Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Jeans: an Anatomy- Getting Started

All right, to begin sewing virtually any garment, what do you need? A pattern. Seeing as how I'd never made pants before, and I have a big-ish and hard-to-fit behind, I felt that tackling the alteration process on a standard pattern from scratch would be a little out of my range. I didn't really know quite how to start, until I remembered what was in the back of my closet! Do you have an old pair of jeans that, for whatever reason, you don't wear anymore, and yet they still fit fairly well? Great! That's what I used. (If not, the local thrift store is a fantastic place to find such a thing). I figured that this would be a great thing to use, because it'd be a pattern that should already fit fine!

There is, however, a down side. In order to get these old jeans to turn into a new pattern, alot of tedious work is required... tedious work in which a seam ripper is your new best friend. Yes, the dissasembly process. Do this in the car, while waiting at the BMV, and virtually anywhere that you can. Do this, and it will go faster than you think! (It also helps that it's a pretty interesting process for those who like to see how things work!).

Dissasembly is not only a means to acquire your pattern, but it is also a very importang learning process. Take notes! Taking these jeans apart seam by seam will help you envision how to put them back together again, so write these things down! The more you learn about how pants work, the easier it will be to make a new pair! (Understand: nothing is unimportant. Learn even how the seams work!)

See you at the next step!

NOTE: I wouldn't suggest using tight fitting or 'stretchy' jeans-- the jeans have probably molded to your body shape, and will produce patterns that will not provide the same result. If you really insist, I would increase the size slightly during patternmaking.

An Introduction

School is out, my friends, and that means crafting! All day long. It's wonderful. Currently, the projects in the works are the ones that I am doing for 4H this year, and one of the projects I am enrolled in happens to be wearable sewing. (yay!) For those unaware of this 4H project, it means that I need to make an outfit(s) to fit into one (or more) of several catagories (casual, dress up, etc.), and I chose casual. And, in the spirit of trying new things, I realized that I have never never ever made a pair of pants before. And so, with that knowledge in mind, I am embarking on an adventure. Would you like to come with me? I am making a pair of jeans, and here I will share all that I learn, as well as the process! I am calling it 'Jeans: an Anatomy.' We will see what happens! (I am excited) :)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

...Is it over yet?

I know I haven't posted in a long long while. And I am sorry, but sometimes life just.. happens, ya know? Anyways, finals start next week, and I am just so... tired. I think I've had senior-itis* basicall all year, but now it's getting critical. I just want to fall asleep and wake up week after next, when everything is 4h crafting and nothing hurts. Is that too much to ask?

I'll see you soon blogworld. (if I survive)

*senior-itis: the point where seniors just don't want to try anymore, because hey, they're basically done.
WARNING: contagious to all memebers of the highschool community, not only seniors.