Sunday, 18 February 2007

What do you think so far?

Trousers so far, I have calf/ankle detail to sort and buttons/button holes.
The waist band ended up a very messy sowing job, because I bent the needle, then broke the needle, running out of thread at the wrong moment and general inexperience in my sowing skills, all while trying to pleat a waist twice and a bit the size of final waist size into the waist band.
The width around calf is about 2 inches bigger than the mock up, and a lot fuller due the fabric and lining.
Jasmine hiding as I try to stretch the wool out neat to mark and cut. Jasmine was a real pain, and tried my patience while making these trousers and even manage to pull a thread in the part finished garment, she got away with it, by being so cute and amusing.

Jasmine at sewing machine, with the trouser minus waist band and fly, but lined.


  1. I must admit I discourage Missy (and Charlie) from helping while I sew. The worst I've had to endure is them sitting on the fabric and a stern 'No' accompanied by removing the offending furball is usually enough to deter them.

    Waistband wise, talk to me on Saturday about your method for attaching/pleating the trousers into it. I get to do this a lot and apart from trying to sew 7 layers of heavy velvet once (my poor, poor machine) haven't had any probs, so may be able to help you for next time.

    Looking good though. Very good. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished trews. :)

  2. I tried removal and I ended up lifting the cat with the fabric attached, closely followed by, yea! good game and the cats returns, in the end I shut Jasmine upstairs for while, so I could cut the fabric, once I was sewing it wasn't so bad.

    Advise would be appreacited, I have had a 10 minute sewing lesson, the rest is guesswork and reading the machine instruction manual.

  3. Oh and as a word of caution - if your sewing machine's needle is damaged stop sewing and change it immediately.

    Sewing with a damaged needle will throw the timing of the sewing machine off, produce shoddy stitches, may damage your machine and worst of all, can result in the needle breaking in a dramatic fashion. I'm not sure what happened when your needle broke, but if it happens at speed you can either damage the sewing machine or worse still, if the needle shatters it could end up embedding in you... Which could be particularly nasty!

  4. By the sound of it I think I did everything wrong, I bent the needle, jambed the machine, bent the needle back with pliers and then continued sewing until another bang as the needle end broke off, the machine seems to be ok so it sounds like I was lucky.