Thursday, May 11, 2017

Cub Scout Thank you cards and a Mother's Day Card.

I bought the new Cricut Explore Air 2 machine. Here is my first project, a Mother's Day card from is to My Mom. We are very pleased with the results.
 It was really quick and easy. The first time we used it we did not know that there were 2 types of mats. A sticky one, and a less sticky one for paper. Now we know, lol!
 It even cut out the envelope, so cool!

Then I got out my laminator and made these cool labels. Our Scouting year is coming to an end. I found these cool labels for Cub Scouts and printed them off and plasticized them.

These will be for my fellow Beaver Scouters. My youngest saw this box and keeps trying to eat them!

Here is the card I printed off. There is a song the kids sing when it is taking too long :


Non stop, can get grating, lol

And here is the inside....

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Next course: Custom Made Pants / Pantalon sur mesure

The next course that Simon and I are taking is how to sew pants tailored to our specific measurements. We have started off taking our measurements. There were so many of them. This week we are tracing our patterns and marking on them our specific measurements.

The course follows an old OOP Jalie pattern, 964. This pattern I did not have, I do have Jalie 966, and the pattern pieces are labelled the same, so I could use that pattern. But me being me I tracked down someone selling the 964 pattern on Kijiji and bought it. I also scored MANY other Jalie patterns and some cool pattern for winter snow suits,

Now the next pattern we needed was for Simon. We can't use the pattern we use in the class for his pants. I don't think he wants girl's jeans. I do have a few patterns from Kwik Sew. But I wanted a pattern that was more than 3 sizes S-M-L. And Simon wants to add all kinds of pockets and make them zip off pants.

I do have 977 in my stash, but the waist is an elastic drawstring. We could modify the waist and add a fly, but that seemed like a lot of extra work. Instead I ordered a PDF copy of 2107. You don't find too many patterns out there for men. This is a classic fit, good for shorts, pants and jeans. Simon will only have to modify the pattern to add a zipper. He is in heaven modifying patterns. He has so much fun!

Now that I bought the PDF pattern we had to print it, cut some edges and tape it together.

This is not a hard thing to do, it just takes more time.

But seeing as most patterns for men in Jalie are OOP and I couldn't find the pattern I wanted used or in store, we don't have much of a choice.

I am always on the lookout for specific patterns or items on Kijiji. I scored 19 patterns for $15. The pants pattern I needed for my class, the rest were a bonus! They have never been cut, only traced. They are in pristine condition. She even gave me envelopes of her tracings. As the kids got bigger they needed bigger sized shirts.

There is even a Kwik Sew book on sweatshirts with the patterns. The patterns have never been used.

We even have patterns for snow suits.

Now this one is my favorite! Simon asked if people went to work in their PJ's. Elastic waist with pockets, in funky patterns. Yup, I am SOOOO making this for him. LOL

Monday, April 17, 2017

Covering kitchen chairs in clear plastic

So we were given these nice chairs with a matching table. The chairs are comfortable, and the 2 minions like sitting on them. They are a good height and all, but they have material seats.

Anyone with young kids will understand our concerns. Each time they ate we had to put a towel on the chair of our youngest. He tends to eat standing up. Our kids don't "sit", rather they jump up and down. The food tends to end up all over the place. Pick your battles. I don't think they physically can stay seated, but the food goes into their mouths, so don't sweat the small stuff.
I had bought some vinyl a few years ago for another project and I never used it. I have one on top of the kitchen table to protect it, and I had one left over.

What a great idea! And Simon needed to replace his air tool staple gun that was left at an old job.

Removing the seat and cutting the plastic to cover the seat was easy. Simon even had a helper.

But once the staple gun game out with the air compressor the kids vanished to get away from the noise!

Here is the finished result. Now no more panic when Sam drops his pasta or cereal or whatever on him, the chair the floor, the walls. It is an easy clean up!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Shopping in Montreal's Garment district

I finished work early on Friday (10:30am!) and Simon was off. On the rare occasion that we have both the time and no kids I wanted to take the opportunity to shop for fabric on St-Laurent and Chabanel. One does not simply pop in and out. Rather you touch, drool over the selection and dream of a land where you have endless supplies of time and money. I brought a list of fabrics I would like for the underwear class to keep us on topic. This helped impulse buys.

We went to Tonitex and found this gorgeous red scalloped lace.  We plan on making the Brazilian panties with this. And when I have the time the matching bra.

The below is what we bought at Stretch Text.

If you live in Montreal (or near) you must stop in and see all the lovely fabrics at Stretch Text. We stuck with 5 choices, a royal blue lace, a pink lace, a beige Brazil, and 2 prints.

The blue lace is not scalloped, it has a straight line edge. I can use this in other ways other than the Brazilian panties.

The pink and beige is really nice. My pictures do not do the pink justice here. Simon will make lace and solid panties with this fabric.
 We bought some funky elastics that will go well. The one time I find something new at Fabricville (but they only had 1 meter). Simon was thinking of creating something in this version.

The elastic goes well with both my fabrics. It really is a cool design. The beige will be solid neutral portions.

The prints will be for Simon's underwear. We will be doing the men's version next class. As Simon is the only man in the class I am sure we will be using his material for the demonstration during the class.

This one has the designers name on it.

The fun thing about Stretch Text is you can take home samples. If you have other projects you can take home swatches and make your decision at a later date.

I plan to show the people in my class.

