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    Boys Shorts

    Third Time Lucky Shorts

    This is my third time at trying to get a pair of boys shorts right.  I never imagined that putting pockets in would be such a test of my patience.  The first one's I made were pyjama pants but somehow they looked wierd.  So I plodded along thinking I was going ok, I'd cut the grey pair out and put them together, even put a back and one side pocket on but it just wasn't quite right.



    A fantastic, wonderful lady I know, who also sew's, popped in for coffee and I was showing them to her.  She said,  "You're going great for a beginner but how come one leg is longer than the other?".  After closer inspection she asked, "Have you maybe put the back to back and the front to front on the legs?"  Sure enough I had :(   They look alright in the pic's but and are now being used as pyjama pants because I'm too lazy to un-pick them and start again.

    So, I learnt an important lesson, I must always right B and F on the cut out pattern pieces or I'll get it wrong!  After nicking some chalk from the kids I wrote on all the pieces for the spotty blue and white pair which helped enough for me to get it right.

    Here are the successful shorts, Master 9 wanted them this long.  Asking him repeatedly, "Are you sure you want them like that".  He just nodded like he does and told me he doesn't like them, he LOVES them.  As far as I'm concerned if he loves them that's all that matters and the following day after school, sure enough he put them on.  Makes me feel great knowing that he really does like them.  So on to the next pair, out of more expensive but not Really expensive material I bought of ebay.  Soon I'll be good enough to cut up stuff out of material that wasn't dirt cheap.  I get alot of my practice material from the Op-Shop's, then I don't feel so bad if they turn out a little skew-wif.


    Hope you're all having fun leading up to Christmas, there's so many things I'd like to make and not enough hours in the day :P  Soon kids will be on 6 weeks school holidays and I'll have fun trying to get anything done then.  Maybe I'll put them to work helping me.  Until next time, be fabulous :) Luv Mel...Xx

    These are the next one's.  Keep your fingers (and toes) crossed for me :P

    December 4, 2010 10:32 pm | Posted by bestmelody | 0 Comments |

    DIY Teapot to Potplant

    February 6, 2011 2:27 pm | Posted by bestmelody | 0 Comments |

    Other stuff I've been experimenting with..

    Clutch handbag.


    December 16, 2010 10:51 pm | Posted by bestmelody | 0 Comments |

    Little Devil Shorts

    Now that I've improved a little I'd decided to chop up some material I didn't buy from the local Op-Shop but instead I'd demolish some stuff I'd bought from ebay and see how I'd go.

    I'd cut the pattern out and marked all the back of the the fabric correctly so you'd think there was no way I'd get it wrong this time?  First I pinned it all together and sewed the pocket to the back and the left side then sewed the inside crutch together, so far so good.

    Cut out market fabric pieces Pocket's sewed on to back and left side. Crutch pinned Side pocket pinned. Back pocket pinned on.

    Sewing pockets and crutch. Sewing outside of shorts. Hemming and making elastic casing for waist. Hemmed Shorts.

    I managed to get it right so far so sewed up the outside hem then hemmed the bottom of the legs and made the casing for the elastic to go in to.

    Putting the elastic in to waist.

    After all that I had a finished pair of shorts, after getting son to try them on I made sure they fit then sewed up the hole where the elastic went in.  Big improvement on the first pair I made with the weird crutch and odd lengthed legs :P

    Back View of finished shorts. Front view of finished shorts.

    Until next time, be fabulous.

    Luv Mel...xX


    December 16, 2010 10:47 pm | Posted by bestmelody | 0 Comments |

    Suede clutch purse

    This is my second attempt at making a clutch purse. Mind you, I have NO pattern and thought I'd use some scraps of suede I picked up somewhere really cheap.

    My first attempt was in a beige suede but I could see all the stitching on the back so am trying again. You can see that one in the last picture behind the olive coloured purse. It has this awesome retro fabric on the inside so I kept it for all my make-up kinda things as it didn't quite work out how I thought it would look.

    First I stitched the two suede squares together and found a piece of leftover fabric for the inside.

    Next I cut some more scraps up to make a pocket for cards ect... I neglected to do that with the first one, so this was the start of an improvement to the idea. I checked to make sure it would fit and look OK then stitched up the side seams on the pocket.
    I put the right sides of the suede and the inside fabric together and stitched up one end, next was working out how to put the pocket on. I had to make sure not to catch the inside fabric which was why I only joined one end at this stage.

