Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Fiddling and Fixing On The Fly

Last night, Howard and I put together a crib and bought a mattress, a mattress protector, and crib sheets. It's been twenty-seven years since the first time we did that. It brought back memories - good ones - even though we are thrilled to be the grandparents not the parents. We're both definitely past that stage. We bought the crib second hand and it's quite dusty and dirty. Today, I need to give it a good cleaning and get the guest room organized. My daughter, son-in-law, and grandson are coming on Friday.




I spent most of yesterday in the studio... instead of running those errands I told you about... because the coat was more fun - LOL. This is the way I like the collar with the top button positioned on the center front panel and...




... this is the way the pattern says to button it with the top button positioned on the collar - although there's a line drawing on the cover and it doesn't look like this either. It's more of a cross between the two. This version seems too buttoned up and the other one more approachable. What do you think?




In retrospect, I should have cut the center front panels of the lining from the fashion fabric. I didn't think the lining would show so it didn't seem necessary but it is - to stabilize and strengthen the front where the buttons will be placed. Because I'd serged the seams on the lining, I cut a slightly narrower front panel, interfaced it, and then zigzag stitched it in place over the lining and cut away the fuchsia fabric underneath. The edge...




... is not quite as wide as the seam. At the shoulder, I overlapped onto the back to maintain the strength of the shoulder seam. It would have been nicer tucked into the seam and it isn't. When you frankepattern, you're also fiddling and fixing on the fly. It's a great way to develop creating thinking and problem solving skills. It also teaches when it's better to leave things alone... like picking out serged seams... on fabric that frays easily... not a good idea... find a different way to do what you want to do.

The front binding is a narrow strip of the reverse side of the fashion fabric. First, it was interfaced for extra strength and the edges were serged to prevent fraying. Then, it was pressed in half wrong sides together, wrapped over the raw edge, and zigzag stitched in place BUT... before I could do that...




... the seam allowance was cut off. To measure, I stitched a line in white thread 5/8" from the edge around the complete opening so I could see it clearly and then I stitched another line in purple 1/4" away. When I cut on the white line to remove the seam allowance, the fashion fabric and lining fabrics remained stitched together. The purple stitching was later covered by the binding. I used purple just in case I needed to use the stitching as a guide or it needed to be removed. Purple is easier to see than black. 




There is a HUGE pile of scraps left to be recycled into something including these four long lengths of the selvage. LOVE the fuchsia edging thread.

Hemming both layers took forever. It's very long. With the fashion fabric, I serged the edge and then pressed up 1 1/2". Because of the wool content, the wider edge could be eased and steamed neatly into the smaller circumference. It's stitched by machine. For the lining, I serged off 2" and then turned the serged stitching once toward the inside and held it in place with a row of top stitching on the visible side. It hangs about 3/4" shorter than the fashion fabric.

All that's left is to slip stitch the hem of the lining sleeve to the fashion fabric, sew on snaps and buttons at center front, steam the roll of the collar, and add shoulder pads. I didn't have the ones I wanted and didn't want to stop to go shopping yesterday so they'll be inside the lining instead of between the lining and the fashion fabric. Since I'm doing it that way, I'll cover them with fabric and use snaps to hold them in place. Then, if I ever want to, they're removable... or for laundering.

A friend is taking me out for breakfast this morning to celebrate my birthday. On the way home, I'll run those errands, then wash the crib, and then work on the coat and the design board assignment. Howard is out of town until late tonight but I'll try to get some finished coat pictures before the weekend. LOL - if I can find the right buttons. So far my stash isn't yielding the perfect ones.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - yesterday there was sunshine. YES. Finally ! ! ! Today, it is supposed to rain again but even one day of sunshine makes things a lot more cheerful.

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  1. Love how the collar has turned out. Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

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    1. Thanks. It's great when you can use the other side of the fabric as trim - matches perfectly.

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  2. *Love* the coat collar. The greener edge of the selvedge against the more intermixed fabric works wonderfully (I guess its yellow? but reads as green from a distance with the black)--so very you. I like the more open version. And the pink lining is perfect. Can't wait to see the whole thing.

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    1. The edge is a lime green. It's the right side of the fabric. The black with lime dots is actually the reverse but better against my face. Two sided fabric. Perfect. LOVE the lining.

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  3. What a great looking coat collar. The selvedge trim is lovely.

    First the crib, then a high chair, toys ... pool for summer ... so it goes. We are trying to minimize the baby stuff, but it's hard - and so much fun to have the little ones come to Nana's to play.

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    1. The collar is nice. Not choking but still closed enough for the wind. I can see using it on another garment. The trim is fun.

      Apparently, we're getting a mobile toy as well. Jessica is bringing and leaving it... and so it starts. I don't want too much but we do have some toys in the basement that we saved - blocks, train track - lite bright - Barbies - favourite books - for just this occasion.

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  4. The coat is looking lovely. I prefer the more relaxed angle of the collar too. You're a genius at on-the-fly solutions! Elle

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    1. LOL - a genius. Thanks. I didn't used to be. I was a follow the rules, play by the book, kind of girl. So not me now. It's a skill I've been developing since my Year of Play in 2004.

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  5. I prefer your button placement myself. It does look more approachable but still closed enough to be warm and draft free.

    Birthday breakfast sounds lovely. I think it's great to be able to celebrate a birthday over multiple days with multiple people.

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    1. LOL - only I realized I overlapped it in the wrong direction so now I have it wrapped the other way with buttons pinned on to see what I think before I do anything permanent. Errands have taken forever... seems to be the current story.

      Week long celebrations are just fine with me. We're having a family dinner on Sunday so I get a whole week. My daughter is cooking. YEAH ! ! !

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  6. LOVE the collar! Looks toasty against the winds. Looking forward to seeing it on you :-)

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  7. Oh gosh. I m loving the collar even before it is close to finished.

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  8. Love the collar and using the reverse side for contrast in the trim.

    I prefer your choice in the button placement. It looks more relaxed and in line with the sweater coat that you were going after.

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    1. This is the same fabric that I made the little girl coat out of in January - http://blog.myrnagiesbrecht.com/2013/01/three-rows-of-ruffles.html - so I had some experience working with both sides already. Works like a charm. Looking at the reverse is something I've started paying more attention to in recent years. I often like that side better... or both sides... which means I need to buy more - LOL - says the addict.

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  9. I LOVE the collar! Your button placement is so much nicer, more open, and it doesn't look so centered! I can't wait to see the finished coat!

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    1. It's closer to finished today. If I can get it done by tonight, Howard can take pictures for me. We'll see. Long list first.

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