Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tim Gunn's Voice in My Head

Telling me to "carry on and make it work". Now why would he be doing that? Well the Friday after Thanksgiving Target had a sale on the Singer Prelude sewing machine. $65! Can't beat that. So for the first time ever I ventured out on Black Friday and actually scored one.

The spousal unit has informed at this point I can no longer blame any sewing mishaps on the crummy machine I'm using. I tested this baby as soon as I got her home. I was able to adjust the tension and my stitching is smooth and pretty dog gone nice. It just so happens that JoAnn's had a sale on McCall's patterns. $1.99 each. Not too shabby. So I picked up a few. I am particularly fond of the pajama/lounge pants patterns. It's much classier to call them lounge pants than pajamas don't you think? I mean Nora Charles or Doris Day or Lucy would wear lounge pants not PJs. Remember when Lucy bought those harlequin patterned lounge pants for Ethel as a gift from Fred, I think all poor Ethel wanted was a new toaster. Lucy couldn't style Ethel to save her life.

Today I made these lounge pants from McCall's pattern 3370. My fabric is coffee and donuts and if you saw my stomach and my butt you'd know that those are two of my favorite things.

Here's an action shot, well I'm standing, that's sorta actiony don't you think?

I didn't not prewash this fabric and they are a perfect fit at the moment, I'm not sure if they'll fit after they are washed. I love them dearly. It's the first thing in my life I have ever sewed that came out right.
I only had to bug my friend Pam twice. Apparently I'm not the sharpest crayon in the box and couldn't get the drawstring to turn inside out. That folks is a skill. One that I will hopefully acquire soon. Any other mishaps you might ask. Well, I forgot to leave a hole in the waistband for the drawstring.
I have fabric for one more pair of lounge pants and I didn't take a picture of it because you'll all just die when you see it. You must remember I'm fortiesque. When the lady at JoAnn's was cutting my fabric--I missed the 99cent a yard flannel sale, but let's all say a big thank you for the 50% off coupon--anyway, the lady said and I quote, "Some little boy is going love his new pajamas." I informed her that I would be the little boy of who she was speaking. She cut my fabric really quick. But it's great. With any luck I'll be able to show you another pair of pants and this fabric tomorrow. I know, I have you all on the edge of your seats.
This need to sew can be blamed on Sue. She's been a sewing "machine" the last few months. She has really inspired me to get over my fear of sewing and do it already.
This machine really makes all the difference in the world and it doesn't hurt that I now have a little bit of a clue about how a sewing machine is supposed to work and what the stitches are supposed to look like.


Paisley said...

Wow! What a deal on your machine! I love your new pajama pants!

Anonymous said...

Woo hoo! The lounge pants look fabulous! Now I want to make a pair!! You go!!

Linen Stitcher said...

What an inspirational blog entry! Makes me want to go lounge! LOL! But seriously, the new pants look great. (And I especially liked the action shot.)

Anonymous said...

Love your pants! You're putting yourself down when you say you're not the sharpest crayon in the box. You've done great & look...the coffee cups are all going the same (right) way!

nutmeg5 said...

You just have to love those coffee cup lounge pants. You are sure to have some happy sewing days now. And I can't wait to see the mystery fabric PJs :-).

MaryAnn said...

Great Job Melissa! A good machine makes all the difference in the world. My mom has taken care of her two old Singers (she said the older one was mine when I turned 12). When my SIL brought her non-functioning maching over for me to figure it out (non-singer) I kept asking for the book (HA) ... she thought since I sew a bit and work with computers I could fix it (snort). Then my brother tries the same thing ... I told them to get it fixed or get a new one.

Can I guess about the fabric?? Spider Man??
Waiting for your next update.

Mary Ann

claudia said...

So, I am a little slow at reading blogs this month (last month) I love the deal on the sewing machine. Your lounge pants are to die for, being that donuts and coffee are two of my favs too! Can't wait to see the "little boy" fabric lounge pants...where are they Melissa???

Michelle said...

Wahoo for a new sewing machine! The lounge pants are fabulous!! Can't wait to see what else you whip up!

Rachel S said...

Those are sooo cute!