  At least enough for two more.  Even If I don't use this pattern I can use one of my Victoria Jones Patterns.  Decisions...Decisions...  You can never have enough fabric on hand.



One of my favorite parts of shirt construction.  "The Pocket".  Can you see it!


So all you guys and gals out there if your looking for a great summer shirt to sew for yourself or your guy I highly recommend this pattern.  It's fun to sew and it'll be super comfortable to wear.

Disclaimer:  No Sewing Machines were hurt or harmed in anyway while producing this shirt.

HaHa...I'm sorry I had to throw that in.  It seems like these days there's disclaimers all over the place for everything.


For my next sewing jaunt.  My tan cotton poplin arrived in the mail and I have it all washed and dried ready to hit the cutting table.  KWIK Sew 3267 "Men's Summer Shorts".

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