PROJECT IDEA: SEWING A COSY WINTER NIGHTGOWN

 

The cow nightie.....note I did not say nightie for a cow!

The cow nightie!

I bought this fabric earlier this year and then wondered later what I had been thinking at the time……must have been a heck of a deal? A closer inspection really made me think of cows & not animal print for a long sleeve top which is what I had at first thought I would use it for.  So I decided it would need to be made into a nightgown which will have a very limited audience!  I took one of my tried &  tested as successful knit top patterns: SIMPLICITY 3790 which may not be available anymore as I have had this pattern awhile – but you could adapt many different patterns or use a nightgown pattern) I simply extended the hem length by a good 20 or so inches on my knit top pattern – view 3 + I used the long sleeves from view D. I made the sleeves a lot narrower but the cuff was still a bit wide hence adding elastic as mentioned below.

I think I have made tops using this pattern (all successful) maybe 7 times.

I think I have made tops using this pattern (all successful) maybe 7 times.

I decided it needed something to break the cow pattern going on there so I made a scallop trim using black t-shirt fabric.  Search in the box to the upper right of this post for previous posts about making your own scallop trim – basically just use the blind hem stitch but check out the post(s) for more information.

Everything was sewed on my Elna 5 thread serger using the 4 thread knit program and my EL760 for the sewing of the scallop trim  & top stitching etc.

There it is - inserted into my bodice seam and top stitched afterwards which made it lie nice & flat. Knit fabric can have a tendency to curl so top stitching is a good way to tame it.

There it is – inserted into my bodice seam and top stitched afterwards which made it lie nice & flat. Knit fabric can have a tendency to curl so top stitching is a good way to tame it. I also trimmed the cuffs & added a little elastic around the wrist as the sleeve was a bit wide for me. Lastly I added the same black scallop trim around the hemline – don’t think I would do that again as it made it a bit stiff and I might find it irritating   see pic below:

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SERIES ON FEET PART 8: PIPING FOOT

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There are a few different feet so let’s make it simple:

PIPING FOOT FOR 7mm machine models. Part Number: 200314006

piping footPIPING FOOT FOR 9mm machine models  Part Number: 202088004

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PIPING FOOT FOR ELNA SERGERS  – there are  few different ones for different model sergers so please check with your local ELNA dealer who can advise you what is available for your specific ELNA serger model. This foot allows you to insert piping into a seam AND finish the seam with a serged overedge at the same time. Very useful in many applications.

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Here are some step-by-step pics  and video for making  & inserting piping using the Janome/Elna piping foot:

 

First fold the fabric over to form a bias 45 degree angle. This is very necessary for piping that will be applied to curves or corners

First fold the fabric over to form a bias 45 degree angle. This is very necessary for piping that will be applied to curves or corners

 

Now use the rotary cutter & ruler to cut strips of bias fabric to cover your piping cording. Cut as much as you need and join strips together as necessary. Suggestion: cut strips wide enough to fold over & around the cord and still give you enough fabric to work with for insertion into the seam. You can always trim this down later - much better than fiddly with too little fabric! My strips were 1 1/2 inches wide.

Now use the rotary cutter & ruler to cut strips of bias fabric to cover your piping cording. Cut as much as you need and join strips together as necessary. Suggestion: cut strips wide enough to fold over & around the cord and still give you enough fabric to work with for insertion into the seam. You can always trim this down later – much better than fiddling with too little fabric! My strips were 1 1/2 inches wide.  

Strips ready to join & cover the cording to make the piping

Strips ready to join & then cover cording to make the piping

 

Here's a tip: cut those 45 degree angles off the ends of your strips to join. Place then RST as in pic and sew the bias seam diagonally as shown with the pins. I do not usually pin. I lay the ends overlapping by a 1/8 - 1/4 inch so I can see where to start & stop my seam.....really clever so I now frequently use this tip I learned along the way.

Here’s a tip: cut those 45 degree angles off the ends of your strips to join. Place then RST as in pic and sew the bias seam diagonally as shown with the pins. I do not usually pin. I lay the ends overlapping by a 1/8 – 1/4 inch so I can see where to start & stop my seam…..really clever so I now frequently use this tip I learned along the way.

