Sewing for Trailers

My husband and I (really my husband, I hold things and make decisions) have been renovating a 1965 Field and Stream Travel Trailer. After 2 years, we’re getting close. The walls are up, the windows are going in. So some of the pretty touches get to go in. That meant some of this weekend has been spent sewing up curtains.

I had help.

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Really, they are just big rectangles with a channel for the rod or spring to hold it up.

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But they look darn schnazzy in the trailer.IMG_20160904_150918

Practical Sewing

“We” have been fixing up a 1965 Field & Stream Travel Trailer for awhile now. I saw “we” because my husband has been doing most of the heavy lifting, I do decision making and holding things. But we’ve reached the phase where some of the interior and soft pieces need work, so I took apart the dinette couches and, using scraps and an old sheet, I attempted to put the covers back together.

Not too shabby! I need to spend a little time tightening up my seam allowance. But passable. And the edges will look neater once I get the serger back up and running.

Sewn In

After my 3 week sewing course where I had the objective to learn to sew with knits, which I did, and rocked it. Check out my sister  rockin’ the tunic top (dress if you aren’t 6′ tall) I made.

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I kicked it in to high gear. While I’m awaiting a serger to really finish off the garments as nicely as they could be, I’m pretty darn happy with my sewing-knits progress.IMG_20160728_103331

This is a selfie of my first, technically second, Appleton Dress from Cashmerette. On my first version, a simple black jersey, I cut out 2 left fronts and through in the towel as I didn’t have enough fabric to re-cut.

But I jumped right back on the horse and cut out this other fabric I’d bought on sale. From cutting to finishing this thing took one day! And that included getting out of the house for some errands, even.

If you’re curvy, and that can mean fat, big boobs, tall, or a million other things that fall into the “not standard” size, then this is a great pattern. I used the sew along tutorial as my instruction set, and it was awesome. It also meant I felt like I had built-in breaks and didn’t push myself beyond where I was comfortable.

Other than my standard Singer Featherweight I used a set of twin needles, which I broke right as I finished up the hem but before top stitching the neckline, and a ball point needle to sew the knits. I did most of the seams on a zig stitch. The cuts are unfinished on the interior, which bums me a little, but hopefully I’ll get a serger soon.

There are some fixes I need. Mostly in taking my time. The neckline pieces are not perfectly symmetrical. There’s some bunching on the shoulders. But I think a little more care on my part while cutting will help smooth those out for the next dress.

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Sewn Up

I love pockets.

Love.

No, LOVE.

As a woman, lots of clothes either don’t have pockets or have faux pockets, or have half pockets that basically serve as a great way to drop your phone in the toilet. Not having has set me entirely in love with clothes that do have pockets.

Trouble is, I’m not a great seamstress. And I only have a slight desire to learn. Still, I do want some more skirts for summer, and they better have pockets. Fabric.com yielded up some adorable mermaid fabrics. And I got some narwhal print as an accent. It was originally intended for the pockets but a portion of the mermaid print got used on other projects. With pockets.

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After screwing up the pockets three times, I turned to the computer and looked for a tutorial on adding some. This one was amazing and just what I needed to wrap my head around those pesky pockets.

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I finally finished the skirt and promptly stuck it in the closet. I haven’t had the guts to try it on and have it not fit 😦 Come July I am taking a 3 week sewing class to learn to use a serger to up my skill level a bit and make things that fit!