Thursday, August 27, 2015

An Extra Yard Of Fabric....Why Not A Tank Top!

Did you ever finish a project and have that extra yard of fabric left.  Well that's what happened to me when I finished Stephanie's Jumpers.  I thought about it for a minute and "bam" it hit me, that fabric would be perfect for a tank top.  So I drew up a pattern and decided to make a new tank for my daughter Sarah in pink and one for Stephanie in black.

Here is Sarah's that I just finished.

This was really a fun quick project to sew up when you have that extra yard of fabric sitting around.  Plus it gave me another excuse to use my serger which I absolutely love.

Now on to the black one!

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

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Another Jumper for Stephanie "Pink"

Just put the finishing touches on this jumper before work.  It looks really good on Stephanie and she loves the pink!  It's really a cheerful summer top.

I wanted to bring up a couple of items I've come to really appreciate when sewing with a serger and knits.

"Fray Check", this really comes in handy.  I use it on every seam I finish.  You just use a little "dab" on your threads and it alleviates them from coming apart at the end of a seam.  It also has loads of other uses when it comes to sewing.  It's a all purpose general sewing glue.

The other is my "Fabric Glue Stick".  It holds any fabric in place that you need to fold over.  i.e. hems or pockets.

It makes working with knits so much easier.  Specially when a hot iron puts a shine on so many fabrics.  It holds the fabric in a perfect fold and your able to sew right through it without gumming up your needle.  It's a win win.

The whole pocket is formed perfectly and ready to be placed on the garment.

I then use the glue stick to adhere my pocket onto the top and position it perfectly before pressing it down to the fabric with my hand.  No needles required and the pocket holds firmly to the fabric until I sew it down.

At that point the pocket is really easy to sew up without having to worry about pulling out any pins as you sew.

All sewn and perfectly placed.  Now the glue stick will never replace pins for 95% of my sewing but in some cases it really makes certain project soooo much easier.  Like Pockets on knits ; )

You can see on the bottom I left the serged stitch showing instead of folding it under.  Stephanie really likes the way it looked it sorta gives it a lacy look.

Same with around the collar and arms.

So that's Stephanie's new pink jumper.  If you hadn't yet tried the "Fray Check" or the "Fabric Glue Stick" I highly recommend them both.

I hope everyone's having a excellent weekend.

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

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Having fun with my Brother 1034D Serger!

I just cannot express enough how much fun I have been having with my Serger this summer.  I've made Stephanie several pairs of Culottes along with some knit tops.  This is my latest creation I just finished today.

A hanger really doesn't do the top justice but I haven't had the chance to take a picture yet with Stephanie wearing it.  Just a fun summer top sewn with a light weight knit.  She loves it.

I just took several measurements off of some different clothes that she liked and came up with a totally new pattern.  The entire top only consists of 4 different pieces (oops 6 pieces including the 2 pockets).

The front and back top section!

The front and back bottom section.  Well, it will be two different pieces once I cut it out.

My trusty Brother Serger hard at work ; )  The whole top only took a couple of hours to sew together once I figured out the pattern.

The only time I had to use my straight stitch "Singer 66-8" was to sew the pockets on.

Stephanie liked it so much, I'm going to make another out of some pink knit that I had on hand.  I know, I have a laundry list full of patterns I was supposed to be sewing for myself.  But since It took close to a year to finish both quilts, Stephanie felt, "Joey Sewing Deprived" or J.S.D. in clinical terms.  Just ask her it's a real condition.

So to wrap it up I just wanted to say from all the different blogs I read, it looks like M.P.B. day in New York with Peter was another great success.  I so would have liked to have attended but my work doesn't allow us to take days off in the summer. Grrrrr....But, at least I got to read about it.

I hope everyone is having a great summer!

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