 

Now you need the piping cord. I prefer to use cotton although poly or nylon cording will also work. If cotton it MUST be pre-shrunk or your piping will "wrinkle" later when you wash the item. Just put in a bowl and pour boiling water over the cotton cording. When cool, hang to drip dry.  Rat tail also works well.  If you want to use micro piping (baby items or doll's clothes), then use crochet thread or similar as your cording. Lay the cording inside the piping fabric strip & fold over enclosing the cord.  I find it helps to use my fingernail to crease up against the cord to keep it real snug in the fold. I do this & sew for a bit, stop, push into the fold again & sew some more.

Now you need the piping cord. I prefer to use cotton although poly or nylon cording will also work. If cotton it MUST be pre-shrunk or your piping will “wrinkle” later when you wash the item. Just put in a bowl and pour boiling water over the cotton cording. When cool, hang to drip dry.
Rat tail also works well – you do not need to pre-shrink rat tail & other similar poly or nylon products.
If you want to make micro piping (baby items or doll’s clothes etc), then use crochet thread or similar as your cording.
Lay the cording inside the piping fabric strip & fold over enclosing the cord.
I find it helps to use my fingernail to crease up against the cord to keep it real snug in the fold. I do this & sew for a bit, stop, push into the fold again & sew some more.

Why are there 2 grooves under the foot? That is because you can make double piping or welting with this foot…..but that is for another day!

AND, of course, you would use this same piping foot when you insert the piping into the item you are making….pillow? dress? skirt? the list is endless.

This is where the Piping foot is INVALUABLE. Ride the foot over the cord using one of the 2 grooves under the foot. Adjust the needle position so that you are sewing the cord snugly into the fold of the fabric.

This is where the Piping foot is INVALUABLE. Ride the foot over the cord using one of the 2 grooves under the foot. Adjust the needle position so that you are sewing the cord snugly into the fold of the fabric.

 

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THE CALGARY SEWING SHOW IS ALMOST HERE – SEE YOU THERE!!

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THE CALGARY SEWING SHOW : THE CREATIVE STITCHES AND CRAFTING ALIVE SHOW WILL BE HELD NEXT WEEK.

PLEASE NOTE THAT IT WILL NOT BE HELD AT THE STAMPEDE SHOW GROUNDS……THE VENUE HAS MOVED TO SPRUCE MEADOWS, SOUTH OF CALGARY.

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We understand that you may take public transit to the last south stop where a shuttle bus will be available to take you to Spruce Meadows. If you decide to drive there, parking is FREE!!! A real bonus after the very expensive parking at the venue where the show was held previously.

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COME VISIT ME AT THE SEWING WORLD  BOOTH WHERE I HAVE SOME EXCITING NEW THINGS TO SHOW YOU……please bring me your queries as well as your show & tell. Looking forward to seeing you.

I will also be doing a presentation at the stage area once per day. HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT AT MY DAILY PRESENTATION:  

ARE YOU USING YOUR SEWING MACHINE TO THE MAX?

DO YOU KNOW ALL THAT YOUR SEWING MACHINE IS CAPABLE OF DOING?

I find that SO many sewers & quilters are only scratching the surface of what their sewing machines can actually do…….which is a huge pity as there is so much more sewing fun to be had right there!

This lecture/demo presentation will highlight some of the features & functions found on most sewing machines as well as some that many people don’t know exist or have forgotten about.

Attendees  will be able to SEE as all machine demo’s and close up’s will be projected onto a large screen.

There will also be show & tell items to see and photograph if desired.

FABRIC

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REPORT BACK ON NEW SHOW IN PORTLAND, OREGON CALLED QUILT!KNIT!STITCH!

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THE EDMONTON SHOW IS NEXT WEEK….SEE YOU THERE!

SEWING SHOW BANNERIT’S TIME FOR THE EDMONTON SEWING SHOW AGAIN……SAME PLACE: September 12-13, 2014
Friday 9am – 6pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm
Millenium Place, Sherwood Park

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HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE……. I WILL BE DOING A PRESENTATION ONCE A DAY ON THE STAGE.

HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT AT MY DAILY PRESENTATION:  

ARE YOU USING YOUR SEWING MACHINE TO THE MAX?

DO YOU KNOW ALL THAT YOUR SEWING MACHINE IS CAPABLE OF DOING?

I find that SO many sewers & quilters are only scratching the surface of what their sewing machines can actually do…….which is a huge pity as there is so much more sewing fun to be had right there!

