At the start of 2016 I made a promise to myself that I would try and finish a sewing project before starting a new one, and I have stuck to it! Until now …. I have been wrestling with very frustrated sewing plans! First of all, I decided to make jeans … yes JEANS, not jeggings, not pull ups with an elasticated waist but proper JEANS!!!! I saw the Ginger Jeans pattern ages ago and was in awe of all the fabulous creations people have blogged about but the thought of making jeans was just a step too far for me, like making my own bra or nickers, why would I? However, I decided to challenge myself and give it a go! And I was doing really well BUT … I ran out of top stitching thread!
I am surprised how little thread is on a spool, after all, the manufacturers must be aware that people will need to rip out seams, especially when top stitching, but it seems there is just enough thread on a spool for 1 pair of jeans … I did a proper fly front and top stitched the pockets etc.
I was quite impressed with myself, the Mr said “you’ve even done the thingy stitches” (bar tacks) and although not perfect, I am more than happy to wear them, when I get them finished! I need to get some more thread but obviously it needs to be the same thread but I bought it in Sailsbury and I live in London …… I will figure it out. Maybe send my Mum a bit of the thread (from a ripped out seam!) and get her to buy me another spool from the same shop.
Then I thought, “I love that Marilla Walker jumpsuit, I’ll make another one!” I was inspired by this jumpsuit by Plumo.
I found some cheap fabric on Ebay and thought I would give it a try but to make it different I wanted to change the buttons at the front for an exposed chunky zip which I also bought on Ebay but the seller is away for 2 weeks so I’m waiting for the zip and can’t get any further along till it arrives, this is the fabric, not the same obviously but I like it.
So, that’s 2 projects I can’t get finished! I have decided to make a quick, easy skirt whilst I’m waiting, another Marilla Walker pattern, the Ilsley skirt, it’s a free pattern you can download but she is raising money for a cancer charity so it would be good to make a donation, the link is on her blog.
Finally, I have a pattern, fabric, elastic so hopefully this will be a project I can finish! The fabric looks denim but actually it is a chambray/viscose mix I got on Ebay and it is very soft with a lovely drape. I notice there is a bit of “Style Arc” in the pattern but it’s from a piece of scrap paper I used to lengthen the skirt by 2″. The Style Arc pattern I downloaded and pieced together is the Milla dress which I plan to make in a double knit cotton jersey with a white bodice and yellow bottom half.
Anyway, that’s my progress, or lack of it. I’m letting myself off the New Year’s Resolution rule as I am unable to finish the projects so starting another in the meantime doesn’t count, what do you think?!
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Busy busy busy – I hope you get the thread to finish the jeans – they look very impressive! I also look forward to seeing posts of the new projects. Happy sewing!
I’ll hopefully have a “finishing off” weekend and get everything completed in one go!
C’mon, go shopping and buy some more thread. You’ve done all the hard work so neeeeeed to get your jeans finished. 😀
I’m off to the shops tomorrow! Dragging my poor children with me but it’s near the swimming pool so they will tolerate half an hour in a fabric shop (because I won’t only buy the thread!)
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