Working away offline.

Hi there everyone,

I’m using my app at the minute, sorry if the placement ain’t quite right! I personally prefer centered text..

So I’ve been sewing away offline as ever. To be honest it’s mostly alterations, which I love so I certainly can’t complain…

There have been cuffs in need of some TLC and a little lengthening required. This was an easy mend to be honest. I went in through the lining for a lovely finish. Good old ladder stitch made for a good finish.

These cuffs were in need of the same job, just not as much lengthening. There will be a time left in these jackets now.

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With summer upon us there is lycra being thrown about! Can I ask…. Is anyone a fan of sewing with this fabric?

That being said, this alteration only required the crotch taken up. And the snap fasteners to be removed. No pain there really!

This bikini was a cross over catastrophe to be honest! Who wants the tan lines or the strain… I then shotrend the strap to make a simple halter neck.

There were a few seams that needed restitching. This bikini cost more than I would like to mention! I feel the construction left so much to be desired! I feel it’s awful big companies can get away with so much, the name doesn’t carry quality workmanship.

So I have heaps more alterations to post about. But I’ll break my posts down!

Have you guys been upto much alterations or mends? I do love to see what everyone else it up too!

Traci 

My studio is coming together!

Hello peeps,
So how is everyone? I’m glad it’s Friday to be honest! I know I have so much sewing to be getting on with at home but I look forward to doing them in my pjs!

So what have I been up to all week?!? Well my studio in my work is just divine! I can not wait to be sewing my life away ūüėä

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It’s all been rearranged for the last time… I think! Between trying to find the best place for all the machines to go and locating the sockets! Wow It has been a little hectic to say the least!

I am finding my way around the machines rightly and have them all threaded and re threaded a few times now. I reckon I’m comfortable with most of them!

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I had a blast with the heavyweight machine today, shortening 4 pairs of jeans… Finding the tension on that bad boy with the top stitch thread on both bobbing and thread was HECTIC!

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I managed to find the tension thought… **enter pat on the back here!** just a mite proud of myself! There was a hairy moment when I thought I was going to run out of thread…

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But I the sewing gods were one side today! Thank goodness as the sewing shop was out of 958 thread!

So what has everyone else been up to? Any fun projects on the cards?

Traci

How to mend a torn pocket.

Hello there peeps!

How is everyone? It’s been very busy over here at solely sewing. Alterations are playing a heavy part in my day to day! But today it’s all about a mend!

This is a easy one, a tear in a jeans pocket.. Some people would throw theses out… DON’T! They are such an easy fix.
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Find a scrap of similar weight fabric add a piece of cotton and run up some zig zag rows… Find what works for you!
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So your ready to sew! You should only need the one pin… That’s for the top of the pocket, that needs to be tucked under at the corner. This is so your sewing machine foot can get past the rivet that is fixed at the top.
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When You get to the top of the pocket, You do a straight reverse stitch to secure. You then finish off that tucked up corner with a straight stitch! Then that’s you done!
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Have you done any mends of late?

Traci

Make do and mend

Hello there peeps!

How is everyone?

I’ve been sewing away mostly mends at the minute… Although I have plenty other things on the go, I have so many posts to write but my course is coming to an end and there are not enough hours in the day to blog too!

So my mends… These are a few for my boys old nursery school.

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A dress in need of a little TLC!

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I finished it of with new stitch I found on my machine Santa sent me! I love the finish, it’s very neat. I knew that I couldn’t use my overlocker, as there was so little to work with. But the end result is a good one!!

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And a couple of teddies in need if a little hand stitching too!

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Both these required hand stitching… Ladder stitch is my go to for a easy clean finish.

I love that I can give a little back. My boys nursery school was the greatest start to schooling!

I have a few more posts in the pipe line, but for now I’m off to start a few more alterations!

Traci

Bridesmaid Dress Alteration

Hey there,

So I’ve been MIA for a while BUT I’ve been super busy with class, alterations & dressmaking!

I have recently finished a bridesmaid dress….

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The hem was taken up by 1.5 inches… There were 3 skirts, outer, cotton and a lining too.

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The outer fabric was a little tricky, it frayed heaps on the bias but I got there with a little fight!!

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So after the hem, I altered the corseted back. Both sides needed hand stitched the snaps needed moved by 1.2 inches and the other side was moved by the same amount.

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Mrs D was happy with the results!

Traci

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Have you been sewing/altering lately?
Please do share!

Traci

Hello, I’m still here!

Hello there, so as the title if this post says I’m still here and still sewing away. I am currently waiting on a computer ( this post is being typed up on my phone…. Let’s see how it goes) I’m hoping to have a computer real soon, I’m missing blogging a lot. And have heaps to share!

I have a new sewing machine to show you (thank you Santa) It’s a brother FS-40, it’s my first computerised machine and we’re still getting to know one another! There are lots of argh moments, that being there are heaps of ahh moments too.

So what have I been up to…. I’ve been doing a lot if alterations as ever. I love alterations I get to work with different fabrics and a bit if problem solving too. This dress needed its sleeves removed, it’s vintage and I decided to go with contrast bias binding for a finish.

