Sunday, April 22, 2012

Favorite Things "Smarty Pants" pattern



Here are my bermuda shorts made from Favorite Things "Smarty Pants" pattern.  I used a striped seersucker fabric.  I love seersucker, but I'm still on the fence of whether or not I like it on me for shorts.  However, I already had it in my stash (for a very long time) and it was a good way for me to find out if this pattern would work.  The pockets gave me a small challenge initially.  I have sewn pockets before but not like these.  I had to slow down and really read the instructions, refer to the pattern illustration, and finally just jump in there and sew it together.  Normally I can visualize how things go together, but like I said, this style of pocket was all new to me.  They turned out beautifully, and once you figure them out, they are quite simple.  I wasn't sure about the length of elastic to put in the back waist panel and got it a little too loose, so I need to fix that.  This is a great pattern and I will definitely be making more shorts for the summer.  I highly recommend.

Janome 900CPX

I'm so excited!  I ordered my coverstitch machine yesterday!  I have been wanting one since I started sewing knits.  I've been thinking about this a while, looking at reviews online, and having a hard time figuring out if I wanted the 900 or the 1000 version Janome has to offer.  I compared the features at the Janome website, and I don't think I would ever use the 3-needle option for my hem stitch.  I could be wrong, but for now, I think the 900 will be sufficient for my sewing needs!  I'm putting my knits on hold until I get my cs machine.  For now, I'm going to sew up a pair of bermuda shorts using my Favorite Things pattern that I bought over a year ago!  THEN I'll work on the cover-up/dress pattern from Modkid since I have my terry fabric now.  There are so many things I want to sew!

5/3/12 Update...Now that I've had a chance to use my coverpro, I wanted to let others know what I think.  It sews like a dream!  Just like other reviewers have said, it is very easy to thread.  The most difficult thing to learn is how to remove your fabric.  It is not like removing fabric from a sewing machine; a little tricky actually.  I couldn't really find much on the web to help me out with this, and the instructions in the manual didn't help me too much there.  However, I found a youtube video where a lady was demonstrating how to use the Janome 1000.  After watching how she removed her fabric, I was able to do it much better.  I'm still struggling with this, but I'm sure the more I do it, the easier that will become. 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Next project....

I ordered some terry fabric thru Fabric.com to make Modkid's Swim Cover-up--I can't wait :)  This will be wonderful for my girls to wear over their swimsuits. 

Another Modkid Swimsuit :)


Here is one more Modkid swimuit.  This time I had a much easier time sewing it together--practice makes perfect :)  And since I have twin girls, I always get plenty of practice since I make everything in two's.  When attaching the FOE elastic, definitely do not be afraid to pin, pin, pin.  This time I did, and it sewed up like a breeze on my machine.  I purchased this pretty fabric thru Etsy.com.