Hemming Dress Pants: Sewing Project Complete

April 24th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Color me excited! Last night I finished the sewing project I shared with you guys earlier this month—hemming dress pants, which I got for less than $20 recently at JCP!

To finish up the project, I folded up the bottom edge of each leg and hand-sewed the hem tape. Ironing was key in making this easier. To be totally honest, it took me a number of stitches to get into the groove of this hand-sewing effort, and the first stitches weren’t the prettiest. But after trucking along a bit, I started to catch on, and I think the hem turned out pretty well.

It’s so exciting to transform something to make it more usable, and the best part is, now I can wear this pair of pants to work with flats. Before hemming them, even my highest heels weren’t tall enough to keep the pants from dragging on the ground.

Even though hemming the pants was a process for me this time around, I’m sure once I get used to hemming, it won’t be bad at all.

Have you altered any clothing lately?

New Sewing Project Started: Hemming Dress Pants

April 14th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

You guys, I’m very excited that after a long hiatus, I’ve gotten my sewing machine out again.

Exhibit A

This time I’m tackling hemming, but dress pants rather than jeans like I hemmed last year. I didn’t realize there would be such a difference in process for the different fabrics and pants styles, but lo and behold, there is. With the jeans last time, I just cut and folded up the cuff, and completed all the sewing on my machine.

For my current pair of slacks, I’m using hem tape for a more subtle look. So far I’ve sewn the hem tape to the raw edge using my machine. (I have to admit, I was a little rusty, but the good ole instruction manual had me sewing in no time.)

The next step is sewing up the hem itself, and then I’ll be finished.

Wish me luck, and happy sewing!

Musings on Re-purposing My Sofa Fabric

October 31st, 2012 at 10:11 pm

First of all, I have to say, I’m sorry—I’ve totally been that girl who starts a blog and then goes on an extra-long hiatus. I could give a whole string of excuses, but let’s skip that and get to the good stuff: sewing and decorating!

Hubby and I have now moved into our house and started getting settled. The whole process has involved needing tons of new furniture, including our biggest item yet: a new sofa.

As much as I LOVE my old sofa—the one my mom reupholstered in a gorgeous light turquoise fabric—its bones were old and worn. The cushions were caving in and misshapen, and the lowness of the seating was hurting our backs. It was not a good situation, but I really didn’t want to part with that lovely fabric—it’s just so me, and I got every last yard that was left.

So before getting rid of the old sofa to make room for the new, my mom helped take the light turquoise fabric back off so we could re-purpose it elsewhere. I already have a couple ideas about what to use it for:

1. Barstools. Our kitchen has an amazing island, but it’s begging for barstools. I think the fabric would make a perfect seat cover that would tie them in with the adjacent den.

2. Ottoman. We have a very old, ugly ottoman that I’ve saved because it has so much potential. Recover it with the blue-green fabric and paint the legs, and voila—it would be adorable.

Happily, we have kept the turquoise sofa’s matching reupholstered love seat, and it works really well in our den. This room is still a HUGE work in progress, but this gives you the idea:

The new sofa is in our living room, and since it’s a neutral tone, I can sew fun, colorful throw pillows to my heart’s content.

What do you think I should use the old sofa’s soft turquoise fabric for?

BIG News for Life at Sew Alluring

June 3rd, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I’m very excited to tell you that later this month, hubby, Buttercup and I will be moving from our apartment to an adorable little house that felt like home the second we laid eyes on it. Suffice it to say, this house is “the one.”

This news means a couple things for life at Sew Alluring. Firstly, posting may be less frequent as we work on getting organized, going through everything, packing boxes — and actually undergo the process of moving. Secondly, I’ve naturally started planning where things in the new house will go and which sewing projects might arise to help make the house our home. I won’t know exactly what will need to be done until we move in, but some of the sewing projects I’ve been thinking about are:

  • Turning the outdoor fabric remnant I got on my accidental shopping venture into a pillow for lounging on the patio.
  • Sewing a valance for the window over the kitchen sink. (By the way, how amazing will it be to have a view while I’m doing the dishes?!)
  • Possibly making an upholstered headboard for the master bedroom — one way or another, the bare bones bed could use some dressing up.

Exciting things are in store for sure, and I really couldn’t be happier. Have you done any sewing projects to make your space more homey?

Practicing with the Buttonhole Foot

May 28th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

My hubby has a pair of pajama pants that needs a button — and a buttonhole for that matter. He was planning to get rid of them, but I told him if these were all the pants needed, I could try to fix them with my amazingly versatile sewing machine. After all, it did come with a buttonhole foot.

Since I had never used this foot or stitch on my Brother CS-6000i before, I decided to get it all set up and make a practice buttonhole before trying to do the real deal — I didn’t want to ruin a perfectly good pair of PJ pants because I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing.

After carefully following each step in the directions, I had the buttonhole foot securely attached and was able to “sew” (the machine really does all the sewing for you) a great-looking buttonhole.

Feeling pretty proud of myself, I was about ready to go ahead with the sewing on the pajama bottoms when I realized my practice buttonhole was the correct length for my button, but not width.

Hmmm. Looks like I still need to work out the kinks, but at least I have my sewing machine out again and I’m making progress!