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When I was ripping out the seams of the sleeve I was a bit heavy handed…. I ripped the dress by about an inch. I decided to use my French curve and cut the rip out!

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I decided to go with the contrast binding as it emulated the trim on the neck line!

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I used blue thread from the stash…. It’s like a spaghetti junction in my box, how do you store yours?

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After some pressing I think it’s turned out well…. I would even go as far as to say I would wear this vintage lovely!

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TAH-DAH here she is, I wish I had taken a full view. It’s a lovely dress!

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I’m hoping to have a computer up soon, I don’t get too many edit options. My general layout for posts would not be the way this has been published, but I so miss blogging that I had to give the phone a try!

Please do bare with me!

I hope you’ll all be glad to see I’m back! Say hello in the comments if you fancy, it would give me a wee boost!

Traci

Simplicity 1621 – Muslin Vintage sheet

Hello again

I’ve just come back from a fitting with Mrs M

Simplicity 1621

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It is for a wedding in August, and is going to be made in Bubblegum pink linen…

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Isn’t it lovely…. I personally would never have chosen this colour, BUT I think it’s totally going to work with Mrs M. I think everyone knows what colour suits them. With the wool and button I’ve made a massive crochet flower….

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What do you think?!?!?!?

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So on to the muslin construction, I generally use vintage sheets to make up my muslin’s. They are pretty, and are easily bought from second hand shops AKA Thrift stores!

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As ever, when i’m cutting out a pattern I take over the kitchen table! We all do that?!? RIGHT?!?!

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A close up of the shoulder and sleeve.

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The left shoulder….

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The under arm seam and bust dart…..

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The Hem…..

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And here is Mrs M modelling the the font view….

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And the back view…

So What alterations are required?!?! The pattern is cut out in a XL the bust darts are L and I have added 3/4 sleeves (They are from the jacket in the pattern) Due to the bust dart alteration, the shoulder straps are a mite too long also.

Next up

The real thing!

Traci

Topshop Alteration Ahoy!

I’m back with a alteration,
Yes, with another alteration!!!
I seem to be kept busy with these of late… And I’m loving it, I love the problem solving in it. I might have found my happy place in sewing!!!Today’s alteration is a Topshop dress, that needed taken in from the waist through the bust then the under arm….

This is the dress pinned… I should really have taken more photos of the before and the inside, but hey too late now!!

I had rip out the lining, the overlocking was encased in a straight stitch. That was a bugger to rip out!!! But it was a nice neat touch. After that I was able to rip out the the waist bust and some of the arm, and take it in the 1.5 grading to 2 inch.

Here she is all stitched up!!!
Matching seams and everything!!!

On this side I had to trim the lace to get it to match up….

Arm holes matching!!

And here is the trimmed lace…

I’m happy with the way this dress turned out and working with a new fabric was fun!!!

Well that’s me for today, the Housework is calling!!!

Traci

Laura Ashley Alteration Tah-Dah!!!

Hey there peeps
Well that’s another¬†Friday¬†creeped up on us!! Where did the week go… I have had a week filled with sewing, school work and very little house work!!
As you know Friday night is movie night at chez Traci! Tonight the boys are opting for THOR, I’m loving that the boys are choosing actual movies and not cartoons! Gone are the days of iggle piggle! I wave them bye with much happiness, I never did see the educational reason for a show with a farting ship!!!! I mean come on!!
Anyways on to the alteration Traci your waffeling on……..
This alteration was for a Laura Ashley dress, The dress was for a petite lady….

I needed to shorten the shoulder straps by 2 inches……

I also had to drop the neck line at the back of the dress by say 1 inch, it would have been to high….

I then had to ladder stitch the arm hole closed again…

I then raised the hem with a ladder stitch by say 1.5 inches & the same with the lining..

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AND HERE SHE IS!!!!!!!

All done….

I have to say I am enjoying the challenge of alterations… There is a element of problem solving that you just don’t get making curtains!!!! Talking of curtains, I have 1 pair to make, 1 to take up & then 1 pair to join together so I may get a wriggle on!!!

Traci

Another alteration a go go!!!

Hello there peeps
How is everyone??? I’m just finished Sewing class… I love my sewing class, I’m learning the RIGHT way to do stuff. I love that I’m self taught BUT that being said, doing alterations etc the way they are meant to be done is great. I see now there is a easier way to go around doing certain things.
Woop woop to learning I say
I am working on a dress for a wedding guest, It’s another shoulder alteration. This time I had to alter the back so that the front and back of the shoulder straps were the same width….
Her she is on the mannequin
See the width difference?
This dress is lovely. It’s from Laura Ashley, I have to admit the fabric is just divine, I think it would make a fab skirt! But alas IT is a dress and it is NOT mines to cut up and refashion!!!
I shall get some more photos up tonight.
Me and the boys have a wee treat after school, they are on a promise of a homer style donut, Ah bribery isn’t it great! All to get a little peace and quite sewing!!
Anyways I’m off to finish my coffee and then pick up my wee guys..
Have a fabby Wednesday peeps
Traci