Black, white, taupe

My ongoing sewing project – a full-fashioned Neue Mode blouse – has the sort of black-on-black patterning that makes me want to gouge out my eyes. But, oh, it’s so close! (and after a gazillion pattern mods, it fits so well!)

Black-on-black cotton jacquard fabric, black-on-black mother of pearl buttons.

Steady hands? Hahaha! Did I mention I pipet for a living?!?

Cute blouse and the issue seemed totally fixable – just a little tear that needed to be shoved back into the seam. The damage was not as bad as I expected – I thought it had actually ripped, but instead the gauze had been teased out of the seam.

After I stabilized the frayed edge with a little zigzag, the fabric had no issues being tucked inside.

I had an issue with these summer pants from the very beginning: the drawstring was sewn into place somewhere inside the waistband and the two ends have always been uneven.


I finally opened up the back seam and let loose the string. Then I decided this was only halfway to a real fix, since I don’t like drawstrings in the first place and this one in particular did diddly-squat. So I yanked it out and replaced it with elastic. Ah, so much better! Now that I’ve got elastic in my waistband (and I like it, and there’s more to come) I will take my mom’s favorite brands/stores much more seriously ;).


17 thoughts on “Black, white, taupe

  1. Divine Bird Jenny

    I’m about to add elastic to a pair of capris I bought recently, as well as adjust two skirts that don’t fit quite right. Thanks for reminding me that I need to get to work on them! 😉

  2. Gillian

    That seam repair is very nicely done. Another practical tool for such is some form of anti-fray liquid such as Fray Check. I always keep it on hand.

  3. Elinor

    I love that I can always count on you to right crafted wrongs! And that you just used “diddly-squat” in a post. I love it!

  4. Meg McG

    Dang it dang it dang it!

    I knit cause I liked what I saw on the internet, Mason Dixon Knitting in particular.

    I do embroidery cause I like sublime stitching.

    Want to learn to crochet so I can make the larger than life bag and the Babette blanket ( gets that credit!)

    Now I want to sew (even more than I did before).

    When is the internet going to motivate me to take pilates or learn or foreign language or not take on MORE ACTIVITIES? I swear I am not a sheep or a follower, but I am compelled to try things that impress me!


    Nice work on the pants, really inspiring!

  5. knittripps

    Nice work! You are so handy.

    So my favorite pair of pants has a zipper that keeps falling down. I need to replace the zipper right? Problem is that I don’t sew. But if I take it to a seamstress she could fix it?

  6. Marie

    I LOVE knitting for the process and really only tolerate sewing for its practical merits and end results but there is something utterly satisfying in setting to a bunch of mending/altering projects as you’ve illustrated and having such spectacular results with so little effort!(“black on black” blouse aside of course!)

    I’m off to haul out the mending basket – thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Luise

    Some years ago a friend told me that the secret of waists after a certain age (30? 45? 60?) is elastic. Rarely have I had better advice. (And I wish that manufacturers of clothing, esp. jeans, would take that to heart — uh, waist.)

  8. Cindy

    Nothing like a little garment saving to make you feel like you are on top of the world! At least, that is how I feel.

  9. Melly

    I love to see knitters sewing! All Crafts Unite In FUN!!! You are all fancy with button cutting, I usually just poke sharp, pointy scissors in there and snip.

  10. Beth

    “Now that I’ve got elastic in my waistband (and I like it, and there’s more to come) I will take my mom’s favorite brands/stores much more seriously ;).”

    Any particular reason for more elastic to come… hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm???

  11. pamela wynne

    Dude, you *must* tell me how you’re doing those button holes! Because every time I tear one open with a seam ripper, I think, “there’s GOT to be a better way!”

  12. Stephanie

    Oooh, I’ve been looking for a nice blouse pattern. I’ll have to check this one out. Your blouse is gorgeous – I’m so impressed.

  13. Heather

    I miss sewing, I so need to go down and just do it. Instead I wishfully read others blogs about it.

    Love the fix with the carpri’s. The look awesome!

  14. Tiffany

    Great move with the pants. Looking at your pictures of sewing almost make me want to try it again. But then I remember the agony of it all and restrain myself. 🙂

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