Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Some Sewing firsts

I've been looking for adventure lately, but it's hard to white water raft or bungee jump with a baby and a toddler, so I decided to try a few new things in the sewing room. I've been promising Mitch a pair of dress slacks for some time, but while basic pants are easy, slacks are very detailed and involve techniques I've never done before. So, I decided it was time to stretch myself a little. It took me a while to find a pattern that I liked (flat front, straight leg) which also had the things Mitch needs (pockets both front and back, comfy and indestructible), but I finally did. This is Burda 7841. So, now I had no more excuses, and it was time to dig in. It took me the better part of 2 weeks (one week almost entirely on the welt pockets in the rear), but they are finished and look fabulous! The only problem is that despite tissue fitting and re-drawing the pattern, they are too snug in the rear. Apparently European men do not have butts! While I am highly annoyed at my failure, I'm not really discouraged. I learned a lot making these pants, so I don't think that they were a complete loss. Anyone need some pants with no butt? My second "adventure" was this sleep sacque for Myra. It is only adventurous in that it is the first thing that I have made with a pattern that I drafted entirely on my own. It fits her well and was perfect last night when the temp was freezing. You win some...
And finally, I found the cutest pattern for booties online, and after a fruitless search for shoes that matched Myra's peach Easter dress, I decided to try my hand at baby shoes. I had some white pleather left over from a Halloween costume and a little bit of trim from the dress, so even if it was a total failure, at least I wasn't out anything but some of my time. Fortunately, after some alterations to the pattern, since Myra's feet are narrow like Mommy's but fat like a baby's, they actually turned out really well! I'm definitely going to do this again, but perhaps next time with a more forgiving material. Pleather was an enormous pain. Next time - felt.
And now, on to a retro dress from 1952 for me! I'm completely restructuring the bodice so that I can nurse in it - more adventure!! I hope it works out.

4 comments:

Janene said...

Katie, you are amazing!

Chelle said...

You are so talented. I love how you are stretching yourself and taking on new challenges. How you stuck with that welt pocket for one week without throwing the whole project away is completely foreign to me (as is creating an original pattern and making shoes...I do believe you are my first friend to make a pair of shoes from scratch). The slacks look completely professional. I totally admire your determination and your talent.

Oi Polly Cervantes said...

Katie, you are indeed one of the few friends I ever have that has so much talents to share always.

Claudia and Glenn Walker said...

I totally agree with Polly:)