Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Little Boy Pants

 These are some rtw jeans that my son had. The khaki ones fit him like a glove.. the others...look like *rap! The length of that crotch was big enough nearly for me! I find that a lot with pants for boys... anyway we'd had these in the wardrobe, along with two other pairs of pants (pull on ones) with the same problem so i decided I'd tackle them... this is about 2 months ago actually, but just noticed the photos again. So I cut the pants to the same shape as the khaki and voila! Three 'new' pairs of pants and no trip to the shop. Sometimes I just figure, by the time you get into the car, drive 20 mins to the shops, get a park...you get the picture, it's just as easy to adjust (in this case) or make something from scratch yourself!
Notice how the foot tips back due to the thickness of the fabric
With a small spacer it raises the foot, making it easier to move forward

I also thought I'd share a little tip I learned in fashion design college (another lifetime ago). In the top photo; the foot tips down due to the thickness of the fabric and then the feed dogs can't pull the fabric forward. In the second photo I have a spacer (which is the holder from those cheap Sullivan's sewing needles you can get but is the perfect size for this)an just prop the foot up to straight and then the fabric pulls through and you don't get that 1000 stitches in the same spot tension thread jammed problem.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Ruffles for distraction.

Hmm.. that mirror was embarrassing so it was cleaned as soon as I saw the photos. It wasn't noticeable in real life! Notice it's at about 8 year old boy height!

So this is a ruffle skirt I made about 6 weeks ago. I got the fabric at the fabric sale I talk about for $8 per metre. It was the only colour. If you hold the fabric up one way; it was just like normal ruffle fabric... nice straight ruffles going across, but if you turned it the other way,the little catches in the knitting made the ruffles scallop and I thought it looked interesting so cut the skirt this way. The skirt is really comfortable and goes with a black merino wool knit top I bought at the fabric sale last year for $5 and the little cotton/linen jacket in the photos is from this years sale for $10. You can't see it in the photos but it has buttons down the centre back - a cute feature.

I cut the skirt in a way that made a little fish tail at the back and you can also wear it to the side and make it asymmetrical instead. The only problem is I made the top of the skirt a little narrow so to sit nicely on my hips it sits right under my bust. I just haven't had time to fix it. My boy has been sick (temp over 39deg for a week!) and I am so behind in my uni stuff that, for the first time, I am putting in an assessment one day late! Oh the shame! I'm pretty disappointed to tell the truth but I have been so tired with my son not sleeping well and needing my during the day (meaning I couldn't hold a thought in my head long enough to write it down)that I just didn't get my three reports finished in time. One still has to be electronically submitted by 11.00pm and I'm nearly done so hence the distraction and desperate need to push that boundary and write a blog post! To make things worse (they can get worse??) I'm just not feeling the one that will be late.

Off to finish those reports... wish me luck!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Oh.. I remember that!

I made half made this jacket about 20 years ago... wow I can't believe it is that long ago but it is! This was my first and only attempt at welt pockets of any kind.... and with at zip!! I impress myself. (maybe only me!)And how is that zip insertion?? Again I impress myself...

This was not at a time when I had any guidance, technical assistance (from books or teacher or anything) bar the pattern instructions ...and there was not a thought in my head that I should do practice welts. Never would have occurred to me until I read it in a blog. So obvious when you read it! I know they are not great but I am pleased with them and the zip.

This is a Kwik Sew pattern that I still have and will try to finish this jacket in the long summer holidays for my Mum when she walks. 

The fabric colour is most like the top photo. It is completely water proof and I got it for less than a song at the fabric sale I go to about once a year.I've got more things I need to complete but some don't fit me any more..oops. The new treadmill may help me with that... as I am a single parent I can't go out and walk early so other than walking part way to uni (which is a good 20-25min fast walking each way)three days a week and general playing with my son, I don't get enough exercise - of course I could eat less (which I will too..soon). How old are your oldest UFO's?