I interrupt the regular programming of making stuff for myself and present you two baby kimonos for my friend’s twin, Peyton and Parker.
The pattern is free from Amy of Habitual and I use the instruction from both Heather Ross’ Weekend Sewing and Amy’s. This pattern have only two pieces, front and back, so it is a fast sew and definitely gives me an instant gratification. The fabrics are Heather Ross’ West Hill from my stash. I am only glad to dent my quilting cotton stash.
I am also using this project to practice using french seam to finish seams. I’d been thinking about buying a serger so I can do a professional finishing. But, it is a huge investment and not always user-friendly. Beside, how can a newbie like myself deserves a serger when the great seamstress like Amanda doesn’t even own one. I was inspired by her use of french seam and bias tape to finish the seam. Anyway, I have never showed you the inside of my FO but today I am not ashamed anymore, here you go
French seam on side and shoulder seams. BTW, I reexamine the pyjama that my mom made me thirteen years ago, she was also employing french seam to finish the edge (wonder how she calls it in Chinese/Indonesian), which makes sense because I don’t recall my mom owning a serger.
Last but not least, I have an issue with my sewing machine (it is a Janome 509) this morning, the stitch just comes out weird like this
On the first glance, tension issue is the scapegoat, so I play around with it, but it doesn’t work. I research how to troubleshoot sewing machine on google to no avail. Most troubleshooting articles are not accompanied by pictures/photos. I replace the needle and re-thread the upper thread, but it doesn’t do a thing. I finally re-thread the bobbin thread and it works! I am not sure if that’s the smoking gun but if you come across this issue, re-threading the bobbin thread may work. Disclaimer, I, by no means, know what I am doing. Just thought I share. Here is the neat-looking stitches after I troubleshoot it