Thursday, April 23, 2015

PR Wardrobe Contest: Style Arc Sandra - Take 2

Sorry you have to see me posting so much! :)  I have been sewing a few hours a day which is much better for me than epic sewing sessions. I still love a quick project but these types of items that can be broken down are appealing to me more and more.

Anyhow! I started these Sunday night; cut out some of the smaller pieces and on Monday, really started working on them. By Monday night I had the pockets stitched and ready to assemble, the parts that needed interfacing interfaced, and the belt loops topstitched.



It is worth it to note that I cut the main pieces all single layer (saved the grainline AND my hand!). I had traced this pattern onto freezer paper last time and it is NOT see through. I had a twisted pant leg and didn't want that to happen again. So instead of flipping the pattern piece, I flipped the fabric! I cut a front and back on the right side, flipped the fabric and cut them each on the wrong side.

I saw a handy tip about tracing the pattern piece rather than cutting around it and that helped a ton with accuracy. I used chalk on the face of the fabric and a pink gel pen on the wrong side :)

Tuesday I got the front and back completely assembled and ready to baste together.


the FITS I had topstitching that fly. Holy cow!!!! I thought I was going to cry I had to unpick and re-do so many times. BLEH!!!!!!

I again chickened out on using a jeans zipper and again that freak out was unwarranted; it is completely concealed. Also, this denim is quite light so a normal zipper works fine.

Wednesday, the jeans were completed except for hems, belt loops and button/buttonhole (dang that doesn't sound completed at all!)


I got out my tools (and my husband!) to practice rivets.


That bottom one that is all bent and mangled? Too much hammering!

The other two caught just fine but then I realized the areas where I am placing rivets is NO WHERE near as thick as this stack of denim I practiced on! Maybe half the thickness...maybe. And Mr. SCC couldn't find his Dremel tool or a side cutter to shorten them. So for now, I am rivet-less.

My machine does a MAR-VUH-LUS bar tack! YAY! And again, lighter denim, no problem attaching belt carriers. But the buttonhole. Sigh.


I practiced! The second one was GOOD!

And then I started on my fabric. Well...my machine has auto buttonholes and there is a lever that comes down which "tells" the machine how long to make the b-hole. This was right up agains the bulk at the waistband (where it meets the top of the pants), and the feed dogs couldn't feed it.

75 minutes, lots of stitch ripping, lots of sadness later...

I turned the pants so the majority of them were to the right and the top (thinner) part was against the lever. Ah. Problem solved.

Wonky b-hole this time but at least now I know.


Also worth nothing that while I can get a crisp corner on trousers, so far on jeans? fuggedaboutit.

*Denim from SR Harris
*Random stash scraps for pocket bags
*C&C topstitching thread in 'gold' and matching all purpose thread in bobbin
*On pair #1 I did not interface the waistband which was fine. This pair needed the waistband interfaced. So I presume after a wear (hopefully 2) I will need a belt or to wash them to restore the fit.
*Dritz tack button
*14 universal needle for construction (lightweight denim...) and topstitching needle for...topstitching! :)




Oooh and I did pocket "designs"! Okay, it's 3 parallel lines but still!!


I think they look pretty danged good!

Innards


Slightly different from pair #1 (on bottom)


I call this photo: Smug Satisfaction

Until next time!!! Oooh and if you have a favorite denim source, please link!


50 comments:

  1. Wow, those look FANTASTIC. Great job!!

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  2. Your legs look amazing in these! Fab fab work and fantastic fit.

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  3. Nice jeans! This is such a great pattern for you.

    I'm actually in the process of cutting out a pair of Burda jeans (shooting for a wearable muslin here with cheap denim), and since I don't have an embroidery machine, I was trying to figure out what to do with the back pocket design. I'm stealing your idea and going with a simple three parallel lines like you did.

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    1. Thanks Michelle!

      Yes! Steal away!! Can't wait to see 'em!

