GARMENT SEWING FUN

Back in January this year I arranged for 2 wonderfully strong young men to move everything from my 3rd level spare bedroom/sewing room back down to my basement where it used to be. Reason: I had outgrown the bedroom and was getting cranky. Around about the same time, my working life got kicked up several notches and I have barely had time to go down into my basement never mind actually sew anything since then. Of course, I sewed plenty at work but my personal sewing has taken a back seat.

I’m not gonna lie and say my basement is organization deluxe. It is workable but there are still quite a few areas which need serious sorting & tidying. But I promised myself I would sew this summer…..Do you make promises to yourself? So forget the sorting for now, I delved into my stash and pattern collection and cut out 6 garments! It was a start.

When I have completed cutting out a garment, I throw away the scraps but reserve larger pieces for another possible project. They get rolled up & tied with a strip of the fabric. Sometimes the scraps are not enough for another garment (which means I bought the right amount of fabric?) but are too much just to toss. So I slice these up into small pieces for the demo fabric box at the office. We use these at shows & at events when we demo machines.

The Sewing Workshop Collection:Odette & Ivy tops. New this year I think. Just love the top on the right which is what I intend to make soon with the 3 different black fabrics. Will show when it is done.

The Sewing Workshop Collection:Odette & Ivy tops. New this year I think. Just love the top on the right which is what I intend to make soon with the 3 different black fabrics. Will show when it is done.

 

I bought this a while back and just love the polka dot on mesh. This will be part of a new pattern I am trying: The Sewing Workshop Collection Odette  Ivy top. I am making Ivy in 3 different black fabrics - this mesh will form a type of irregular frill around the bottom of the top.

I bought this a while back and just love the polka dot on mesh. This will be part of a new pattern I am trying out: The Sewing Workshop Collection Odette Ivy top (above). I am making Ivy in 3 different black fabrics – this mesh will form a type of  wide irregular frill around the bottom of the top.

This is an unusal fabric: thickish so perfect for a pair of winter pants. One side is black and the other side is a sort of dark beige/grey colour. Pretty much reversible. I cut out a pair of pants using the beige/grey side for the right side. I used my Sewing Workshop Collection: Quincy Pants pattern which I have used before successfully. This pattern has a rather neat detail where there is a little loop inserted in the side seam and a button which forms a sort of tuck or pleat when buttoned. Cute.

This is an unusal fabric: thickish so perfect for a pair of winter pants. One side is black and the other side is a sort of dark beige/grey colour. Pretty much reversible. I cut out a pair of pants using the beige/grey side for the right side. I used my Sewing Workshop Collection: Quincy Pants pattern (below) which I have successfully used before. This pattern has a rather neat detail where there is a little loop inserted in the side seam and a button which forms a sort of tuck or pleat when buttoned. Cute.

 

The Sewing Workshop Collection: Quincy Pants & jacket.  Note the detail on the side seams by the knees.

The Sewing Workshop Collection: Quincy Pants & jacket. Note the detail on the side seams by the knees.

 

Are you like me? ......you have to put your glasses on  hold fabric up to the light to see if it is black or navy? This is actually navy and I wish I knew the name of this type of fabric, but I do not. Have asked many stores and they don't know either. Most odd. It is a thickish double knit, very poly but I like it a LOT as it does not pill at all. It feels a bit like a thick yoga pant fabric and is smooth and warm. Not at all like a sweat shirt or thick t-shirt fabric. Whatever it is, I grab  buy whenever I can find it! It is perfect for winter pants. I have given up on tailored pants with zippers  waist bands.  Honest I tried and the pants I made were/are lovely but I just cannot wear them. They fit great when I get up in the morning but by mid afternoon I am in serious discomfort. Sadly, one of the disadvantages of IBS. So I now make nice fitting pants that look smart but they all have to have elastic waists or a band of the same fabric like we do on yogapants) to make my whole day pleasant! I usually wear flowy type tops over my pants I also figure why should I spend all that extra time when no-one sees it. We get wiser as we get older, right??

Are you like me? ……you have to put your glasses on & hold the fabric up to the light to see if it is black or navy? This is actually navy and I wish I knew the name of this type of fabric, but I do not. Have asked many stores and they don’t know either. Most odd. It is a thickish double knit, very poly but I like it a LOT as it does not pill at all. Washes and wears like a dream. I think I have at least 6 pairs in various different colours. It feels a bit like a thick yoga pant fabric and is smooth and warm. Easy to cut out (ie NOT at all like slinky!), sews up beautifully with the 4 thread stretch seam on my ELNA 945 serger. Seriously, why would I not use this fabric when I can cut out & complete a pair of pants in under an hour?!  Whatever this fabric is called, I grab & buy it whenever I can find it! It is perfect for winter pants. I have given up on tailored pants with zippers & waist bands. Honest I tried,  and the pants I made with Ron Collins were/are lovely but I just cannot wear them. They fit great when I get up in the morning but by mid afternoon I am in serious discomfort. So I now make nice fitting pants that look smart (not sloppy sweat pants) but they all have to have elastic waists or a wide band of the same fabric (like we do on yoga pants) to make my entire day  a pleasant experience.  I usually wear flowy type tops over my pants so I also figure why should I spend all that extra time when no-one sees the sewing anyway.  We get wiser as we get older, right??

There were 2 other rather lovely black knit fabrics I used: one with a little shirring or gathering randomly placed all over (bought at the Victoria Show this year from Gala Fabrics for a lovely budget price) and another black knit with a floral design embossed on the surface. I tried pics of these but it just does not show up. Sorry. But when the top with the black polka dot mesh is completed, I will try again with a better camera to see if we can capture the 3 different fabrics – all black but with very different textures. Can’t wait to get serging up a storm in my basement!

 

 

About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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2 Responses to GARMENT SEWING FUN

  1. Gmail Main says:

    Hi Liz I wondering if you have a list of stores in Greater Vancouver and Vancouver Island where you Will be doing demos or classes this fall. I’m new to sewing and quilting and have just bought a Skyline 5 Janome. I live in a very rural area and have to travel to get more info and for classes. Many thanks Julia Downs

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Julia,

      I will be visiting many of our Janome stores this Fall. I think it would be best for you to contact the store closest to you and ask them when I will be there and the dates etc. I can tell you I will be Victoria, Nanaimo, stores in the Greater Vancouver area as well as Kamloops & the Okanagan.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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