Threading Lightly

Adventures in amateur sewing


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Oh Those Summer Nights

Pattern: Crudely self-drafted

I’ve been working on a few blog posts for completed projects, however it’s tough to get any of this stuff done in the summer.  Plus I really need a photographer since I have yet to get pictures of me in my new skirt.  But anyways, this weekend I did a thing!  I had a few extra minutes and access to my mom’s serger, so I tested out my own drafted pattern of pajama pants.

I used to use an old pair of pjs that had been taken apart as a pattern.  But unfortunately it was thrown out after I moved out of my parent’s house.  So I traced a pair that I had made a while back and then added seam allowances and extra space to make the waistband.

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I traced them on this material on a kind of interfacing that has red dots on it (sorry I have no idea what it’s called). Continue reading

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Plaid fabric


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Summer sleeves…make me feel fine

Pattern: New Look 6104 (view D)New Look 6104

While I was in the middle of trying to finish up my cold weather projects that got away from me last season, I realized I would always be a season behind if I didn’t get working on some summer clothes.  So I dropped everything and whipped up this little shirt, made from fabric I got for $1.99 a yard at Sewfisticated in Framingham, MA.

Plaid fabric

When I bought this, I had a vision of making a sleeveless shirt. This New Look pattern that I had already made a muslin from seemed perfect, especially with the tucks in the front and the collar-less design.

Based on my experience from last time, I cut the neckline a bit smaller to compensate for my small shoulders and cut the bottom part a little fuller.  It could probably use more adjustment next time – with the bottom more flared out and the middle part taken it a bit at the waist.   Continue reading