Friday, November 12, 2010

Would You Like Elastic With That?

Hey Junior, do you want elastic sleeve cuffs or not? I'm taking a break from the Fray Check fumes (thank you Robbie, that's what I was trying to think of), so you have time to think about it. Here's a picture of each:



Here's a closeup of your non-elastic cuff...



and your elastic one.



I hate the way Kwik-Sew does these - that's why I sewed one cuff on without inserting elastic yet - it's just too hard to stretch an 8 inch circle of elastic while enclosing it in the casing then attaching it to the sleeve. There must be a reason they do it that way (and I bet I'll find out when I try inserting the elastic my way).

And you didn't think I made this jacket without my standard zipper problem, did you? It calls for a 26-inch zipper which is supposed to fit perfectly according to the drawings and instructions. Well, mine was 2 inches too long! Of course I have to lop off the top, and you know what comes next....I forget to sew new zipper stops and zip that sucker right off the track. But here's the beauty of separating zippers - you only have to thread one side back on - hooray! (Don't worry, the zipper stops now, Junior.)

8 comments:

Pammie said...

Hey - the Jacket looks super cute - I used a special elastic binding that I orders from an outdoor supplies store, Quest Outfitters. I actually haven't used it because I constructed my outerwear before I figured that out.

Also, I've heard of some people binding sleeves with black lycra elastic (or bathing suit elastic cut into bias strips).

I love your method of the inserted elastic. Great job!!!

KID, MD said...

You know you don't want to rip out the elastic you already inserted via the painful KS method... I actually like both sides, but if you are taking it skiing in the frozen north, you'll want the elastic as a wind/snow block.

Junior said...

I think either way is fine...whatever is easiest. Or leave it as is and I'll have a very unique jacket! :)

sewistafashionista said...

The elastic does sound a bit troublesome but it will allow less cold air up the sleeve. The jacket came out really well. Do you have scraps that would let you cut a mock cuff and bottom sleeve and insert some elastic your preferred way? That way you would know for sure if KS was taking you around McDonald's barn or not.

Kitschy Coo said...

I vote for elastic! Looks great :)

Oh, and I've done that zipper trick heaps of times and gone into an immediate panic about getting it back on the track. Feel your pain...

Sister said...

Oh, Pammie - I've got to look that up! And Kid, I had to rip it because I didn't gather it right to start with and there was no way to fix it. Sewista - what in the world is going around the barn?! Is that something misleading, or does it have another connotation? In my family it mean there was a whoopin' coming! KS sure did whip me on that sleeve...

RobbieK said...

I like your elastic application! Looks good! In my more than 5 and less than 100 years of experience, elastic requires lots and lots of practice. LOTS. And, I don't always do it the way "they" say, I do it the way it makes sense to me.

I've also used the lycra bindings, they work ok, but I didn't find them any easier than elastic. They take a lot of practice, too. At least your elastic experiences are more transferable.

Oh yeah, I've done the zipper thing, too. Never figured out where they get those perfect zippers, they sure don't sell them at Hancock's.

Sister said...

Yeah, Robbie, it only looks good because I shot the picture from the nice angle - the back side didn't ease in correctly and I had a big piece of sleeve with no cuff to fit. I'm glad to hear other people make zipper goofs too!