Denim Jacket & Stuff

I made the FBA too big and too low. I’m going to have to figure out what I am doing wrong. It might have to do with my being overly erect. When I fit the pattern, I pin the shoulder in place on Buttina and position the FBA from that. Then when I sew it up, the front is heavier than the back and pulls the shoulder seams forward? But then, wouldn’t the back-neck get hung up on my neck? You would think I would notice that. Of course, Buttina doesn’t really have a neck, so it would be hard to tell on her.

I rode my bike to work. It was hard.


So I’m happily sewing along, enjoying my time alone. I finish the jacket bodice. I did the collar earlier, while I was waiting for my buttons to arrive. I take the collar out and get ready to attach it to the bodice. Then I notice that I sewed the collar bottom shut, including topstitching, instead of the top! I don’t have any fabric left. I cut up the last of it for a pair of pants for Chunguita. I suppose I could use the pants, but the grainline would be crosswise. I’m going to see what that looks like. Denim has such a defined grainline. Altho, it is likely that the only people who would notice are other sewists, and maybe not even them.

When The Cat's Away …

Other than just about killing myself from the exertion, I had a very nice day and evening yesterday. I rode my bike to work, getting so hot and sweaty that my hair was dripping. Oh, well. Work was … well … work, unexciting, except for the extreme frustration when stupid microsoft excel wouldn’t do a workbook search. I still don’t know what’s wrong, but if I launch excel by clicking on the file, I can do the search.

I rode my bike home, collapsed in front of the TV, and sucked down a lot of water. I managed to stagger to the kitchen to get some dinner, spinach salad and crab lasagne (YUM!). I ate my dinner without being touched by little hands and was able to watch a TV show with no interruptions.

Sabrina came by to take me to OA, and we had a good meeting. A new person showed up. I’d really like to get more people interested in the meeting. We only have 3 core members, 2 semi-regulars, and 1 commited newcomer. If the new person is able to make the commitment, that would bring us up to 7. We haven’t had 7 members in a long, long time.

After the meeing, I watched another of those terribly violent crime dramas. I love Tivo. I took a bath without worrying that a small child might wake up and need me. And I sewed.

I decided to use the automatic buttonholes in the 180E. It’s so much easier, especially with the automatic buttonhole sizing program. And it has the pointy end buttonhole. The fronts are together. I still need to do some topstitching and the facing stuff, but it’s starting to look like a jacket. I’m still concerned that I did the FBA too big and too low.

Granny Visit

Since I’ve been complaining about having MIL visit for 2 weeks, I thought I’d show you what she looks like. She’s playing with Chunguita. They are pretending to make and eat soup made from Chunguita’s button collection.

This morning, at the last minute, DH told me that I didn’t have to go to Tahoe with them! I was stunned. Then I asked if he was sure. He said he would rather I spend the day with his family on Friday (I was going to work) than go to Tahoe and sit with the kids at the hotel while his family skied. So, of course, I said, “OK.” They left this morning and won’t be back until Thursday. Can you believe it? I haven’t been alone for this long in years.

So what’s new with the sewing stuff? Last night I used my 180E to do some test buttonholes instead of the trusty old 1001. The buttonholes from the 1001 aren’t very good because the satin stitching is too close together. I couldn’t cut the hole without cutting some of the stitching. I learned a 2 pass method where you stitch a buttonhole, cut it, and stitch it again. I really like the finish on the 2 pass buttonhole. The edges of the buttonhole are wrapped with thread. It’s a much cleaner finish than just cutting after a 2 pass buttonhole.

However, the 180E does several different buttonholes, and I thought the one with the pointy end might be more interesting than a regular buttonhole. The test buttonholes looked fine except that they have those little pokeys of thread from the cut fabric instead of a clean, thread wrapped edge. What to do, what to do?

Jean Jacket Buttons

To your right you see a pocket flap from my jean jacket. I ordered a bunch of buttons from a “Dress It Up” dealer. I had intended to use either round or heart shaped navy buttons with this jacket. The dealer had a big bag of silver buttons on special, and since I like silver, I thought, “Might as well buy this, too.” I’m really glad I did. I like that button a lot, and I think it’s perfect for the jacket.


Pulguito had a pink day at daycare. The night before, I told him that tomorrow was pink day, and that he would wear pink. When we were getting dressed for daycare, I put a navy blue shirt on him. He started screaming, “NO! PINK!” It took me several moments to calm him down, show him his pink pants and pink socks. He picked out the sweater with pink in it to wear, too.


I haven’t been doing much sewing. I did clean up the sewing area, specifically the table that Chunguita and Pulguito use to create. Before Pulguito was mobile, Chunguita used a kid’s table, but that had to change when he started walking. So she got my 40″ high worktable, accessible with a stool. Pulguito is now old enough to create as well, so he was allowed to climb up on a stepstool, too. I decided the potential for falling off a stool was too great with both of them up there.

So I had to:

  • Clean off the cutting table which would be folded up to make room for the kid’s table.
  • Clean off the worktable to put the stuff from the cutting table.

You would think it wouldn’t be that hard, but as soon as I got the work table cleanned up, the kids would make another mess. It’s not like I have time to do this all at once, and for my sanity’s sake, I admit, I let them make the mess while I was tring to keep everything clean.

I wasn’t able to do it until MIL and SIL’s were there to occupy the kids. Did I menttion that I adore my MIL? She’s the sweetest person in the world, and she loves to watch the kids. She and DH took them to the park, and I was finally able to get everything in order for us to all create at the same time.

Btw, the image is of the gulfstream nandina that I have in the front yard. Nandina’s can take a lot of abuse and are drought resistant, so you see a lot of scraggly, neglected ones, but they can be very beautiful and add gorgeous color to a garden in the winter.

The sun was shining for a while.