Saturday, February 23, 2013

Another OPP

Another OPP from my friend's mother in-law.  

I started with pale bluish-grey linen that had been partially cut  into pants and some random pieces of cut fabric.  

I think that the oblong pieces are supposed to be the pockets, but I hate pockets so I ignored them. The long rectangles might have been intended as the waistband but I guess someone forgot to cut on the fold.  The serger came in handy again to connect the two waistband pieces in the center.  I'm beginning to wonder how I ever got along without that thing.

The pants weren't too far off from my size but they had only been partially cut out and the legs were a bit too wide for my taste.

I used this pattern to trim them down a bit and complete the cuts.

Once all the cutting was done, the pants went together lickety-split.  I love sewing with linen.  It's always so darned easy to work with. It's even easier than quilting cotton, I think.  I used the serger to finish all of the inside seams and for the first time in a very long while, something I made looks as good on the inside as it does on the outside.

Friday, February 8, 2013

You Down Wit' OPP?

And by that I mean Other People's Projects.

From time to time I will be offered someone's box of old sewing stuff that has been sitting in the back of a closet and collecting dust.  I almost always say yes because you never know what you will find.  Recently I was given a collection of really lovely fabrics by a friend's mother in law.  She gave me some very good quality stuff, much nicer than anything I'd ever buy for myself: wools and linens and interesting prints and a couple of unfinished projects.

I'm not sure the scanner does it justice, but this wool is a heathered blue and purple and the checks are made with alternating beige and yellow stripes.  So pretty!  This gorgeous wool had been cut into a skirt.  

Gathers had been stitched into the waist line and that was about as far as the previous owner had got.  It was a couple of sizes too big so I used my tried and true easy skirt pattern to trim it down to the right size.  I turned the front gathers into darts and cut a waistband out of the excess that I'd removed from the skirt pieces.

I'd never sewed with wool ever before and never anything with checks or plaid.  But it was so easy!  I used my serger (for the first time!) to finish all the edges and then just lined up the grid at the seams. Whoever cut this out originally did a great job.   I suspect that all the hard work with plaids is in the cutting.

I ended up with this.  Yowsa!  I love it!

This skirt is so luxurious and warm and dare I say it classy!  Perfect for work but it still has that retro vibe.

In this case, I am mos def down wit' OPP.  Yeah, you know me.