Monday, January 12, 2015

Practice panties and other oddities

Hi Readers~do you remember when I said I'd like to sew my own lingerie?  No?  I am not sure why I started this little project, but I can tell you it has ended.  My husband laughed when he saw the stitching, and said "If you finish those, please don't wear them".  

I have been focusing on a few other aspects of my life rather than sewing.  My room is 99% complete.  I am still on the hunt for a small bookcase, and of course, I need to paint.  This color is desert sand but is really seen as pink. Here are a few photos of my sewing room and retreat.  

 This is where you will find me many afternoons at 4pm.  


I just completed the wardrobe in the corner-I found it on sale and assembled it this afternoon.   It opens to store accessories and jewelry.  It is a lovely piece of furniture and very solid.

Painting of Woodrow and tail braid 

The corner near the windows is my work area with a drafting table, sewing machine, and serger.  This arrangement provides enough room to move around but the area is small enough that I don't lose things.   

I am really happy in this room-I can see into the backyard and common areas; I can hear birds and coyotes; and it faces west for gorgeous sunsets.  

I have made a few things besides that mess of a panty.  Here is KS 2643:







I sewed a large through the hips as the sweater knit was very clingy, and this particular pattern seemed close fitting in the illustration.  The scoop neckline is really nice, and the fit of the sleeves is good for me.  Isn't that knit pretty?  Further sewing is a Vogue blouse which I have muslined, and am waiting for fabric to arrive.  I am also making a bathrobe, and that fabric is slowly making its way to me.  Do you want a sneak peak at the fabric?  
main bathrobe fabric
trim #1 bathrobe

trim #2 bathrobe (piping)




Finally, here is a photo of one of my past horses.  His name was Jumpin' Jack Flash (JJ) and I do believe he and Nick share a spiritual connection.  JJ is romping with Woodrow in horse heaven right now...they were good buddies.  

   

Talk to you soon-I hope I have more sewing details to share with you.




















31 comments:

  1. Aloha Mary! It's wonderful to catch up with you here. Your description of what your husband said about the panties made me laugh. Good thing there isn't a lot of material invested. I found with my first swimsuit that it didn't necessarily look good on the table, but once the fabric stretched out around the body, it looked ok. If you can figure out the wonky stitching, you may just have some lingerie you (and he) can live with. On another note, I was sad to read of your loss of Woodrow. It sounds like you gave him a wonderful life and he, you. I pray you are staying strong and finding comfort. I think your new bathrobe is going to be gorgeous, and I love how you used the 2 kinds of knits on your top. Christmas in Arizona sure looked pretty too! Have a blessed New Year!

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    1. Aloha and Hola Mushy. Thanks for your condolences on Woodrow. We had a good, long run together. I will probably try the panties again, as I don't give up easily. Why is elastic so difficult???

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  2. Haha..."practice panties"...are those like a training bra? I've never understood that term...who is training what and how? Anyway, I'm very intrigued with your bathrobe fabrics and can't wait to see what it looks like...

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    1. training bra...really! On the bathrobe, I bought flannel as I think that will be light enough for the climate here. I plan to add weights to the hem so it will maintain some drape. Do you think that will work?

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  3. Did I miss the post on your beautiful ponte dress ? I was hoping for more details as I have some ponte ,but not sure where to start. Your top is very pretty also - I like the polka dots with the metallics . At least you tried undies - I know I do t have the patience

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    1. I did a review on PatternReview-my brain is fuzzy lately and I didn't blog it. It's under PR name marec :-)

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  4. Your new room and new surrounds look beautiful. When you said you were moving to the desert I thought how could you leave the mountains you live in but now I see it is just as beautiful but different. I too was sorry to hear about wood row. Our pets really are part of our family.

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    1. Hi Janine, the desert holds its own appeal, and we needed a change. Thank you for your condolences on Woodrow.

