Sewing an Easy or Casual Single “Mattress”

Sewing an Easy or Casual Single “Mattress”

I’m sure you won’t need my “instructions”, but you might like my idea of an alternative version of this SIY (sew-it-yourself) “mattress” using curtains or big print fabric rather than a bunch of little pillowcases sewn together.

I won’t be able to try this till April, or May, with my upcoming trip. However, I’ve tested the instructions outlined with paper to know it works.

How Would You Gauge Buying Fabric by the Pound?

I saw this sign in the LA Fashion District at Michael Levine’s.

fabric by the pound sign

Fabric by the pound, eh? I’ve never thought of it that way. I have no way to relate because I’ve never measured my fabrics. I don’t know if this were a thrift part of the store, or what, but I’ll find out some time this week. Being an analytical type, though, I’ll need some frame of reference to judge value. I don’t know if pieces will be precut or not, but I probably won’t buy much if I don’t know how much a few yards might come to in price as I would have no idea of weight.

We’ll see, but if anybody has any good guidelines or suggestions, do share. Please post as comment or if you are in the guild, please send to Guild gmail. I’m having trouble with my personal Hotmail account. No access till I get home.

Fixing Zippers 101

by Faye Morrison

Ever been at your wits end when you discover your zipper no longer works on an otherwise perfectly good jacket, dress, purse, etc?

I discovered a great new video about a product called FixnZip this morning on YouTube but haven’t tried it out yet; but I’m definitely going to try and lay my hands on one.

Fixing jackets are the absolute worst!

Foam Toe Separators to Store Bobbins

I just saw this idea on Pinterest.

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You can get the details here and here. Seems pretty easy and practical to me. I don’t give myself pedicures so I don’t have one of these handy to know how they work but perhaps someone in the Guild does.

I should go buy some to try, if nothing else just to see the person’s look at a guy buying these things, lol.


Introducing the Pajama Style Dress Pants

Introducing the Pajama Style Dress Pants

Sewn like pajama pants through the crotch, but with dress pant style pockets, no fly zipper, elastic waist band, these pants look sharper than dress pants for lack of folds, but are a million times easier to make and far sturdier! I only have a muslin for now, but I’m now willing to devote time to making dress pants cause they were too thankless for me otherwise with effort involved and lack of design deemed appropriate for professional settings. That’s not to say I’m not going to be making and maybe wearing stuff with jacquard prints, or white, or maybe even toile prints, lol! Definitely for casual wear, and I will have the sharpest pajama pants in a pretty big geographic radius, I imagine!

And hey, works just as well for women!

When something’s not good enough for you, invent something better! 🙂

KLPJs (aka Kal-El Pajamas, aka My Super Sleep Uniform)

KLPJs (aka Kal-El Pajamas, aka My Super Sleep Uniform).

Why make pajamas when you can make sleep uniforms that you can wear outside as casual wear? 🙂

I’ve got a whole collection of these coming for the rest of the year with a bunch of baby bolts of fabrics from which I made this. One bolt has just enough fabric for someone my size. It’s good to be small every now and then. 🙂

Anyone have Concerns about Shirts Made from Beach Towels?

Last Christmas, I bought a bunch of “geek” beach towels as I needed to upgrade my rather old towel set. I figured I’d get something that had more colour and evoked a little joy for me rather than the bland old traditional bathroom towel sets. As you can see below, it’s quite an eye popping and fun towel set I have now.

Unfortunately for me, these things have proven just a tad too soft. They shed in a fine and slight manner when used that leaves a very fine, but noticeable, sprinkle of coloured dust in my bathroom. These things are anything but white, and my apartment bathroom is pretty much white like traditional bathrooms, so the coat is rather noticeable. It would not be if it were my bathroom to decorate, I assure you!

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I have decided I will no longer use these beach towels as towels, but for clothing as I had originally bought them for after making this Spiderman bath robe.

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I didn’t use the beach towels to make more bath robes because, really, how many does one really need unless one were to start living like Hugh Heffner? It’s not a bad idea, by any means, but not one practical to me! I had concerns about shirts made from beach towels, or pants, or pajamas. But now, pushed back this way, I’m considering making shirts out of the beach towels in the photos at the top. What I wan to know is if anyone had any concerns about shirts made from beach towels? Too warm? Static? Too rough if worn all day despite some short hard rubs on the body during drying off being no problem. I’m not concerned about the shedding because I’m not anticipating rubbing that much against anybody while wearing those shirts, lol. The bath robe above was lined with Bemberg lining serged in for durability. I wash it gently, even though I probably shouldn’t, but I’d line the shirts with shirting if I did, though that would make them warmer. I would make the shirts casual, obviously, not meant to be tucked in, and I’d make it with some solid colour towels to make sure there are some focus points rather than just being one full razzle dazzle of colour like that Spiderman bathrobe that’s not a bad thing, but may be of limited impact with a smaller canvas the shirts would allow, given I’m a petite person. I’m just concerned about wear practicality now. So anyone have any concerns? p.s. If you were thinking what I did when I got these beach towels for use, the answer is yes, I’ve long gotten over the though of rubbing superheroes all over my wet body every time I dried off after showering, lol.

That Medical Paper for Pattern Tracing

I’m in the middle of creating a ton of patterns for dress shirts with different yokes for my new wardrobe. I’m doing so using that medical tracing paper Miss Nancy occasionally gets for us in bulk at no cost to her. It’s doing wonders for my work and I just thought I’d take a moment to give her a shout out and send some love for it!

I canNOT imagine where I’d be without it! Nor would I want to!

It’s by far the best thing I spend money on for sewing when it comes down to a per dollar value at $4 a roll that could support a wardrobe. The serger is gonna take a lifetime to at least match that! Or at least half a dozen wardrobe makeovers, the first of which I’m just starting on now.

Thanks, Miss Nancy! Keep on showing us good new stuff. It might be a bit of a lottery which ones will have a huge impact, but if you don’t play, you can’t win, right?

Now, this new wardrobe thing had better work well, or else, the yoke will be on me!

Boooooooooooooooooooooo…. 😦