The last few days have seen me missing in sewing (
angst) action. I decided I had better get busy and sew the garments I needed before the semester starts. I also decided I better sew DH's birthday present. His birthday isn't until May, but I don't want a sewing deadline ahead of me during semester time. So I did some fast and furious industrial attitude sewing and have run up two flannelette nightshirts.
Since I took these photos last night, I have done the hems and turned up the cuffs. All the loose ends are darned in and I am ready to mark the buttonholes. I'll have to do these on my industrial zig zag, which means the old fashioned operator skill approach. I just think that the big machine will sew the thicker fabric with more ease than the domestic machines. Any imperfections will get lost in the fluff in any case.
The nightshirts were not without some angst. I found that my overlocker did not like the curved edge of the facing and ran off, even though I was pinching it so it was a straight edge. The overlocking loops were hanging well over the edge and were going to snag easily. So I had to bind the top end of the facing to eliminate a bit of the snag factor:
Unbelievably, when I overlocked the facings and added the binding for the first nightshirt I carefully made two right facings. So then I decided that the remaining pieces had better be two left facings. So , you guessed it, I very carefully and automatically made one left and one right facing. So now I had three right facings and one left facing and no fabric left over.
So I had to undo the overlocking and binding on one of the facings and make a second left facing. I could have been lazy and had the wrong side of the overlocking showing on the facing, but these nightshirts are a gift and I like them to look nice and have all the stitching matching inside.
Now I have finished the hems - a double hem on flannelette takes some effort to stitch, but my big machine will power through anything.
The buttons also created a bit of angst. I thought I had purchase buttons for this job, but no. So I had to go to Spotlight today just to buy buttons. What a waste of time. I found some perfect ones, and luckily they had three cards, which is just enough.
I'm glad I did make the nightshirts this week, even though it was an effort, because on Friday, the first of the subject outlines was put up on the interactive site for my University. The second should go up soon. While I will enjoy the subjects, unlike the two I did last semester, my instinct that a sewing deadline was not needed during semester was correct. Essays, presentations, exams, readings -lots to do. I do keep sewing, but as relaxation with the demands during term times.
I've also made up a pair of pants that are a trial run garment:
For those of you new to my blog, the above photo is taken in my sewing passage. Yes, I sew in an old passage. It was a bit of an unused space and has good light near the sewing machine. It is quite long and wide. It is a bit messy and cluttered, but I made the decision years ago that it was not worth moving just so I could have a large, airy, sewing studio about the size of a small house! It also did not make sense to spend lots on buying and selling, and on stamp duties and all sorts of exorbitant costs, especially as we are not planning to stay here forever. One day I took a look at the passage and thought that would make a fine sewing area. DH's old files were moved out to a hot old room, and I moved in to the passage :).
Inside I have two ends to the passage. This is the first end:
Up on one end of the passage I keep all sorts of sewing paraphernalia, including stash, in a bookcase. I have a cupboard with stash in it (and stuff on top) and a rack with washed fabrics such as corduroy hanging ready for use. I also hang garments there that are either being made or are finished and waiting for blogging.
In the middle of the passage is a table on which I keep an overlocker and an electronic machine that does some sewing jobs. Works in progress are also housed on this table in plastic containers. I also have a small shelving unit that houses patterns, templates and my drawing materials for patterns.
And down on the other end of the passage I have my machine and another bookcase filled with sewing bits and pieces. And a small chest of drawers that holds all my zips, bindings, needles, scissors, elastics and so on.
It really is amazing what you can do with a passage and the right attitude. I have had to move a lot in my life, and have learnt to make the most of wherever I am. And I have always made room for sewing :).
While it is not pretty, it is functional, and it does work for me...
Next week I hope to show you the new pair of trousers....
Until then, take care everyone, wherever you are,