Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Guess what! I passed! I'll no longer be writing with my teachers breathing down my neck! Woo hoo! Thanks all of you who visited the sitedurring that time, you were a huge help. Unfortunately this also means I may not get to post quite as often. I did however, manage to make my sewing a continuing part of my work for graduation, so I'll still get to post occasionally. I know you all probably won't notice when I AM gone, but that's just the harsh reality we all live in. I hope to write again soon. Keep checking in, or you can follow me using the box in the column to the left marked "Follow Misfit Stitch" it's easier than just plain old waiting. Please leave a comment!

Monday, November 9, 2015

A Moment of Difficulty

Over the weekend I went shopping for some sewing patterns, I had been given a hard time by my teachers for not having a cohesive enough plan for getting new, more relevant posts up. So I caved, I bought sewing patterns to use in order to give my posts more regularity, or more organization. Unfortunately I have come up to yet another problem, I have no idea what I'm doing when It comes to the kind of complicated pattern used to make even a simple garment. I'm going to be doing research into the subject so that I can create my ideas, even if the process becomes frustrating.     

I would also like to give a shout out to all the people who viewed The Misfit Stitch from all the way in Russia. Thanks for checking it out, it really does help make all this work feel worth while. I hope to see more people viewing, following, and even leaving comments here on The Misfit Stitch. Thank you all, and I hope to have something good up real soon.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

It's Looking Cold

It's Looking Cold

Wildfox beach shirt

Green coat

Stretch legging

Edge Only gold drop earrings
$610 -

Leather glove
$195 -

Peter Rutz tiger hat
$52 -

Nail treatment
$14 -

outfitter w/ boots Getting a little day of the dead in your everyday

outfitter w/ boots Getting a little day of the dead in your everyday

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A Delay in the Post

Hi everyone, I'm sorry the timing of my last post was so weird. I've been really stressed out lately, and have a crap-ton of work hanging over my head. I want to post a how-to involving one of my designs but I don't know where to start. It took me forever to find a bandeau top pattern, but I'm only using that design for the neckline. I want to make a strapless orange satin top which I plan to add black lace and sleeves to later, but but not only can't I find a decent pattern for that kind of thing, I wouldn't know where to start with sizing it. I have a crap ton of plushie patterns I could try, but they're more for hand than machine sewing. Speaking of plushies, I'm still working on that Mosasaurus plushie for you all.
Everything feels like a mess, from my computer breaking down, to my room falling apart, and my senior requirements not being met. My Mother tried to keep me from letting everything fall apart, but I knew it wasn't going to work. I'm trying my best, but I need a vacation or something. BADLY.

Image by someone called Silent Reaper
that's probably a screen name since I got it off Google.

Monday, November 2, 2015

How to Sew a Basic Hanging Banner

This week I managed to finally finish the banners my Mom asked me to make. It took me a while but I'm actually starting to get the hang of the whole 'sewing with a machine' thing. Anyway, on to the important stuff!

I started out with a basic rectangle, if you're looking for a specific size I basically just cut the size I thought I'd need adding between 2/3 and 3/4 of an inch (there should be a unit converter at the bottom of the page for those of you on the metric system, please leave a comment if you have trouble). I know it might seem like a lot of room, but I know I tend to be nit picky and impatient (not a fun combo).

I did my seam allowances by eye, then placed pins on the top and bottom of the area of the seam.

After I settled the top directly under the presser foot and lowered said presser foot, I took out the top pin. I did my best to keep the line of thread on both layers of the folded fabric.

I did the same basic process of folding and pinning for the next side. I chose to go clockwise here, but really I probably should have done the longer sides first. You may be wondering why I have scissors in the photo, that is because I didn't like the idea of posting a picture with me in it, even if it is something as unexciting as a my index finger.

Next I flipped the fabric around and did the other long side the exact same way.

The last side was a little bit more tricky than the others. I used my favorite mechanical pencil to determine where I would place the other pins.

With the pins in place I took the pencil out, and did what I did with all the other 3 sides; I sewed a line straight across from pin to pin.

You might be questioning why the thread is red on the front and black in back, that's because of the hard time I was having putting in the bobbin. I got frustrated so I used a different color bobbin thread to provide contrast.

I made three of these exact types of flags with different colors, along with the horrible first flag I did. Here's the other flag that was made of the same kind of fabric but in a bluish teal color:

I changed the stitch because I was curious about what that stitch setting actually looked like. I found that the jagged zigzagging felt more sturdy in comparison to the straight line that I'd used before. The third flag is made of an orange satin, a material I hardly knew what to do with but didn't have the time to look up:

I now have the four finished flags, including my horrid first attempt, on a string from an old hoodie. I have one more flag to make, which will be harder than it sounds. Here's what the four lined up look like:

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