Tight Lipped Tuesday #26

I think my dressmaking mojo has returned with a vengeance………

………….. ‘just’ the waistband and rivets and buttons to go now

………and if I haven’t done too much of this during lockdown,

Photo by Anton Belashov on Unsplash

I might actually be able to wear them soon.


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  1. #1 by Lynn on May 19, 2020 - 12:10

    WOW! they are looking fantastic well done x

    • #2 by tialys on May 19, 2020 - 17:50

      Just as well I bought two reels of that topstitch thread in Noz as I definitely need them both.

  2. #3 by kathyreeves on May 19, 2020 - 14:22

    They are looking wonderful, your topstitching is fabulous! I may have to yank out my denim and have another go with mine and do some more tweaking…maybe I’ll just enjoy yours for the moment. Girl #2 is occupying the sewing room at the moment!

    • #4 by tialys on May 19, 2020 - 17:52

      There are a few wobbles – I find the one 1/16th of an inch away from the seam a bit scary and, when I’ve topstitched before I haven’t used such a contrasting thread.

  3. #5 by Laurie Graves on May 19, 2020 - 14:47

    Holy cats, I’m impressed!

    • #6 by tialys on May 19, 2020 - 17:52

      I hope to impress you even more if they actually fit me and look acceptable – watch this space!

  4. #8 by katechiconi on May 19, 2020 - 15:03

    Oooh, check out those buttonholes! Excellent work, missus. Nothing pants about those pants. I know I’m mixing my ethnic metaphors here: saying something’s pants doesn’t fly Down Under, and pants for you are probably worn under the jeans…

    • #9 by tialys on May 19, 2020 - 17:54

      They are, but only men’s ones. 🩲

  5. #10 by tinaor on May 19, 2020 - 16:31

    Fantastic! (Sewing and baking!) I have shied away from working with too heavyweight fabric – I am not sure my sewing machine would handle it though I understand using the correct needle helps and sometimes you need to face your fear! Perhaps for me it’s a fear of working with something other than a shirtweight cotton or a poplin. Saying that I do have some light weight denim in my stash, bit heavier than a chambray, I had planned to turn it into a bag so you never know I might get round to it. I have nightmares about one foray into sewing with velvet more than 20 years ago – one I am definitely never going to repeat! Funny enough I was talking fabric weights and disasters with a friend online yesterday. She reckons you just need to go with it and take your disasters as ‘practice runs’ !

    • #11 by tialys on May 19, 2020 - 18:00

      Yes, just use a denim needle and play around with the tension. The worse part is when you have many layers but you can use something called a ‘humper’ which you place under the foot to help you get over the lumpy bit. I did buy one but can’t remember where I put it and, actually, I use one of those spongy type nail files which works just as well. I also bought a stablilising plate for my buttonhole foot and I didn’t have any problems getting through all those layers this time. #
      I had a corduroy nightmare once – my workroom, any exposed skin and under my nails were all covered with tiny black bits of fluff – so I imagine velvet would be a nightmare and slippy too.

  6. #12 by Emmely on May 19, 2020 - 16:44

    If you only made cakes I don’t foresee any problems. Looking good so far!

    • #13 by tialys on May 19, 2020 - 17:55

      Well, unfortunately, I have eaten some as well 😉

      • #14 by Emmely on May 19, 2020 - 18:54

        In that case I hope you build in enough ease or are able to tweak the seams a bit if it turns out you ate too much (although, can you really eat too much cake???). 😉

      • #15 by tialys on May 20, 2020 - 10:37

        I’ve made these in the traditional style – i.e. with rigid denim 😱. Hopefully, as all new jeans do, they will give with wear. So, it’s a bit of a balancing act because they need to be a bit tight at first and then give enough to fit me perfectly. If I make them to fit me when I first put them on they’ll probably become too baggy. A dilemma.

      • #16 by Emmely on May 20, 2020 - 14:40

        Ah, yes, that’s always tricky!

  7. #17 by magpiesue on May 19, 2020 - 18:55

    Look at you! Holy cow!

    • #18 by tialys on May 20, 2020 - 10:34

      Ooh, I’ve had a ‘holy cats’ now I’ve got a ‘holy cow’ – I must be doing O.K. 😁

  8. #19 by thecontentedcrafter on May 19, 2020 - 20:14

    Crikey! That’s impressive!! ❤

  9. #22 by CurlsnSkirls on May 19, 2020 - 21:23

    This is looking awfully professional…
    I meant the jeans. xx

    • #23 by tialys on May 20, 2020 - 10:33

      I was feeling brave with such a contrasting thread but I was determined to make a traditional pair of jeans this time.

  10. #25 by nottaholiday on May 20, 2020 - 03:53

    Hmm what is this denim you speak of? Surely there is no other fabric but lycra ? Very nicely done though..

    • #26 by tialys on May 20, 2020 - 10:32

      I have lulled myself into a false sense of security with the lycra. Time to make sure I can squeeze into the denim again before it’s too late.

  11. #27 by claire93 on May 21, 2020 - 11:32

    when you sit down to sew, you don’t do it by halves, do you! Looking great so far!

    • #28 by tialys on May 22, 2020 - 14:16

      I’ve found I enjoy a dressmaking challenge these days – although running up a quick and simple item of clothing also has its place 😉

  12. #29 by Dartmoor Yarns on May 22, 2020 - 15:12

    Look fab and so neat! Now step away from the cake tin.

    • #30 by tialys on May 22, 2020 - 15:58

      I’ve stopped baking – that’ll do it. I don’t usually eat baked goods – or hardly ever – so it was bound to start to show. Also, my evening glass of wine must no longer be accompanied by smoked almonds or sesame breadsticks or anything at all. The wine will stay.

      • #31 by Dartmoor Yarns on May 22, 2020 - 20:54

        Sounds like a good plan. I was doing okay until a couple of weeks ago. Wine chocolate and nuts are my downfall.

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