|Marking the jeans you love with thread tracing|
Who knew I would make every rookie mistake which meant it took me twice as long to do this step.
|Front thread traced|
|Back thread traced|
I really struggled understanding and seeing how to make the crosswise grain markings and missed a little phrase of Kenneth's...."lay the pants flat" which meant don't do this with the side and inside seams pinned together as in the previous illustration. I was quite uncertain about my back crosswise line and kept going back and forth with the class video and my jeans in order to figure it out. But persistence has paid off and I am ready to move to the next step of transferring these markings.
Meanwhile I am loving Craftsy's decision to create an ipad app that lets me download the class and watch it offline. Hooray for that convenience. My sewing room is the unhappiest place in the house to get our wireless connection so this makes my collection of classes so very convenient for me. I've only downloaded the Jean-ius class and it does use up memory but I think once I've done this process there's no reason to keep it on my pad.
I did do a little retail therapy while prepping for this class. I needed to buy pins, of all things. I use Susan Khalje's very fine Japanese pins in my sewing room but they would be too thin and bendable for all the denim pinning that would go on during class. So of course while I was at Joann's I had to pick up some of the new Vogues on sale this week.
|New pins on the left|
|On the left, the pants are what I really love in that pattern and on the right, I love what Sharon and Margy did with this pattern. Communing with fabric Fool4fabric|
Two of them were designed to be pillow edging and the other had been made for the top of a chemise nightgown. The nightgown fabric is long gone and one of the straps was replaced over the years with similarly colored twill tape. These were lovingly tucked away in the crochet box, maybe the box that held that crochet thread in the beginning, probably from the 1920's. I love the lace but I also love the care and re-use effort.
Speaking of lovely and re-using items, don't you just love the pin cushion that my sister-in-law made for me some years back. It is too fragile to hold my every day pins at the machine but I am keeping my less regularly used pins in it and put it on the shelf afterwards to keep it safe and admire its design.
Last thing I have enjoyed in the last few days is reading this:
It's the selection for my book group discussion next week and I am glad it was selected. Not a demanding read but engaging. Those of you with an interest in historic quilts will enjoy the discussion of English and American quilts....pieced via templates versus applique.
From Booklist: Honor Bright sailed from England to America in 1850 with her sister, Grace, who is betrothed to a fellow Quaker in Ohio. After Grace’s death, Honor is left in the awkward position of an outsider, searching for her place in an unsettled land of restless change where even the Quakers are different from those she had known at home. She finds solace in writing letters to friends and family in England and in the exquisite quilting skills that tie her to her old life and offer some hope of ties to a new one. Honor’s only true American friend is Belle, the unorthodox milliner who clandestinely aids runaway slaves, even as her rough and charismatic brother, Donovan, hunts them down. Horrified by the realities of slavery, Honor faces the new complexities of the Fugitive Slave Law and the challenges it poses for the Quakers and for her personally.
Nothing but coincidence that I had just read Sue Monk Kidd's novel about the abolitionist sisters from South Carolina and their challenges in opposing slavery and in becoming Quakers.
Now, onward to lesson two.....