too much to ask ( just a little rant)

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Don't mind me , just ranting

Over the summer I enherited a sewing machine from my late grand-mother ( 39
yrs old Omega super 900, if you must know). Not a great machine by any means
but a usefull little work horse. Actualy both my brother and I got machines
( lots of elderly great aunts past away in recent years, and there aren't
any nieces).  Being a man (did I mention I am a man ?) I cannot stand owning
a power-tool that is not in perfect working order and which I can't use so,
now that I got the sewing machine properly cleaned oiled and adjusted ( that
was a lot of fun actualy ), I decided that I wanted to do a little project,
a manly little project. And what is more manly then Boxers . they even got a
place to put my tool...( sorry couldn't resist)   There pretty much a
standard in home ec. classes so I shouldn't have a problem finding a pattern
online or at the library.  Too much to ask apparenlty.

You know, I would figure such a basic beginner project would be all over the
place with variations to no end but noooooooo.

(sigh)

So I am back to looking for another manly project to do ...

Any suggestions ?

Jean




Re: too much to ask ( just a little rant)
Kwik Sew patterns has patterns to buy for boxers. www.kwiksew.com.
JJ
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Not free, but certainly online:
http://www.kwiksew.com/Cold_Fusion/catalog/Frame.cfm

Kwiksew patterns run closer to ready-to-wear sizes than Vogue, Butterick
etc.

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Sally Holmes
Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England't know where you live so I can't offer
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How about making a shop apron or a tool roll for your wood lathe turning
tools, or a turning smock?

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James P. Riser
Http://www.JamesRiser.com

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Jean wrote:
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There are very few clothing patterns available for free on the internet.
  Most of them are very generic types of patterns.  You can buy a
pattern for 99c on sale at the fabric store or for less than that at a
thrift store if you want a real pattern.  Otherwise there are a few
sites that tell you how to draft patterns to fit you, or you could pick
something different for a first pattern.

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I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.
I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.  - Mother Teresa


Re: too much to ask ( just a little rant)
Another thing you might try is taking apart one of your old pair and
drafting a pattern from that.  I'm no expert but I did that with a pair of
my nephews boxers.

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Melinda Meahan - take out TRASH to reply  spray painted on a boxcar:
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ideas: pillow case, drawstring bad, stuff sack, potholders... none of these
require a pattern.
There should be tons of books in the free library that have free craft
patterns.

Penny S



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Jean wrote:
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Kwik Sew have a lovely boxer's pattern.  Pop over to their web site and
look it up:  http://www.kwiksew.com

If you want a 'manly' project, quilting is good too.  And a word of
encouragement: don't forget that most tailors are men, and my beloved
FIL used to make all his own trousers - he's a retired engineer (built
RADAR during the war).  He also made the suit my MIL wore for her
wedding to him (they were both widowed before), and the one she wore to
my own wedding.  Just this last summer he made her some very smart
tailored trousers.  he's 83.  If he can, you can!  :)  Oh, and my
favourite shirt making book was written by a bloke who started as an
amateur sewist!  Shirtmaking: Developing skills for fine sewing by David
Page Coffin.  ISBN 1-56158-264-6 (The Taunton Press, 1998),
11.24/US$19.95

Your machine sounds fine, and I understand the buzz fixing it gives you
- I just removed and fixed the declutching mechanism on my old treadle,
and a few weeks back I dismantled, cleaned, de-rusted, oiled and
're-mantled' its upper and lower tension mechanisms.  I'm very pleased
with myself on this!

BTW...  Welcome to the group!  Just don't ever try to sell us anything!
;D
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Kate  XXXXXX
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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 > Don't mind me , just ranting
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much to ask apparenlty.

