Friday, July 29, 2011

Taking in...

So this is a post I've been waiting on for almost a year now!! My good friend Malorie {now Cooper, was Rollings} got married to a lovely Gent, Will, last January. Lets say that I let it slip {alright told everyone- I was boasting...} that I can sew and that I like to make clothes. Will asked me to take in his wedding trousers {or did I offer to??} for the wedding! I said "Of Course!!" and inside I thought {CRAP I'VE NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE!!}. Good thing my mother knows how to sew! She gave me the instructions and I followed them.

Here is a dinky tutorial on how to take in trousers:

-Thread that matches the trousers
-Special scissors or a seam ripper
- Sewing machine
- Iron and Ironing Board
- Straight Edge
- White Marking Pencil.

1. You will be taking in the rear seam {the one that runs down the middle of the bottom of the trousers}. Start with the pants inside out.

2. *Gently* rip the seam of the waistband from the inside. The waistband should be folded over and on  less expensive trousers only stitched in a few places.

3. Gently Ripping... You can use a little force.

3. I don't have a traditional seam ripper {I couldn't find my mothers}- I used these handy scissors.

4. Attack this with caution and reverence. Just kidding. This is  how most trousers are finished on the inside of the rear seam of the waist band. You need to unfold this point and take off the belt loops at the rear {save them- they will go back on later}. Do not start ripping the rear seam just yet.

... unfolding...

5. Unfolded.

6. Taking off the belt loops... Don't forget to save!!

7. There will be a small hole from the loops. Do not worry about this. It will most likely get sewn over later.

8. Take the measurements of your victim friend or your own and mark from the original seam how much you will be taking in **READ THIS** For Will we were taking two inches off {his pants weren't too loose} so I marked at one inch from the seam. When taking in pants this way the measurements will be halved. Ex. If you only need one inch off, sew one half inch, three inches sew an inch and a half. Get it?!

9. Using a straight edge I marked a straight line down the waist band following the original seam. 

10. Then draw a curved line following the natural shape of the body until you meet the original seam. This is your pattern. *Note*I ended up having to go back to fix this seam because it puckered a little where the new seam met the old.

11. SEW! Follow the line you just made. Use a normal foot (foot 1 for a Bernina) with a straight stitch. Cut off the excess leaving about 1.5 inches at the waist band for folding.

12. IRON! {this is my favorite thing}. Iron the new hem our flat. (Separate the two pieces of fabric as they were when you started.)

13. Iron back into a point
14. This is where I got fed up with my camera so I stopped taking photos.

15. Iron the waist band back down.

16. Attach the belt loops.  (about 2 inches from the seam on either side.) Using a straight stitch sew across the top and bottom with the top bit and the bottom bit that were previously folded as the guide.

17. Wear and love!


He wanted them to be a little baggy at the bottom. :)
Photo's courtesy of Mrs. Cooper herself and taken masterfully by none other then David Escalante.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

When You Ask, Be Ready

"7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened." - Matthew 7:7-8

In January, after reading the above verse, I asked the Lord to open my eyes to my faults. When He had done so I knew what I needed to pray for: compassion. I was dry and hard to the people around me; I wasn’t able to empathize like I had previously. I was sarcastic, cynical and mean. My heart was cold and broken and I hated (and still hate) that feeling.

I prayed and sought and practically beat the preverbal door down requesting to be given compassion. In the exercise of pleading with the Lord my heart began to change. I started praying more earnestly for others and this city and also in my prayer group. The Holy Spirit was (and is) working diligently.

The Lord has made it evident that my heart is starting to crack and melt like hot coffee over ice. I know that the progress is slow (both because I’m stubborn and I’m an imperfect sinner) but really, the little progress the Lord makes when He gently wraps His hand around my heart  to squeeze and force the compassion out like water from a sponge is mammoth to my little soul. I start to feel supple oft rushes over me with such force and determination that I must stop to catch my breath.

The Lord has started to give me compassion for the broken city of Berkeley, compassion for the people in the East Bay that are ignorant of His love, grace and mercy,  compassion for my companions both in the East Bay and in Berkeley and hardest of all compassion for my family.

I am in awe that the Lord saw fit to fix me. He took me 4 years ago by the collar of my shirt pulled me out of the miry clay, set me upon solid ground and from that day He hasn’t stopped training me up to be the woman that He wants me to be. Thanks, Lord.

View from my roof looking out to the marina.