Sunday, March 18, 2018

March Mending Madness; the black thread in the machine edition

You know, how you hate to change the thread in the machine.....until your kids need something done. And then there's that hoodie you were gonna...
So welcome to the Overexposed for Details We Can't See Anyway edition of EKD: the black thread edition
And yes, that's what I did this afternoon.  Necessary space abbreviations are always tough to decide when plotting ticket printing.

Some jeans need some pocket love. Yes, you iron on a patch on the inside and sew around on the outside. I am informed by Blondini that he will be adding more obvious sewing later. I trust you are all following Ben Viapiana on Instagram.
I mean, damn.
A big tip of the InstaHat to Heather Lou/Closet Case Patterns for that lead.

Thing One Interview Pants need hemming; mark, trim excess but leave more than you think you'll need. Pin them a couple times.
And then flip the hem edge inside to blind hem them.

I leave about an 1/4" open. I use the big pins cause I'm not sewing over them.
You don't need the fancy foot for this.
I own one or two, but I can't be bothered to dig them out for this.
Make a test, make the stitch as wide as you can (it will give you some slack in the stitch).

 You want to watch the center line to get it to match the fold. 
Do Not Watch The Needle, or you will sew astray.

"Dress for the job you want" she told her son as she hemmed the pants.

What do I wear to work?


The cozy but too long hoodie needs trimming and a new zipper. I removed the old white  metal zipper last summer, it's going in the new raincoat. I replaced it with seam tape to keep it from stretching out. And yeah, I kinda wore it like that. I swear I never left the house in it like that.
But it's time. I pinned the stuffing out of it to make sure the hem cut would be even.
 Pockets were removed before this point.

Pin it together at the front seam, too.

Easy pin action when I set them up this way.

Mark it 

More pinning together

Double check the length (measure twice, cut once)

Once. Also trim off ribbing

This is very overexposed to show the seam. And even with this, I had to stick my finger in there to show YES, it's a separate piece. 
Pin ribbing back on
Pockets were sewn back on offscreen

And kids - I hand basted the zipper before I sewed it.

Fixed the top foldover with the excess seam tape.

And it turned out pretty damn well. Bulgy? Nope!

And while we have the UFOs in progress to keep warm in

Traced this one off
Covered the prequilted fabric with upholstery fabric and added patch pockets.
Tapped the bottomless pit of bias tape

It's a muslin, so I'm not worried about matching - it's a functionality test for a 'home wear only' item. Still needs snaps.

Because the down vest is getting sad, and my house is still cold
And my cat needs to be carried.
The heavier material will give her a better 'purchase' on the shoulder.
Because it really is all about the cat.


  1. Very nice post. I love your sense of humour.

  2. You are X-treme mending or X-treme makeover-ering. Remember that show? oh my.
    And by the way, seeing that you are the engineer's daughter et. al., I have (what is probably a simple)sewing/computer question with something in it for you, if you care to drop me a line I can email it to you.

    1. I'm experiencing deep dumbness: and cannot figure out how to drop you a line. And am intrigued.

    2. is one way


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