Thursday, April 26, 2012

How to hem up jeans

Do you have trouble finding jeans that fit?  When you do find a pair that fits, they're usually too long and the ones that are the right length, don't fit around the hips.  Well, you can still buy that perfect pair that fits and hem them up and no one will ever know they were hemmed up. First, you 'll have to try on the jeans and fold up one pant leg, the  length you want it, pin it up, (you might want to use a zipper foot for the next step), sew along the original hem, as close as you can get, a zipper foot will get close to the hem.  A jean-a -ma-jig will work wonders on the bulky seams, but its not necessary to have.  Cut the excess fabric and iron the pant leg. Simple as that!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Lost letters Dress

This probably isn't the best suited fabric for a dress but I loved it when i saw it and thought, why not a dress?  It's 100% cotton, and makes a good casual dress, I just happened to have scrap fabric lying around, and it matched perfectly for a contrast color for the neck binding and welt pockets.  The pattern I used is Butterick 5602, view C.  I did make some modifications, I didn't line the dress, I haven't gotten to the point where I feel comfortable or feel like I'm that advanced a seamstress to fully line anything.  I will eventually work my way there, but for now, I will keep it simple.  I know all the reasons why you should line a dress, but overall I don't think it takes away from the look.