Simon likes these 2 stretch velour blue prints.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Next sewing class: Fine Lingerie - Jalie 3242

Simon and I will be starting a new sewing class together this week. We will be taking Mme Dorothée Barnes' class at Club TissusLingerie fine (or in English Fine lingerie). So basically, we are sewing underwear. I have to finish the bras I started in the previous class. I am not 100% happy with the pattern. I find the upper cup cuts in too much. I need to adjust the pattern (again). But this time it does not depress me. I just need to find the time.

So we are making 5 different models. I told Simon we were starting off with model F, lol. No I doubt we are doing that one.

But with this pattern you can do garments for the entire family. It really is great value for your money.

I can't wait to make matching underwear for my bras! Now to finish a bra that I want to wear. I wore the white one with lace, but I did not like the fit of the upper cup. I will see if I can remove the top elastic (when I say "I" I mean like the French "on" - which excludes the person who is speaking  meaning I will ask Simon to remove my stitches)

Our first week we learned about how to modify the pattern to suit our measurements. For our first pattern we're going to do the classic version using pattern pieces C D and E. We merge the pattern pieces together for the front and back to avoid an extra seam. I made the liner 1 inch longer in front period I took off 7.5 centimeters from the hip in front and had the back match-up.

We chose a nice white Venise material. This material is so luxurious, silky and smooth. The liner is from a nice white interlock material.

We will stick to basic white for the beginning pattern and not add any lace or fancy details.

The liner is sewn onto the main fabric only sewing the sides. Our sewing instructor is really bothered by seeing lines from the liners through clothing. I would have to agree with her, that is not a good look. I will go with her judgment and only sew the sides.

After this we need to sew on the elastics on the sides of the Garment. The rest will be done next class.

This is Simon's homework. Of course he added piping, French seams and a lot of details! I would not expect anything less from him. I am so proud of his attempt!

Me, I need to learn the basics before adding so much details.

You can see the great pattern placement and the nice details the piping made.

The buckling is due to stretching the material when sewing. Things we learn.

He put piping on the back piece. I don't want extra lines on the back that will be seen through my garments, He will not add this on the next ones. Things men don't normally know about, now he knows! This pattern is a bit large, so it has been modified for the next ones.

Now for mine. They look so plain next to Simon's! The first elastic did not go on so well, but by the second side I got the hang of it. I also chose a very narrow elastic. I purchased wider ones for my next attempts. On this pattern I only had to remove a little it on the derriere.

Now to install the waistband elastic.

Prise 2: Black pair

I tried the same pattern again, with a bit removed from the buttocks. Sewing the elastic was a lot easier the second time around. It helps that I am now using the proper zig zag setting.

I am not 100% happy with the way I topstitched the elastic. I have not gotten the trick. You can't pull elastics when you sew them, otherwise they loose their elasticity. But you need to lay flat the fabric to topstitch it.

 I am sure the instructor will give me more direction and I will succeed the next pair.

The lining goes on well. 

I used the same elastic for the band as I did for the legs. I played around with the stitches to attach it.

This is Simon's version, prise 2. He made it smaller this time.

He used the new lace and lined it with the beige.

His stitching is much better than mine. I will need to take pointers!

This time he did not make any seams in the back, Much cleaner look and feeling.

The next class we sewed 3 types of underwear: The G-string, a lace underwear and men's bikini. Simon and I have sewed 3 G-strings so far. Simon added a few steps in his design, naturally. 

On our first pair Simon chose a nice blue lace. For the crotch he used the same material for the lining as the outer layer.

He used invisible seams for the layering of the material and the elastic. His first attempt he ripped the material when turning it right side out. The second attempt came out perfectly.                   I will attempt a straight version before attempting this. 

We chose the medium, but it was a bit too large. We modified how the V in the back joined together to make it more cinched. 

 And I adjusted the crotch length.

All in all this is a beautiful pair!
Now there is a beautiful pink lace with a black design that I will skip over until the end. I started it, but the design part was a bit taxing on my brain. I left it for Simon. He loves puzzles. When I am learning I prefer straight and to the point to understand the basics. And this pair took fold over elastics. That I will attempt after 1 or 2 regular elastic applications.

Now here is my version. A fun bright yellow. I used my laminating machine with Legal sized plastic pouches to laminate the pattern. I adjusted the pattern to a size small. The only piece you need to adjust is the band. The front and crotch remain the same size.

Sewing the 2 front pieces together go much easier when there is no pesky deign to complicate matters, 

Sewing the elastics on the waistband is easy as pie!

The crotch length here has not been modified yet. I wanted to try it on before adjusting the length. The band I used was the full width and this lace is a bit less extensible. 

I was afraid the elastic would make it too bulky, but it came out perfectly. 

Here is the back version. The design has a nice V with elastic on top.

Here is the finished front view. I am happy with my results.
And now for Simon's latest version:

Next up is the men's version of undergaments, version D The first pair we did was the men's bikini. There were no modifications done to the pattern, we straight traced, cut and sewed this pair. Super great cut and super nice looking!

This fabric we bought at Stretch Text and the elastic was bought at Club Tissus

The seams around the hips were done with a chanel band. If a chanel is used instead of an elastic you need to remove 1cm from the fabric as you do not have an elastic that fold over the fabric.

The "cache tresoir" is sewn with invisble seams. I have not done this etchnque yet, so I have not grasped it yet. I need to do it myself to "get it". But all the seams are hidden.

 Here is the garment wring side out. You don't see any seams in the middle .... Magic!