    After that I had to put the zipper on the inside fabric without making the stitching show on the outside, now this took me a little while to work out and one purse later I'd got it. The first time I tried I got the inside fabric caught and the change pocket was the width of two fingers. So out came the unpicker, must be careful not to get fabric stuck where it shouldn't be when inserting a zipper. So I got one side on then folded the purse and put the other side on with almost having a brain implosion but in the end I got it on and it looks pretty good for a beginner.

    I joined the other end inside out, turned it in the right way then put the zipper in. I left both side seams open. Once the zipper was in I stitched up the outside seams and put a bit of cord on to keep it all together. Any tips on purse making would be greatly appreciated :P
    The next one should turn out a treat, now I've had a little practice.

    So that's my latest sewing adventure. Have an awesome day fabulous people :) Luv Mel....xX

    November 25, 2010 8:19 pm | Posted by bestmelody | 0 Comments |

    Play-suit Pandemonium

    Retro Play-Suit

    Being a beginner, I thought I would get some cheap patterns and go from there.   Amazingly I picked up a set of learn-to-sew books all with patterns, they are kinda retro but isn't that back?  Here's a pic of just one of them and as you can see they're, well, retro!  But very simple and easy to follow patterns and instructions :)

    The first thing I did was to cut the pattern out in a size 12.  I wasn't too sure what the facing was meant for but soon worked it out when I started putting it all together.  Also am starting to find that the amount of fabric the pattern says you need is often more than you really need, anyone else find this?







    Cut out and pinned together, I was already thinking 'maybe it's a bit big?'.

    Not to worry, along I went....


    Until it was together enough to try on and check it out so far..


    Still needing to be hemmed and put some buttons on, now the elastic is finally in.  Great look over jeans and a T-Shirt, maybe I will start a new trend :P

    The finished play-suit looks alright, maybe a little bigger than I expected it to be but it was all in proportion and there were no holes where there should be none and no extra pieces left over, so I think I did ok.Beautiful Chloe modelling her new play suit that is a little large but I'm told 'very comfy'.  Maybe next time I'll give it some pockets and try a couple of alterations that I think would work.  The basic patterns are great as a starting point, see where it goes from here!

    Hope you all have a fantastic week, I'm still enjoying my fabulous tracksuit pants, I'd live in them if I could, LOL..

    November 7, 2010 6:34 pm | Posted by bestmelody | 0 Comments |

    Learning to Sew

    For my birthday this year I received a singer sewing machine.  Nothing fancy which is good because I'm just a beginner and all those extra buttons and functions on some machine just do my head in.  So what a perfect thing to get for my birthday instead of socks, soap or undies.

    I thought to start with I would try to make something easy, something that didn't have to many pieces that I would have to sew together to get a finished product.  So I decided to make Mr 9 some pyjama pants.  For the first ones, they turned out alright but the crutch is kinda weird.  Mr 9 loves them anyway and tells me how smooth and comfortable they are so they can't be to bad.

    Next I thought, well they turned out half decent I'll try and make some pyjamas for Miss 10.  The first pair I made were to the knee shorts and I had to retrim the crutch seam because Miss 10 said that they were all lumpy and bunched up in the crotch could I fix it?  Out came the unpicker, unpicking away to sort the problem out.  After a few snips and some re-sewing they were wearable again but I'm told much more comfortable without all the knobbly bits at the crutch.  With the leftover material I made a pair of short shorts, that I think look better than the first pair and Miss 9 asked are they for me too??  I tried to bind the hemline on these but this material kept slipping out of the binding when I tried to sew it so I ended up using a fancy stitch to hem them and chucked the binding out.

    After making these I wondered what I could practice sewing binding on to and came up with this carry bag that Mr 9 has claimed as his own and says he's going to keep his Pokemon in it.  Made from an old pair of pyjama pants and some upholstery fabric with rubber backing for the inside.  Son was quite chuffed to be able to keep a piece of his favourite pyjamas.  It would have made a great make-up bag, oh well, never mind, I'll just have to make another one.

    My next project is a pair of tracksuit pants for me.  I'm a weird shape, so it's hard to find clothes that fit.  Most have curves where I do not, no matter how much chocolate and coffee I consume I still can't seem to get any curves so making a pair that fit me will be fun.  I found an old Justknits pattern and bought a piece of fleecy lined cotton, took my machine into work and cut and sewed quite a bit today.  All I have to do is put the elastic waistband in and Bazinga!  A new pair of trackies to replace my favourite, but very worn out green ones.  I was quite amazed that this pattern actually fit me and will be keeping it close at hand as now I know that they will fit.  I'll show you all next time I blog.

    Bye for now, have a great week, Luv Melody......mwah!

    I got them (my pants) finished.  They are so comfy, how about that!

    October 26, 2010 4:48 pm | Posted by bestmelody | 0 Comments |