Thursday, November 21, 2013

Little Boy Playable

When I started sewing the leather coat, I didn't like the way the fabric performed especially around the armhole. It puckered and showed creases and looked like it wouldn't have much longevity so I changed my mind... again... and bought something called kashmir coating that is 80% polyester and 20% rayon and feels like a melton cloth only is more washable.




It's black which meant the zipper I planned to use with the bronze teeth and tab was not the best match. There are three or four different options for bronze teeth. With silver teeth, the only option was the ring. For an exposed zipper that might work but I'm contemplating whether I want the zipper exposed with a shield underneath or hidden with a placket over top. I want it to be comfortable, and little boy playable. Which do you think would work best?




With the original leather version, when I topstitched the underarm seam, I got the zipper foot and needle stuck and had to tug to remove the garment. I think that's when the hole occurred. This time, I removed the needle and presser foot each time to slide the pile of fabric out without damage and it worked great. The top stitching is turquoise and seems just right - fun but not feminine.




In the end, I made inseam pockets, no zipper. My mind wasn't up to new challenges so instead I enjoyed a job well done. I like how neat it is and the bemberg lining is sturdy enough for little hands and rocks and other fantastic finds. Do you find yourself "patting" your work and admiring when you've done a job well done? I think that's so important - to celebrate our skills and be thankful for them because each one took time and investment to develop and each now enables us on new adventures. I love how sewing is cumulative and continues to grow and develop.




My oldest son asked for new pajama pants for Christmas. I rarely sew for other people but this seems to be a gift that is appreciated so they're fun to make only the pattern has gone missing... which is really strange since I always put them back in the same place... and I'm sure it'll show up as soon as I finish the pajama pants... but since that's after as opposed to before I bought McCall's 4244 - a man's pattern - not a the whole family pattern - and not a misses, men's, teen's and dog pattern. That made me laugh.




Aryck is extremely conservative and told me to pick the fabric. The choice narrows considerably when you're shopping for flannel for a man plus I refuse to complicate pajamas by matching plaids BUT... I'm sure he'll be pleased to know that I resisted the hot pink and the lime green I so desperately wanted to buy - LOL - and settled for these stripes. I'm still deciding which two but definitely the purple for that fun little artist inside of him that's dancing up and down eager to get out. He wants a desk with lights in it that changes color ! ! !

I'm not sure if I'll start on the pajamas today. Probably, because I can't finish the coat until I take the lining in and have my grandson's name and date of birth embroidered on it.... in turquoise... now that I've finally decided this version is working. When I had the coat in the fabric store yesterday, it was voted so... SO... cute. That works.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - an answer, not one we expected, not one I like, difficult.

18 comments:

  1. I have greatly enjoyed reading your blog and "seeing" your projects grow towards completion. You do beautiful work and your creativity seeps into every project you do, even something as utilitarian as a wallet. I hope your life becomes less an insurmountable mountain and more of an uphill climb. I haven't figured out how to select a profile, but I just wanted you to know that I enjoy reading your thoughts every day.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to post. I appreciate it. I think attitude is a great portion of dealing with insurmountable mountains, uphill climbs, and deep valleys. God has taken great care of me this year and sent just what I need to read, just when I needed to read it. I'll share today's tomorrow.

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  2. Ditto.
    The path is hard sometimes....sorry for that.

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    1. And it's easier for the caring and support of others. Thank you.

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  3. So so so cute i totally agree! Wow that fabric looks yummy, the topstitching just wonderful - just the right touch. I've been eyeballing these types of fabrics and now you've got me wanting some :)

    oh lordy, that pattern is designed for my family all the way! i love doggy clothing.

    hang in there, i can tell you from experience it's always better to know what you're dealing with. Big hug lady, steph

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    1. It's very cute and I learned yesterday that that fabric is going to be 50-70% off tomorrow so I may "need" to get more for a coat for myself. OH... she shouldn't have told me.

      You better get the pattern then - someone needs to appreciate it. I haven't even sewn a coat for my grandbaby puppy because she just eats whatever she's wearing. Not worth the work.

      THANKS - it is much easier knowing what you're dealing with. At least thoughts can be processed and plans made. The hug is very much appreciated.

