Sunday, January 25, 2009

Jean-a-ma-jig (TM)

I mentioned in my last post that I hemmed 4 jeans in one weekend. Mostly denim-weight fabrics. This was the first time I used my new Jean-a-ma-jig (TM) by Dritz. It's a dream to hem jeans with this little piece of plastic. Well, I also used a denim needle and thread, but all in all the Jean-a-ma-jig helped the machine sew through and go over the thickest parts of the hem (outer and inner seams).

More information on how to use it can be found on the Dritz website:

There are also pictures about how to use it on:
Looks like I am not alone to sing its praises.

Caveat: Be careful not to hit the Jean-a-ma-jig with the needle.

Small refashions and adjustments

As with most of my refashions so far, I forgot to take pictures of the "before," so all I can show right now is the "after."

I shortened a skirt that my Mom has been keeping in a stash, because even though it has a lovely retro fabric, it was the wrong length for both of us. It's a georgette type fabric, with lining, so essentially, you have to shorten two skirts. Ugh!

Things I learned:

* Working with sheer fabrics is not so bad, just requires patience. But a lot of it!
* 1/2" wide double fold bias tape makes a really nice, subtle waist band if you can't do a self facing for some reason.

I changed a wide (and a bit too, uhm, snug :( ) waistband on a thrifted skirt to a complementing black color double fold bias tape. Now it does not only fit me, the waist band sits much more nicely.

Things I learned:

* 1/2" wide double fold bias tape makes a really nice, subtle waist band if you can't do a self facing for some reason.

Finally, I did some repairs and adjustments:

I hemmed 4 pairs of pants (mostly jeans last weekend).

And I took in from some tops that were to wide.

I also adjusted the back darts, shortened the sleeves and added some fun, matching buttons to this white shirt with burgundy stripes.

Added more buttons. I think it looks nicer this way.

Jeans refashion

I bought 2 yards of fabric, and a pack of matching large rick-rack. That's it! I doubled the fabric along the grainline so it will have some body when gathered and sewn on.

Pattern: none
View: n/a
Size: size 0 jeans
Fabric: Calico print

Things I learned:

* This was the first time I tried my friend's suggestion to gather the ruffles using a wide and long zigzag stitch over dental floss. It's much easier than the conventional way!