OK, I'll rant right back at you!!  :-) :-)

I simply cannot fathom why people are willing to put money or major work into a
sewing machine, buy fabric, needles and thread, but then expect to get patterns
free.  It is the same in the knitting world, people will invest major bucks in
needles and yarn, but still want free patterns.  Surely the people who design,
make and publish these patterns are also entitled to be paid for their work
and/or creativity?  I don't have nearly as large a pattern collection as many
of my friends, but there are in there about a half-dozen or so patterns which I
use over and over, in different fabrics and sometimes with minor details
altered, and I consider those patterns worth their weight in gold.  I have been
using the same boxer short patterns for my DH for many years, likewise the
dressing gown (robe) and pj patterns.  For myself I have a basic skirt pattern
and a basic knit top pattern, both of which are so ratty that I finally had to
iron non-woven interfacing on the back in order to keep on using them.  All of
these patterns were bought at full price years ago, long before the 99c prices
started being used as loss leaders, but I do not begrudge the money they cost,
they have paid for themselves over and over again.

JMNSHO.

Olwyn Mary in New Orleans.

Re: too much to ask ( just a little rant)
Well said...I've wondered that, too every time I see a 'looking for a
free pattern' post.  Once you get a good pattern, like you said,  you
use it again and again, and it pays for itself many times over.

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Maybe they are too used to pirating software, craft patterns, etc.
(whether they realize that this is illegal or not -- some people don't
realize it and others don't think about whether it is or not) and expect
it to be the norm

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I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.
I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.  - Mother Teresa


Re: too much to ask ( just a little rant)
A simple Google (sewing +pattern +boxers) found
http://www.max.hi-ho.ne.jp/hotaru/underwear/how_to01.html
They are pretty basic - you'd probably be happier with the fit if you used
the Kwiksew pattern.  There is also a free pattern for briefs - they are for
large men but you could probably print out the pattern then use a copier to
reduce size of the pattern pieces.
http://www.total.net/~lours/FREE.html
Good luck!
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There is more science and engineering to reducing pattern sizes than just
making a smaller print on a copy machine. This guy needs to bust lose with
99 cents and buy a d *$%# pattern.

Val

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Re: too much to ask ( just a little rant)
Val - I think you are right!  You are assuming though that he is in the US
and near TSWLTH...

Jean - If you are in the states and near a JoAnn's store the Simplicity
patterns are 5 for $5 Nov 8 - 10th, Butterick & Mc Call's patterns are $.99,
and Vogue patterns are 75% off  Nov 13 - 15.

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Here in Australia the patterns are more like $20 - $30, I think (say $15 -
$20 USD). Not a vast price, compared to a sewing machine, but not the sort
of thing you just go buying dozens of on the off-chance you'll use them.
Don't know about Canada -- Is that where Jean is?

Liz

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Wow, I live in the bush (Australia) hours from a big town and still only pay
$12 - $15(Aust.) max for patterns at our tiny shop.
Spotlight has 1/2 price Simplicity or 2 for the price of one (Buttericks,
McCalls etc.) very regularly!!

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Here in rural France - 27 euros per pattern (roughly 27 dollars). Ouch. I
do, admittedly, tend to buy online, but 12 dollars, say, for me, is an out
and out bargain. I cheerfully (well, maybe not all that cheerfully ;) pay
20 dollars for Sewing Workshop patterns, and I've paid over 40 dollars for
some collectors patterns on Ebay. In the UK, patterns were pretty expensive
and so I've always regarded them as an investment, not as a commodity.

:) Trish

Re: too much to ask ( just a little rant)
Yeow! I can't imagine paying more than $5. for a pattern. Well once in a
very great while I might pay as much as $15 for a really special one. But
$27 - 40? Yeoch!

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Norma
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You jest... I pulled out the bidding for one pattern I wanted at 70
dollars. It went for 72 and I was - ahem - rather cross.

This is what happens when you have a seriously bad Miyake habit;)

Trish

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  Trish--please email me, and include your email addy. We gotta tawk.
                   Cea
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<Here in rural France - 27 euros per pattern (roughly 27 dollars). Ouch.
I do, admittedly, tend to buy online, but 12 dollars, say, for me, is an
out and out bargain. I cheerfully (well, maybe not all that cheerfully
;) pay 20 dollars for Sewing Workshop patterns, and I've paid over 40
dollars for some collectors patterns on Ebay. In the UK, patterns were
pretty expensive and so I've always regarded them as an investment, not
as a commodity.
:) Trish  


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