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  4. I would suggest for the zipper placket making it as an exposed zip with the shield underneath... not only do I find that style easier to zip up, but also warmer, as the underplacket bridges the gap along the front and stays there

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    1. Thanks. I wasn't sure which was warmer. So the silver or the black zipper? I'll have to experiment with which look I like better as I don't want the zipper to dominate... hmm... that probably means black.

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  5. Little hands might find the ring zipper easier to manage, but I'm sure it will look good whichever you choose. It's funny what you shared about patting one's successes, because I found myself doing that today after I figured out a way to fix a garment invisibly, and realized it was a solution I simply wouldn't have thought of earlier in my sewing adventures. I hope the answer you got today will find positive solutions in the future...keeping good thoughts for you and your family!

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    1. I wish it was pewter as opposed to shiny silver. Then I'd be thrilled like I preferred the bronze to shiny gold. I'm not much for shiny.

      YEAH - isn't new learning fabulous. I'm thrilled for you.

      Thanks for your kind thoughts.

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  6. Sorry that you news you got wasn't what you were expecting. I have to agree with the others who have said that it is a good to at least know something, instead of being in the land of 'we don't know what it is...'
    As for the jacket, I'd go with a placket instead of an internal shield. Both my son (who's 7) and I are forever having problems with his zipper getting snagged on the zipper shield on the inside of his ski jacket.

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    1. It is definitely better to know something. I wholeheartedly agree with that.

      Thanks for the advice on the placket/shield. I may end up going with whichever one looks better because - LOL - my daughter will have to do the zipping.

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  7. I agree that a ring pull would be easier for little hands -- or add a little tchochke to the zipper pull so plump fingers can find and grasp it easily. Outer zipper shield is easier for anyone to negotiate than an inner shield, imo. How fun to sew for little ones! They appreciate almost anything you do for them. Next you'll need to figure out how to add lights that change colors to your son's pajamas, lol. If he's a deep sleeper, he'll sleep through the lights. If he's a "light" sleeper, they'll be a built-in nightlight in the wee hours.

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    1. Thanks. I'll make sure there is something on the zipper and it sounds like the placket is winning. It is fun to sew this for him but I have no intention of sewing more clothing. His mother can do that. This is my welcome to the world gift to him chosen because in the future, no matter how my grandchildren I have, something with their name on it is doable.

      My son is 24 and almost six feet tall. I can only imagine him with pajamas that light up. TOO FUNNY.

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    2. Your son should feel lucky he's not my son. My son is 32 and also almost 6' tall. Last Christmas I made him blue fleece pajama bottoms... with yellow rubber duckies on them (the rubber duckies were his wife's idea). He rolled his eyes and sighed and harrumphed, but they live with us, and I notice the ducky pants are his favorites when the temperature gets frosty.

      This year I just knitted a superman costume for his chihuahua; I figured my son had enough to deal with. ;-D

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    3. You sound like a lot of fun to be around.

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  8. I have been reading The Experts' Book Of Sewing Tips & Techniques published in 1995. There is an entry regarding "taming synthetic suede" when setting in sleeves. I am sure this would work with both synthetic and natural leather: Fold a 1/2 inch horizontal tuck in the sleeve patter above the sleeve cap notches. The result will be a 1-inch ease instead of the standard 2 inches. Use the sleeve pattern to cut a 2 inch wide strip of fusible tricot interfacing for the armhole edge of each sleeve. Pink the un-notched edge. Fuse the tricot strips to the wrong side of the synthetic sueade sleeve caps to help control the ease. Sew three rows of machine basting stiches between the notches on the sleeve cap, positioning the first row on the seam line and the other two rows inside the seam allowance. Finish sewing and attaching the sleeve to your garment according to the pattern directions.

    This tip came from Ronda Chaney who at the time was chairperson and professor of fashion design and textiles at Canada College in Redwood City, California.

    Hope this helps the next time you try working with synthetic leather, Kathleen

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    1. Sounds like a good book to get. Thanks for the title. I've used a technique very similar to what you're describing and it worked fabulous. With the coat I was working on, it was the quality of the fabric that bothered me. It looked like it wasn't going to be durable.

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