Thursday, March 5, 2015

Butterick 5682

When I saw that Pattern Review was going to have a contest for making a pair of jeans I decided to enter. I thought it would give me a nudge to get another pair of jeans made.I have made several pairs of jeans using this pattern and really like the pattern. I have used all the views in the pattern as well.

 The denim I chose is  a heavy cotton denim. Probably a 9 ounce denim. I prewashed and dried the fabric twice to help soften the denim and to shrink it as much as possible before cutting.

The last pair of jeans I made using this pattern was also the flare leg view and the legs were too wide. I adjusted the legs of the jeans but failed to adjust the actual pattern pieces. I removed about an inch or slightly more beginning at the hems and tapering all the way to just below the crotch.

I did my normal sway back adjustment to the pattern.

I used the gold  cotton topstitch thread and a jeans needle for the topstitching. The inside seams are all serged.I just used a regular dual duty sewing thread for the other seams.The pockets in the pattern are plain so I made a template and traced lines for decorative stitching on the pockets. 

Rivets on the pockets

I lined the pockets with a cotton print which serves two purposes. It is pretty and it also reduces the bulk in the pockets that 2 extra layers of denim would add. I used a jeans zipper and shortened by using the pliers in my husband's Leatherman.

When I made my first pair of jeans and was doing some research on the internet I found that a block of wookd and a hammer are your friend when sewing jeans. It helps to literally beat some of the bulk into submission. Just be sure to layer your jeans between to layers of fabric to prevent the hammering from leaving a shine on the jeans.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Vegetable Soup

Homemade Vegetable Soup
2- 15 ounce cans diced tomatoes
2- 15 ounce cans Italian diced tomatoes
1-8 ounce can tomatoe sauce
2 cans chicken broth(4 cups)
Small bag frozen mixed vegetables(thaw in the microwave)
5 beef bullion cubes
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 med onion chopped
1 lb ground beef, browned and drained (I use 80/20)
Put everything in the slow cooker and cook on high 3-4 hours. 
I like to freeze in 1 cup servings. After freezing dump i to gallon freezer bag. Heat one servi g as a time if you wish. I place in a bowl and microwave 2 minutes in high. It will still be somewhat frozen but not frozen solid. Using a spoon break up .microwave abother 2 minutes on high. Enjoy alone or with crackers or cornbread. Thus is a frequent lu ch meal for me.

Ruffle Dresses

I was in Hobby Lobby Saturday and this pastel ruffle fabric caught my eye. I decided to cut it crosswise so the ruffles would cascade and I like the effect. The peach one is for Abby age 4 and the mint green one is for Bella age 3.