This lecture/demo presentation will highlight some of the features & functions found on most sewing machines as well as some that many people don’t know exist or have forgotten about.

Attendees  will be able to SEE as all machine demo’s and close up’s will be projected onto a large screen.

There will also be show & tell items to see and photograph if desired.

 

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FABRIC

 

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SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL SEWING MONTH

JALIE PATTERN # 3024
JALIE PATTERN # 3024

It is NATIONAL SEWING MONTH this month so  I thought we could kick off by looking at a project I made a few weeks back.

Wendy & Brenda at HAUS OF STITCHES in Humboldt, SK highly recommended this pattern so I bought it last year during the SK Stitches Conference. Brenda had made View B in a thickish black knit fabric like a Ponte and she was wearing it with a grey jacket – it looked really smart.

Did I make anything with this pattern last year? What do you think?!  I so often buy stuff and it lies around for ages before inspiration, time & energy allow me to actually put my expenditure to good use! Does this happen to you too? Bet it does as I can’t be the only one!

Jalie is a CANADIAN  company out of Quebec. I think I now own about 6 or 7 Jalie patterns and I can say that none of them have disappointed me. I do think the pattern instructions are a little minimal which is OK for an intermediate to advanced sewer even though I sometimes have to scratch my head a few times before I figure out what they mean. But it does all work out and the diagrams are pretty good.  HUGE multi-sizing – this pattern runs from little girls age 2-13 and adults size 4-22!! So it really is a pattern that will suit any size.

I made View C on the right (with the black & white stripe bodice) in the pic below. It sewed up SO fast I am calling it my “one hour dress”. No kidding…..after it is cut out, you sew & can walk out the door wearing the completed dress in an hour! I used a very thin knit print (pattern is for knit fabrics only). Have made 2 dresses with view C and definitely want to try view A & B as well…..soon?

This does not look like much on the hanger but I have received a number of compliments on the 2 occasions so far that I have worn this dress - and this despite the fact that I really need to lose the extra lbs that have slipped in while I wasn't looking......don't you hate that?

This does not look like much on the hanger but I have received a number of compliments on the 2 occasions so far that I have worn this dress – and this despite the fact that I really need to lose the extra lbs that have slipped on while I wasn’t looking……don’t you hate that?

 I will be doing a follow-up blog post on construction techniques when sewing with knits + how to finish the armholes, neck edge & hemline in the coming weeks. Watch for it as I will give you several options so you can ring the changes and not have all your dresses looking the same.  

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SUMMER SEWING: PILLOW CASE DRESSES FOR LITTLE GIRLS

PIC FROM SEW SCRUMPTIOUS.BLOGSPOT.COM

PIC FROM SEW SCRUMPTIOUS.BLOGSPOT.COM

 

These are known as pillow case dresses:  the fabric and part of the construction in the pic below is courtesy of my dealer, Trudy,  in LANGLEY, BC who gave me the partially made sundresses some time back. I finally got the time to sew the tie straps on & put up the hems. I added in a section of plain yellow fabric in the one as my eldest grand daughter is very tall. She is just 3 & wears T5/6 size clothing. She is a big child and I love her an awful lot. You Grannies out there will know exactly what I mean when I say that when she says “nanna” my heart just melts! And the little one who is 2 is just the cutest little button – every day we understand her long baby talk conversations a little more! ……yes, I know I am a very biased Nanna indeed.

Anyway, here are my precious babies in their new little sundesses…..just perfect for the incredible summer heat we are having in BC. My thanks to Trudy at Langley Vacuum & Sewing, BC for her inspiration and encouragement with this project.

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If you want to know how to make these simple little sundresses, check out this link.

PIC FROM HOMEKETEERS.COM

PIC FROM HOMEKETEERS.COM

If you prefer to watch a video to learn how to make these little dresses, try this  which is a video from the very popular Crafty Gemini or this  from Sew Sweet who show how to make the Little Dresses for Africa project. My dealer and her customers are also making these dresses to send to little girls in Africa. In fact, they were SO quick & easy to make, I am going to see if I can make some to take with me to South Africa in November. I am sure to see some under privileged little girls who will think Christmas came early if I hand out a dress here & there. Will not be making a big dent in the huge poverty but every little helps……right??

PIC FROM BELLARAGEOUS 3.BP.BLOGSPOT.COM

PIC FROM BELLARAGEOUS 3.BP.BLOGSPOT.COM

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