I have been indulging in a lot of sewing of warm and practical rv type clothing.
I will be sharing that highly useful but probably non inspirational type sewing over the next few days.
Now onto the inspirational part.
The weakness of this blog is the lack of those beautiful pictures the other bloggers I admire can do.
My husband has many wonderful qualities but has not mastered iPhone shots that capture both my head and are not on an angle.
I often think I should get this visual side together but am stalled by not wanting to take my limited sewing time away in a photographic detour. So for those of you who do manage to take pictures that actually look decent. any advice would be appreciated.
In the meantime, in the interest of speed and in getting something up that might have a handy hint in it. I am going to entertain you will some scandalist shots taken of the back of the bathroom door.
Not very glamorous. but you have to remember I haven't read your photographic advice yet.
And there is a sewing point I want to make here.
Let's begin with Exhibit A: Love Notions Constellation pullover.
Now I have made several of these for other people but this one was for me. This top has driving-in-the-rv-down-the I-95 written all over it, with a second life in campground walking around.
First the bathroom door shot:
And on me.
You will notice no head. Of course this shot was taken after I had walked two dogs in the wind so that is probably a good thing,
I really really love this pattern.
It is super easy to make and comfortable. The ladies' version (there is a kid's version and a man's available from Lovenotions) has a view with knit band along a sort of curved hem that I think is more flattering to most of us than a traditional ribbing band.
It also has a giant sort of kangaroo pocket that looks more like two normal pockets - and these are finished with some easy little knit bands. I used some rayon knit I had saved from a T shirt project:
You know in any kind of collar like this one getting the inside bottom edge of the upper collar to look nice when the collar is open (think golf shirts, any banded shirt collar etc.) is tricky.
The method here was to trim the seam allowance off the bottom of the upper collar and to wrap a piece of binding around the raw edge of the bottom of the collar piece, before it got attached to anything at all.
The construction process was then to just sew the under collar to the neckline, then to sew the upper collar (the one that would be next to your neck when worn) to the undercollar already attached to the garment, just along the top and short sides.
The next step was to just stitch the free bottom edge of the collar to down to cover the seam - either by hand or by machine.
I did this part by hand because I felt like sitting in the chair with Daisy and relaxing at this point.
What makes this way of doing a collar is so cool is that the bottom edge of this collar piece is already been finished before it hits the garment - so there is no need to do any folding under or tricky stuff - so easy and so neat!
I love how stress free this was.
My next project was to make a sort of housecoat thing for running around the rv and campsite.
And to wear too when I go off to have a shower in the campground washroom when I am in the mood for a shower in an area larger than a phone booth and that does not also include someone standing outside the bathroom asking you to save water- not something I am usually in the mood to do when I am finally getting a hot shower after a long drive.
I used this Vogue pattern
This illustration was exactly what I wanted but unfortunately the actual garment did not look exactly like the picture when I made it up.
The shoulders for a start are really quite dropped and the sleeves super wide - think kimono draft.
But to be realistic about it the only people who are likely to see me in this unit are old camping type guys whistling along in their shaved heads and hiking boots on the trails in the woods on the way to the bath houses. On their way there of course because their wives have kicked them out of the rv for a while for some peace -because living in an rv with a man who whistles makes you feel like that is what you should do. Every now and then.
So if that is who will observe this outfit, I really am not too stressed that it doesn't look a lot like the envelope picture.
The instructions for the facing at the front when it transitions to the collar were interesting.
The pattern does not have a back neck facing (those are a nuisance anyway) but instead the pattern advises you to slash up the stitching line where the facing ends on either side of the back neck seam and to turn the remaining raw edge of the collar under and stitch it down.
I never like to do this because the slashed up the stitching line part is always dicey and never neat.
However this was the next thing I made after the pullover above so I just used to Constellation technique again - complete with the same binding in the same fabric:
This was really a much better solution and I am pretty pleased with myself for making this adaptation.
Now the thing I want us all to think about are other ways in which we can use this same binding the raw edge, rather than fighting to turn it under neatly, technique to make our lives easier.
What do you think?