Sunday, May 21, 2006

An oldie but a goodie.

This next piece of crafty wisdom has a long history. This tip for hemming your jeans was originally posted on the Z. Cavaricci jeans (remember them from the 80's?) web site. I first saw it on Fig & Plum. Then Cavaricci changed their site and eliminated that section. Stupid.

Luckily, Fig & Plum, aka Jessica, saved it as a Word document, so I have it forever and ever. However, when trying to share it with you I couldn't get the pictures to show up.

So I searched the web again, and found mention of it again on
DaciaRay.com. She documented her own try at the technique, so the pictures below are from her site. I hope she doesn't mind.
Thanks Dacia!!!


This is very popular information. Enjoy!

Dacia's notes: It i’s best to do one leg at a time, so as not to have too much undoing to do in case something goes awry. Also, it i’s good to know the length that you want each leg to be. Sometimes, one leg will be a bit shorter or longer than the other before you hem.

Step 1: Decide how much length you would like to take off. Divide that number in half. (Hems should fall just below the bottom of your ankle. Also, if you generally wear high heels, or a certain height of heel, you might want your hem a bit longer - it should fall an inch to a half inch above the floor at your heel.)

foldcuff

Step 2: Cuff the jeans. I wanted to take two inches off my hem, so I measured one inch out from the original hem line and pinned. (Do not include the distance from the hem to the end of the jean in your calculations.)

pin

Step 3: Pin around the rest of the cuff, taking care to measure each time you pin.

mindtheseams

Mind the seams while you a’re pinning. Make sure that the stitching lines up at each seam.

stitch

Step 4: It i’s time to stitch. You want to place your needle and continue sewing right next to the original hem. Stitch on the right side of the hem, or the side farthest from the bottom of the jean. Sew all the way around the cuff and make sure you do no’t sew through two layers at once!

ironin

You can either cut the excess off, leaving about a half inch for fraying, or iron the extra material in.

ironout

Turn the leg right side out and press the new seam flat, revealing the old hem.

After Jeans

Voila! No more slouchy, unflattering leg.

Sorry, it has been a while since I last posted.

For the next two months, that may still continue. I've signed up for the summer semester.

At VCU, that means that everything is both sped up and condensed. A class that in the Spring or Fall semesters may last 16 weeks, is now either a 4, 5, or 6 week class which you might attend up to five days a week.

I presented a reduced work schedule to my job and they agreed. I will be working from 30 to 32 hours per week for the next two months. That's just enough hours to keep my health coverage.

The first class will be for three hours Monday through Thursday.

The second class which starts at the end of June, will be from Monday through Friday. I will be attending class for the first half of the day and then going into work.

So I will be very busy. However, I have a few things I can post in the next few days before everything gets topsy-turvy. Enjoy.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Beautiful beautiful B

I received my exam grade for this semester. I got a B!

I was able to pull up a mid C to a B, via some extra credit.

I love me some extra credit!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Class of 2008

I met with my advisor two days ago:

  1. I have 10 classes to complete to graduate, 31 credits.

  2. I am registered for two classes this Summer and one for Fall.

  3. For 2007 I will have 7 classes to complete.

  4. My graduation date will be May 2008.
Hurrah!!