Friday, February 28, 2014
So I went searching online for pictures of authentic Native American clothing until I found one I thought I could replicate. You can see it is a little long for him, but he has plenty of growing room. This was super easy to make.
I had a football jersey pattern, and I used that neckline to draw on my fabric. I folded the fabric first to get my length right. The shoulders have no seams. That is the folded edge. I traced my neckline and cut it out. Then I used a shirt Robbie had to measure the arm length, and I marked that. I wanted extra wide sleeves, so I could cut the fringes without have to sew them in. I allowed a generous 3 to 4 inches for the fringes.
I stitched my seams with wrong sides together. Then went back and cut my fringes right up to the seam line. I did add a piece of fabric at the neckline to cut those fringes. I found some beads at Joann's and hand stitched those to the neckline to hide the seam. I also measured up the side seam (from the bottom) and drew in my line to get that angled cut at the bottom.
I found the fabric at Joann's with the embroidery already done and used the same fabric for his headband.
The fabric was a knit, so I didn't have to finish any of the edges. Yay! Easy, peasy project. And I tried to stay as close to authentic as possible to be respectful.
Let me know if you have questions.
Thanks for stopping by.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
It took me roughly 3 hours to get all 4 pair complete. That's how easy this pattern is. I didn't put it together per the instructions though. I did these sort of assembly line style. I stitched the front to front, back to back. Serged those seams Then I stitched the inner seam and side seams all at once and serged those. Then hem and make the casing for the elastic.
I did have to alter the length on 2 pair (shortening), and the inside seams at the legs didn't line up well. I will use Nancy Zieman's method on shortening the next go around. It works much better I think.
On a side note, I am actually getting much better matching my plaids. The top pair I flipped to the back, so you could see that is the only seam that I couldn't match up. I'm not sure it's entirely possible to match up every seam, but I'm going to keep at it.
Here is the front seam.
Other than that back seam, I think they came out pretty well matched.
Monday, February 3, 2014
Then I looked at my own store bought and very expensive pillows on my sofa, and I was shocked at how poorly the zippers were installed, and that I had paid for them! Granted, most people won't see the zipper anyway, because of its placement on furniture. But I think they should be done correctly especially if you are paying for them.
This is how I believe the zipper should look. The zipper is completely invisible. I have not perfected this technique yet, but I will. And I will share my method when I have.
This pillow cover is very loose ,so that could be one reason my zipper lays properly. I like my pillows very taught and full, but my friend likes hers very loose fitting. So I'll do this again with a tighter application and see if I get the same result.