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  5. Oh, I feel your pain with the lingerie project. I was so taken with wonderful lingerie sets across the sewing world that I decided to make my own as well....and confidently agreed to do a local ASG program in a few months. Oh my gosh, it was the kiss of death. My stitiching was atrocious, they were misshapen and dare I say, butt ugly. But your sewing space is wonderful

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  6. Lovely sewing room! What a terrific place for you to enjoy creating. Cute top! Looking forward to seeing how your bathrobe comes together. Love those fabrics you've chosen and sounds like you've got lovely detail work planned.

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    1. Everyone needs a custom robe. Thanks for the nice comments!

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  7. Mary, I am so sorry about Woodrow...know you miss him .
    Your sewing room is lovely [and oh so clean..nice!] I love the top you made,
    and the trimming is so pretty on it.. Look forward to seeing your robe..Such pretty fabric choices..
    [panties, bras and swim suits.. nope... I don't even want to try.ha..BUT, at least ,you can say , you gave it a try..lol]

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    1. ps that jewelry case is beautiful.. Such a nice piece of furniture to add to your room.

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    2. I love this room and am tempted to move into it full time :-)

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  8. What a lovely sewing room! Great top!

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  9. I figure if I ever get a bug up my butt to make my own underpants, I will just take apart an old pair as a pattern, then at least they will cover what I want hidden. Happy that day has never arrived! Your sewing area is darling and like the others I look forward the the new bathrobe...it already looks cozy, even for the desert.

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    1. I like my sewing retreat, and I may stay in there all the time.

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  10. That's what I did - traced a pair of panties that fit the way I like! And the second pair I made was much better. That elastic stitching takes practice! Also panties are a heck of a lot easier than bras. Took 4 or 5 tries to get those right. It was worth it though because I can't buy any that fit as well!

    Love all your fabrics, Mary! Especially that leaf batik. Waiting to see how your robe turns out.

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    1. So you think I should keep trying? :-) I think I might keep buying.

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  11. Mary, you have solved my underwear dilemma - I'll buy them! They do look so darn fiddly to make, and fiddly and me are not the best friends.

    You are making a nice little space for yourself, filled with warm memories.

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    1. I know! I am pretty good with a sewing machine and these look like a student in Home Ec made them.

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  12. I'm completely with you on the panties! I've tried, and just never can get them up to snuff. Really like the shirt and that plans for the bathrobe sound lovely!

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    1. Thanks Ann. You can't sew them either?

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  13. Good on you for trying the panties. Your husband's comment makes them sound terrible. They're just panties, for Pete's sake! But I do understand that you might not want to wear them.
    The top you made from sweater knit is so pretty! Great fabric.
    Good to see the progress you've made on your sewing room/retreat. It looks very inviting!

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    1. Thanks Dixie! It takes awhile to make a house your own.

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  14. Well, I can't say I'd ever bother to make panties, but I applaud your effort loudly!
    LOVE the bathrobe main fabric. How pretty and unbathrobe like.
    The sewing room looks perfect for any creative endeavor, excepting underpants I guess..... :-) Pet's to Nick both large and small.

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  15. Mary, I know you can totally make panties. Cut up a pair that you like and use that as your pattern. Measure the elastic from your cut up pair so you'll know how long to cut for your leg holes. ATP's tutorial shows you how: http://www.clevergirl.org/2009/08/166-hbd-and-wednesday-workshop-sew-your.html

    Instead of making a casing for the elastic, I use picot edge elastic instead. Zig zag it RS to RS with the non-picot edge of the elastic flush with the raw edge of the fabric. Then flip the elastic to the inside. The picot edge will stand up. Zig zag that down.

    My first pair didn't come out well at all but they have gotten better. Expect the first few pairs to be practice. If you can make pants (and I see that you have) you can TOTALLY make panties.

    I'm thinking of going down the rabbit hole of bra making and from what I understand, the fitting on that takes several attempts. I think the main thing with panties or bras is to not expect them to be great the first few rounds.

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  16. What a pleasant sewing space - and so different from your previous space! I love the new top, please model for us. And the robe once done. Robes are one of my passions, I love to wrap up in a new robe when the cooler weather comes round. Actually, with A/C, a robe is good all year - as you know by now!

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