Tuesday, November 26, 2013

two of four completed

two of four completed
Size 3 and size 2

I stayed with the zigzag and pinked seams.  It is a clean finish and it doesn't ravel.

The two little girls will be in this pastel blue/green.
The older girls are in pinks.
So I'm half way there with this bit of Christmas sewing.
I have this week off and so I'm trying to take advantage of the extra time to sew.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Seam Finishes


Allow me to step back in time about 34 years.  I was a newlywed.   Christmas was coming so I decided to make flannel nightgowns for the little girls in my new extended family.   They were darling.  One was mint green and the other a pale blue.  Lace trim and ruffles were stitched and pressed.  Sweet, sweet nightgowns.  Well at least on the outside.  Eek.  (I'm sure you know what's coming...)

Christmas morn the presents were opened and the sweet nightgowns were unwrapped and the little girls ran over to their mom to show them off.  Well the mom turned them inside out to see how they were made.  Her response was "You didn't finish the seams."  Oh dear, I was embarrassed and even a little hurt that she chose to find fault instead of delight.  But I learned a very good lesson.  What a garment looks like on the inside is just as important as on the outside. 

So now I try to make sure I finish the seams.  I am working on flannel pajamas for our granddaughters.  And although I know neither of my sweet daughters-in-love would embarrass me by checking my work I want the PJ's to be darling and well made. 

I am on my first top and it has been a hoot.  The first seam I did a French seam as that  is one of my favorites - well the flannel is thick so it seemed a bit bulky.  So the next seams, shoulders, I decided to do a 'turned and stitched' finish.  That worked well but when I went to the next seam there was gathering so I did an straight seam, zigzag and pinked the edges - okay by now I'm feeling silly that I have three seams and they are all different finishes... What to do?  I called my mom.  We laughed about my progress so far.  Mom had a great idea - seam binding.  Perfect but I want it soft not scratchy.  The answer make my own seam binding from the same flannel.

My plan is to go over the pinked seam with seam binding - does it need it?  No, but it will look more uniform with the rest of the top.  Happy sewing - and after 34 years I'm still learning!!  :-)

mark the lines on the bias I did 1.5 inches wide

line up and sew into a tube

Cut continuously to the end

My strip ready to be ironed

This is a great little tool I bought at Nancy's Notions.  It folds the seam binding and you just follow it with an iron.

7 yards of matching flannel seam binding
I didn't use the tool she shows.  Just my normal cutting guide - it worked great.
Just for fun I'm adding the pictures of the different seams so far...
At least my mom will get  giggle.
Outside of PJ top so far
Pattern called for seam binding at neck to finish the raw edge.
The French seam  - as you can see it's bulky

turned and stitched shoulder seams

Back bodice stitched to gathered back - straight stitched, zigzagged and then pinked the edge...
Good grief, Charlie Brown!
We are going to the store today.  I think I will stop and buy one more yard of this fabric and start again.  I can just save this for reference of different seam finishes.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

French Seams

I love a French seam.  It is so finished and polished.  But I was struggling on how to do it with armholes.  Well I found a GREAT tutorial and want to share it on.
image by Grainline

I am working on pajamas for our granddaughters and would like the seams finished so they can go in and out of the washing machine numerous times with out any raveling.

Sunday, November 3, 2013


No 'selfies' but this is the completed bra.  It is dark charcoal with light gray elastic.
The lining behind the button holes is a fun red cotton and you can just see it peeking out...
I do an extension on the pattern so I can do buttons and button holes in place of hook and eye closure.  It is just my preference.
I also love the softness of cotton.  So I cut my pattern on the bias and it gives all the stretch needed.
I hope you try it sometimes it really is a comfy fun foundation garment.