Check Out These Beautiful Point Perfect Tools made from Curly Maple

Happy Weekend Everyone!   I was cleaning my desk and I uncovered the current issue of Threads Magazine… I was so excited when the issue arrived in the mail because the Point Perfect  Pressing Tool was included in the Notions column.  Then in the next few days, I had a disaster with my website because it got a virus.  It was such a process to fix my website and then catching up on the stuff… I didn’t have time to share this with you.  Here’s a peek of the article… I think it looks great 🙂   It makes me stop and think about the adventure this little piece of wood has caused me to embark on. 

When I first starting playing with the design for the Point Perfect, my Dad was making my prototypes.  Then I started working on them with Dan from Dan Tracy Designs.  I met Dan last year at Sitches United.  His booth was right next to  mine in the vendor hall.  He makes beautiful wooden tools for knitting, crochet and weaving.  One of my favorite things are his yarn bowls.  You can see the variety of hard wood he uses.  Each bowl is functional piece of art.

The same thing is true about our Point Perfect Point Turner.  Usually he sends me a nice variety of tools made from different woods.  When I opened this shipment, most of them were made from Curly Maple.

I’m not the expert, but I’m guessing that Curly Maple gets it’s name from it’s curly grain.   Dan and I  have been working on fine tuning the design to make it the best, most useful tool possible.  The fine hard woods, the curved shape and the craftsmanship all contribute to making it a joy to use.

It’s rare that I get a batch that are mostly one kind of wood.  This makes it hard for me to give you a choice about which kind of wood you would prefer.  So, I decided to share these with you… in case you like them too.  If you order a Point Perfect Pressing Tool in the next few days, I can guarantee that you will receive one of these Curly Beauties <3.

Below is a link to a Video Tutorial Showing how to use the Point Perfect Point Turner.  In addition to using it to make collar tips nice and crisp, I’ve used it to make perfect corners on pillows and I’ve used the curved edge to help shape seams.  If you already own one, I’d love to know what you think about it.

Decorative Reverse Flatlock vs. Decorative Flatlock

Hey Everyone.    I’m so excited about my new Yoga Pants Pattern.  I’m busy working on the instructions and pattern.  Also, I want to have some video tutorials ready to go when I release the pattern.  When I was making my samples, I played with decorative seams.  Today I want to show you how to do a decorative reverse flatlock.  In today’s video tutorial, Decorative Reverse Flatlock vs. Decorative Flatlock I’ll show you how.  Plus, I thought it would be fun to show you that these two stitches are two sides of the same coin.  This is one of my favorite techniques  because it’s both attractive and utilitarian.  I did a little color blocking to make my first pair.  Using a black and metallic silver Woolly Nylon with a decorative reverse flatlock added something special to the seams.  I think it helps make a nice transition along the color blocked seams.

I had some scraps of my black Performance Sports Knit that I used to color block with the new gray color.  The pattern pieces are rather skinny because there are three panels for each leg.  If you have leftover black from making the original yoga pants pattern… you would only need a yard of gray (or other contrasting color) to make this version.  The length of the back leg (size xl) is 33″ long.  I cut the side pieces out of black and the center front and back pieces out of gray.

To sew the pattern pieces together, I used a decorative reverse flatlock stitch.  The decorative reverse flatlock stitch is really just the reverse side of the decorative flatlock stitch.  The reason why I like it is because it shows as a delicate ladder created by the needle thread.  The decorative flatlock stitch is formed by the upper looper thread and the needle thread.  This is pretty too… just more pronounce.  In addition to the appearance of the decorative reverse flatlock, the stitch lays flat so the bulk of the seams is minimized.

Originally, I was just going to show you how to do a decorative reverse flatlock.  Then I thought it would be fun to compare these two stitches.  The only difference between them is where you put the decorative thread.  Join me for today’s tutorial –  Decorative Reverse Flatlock Vs. Decorative Flatlock to check out all the details.  …And one little plug for my February Workshop… If you live in Florida and you have President’s Weekend free… consider joining us.  This is one of the patterns we’ll be working with!  The amazing price for this workshop includes gray sports knit and the patterns!!


 

Draft Pants from a Jeans Pattern

Hey Everyone,  I’m so excited to write my first blog post in my new blog!  Today I want to show you how to draft pants from a jeans pattern.   This is a Q&A from one of my students in my Craftsy Class – Perfect Jeans for Every Body.  The big thing is to put the back yoke back on the top of the back leg.  Because I’m a pattern drafting geek, I think it’s interesting that the seam between the back yoke and the top of the back leg is a style line.   Kinda like a princess seam for your butt 🙂  When you put the yoke back on the leg, the style line is traded in for waist darts.      

The back yoke is created from the top of the back leg.  Basically, the bottom edge of the back yoke is defined by drawing a line from the CB edge to the side seam edge.  The width of the yoke is determine by the position of this line.   After slashing the pattern along the line the darts are closed.  This is what creates the curved shape of the back dart.  The amount of curve the back yoke has is dependent on the size of the back waist darts.   The larger the back waist darts, the more curve the back yoke will have.  I used my fitted Ponte Knit Jeans Pattern in this video tutorial.  The back waist darts I ended up with were very small because my waist and hip measurements are very similar.

 

I recommend working with your tried and true jeans pattern.  That way the curve in the back yoke pattern piece will create appropriate sized waist darts for your shape.   The more defined your waistline is, the more curve your yoke will have.  More curve will make larger waist darts.

In addition to putting the back yoke back on the top of the back legs, there are a few other things to check.  Some jeans pattern have a longer front inseam between crotch and knee.  This helps to smooth the back leg when you are making snug jeans.  For pants, the front and back inseams should be an equal length.

The other thing to think about is the position of the crotch curve.  If you jeans fit snug to your shape, you may want to lengthen the rise.   Pants usually have a little space between your and the crotch seam.

Check out today’s video tutorial for all the details.  Please let me know if you have questions.

 

 

Hello world!

Hey Everyone,  Welcome to my new blog.  My original website was attacked by a virus and some computer bots…  We tried to fix it but it became overwhelming and I couldn’t be sure if I would be able to completely remove all the cooties.  So, I’ve started from scratch because  I want to assure you that my site is completely safe and secure.  I’ve upgraded my hosting to include site security and now I have the cute little lock by my web address in the address bar.

Unfortunately,  I was not able to save all my blog content.  I had over 400 blog posts that I’ve deleted. The good news is that I have a video tutorial for many of the posts that featured a new technique, fitting adjustment or design idea.  If you’re looking for something, you will probably be able to find it on my YouTube Channel.

I did save the last few blog posts before I deleted my site.  I will be adding those back in.   I will also be adding thing back into my store, workshop and events pages.  If you’re looking for the Point Perfect Point Turner.  I’ve added that to my Store already.

I’m hoping to get everything back into place in the next day or so.  Thank you for your patience.  Jen