Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Ginger Jeans - take trois

Everyone loves a good pair of jeans, right? Why is finding them so hard?  Reason 1,503,019 why I sew.

The last of my RTW jeans died under the crushing friction of my thighs, per the usual, so I pulled out some mystery dark stretch denim that's been in my stash for quite a while.

This was the first project I really got to get some good use of my Singer 15-91.  She sews through denim like a hot knife through butter. It's wonderful.  She still needs a name. Taking suggestions.

So, onto the pattern. I love Ginger jeans. I am currently using view A which is the mid-rise version with stovepipe legs. I'm thinking about trying the high waisted version with the same stovepipe leg. I find that the mid-rise hit me at an awkward point requiring me to wear a belt, otherwise they fall down.  Who knows, the high rise version might not fix that.  I also appreciate that they're the perfect length as written.


I found my first pair had some serious wrinkling in the yoke area.  The waistband was also wayyyy too big. I put some darts in, but who really wants to do that? This time, I decided to take the waistband and yoke and redraft them so I had a curved waistband and yoke to match.  This also required taking some out of the top of the back legs to accommodate the smaller yoke.  This was exactly what they needed. 
I ended up with a bit of extra fabric behind the knees.  Maybe I'll try to work on that next time.

I made a triple topstitched hem, just because. I figure its a nice little detail. Add in rivets and I'm a happy jean(s) momma.


Fabric: Mystery dark stretch denim. Most likely from Joanns.
Pattern: Ginger Jeans - Closet Case Patterns

Friday, February 14, 2020

Bra days

One of my favourite garments to make is a bra. They're simple, yet complex. Beautiful, yet functional. And really, that's where my aesthetic lies above all else - functionality. There is something about being able to make a bra that fits, because I've yet to buy one from a store that does. However, this bra isn't for me.

I told my sister I'd make her an item of her choice as part of her Christmas presents.  I'd been putting off ordering some underwires in her size for whatever reason. Then, Ohhh Lulu had a pattern sale. I'd been looking at the Romy bra for a while.  Personally, I prefer an underwire. Probably because I've never had a good bra that didn't have an underwire. Clearly, it was a sign. I sent a picture of the pattern to my sister and she liked it.  This was meant to be.  I'm not going to lie, the next one is for me.

I feel like this bra was so much easier and faster than others. It's probably just because it lacks channeling and an underwire. Amazing how one extra step can feel like so much.  Anywho, she picked out some fun scuba I had in my stash. It was a striped watercolor floral from Tailor Made Shop. Her grab bags are amazing!

Construction wise, it was quick and easy with enclosed seams.  I'd say it was a nice, satisfying sew.  I finished it with black band elastic, quartz pink for all other elastics and some rose gold rings and sliders.  I'd take better pictures, but it is in the mail.

 I guess I should warn ya'll not to expect amazing pictures from me. I'm much more of a wear it once it's done kind of person. I'll get pictures, but they're not going to be the most amazing ones you've ever seen.

 Now I kind of need to make one for myself.

Fabric: Tailor Made Shop
Findings: Tailor Made Shop and The Bra Makery
Pattern: The Romy Bra - Ohhh Lulu

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Hi y'all!

Hello there. My name is Lauren and I'm finally starting a sewing blog. I've been throwing the idea around for a few months, so here we go.

I'm a wife, a mom of 2 boys and I live on a little bit of land with our chickens, ducks, Guinea hens, 2 cats and a pup.

Why do I feel the need for a blog? I'm a curvy sewist. While there are a lot of other curvy sewists out there, I often have trouble finding  examples of how garments fit curvy people. I figure, at the very least, my blog can become a help to someone else who is looking to see a human wearing that garment and see what adjustments have been made.

My taste is eclectic, my motivation is high, and my intimidation factor is low.  I'm multi-craftual. If it piques my interest, I'll try it. Currently, I sew a lot, I knit a little and occasionally quilt. I'd like to explore bag and shoe making next. Like I said, I'm not afraid to try something new. I'm sure those crafts will make their way to this little corner of the internet.

I'm currently on a mission to create a mostly handmade wardrobe. I have an eye towards pieces that make a statement and a penchant for not really caring about matching.  I generally go with more Earth tones, but I do love some mustard yellow. According to my color palette, I'm a warm autumn, so I guess I'm already there. I'm also quite aware that you can't always wear the loud patterns.  We'll see where I land.

That bring said, welcome. I hope you'll enjoy what I put out into the world.

And for anyone looking to see how garments fit - Bust:43 Waist:37 Hips:47. I'd be glad to provide more specific measurements if anyone is interested.