Sunday, April 14, 2013

New toy for blogging, and jeans progress

I got a new toy this weekend!  Its a respectable camera so no more lousy bathroom mirror shots for me.  I am still working out the kinks and the little icons, but it has a good autofocus (usually), a good timer that you can customize to take as many pictures in a row as you want and it fits on my cute little tripod!  Although I really need a better tripod, I was setting up and it occurred to me that I might not want to put my $200 camera on a $20 wobbly piece of plastic.

The first pictures were well focused, bright and pretty true to color.  But, they were aimed too high!  Cutting off the bottom 3" of everything!
It shows the shape of the shoulders and the texture of the quilting.

(Did I mention that I love this jacket!  It wraps around like a soft cocoon.  I am super happy with the lining.  The silk charmeuse underlined with fusible tricot has the perfect amount of body and softness, and the pop of color is perfect!)

Back to the camera:
Then I switched from portrait mode to automatic and it changed the Fstop.  The texture changed and it focused more tightly on my face, but that zipper is too fuzzy.

I used to know my Fstop and shutter speed settings, back when every 6th grader had a great new 35 mm SLR.  I guess its back to photography for dummies.

Did I mention that it is WiFi enabled and can send pictures through my home network?  How cool is that, my neighbors can hack into my camera and track my pants fitting progress!


I am making good progress on the pants as well.
I've got 4 pairs of jeans, 3 of which are shown here:

I have the fly's, and the front pockets done.  I used Stitches and Seams technique by Debbie Cook.
I just like the simple, straight forward way she walks you through it.  However, I didn't topstitch the edge of the left front, it seems a little extraneous to me if it's all one piece.

The blue and jade are from Emma One Sock and they are denim that is mostly cotton, but it also contains nylon and I think a touch of poly as well as lycra.  Its a strange combination and it runs a but thin and it shows in the lighter color, so I'll be hitting the gym before debuting those in public!

The top pair of jade pants are the perfect shade of jade for the pantone contest this month on PR.  If contests were the guaranteed absolute death of a project, I would swear my allegiance right now.  For this contest you need a coordinating garment that also showcases those pantone colors and the silk charmeuse that I lined the leather jacket with is a perfect match!

So, if I were actually entering the contest and wanted to pick a project to condemn a garment, I would pic a relatively new Style Arc pattern like Style Arc Patsy top with that lovely flounce.  I would cut it on the bias since its a woven being forced into a pattern for knits.

That is if I were entering the contest which always jinxes my sewing, but I'm not so I won't!

The discussion is over, until I get the garments finished at least, then I might mention it again.


  1. So smart sewing like this! But I see 3 pairs...where's the 4th? :) Enjoy your new camera!!

    1. LOL! I wondered if anyone would catch that. The fourth pair are dark blue denim, but I am still trying to work out what zipper I want to use. I really, really love the riri but that's a lot to invest in a jeans zipper.

  2. This jacket is so worth the effort it took to make it. It's a wonderful wardrobe staple and great for at least three of the seasons in Houston:)

    1. Thanks Rhonda, I really love wearing it.
      I like Houston weather, about 10 months out of the year. But aren't most places like that.

  3. Wow! your jacket looks absolutely amazing, terrific colour and it looks very professionally finished. I like everything about it!
    Have fun with your new camera!

  4. Wow. Lovely jeans and lovely, lovely jacket. I am looking forward to seeing the jeans progress.

  5. The jacket is a superb fit, colour looks great on you, and I can't wait to see the jeans.

  6. Wow, I am so impressed by your jacket, it looks awesome! And jeans...I really need to sew some jeans. I have fabric for 4 pairs but not sure about a pattern, I am thinking about cutting up an old worn out pair and using that for a pattern. I will be following your progress on your jeans!

    1. Kelly, I've seen your work, you should have no problem! Many people recomend Burda and that's what I use so I would start there. My advise is to make a muslin, but don't fuss too much about the fit and burn yourself out. Then make 3 or 4 pairs at once so that you can remember the individual construction techniques better.
      It will be a lot of work, but then you will have 4 pairs of jeans when you are done.


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