Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tommy/Louey Boxer Sewalong Day 2

Hello, and welcome to day 2! I hope you all have had a wonderful day so far and that day one of sewing a long went off without a hitch.
 Now, who is ready to get their sew on?"! 

Today we start with the actual sewing! (ps. tomorrow we will work on the fly and I'll show you both the functional and non functional ways)

Let's begin by stitching the fly flap right along the edge on both the left and right pieces.

Next put your left and right sides on the back piece (right sides together) unfold the ironed hems and stitch. Don't forget to stitch a few stitches past your side vent snip and then ziz-zag those edges to finish them off !

Next line up your front crotch piece and stitch and then zigzag. (This pic is a different fabric because I made myself and my husband a pair - he loves his by the way... Despite the dreadful colour of fabric. I should buy more boy coloured fabric... )

Now get out your sport elastic!  Then mark your elastic based on the measurements given in the pattern for your size/s. 

Here in the second pic you can see two important things. 
1. How I marked my elastic for which size is which
2. That the spacing is shorter at the end - this is ok and should happen :)

Now you pin that elastic up to the notches you made (note: the side seams count as notches!)

Move your fabric back a bit and tuck the elastic in the fly flap and sew a long the top of the elastic - be sure to keep your elastic stretched as you sew! (VERY important to stretch your elastic!)

I usually keep one hand holding the fabric behind the foot and in front at the next pin coming up as I sew - I find it sews easier to keep it evening stretched. 

Then sew along the bottom edge of the elastic. You can sew a few more middle rows too if you want - but it is not necessary. I did 2 rows and that is it :)

That is the end of day 2 ! Easy peasy wasn't it? I bet you are thinking maybe you will just carry on and finish them tonight - well, you certainly can, but if you decide to wait we will be doing the fly tomorrow :) both functional and non functional. And remember you can find us on facebook and get help in The Lab.



KCR said...

Can you elaborate on seeing along the edge of the fly? Is it the top, bottom, inside, or outside edge? The picture is very close up and doesn't give me any idea of what was actually sewn. Thank you so much!!!

KCR said...

Oh and did you use a straight stitch for bothe the fly and the elastic?

Jen@thecraftingfiend said...

yes straight stitch @KCR :) I gave the close up shot here because the other view is in the pattern :) Figured there was no reason for a repeat lol. but if you join us in the scientific seamstress lab group on facebook there are more sewalong pics as well :)

JacqueB said...

I'm struggling to source the 1 1/4 inch sport elastic. In the pictures, it looks like what you're using is standard 1 inch waistband elastic (that I have a ton of)from JoAnn fabric. Where did you source your elastic?