Tutorial: Adding Decorative Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt

I’ve been having some fun in the sewing studio, which means you get a tutorial today!  You know I love to use my serger for construction of knit garments, but it can be used for more than that!  So I’m going to show you how I used my serger to add decorative flatlocking to the seams of a raglan shirt!  Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialYou’ve seen raglan shirts with this decorative stitching on the seams, right?  It’s such a fun detail and when I decided to make this striped raglan I knew some flatlocking details would be perfect!

So you want to start by sewing your sleeves to the bodice of your shirt.  You don’t want to sew the side seams, yet.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialYou’ll need to set your serger up for flatlocking.  On my machine I need to switch to my blind hem foot, disengage the blade, lower the tension on my left needle, remove my right needle, keep the normal tension on the upper looper and increase the tension on the lower looper.  You may also want to increase your stitch length.

Once your machine is all set you’ll fold your seam, wrong sides together.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialSerge along this seam.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialGive yourself nice long tails on either end, so you have a little wiggle room when you flatten out your seam.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialYour seam will look like the picture above.  Then you just need to give your pieces a little tug and smooth the seam out.  It helps to smooth it both on the front and back.

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialAnd that’s all there is to it!  You can do this on your seams, the triangle patch, neckband and cuffs if you have them! 

I added a triangle patch and I love the little detail. 

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialIf you want another look you can flatlock with right sides together and you’ll get the ladders on the outside. 

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialHere’s the backside of my triangle to show you what that would look like.  Once you’ve flatlocked your triangle and sleeve seems you can finish sewing up your shirt.  And then totally impress your husband when you wear your shirt with the decorative flatlock stitches! 

That same hubby who was impressed with my shirt also suggested I try making some videos, so here’s a flatlocking video for you if you want to see some sewing in action.

 

Tutorial: Adding Flatlocking to a Raglan Shirt #sewing #tutorialPattern: Patterns for Pirates Slim Fit Raglan

Fabric: Girl Charlee

 

 

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Friday Fitness: Frostbite 5

The weather here in Ohio has been crazy!  Up and down. Up and down.  On Saturday, when I would normally do my long run it wasn’t even 20 degrees outside.  I didn’t run on Saturday, not because it was too cold, but because I had a race on Sunday afternoon.  Our local running club has several events throughout the year and this was the first of the year that I could attend.  I did this race last year, too, but pushing the stroller.  And, just like last year the weather was unseasonably warm.  Despite the bitter cold temperatures on Saturday, Sunday afternoon was a gorgeous one!  It was in the upper 40s and sunny.  But quite windy.  So of course I had no idea how to dress for the weather.  And I overdressed.

This is the only picture of me in the race photos.  And it’s a horrible one.  I had to wear the Buff because of the wind.  My ears don’t like the wind.  These races only give you a gun time (no timing mat at the start), so I placed myself sort of close to the front (but nowhere near the 5 and 6 minute mile runners).  I started off at and 8:46 min/mile, which might have been too fast, but by the time I made it to the photographer around 2.5 miles I was maintaining the pace.  Mile 3 brought a small hill, mile 4 was into the wind, and at 4.5 miles there was another decent hill.  So the last half slowed me down just a tad. 

But I crossed the finish line in 44:38 (8:50 min/mile), which is a 5 mile (race) PR for me. Though, this was only the 3rd time I’ve raced the distance. I felt great at the finish, too.  I even turned around and went back out to find a friend and run her into the finish line (so I got another 1.5 miles in). 

It was great racing with my MRTT crew and a nice change of pace to run in the afternoon! And it’s fun to run these little races and see the strong running community we have! 

 

Fish Sandwich with Slaw

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend!  I took the girls roller skating, which is their new favorite thing to do.  They both own skates, now, so we’re getting a good bit of use out of them while they still fit!  We also ate these delicious fish sandwiches with slaw!  Pumpkin isn’t a big fan of most meat, but when I make fish for dinner she gobbles it right up.  This fish sandwich was no exception!

Fish Sandwich with slaw #recipeI had some catfish I wanted to use and we had just had Crispy Baked Catfish the week before, so I wanted to try something different.  I’m a big fan of slaw so when I stumbled on this recipe I was intrigued!  I made a few changes to the recipe and it was a hit!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/229853/catfish-po-boy/

Fish Sandwich with Slaw
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Slaw
  1. 16 oz bag coleslaw veggies
  2. 1/4 pickled pepperocini peppers, chopped
  3. 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  4. 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  5. 1/2 lemon, juiced
  6. 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  7. 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  8. 1 tsp salt
  9. 1 tbsp garlic powder
  10. 1/2 tsp onion powder
  11. 1/2 tsp lemon pepper
Fish
  1. 6 catfish fillets (4 oz each)
  2. 2 tbsp hot sauce (I like Frank's Red Hot)
  3. 1 cup cornmeal
  4. 1 cup panko
  5. 1 tbsp garlic powder
  6. 1 tbsp onion powder
  7. 1 tsp black pepper
  8. 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  9. 1 cup oil for frying
  10. 6 hoagie buns
Sauce
  1. 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  2. 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  3. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  4. 3 tbsp garlic powder
  5. 3 tbsp onion powder
  6. 1 tbsp lemon juice
  7. 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  8. salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. 1. Toss all the slaw ingredients together in a large bowl and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. 2. Combine all sauce ingredients in a medium bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. 3. Place the fish in a bowl with the hot sauce and toss to coat.
  4. 4. In a separate bowl combine the cornmeal, panko, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Remove catfish fillets from the hot sauce one at a time and coat with the breading mixture.
  5. 5. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat and fry the fillets until cooked through, 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove to a paper towel lined plate.
  6. 6. Assemble each sandwich by putting one fillet on a hoagie and top with slaw and sauce.
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Friday Fitness: Lifetime Fitness Indoor Triathlon

