Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Leather Shorts

It happened again. Just when I was so glad I was three days from doing a trip and not madly sewing, it occurred to me I just needed leather shorts to go to the Prong concert in London. I had the pattern (my own), I had leather left form my leather dress, so I started sewing. 
I know the procedure to make some trousers by heart, so I cut the leather, I first did the fly and the pockets, and went on from there. I applied surgical tape next to the seams that can stretch, I hammered my seams open and then topstitched, I glued seams, all the procedure to sew leather is special. 
My Bernina sometimes breaks or unravels the thread, specially if the needle goes near the surgical tape. Avoid that and problem solver. Sometimes the machine skips stitches when there are too much layers, and that is a real problem and a small disappointment in my VERY expensive machine.
In spite of trying on the pants during construction, it is when we finish them that we really see if the are the right size. They have to be tight without pulling, and these were a little loose on the bum part, so I had to undo the waist band, enter the centre back seam 3 cm each side, and finish the waistband again. 
I used some organic cotton as lining, hanging form the waistband.
The result is almost perfect, oh yeah!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Black Wool Short Coco

Another of the fabrics I bought from Stone Fabrics this winter is this black viscose/wool. It is almost perfect, a bit itchy, but not to the point of being uncomfortable.

I decided to make a short Coco out of it, to test the wearability of the desing. It is perfect for jeans, but the wide bottom does not go well with A-shaped skirts.

This is my third Coco, and the pattern, as I explained in my first, is my own drawing. 
I still have some remaining fabric, so I ordered some more to make a dress out of it.

Friday, March 4, 2016

The Butterfly Controversy Dress

This is one of the fabrics I bought in Stone Fabrics last month. They have wonderful fabrics at very good prices, pity that the shipping costs to Catalonia are SO expensive. I am realizing the UK is fabric shopping paradise these days...

Well, I had a date with a friend of mine, I had just finished my new jacket a la Chanel (minus the embellishments, more on that later) and I wanted to wear it but I did not know what to match it with (when theoretically it a jacket to match everthing!). 

You know, the crazy seamstress that we have inside got really active and started sewing the previous day after dinner. I sewed the very day in my lunch break, and sewed all afternoon until it was finished, I cut all the threads and flew to the city to meet my friend. I do not know what is wrong with me and the totally crazy deadlines, me sewing like it was the end of the world and I have nothing to wear, me knowing this is crazy, me completely unable to put some sense and stop the madness!

 Well, the outfit was nice , I think, although the dress was too wide and needed major adjustments that I did the following day, with the hangover.

My man says it is an ugly dress that does not favour my figure. He does not like it at all. My friend said it was very nice, she was lying through her nose (I can tell, Marta :-*), but it was prior-repair. My students say they liked it, but they are six year olds and in love with their teacher, as it should be. The thing is I like it! When I found the pattern in my pattern collection (from Burda magazine) I was thrilled to have found just what I was looking for (which launched me into crazy seamstress madness), and the fabric pattern is a little bit loud, but my boyfriend says he likes the butterflies and little hearts, and that is not the problem. So, anyone, give me your sincere opinion, please?