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  4. These are so very rocking on you. I can't even.

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  5. These look so good! They're flattering AND well made.

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  6. Great details! And the fit is on point. Fabulous job!

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  7. Great details! And the fit is on point. Fabulous job!

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  8. Oh-a My-a Gawd-ah! Those fit like a dream!!

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  9. SO GOOD! Just so you know, the key to good top-stitching on a fly is a template. Who could do that freehand?

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    1. Thanks! I don't know who would try to freehand it!

      I do use a template. It's just the navigating the tight space part, with the zipper and all that.

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  10. Awesome fit and great job on the top stitching!

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  11. These are great! You did a fantastic job on them...I'm sure there are more of these amazing jeans in your future!

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  12. These are fantastic... Look great on you..
    Sorry about the button hole trouble.. I have done that too..so frustrating..
    Happy sewing.

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  13. These are so amazing that if I didn't already know how awesome you are, I would never believe you made them! LOVE. THEM. I had the same problem with my buttonhole - I think I stitched it and ripped it out three times before getting it right. I never could get the keyhole to form properly because the fabric was uneven, so I just used a regular buttonhole. And I had huge problems with my buttons! I've ruined three thus far and ended up using this pin-on button extender thingy because I just wanted to wear the dang things. I've been too irritated with them to go back and try again, but I'm going to make another pair of jeans soon to correct some problems on the ones I just finished, and I swear I'll figure it out so I can have a proper button on those jeans!

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    1. Thanks Gina!

      Isn't it frustrating?! It's like you're at the end and you just want to get it done and then you hit these roadblocks! Sheesh!

      Good luck with your next pair!

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  14. Fantastic effort - the fit is fantastic and the buttonhole looks as good as lots of RTW ones I have seen. Mind you, I realise that it took a lot of effort and frustration.

    I haven't posted comments on your recent posts because I was away at Residential school and couldn't get a good wifi signal. And then this week, as soon as I come back, a cyclonic type of event that took the power out for three plus days. No sewing...or blogging.

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    1. NO!!!!!! Being without power is like the worst ever! :(

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  15. Beautiful work! You make me want to try making a pair of jeans!!!!

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  16. Fabulous jeans!!! You make this look so easy, Nakisha. I might be tempted to try a pair myself...one day.

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    1. Thanks Jean Margaret! Oh, give them a try!! :)

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  17. Nice jeans! I want to mention that cast iron can crack (yikes). Maybe a hardwood block for hammering rivets? I don't want you to get hurt. Or the pan- I love cast iron :)

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    1. Thanks! We'll see what we have around for next time!

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  18. Very nice. "smug satisfaction" you deserve it. :)

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  19. Really great jeans, both fit and construction! There's an easy way to get a good 90 degree angle at the waistband. Just fold in and glue the end, then fold down the waistband facing, glue baste for topstitching. The method works well for any heavier fabric. There's a tutorial with visuals somewhere.

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    1. Thanks Barb!! Someone sent me some photos on PR via private message. GENIUS I tell ya! :)

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  20. Ok, that it! I have to sew me a pair of denims. They look absolutely amazing on you and the detail work is awesome. Great job!

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  21. These jeans are WINNING! Well done! You make me think I need some denim in my wardrobe. :)

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  22. Wow! These look great! You've got the fit NAILED!

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  23. Those jeans fit you very well. Good job!

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  24. You got a fantastic fit with these jeans ( no one need ever see the buttonhole!). Looks like nice denim too.

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  25. Your jeans are awesome I have made them several times! In fact I have them on the cutting table again :-)

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  26. Fabulous jeans! You are the Queen of Sewing!

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  27. ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM! I have the Palmer Pletsch Jeans to make - fingers crossed I will get at them this weekend.

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  28. Oooh those look good! I always feel a sigh of relief when I feel like I'm getting to the end. Then I remember how much work hems and buttonholes and belt loops are. LOL>

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