A few weeks ago I completed my second triathlon, but this one was an indoor sprint triathlon.  I hadn’t planned on doing it because it was a week after the Beast Challenge, but a bunch of friends were doing it and there was an open spot and well, the next thing I knew I was in the pool practicing my laps in preparation.

The race was 10 minute swim, 30 minute cycle, 20 minute run.  I spent all of December practicing 10 minutes of straight swimming, as I’d never really swam 10 minutes straight before!  I also got in a few brick workouts of a swim and bike or a bike and run.  So when triathlon day came I was feeling pretty optimistic. 

Our group was split up between waves, so we were able to cheer on our swimmers, especially me being in the second to last wave of the day (last of our group).  But that meant we missed a lot of each others bike and run. 

After one last bathroom break it was time to get in the pool.  We had to share a lane and luckily I had a friend to share with.  Except once we started swimming I was super paranoid about running into her and I actually bumped hands with the person in the next lane at one point.  Despite hitting 400 or 425 yds in 10 minutes consistently in training I only managed 375 yds. 

Out of the pool it was into the locker room to go to the bathroom again, because wet bathing suit.  I put on a pair of shorts and shirt over my suit and headed upstairs to the cycle studio.  I had gone into the studio before the race started so I knew what settings I needed on the bike.  So I grabbed a bike without clips and got my feet into the straps just in time for them to say go.  Except no one showed us show to start the recording on the bike.  So I started pedaling and it didn’t start recording.  We had to call someone over to get it recording, so I lost some time/distance there.  I also didn’t like how the bike didn’t tell you what gear you were in so it was a  guessing game and I kept adjusting up and down trying to find a good gear.  In 30 minutes I biked 8.3 miles.

After hopping off the bike we had to head down the stairs, across the fitness center and back up the stairs to get to the treadmills.  The wave before us was finishing up so we cheered on some of our girls and when the timer stopped for them it started for us.  I hit the quick start jog button and we were off.  Every few minutes I upped the speed a bit and sprinted to the finish.  When the 20 minutes was up I had run 2.31 miles. 

Overall I was pretty happy with how it went.  Since it was my first indoor triathlon I have nothing to compare it to, but now I have some numbers to improve on for the next one.  I’m not sure when the next one will be, though.  Until then I’ll just keep running (cause I still have some running races on the calendar and well, that’s what I do) and I’ll keep swimming because I really enjoy swimming.  I’ll bike if I have to.  It’s my least favorite part.

Mostly I had fun because my MRTT crew was there.  And then we went to Whole Foods for lunch afterward. 

Friday Fitness: The Beast Challenge

I have some race updates to give you!  It’s been a while since my last Friday Fitness post and I’ve raced twice since then!  The first was on New Year’s Day. I did the Pancakes and Resolutions Run Beast Challenge.  The race had a 1 mile, 5K and 10K option.  Or you could do all 3.  I did all three.

It started with a 1 mile run.  There was a small crowd gathered at the start and the race started 10 minutes late because it was taking so long for everyone to get checked in.  I started near the front because it was a small crowd.  Knowing I had two more races ahead of me the plan was to take it easy.  After all, I had 20 minutes from the start of this race until the next.

And then I crossed the finish line in 8:07.  Oops. Not the slow start I had planned.

Next up was the 5K.  Now, I have a knack for running a 27 minute 5K and when chatting with friends prior to the race I made that remark.  But I also said I should probably ease back a bit since I still had the 10K after that. 

And then I ran a 27 minute 5K (8:43 min/mile).  Ha!  My speedy friend was waiting at the finish line (she got 2nd in our age group) and the first thing out of her mouth was “You called it!”

I took a bathroom break after the 5K, which was the best decision I had made all day!  I swapped out my last bib and headed back to the start line for the 10K.  I got off to a great start, but then we took a turn and headed up a hill.  And when we got to the top of that hill there was another small hill.  And when we descended from that hill we had to go up a third hill.  By the time we hit the third hill my legs were done.  I took a walking break.  No shame.  I was tired and hungry and running out of steam.  But I made it to the top of the hill and then got to run back down.

Pretty good finish line photo, too, in my Balega Crazy Crews!!!  It wasn’t my best 10K time, 59:47 (9:38 min/mile), but it was the 3rd race of the day, so…….

But look, still smiling!  It was a fun way to start off the new year.  And I was happy to have some of my MRTT crew there to chat with and cheer on.

If you completed any one of the races you got a pancake medal (and his little legs swing back and forth!) and for completing all 3 races you got a beast medal to go with it. 

And then there was all you can eat pancakes!!!

They tasted much better than they looked! And yes, that’s caramel drizzle on them!  (I’m not a big fan of syrup)  This was a great little local race.  I’m glad I did it!  (It didn’t hurt that the weather was pretty nice.  36 degrees and sunny!)