Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Monday, January 4, 2021

Just in case

Just in case you missed my last post: I've moved my blog to https://stitchedbysigrid.nl/blog/

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Goodbye to the old and hello to the new

 

2020 has almost come to an end. I think you will agree that this has been a very strange year and I'm looking forward to 2021. I hope it will be a year with more joy and chances to be together more often and meet family and friends without restrictions.

I wish you a happy and healthy 2021!


There is something more though I want to share with you. 

I’ve said it before and I will say it once again now: I’m grateful for all the contacts I made through this blog, either in real life or through the comments or e-mails. Thank you for reading and following me here. This may sound as a goodbye, but it's not.

After almost 13 years, it's time to move. I started this blog in April 2007. But as with houses, after so many years you may feel it's time to move on.

I invite you to come to my new blog and if you like reading my ramblings about sewing, please follow me there.

This blog will remain as it is now. With a new blog comes a new name and it will be Stitched by Sigrid. As it’s my own site I have more options for lay-out and content. There will be the blog, for which I hope to write a bit more often than I did here in the past two years. And there will be separate pages with tutorials both in English and in Dutch. It will be work in progress in the next few months. Some of the tutorials that are in my blog posts here will be part of the new site too. 

Hope to see you at stitchedbysigrid.nl, you’re very welcome!



Thursday, December 24, 2020

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from my house to yours. Stay safe and enjoy this time, even when it’s very different compared to other years. 




Saturday, December 19, 2020

Jeans - sewing a curved seam

I made some good progress on my jeans. The back pieces are finished and the front pockets done. 

 


The pocket has a strong curve. In most of my garments I work with the seam lines and I mark those so stitching is basically stitching over the seam lines. 

Not with this pattern, which has 5/8" seam allowances (1.5 cm) included. When sewing with default seam allowances it's important that you watch where the fabric on the plate is (where the measurements are), not the front of the foot. 
In the photo below you can see that at the position of the needle, the measurement is 5/8"to the edge of the fabric. But at the front of the foot it's more. So while sewing, you watch the position of the fabric at the point where the green arrow at the right points to.
The foot I was using here has a very convenient mark for the needle position, but it works exactly the same when your foot doesn't have it, the you'll keep an eye on the position that's in line with the needle.

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After stitching it's trimming and clipping.


Don't clip to the stitch line! Stay away 2-3 mm from it. If you clip to the stitch line, you might get sharp corners in your curve. 




Press the pocket facing to the inside.



Topstitch and ready to continue!





Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Sewing jeans

 This past weekend I started with a new pair of jeans. I’m using the Ginger pattern in the high waist version. I see that I’ve never blogged about it. My current black pair is about two years old, not so black any more and it definitely has seen better days. Time to replace it, as I love wearing it. 

A project to do in a few steps. Today I topstitched the back pockets and have sewn them on. 

Though to be completely honest, I have topstitched a pair earlier on, but decided I didn’t  want the colour after all.


The green was my first choice, but I will do it on another pair. I realised I want to sew a cardigan to go with this which has a lot of blue in the fabric which is not a great combination with this green.

One line for the topstitching was marked using carbon tracing paper. The other lines were sewn at equal distance from this first line.



For some reason the light is very different on this last photo. Finished apart from the rivets in the corners. I’ll put those on before sewing the yoke, which will be the next step.



Wednesday, November 25, 2020

From disaster to acceptable

As we all know you sometimes want to get a little outside your comfort zone and try something new. For me this now meant sewing a different style t-shirt. The basic picture of this one is just a slight variation: v neckline, dropped shoulder but not too much, little accent line center front. The pattern is from Ottobre issue 5/2016. Let me say there's nothing wrong with the pattern, but it doesn't suit me.



Dropped shoulders are not my favorite, but felt I'd try again and thought they were not too much dropped. Wrong conclusion, the result was horrible.


I do have narrow shoulders and a full bust. Not a good combination for this.
On a positive note: I love the accent line center front. 

When I pinned the sleeve higher up, the look was beter already, even if done only provisionally.



The next thing I did was using a basic Ottobre t-shirt pattern (from a 2007 issue) and compared.


Quite a difference. I cut all the seams from the shirt, kept the hem on the bottom and on the sleeves. 


Better, although I think that the original width of the body was slightly better. For me the fit is a bit too tight in the back now and there's still a little pleat forming above the bust. It's a nice layering piece and I'll wear this version. 



The neckline was finished with a small strip of the same fabric. The construction of the original pattern was quite different and the center line a seam stitched inside out. I've cut it on the fold and stitched a very narrow "pleat".

A little detail on how I did that (I know a lot of you like this kind of detail!):

  • I pressed the center front
  • Put in a strip of water soluble material (tip: don't press with steam afterwards, it will wrinkle, look bad and give you a fright. When it's all solved it will all be straight again though! How I know.....?)
  • Stitched a straight line only a few millimeters away from the center front
  • Removed most of the soluble material
  • Continued further construction



That's become quite a long post.
Enjoy your day!