Friday, September 19, 2014

Last minute .... again.

My niece came back from Japan yesterday and leaves tomorrow for New Zealand. She came past this afternoon to say goodbye in between seeing friends in town and going out for dinner with her parents and brother. After we had some afternoon tea and she showed me a couple of things she bought for the weather in New Zealand (which will be a lot colder than Japan and here where currently it is about 26-28 deg in the day time). She showed me some togs (bathers; swimsuit) she bought and mentioned that she wanted some swim shorts to go with them to wear under the wetsuit she'll have to wear when she goes caving (yikes!). So like the yoga bag I made a few short weeks ago, I made her a pair of swim shorts at the last minute...again!

She chose the colours from my small stash of lycra. The hot pink was a remnant from Spotlight a couple of years ago and the navy was an Op shop find - I've made a few pairs of togs for Alex with this (another one nearly finished) and it's old but good quality.  I used the Lincraft pattern I used for some tights I made with some merino/nylon a few weeks ago (not blogged) and just measured the length for where she wanted them.

I put a buttonhole on the inside of the front waistband to thread the nylon tie. This is the elastic I spoke of before - it's got a channel with nylon cord through it - perfect for togs and other beachwear. I also put bands on the legs in the opposite colours (that was Zoe's request).  She couldn't wait (I had about 15 minutes to finish but they had a dinner reservation) so I said to pick them up on the way home.

It isn't my best work but probably took an hour and a half including cutting out and sewing up. I used a wooly thread on one of the loopers and in the bobbin for the twin needle.  I also put a navy and an pink thread in the twin needle The bands were actually nearly double that width but because the overlocker was being obstinate I put one on badly and wobbly and then just decided it was neater and cleaner to just make them narrower. I had to rethread the overlocker twice and in the end left it with one needle as I just couldn't fight it anymore.

Zoe was thrilled when she saw them (they didn't look good when she left for dinner) and even asked me if I'd remembered to get a photo for the blog... which I didn't so took two quick (blurry) photos. She also mentioned that many of the performers on the show she works for want some of the yoga mat bags so if I get to NZ (Auckland probably) I'll make some and take along as gifts. And just a reminder of the show she works for....

The tights I made from the same pattern but not blogged about yet, were made from a fabric from The Fabric Store which was a merino wool with nylon. The merino was the wrong (inside) of the fabric and the nylon was the outside. The merino was also woven like a terry towelling so it is so soft and warm and comfy inside against the skin but the nylon makes it really durable and able to dry quickly. (It was the bargain price of $8 pm and I also bought some lime green).  I had made the medium size but they were too big and long but so comfy I didn't care, but when Zoe tried them for fit, they fit her perfectly so I gave them to her. They are so lightweight but the fabric is thick so no bumps or lumps show and they look fantastic in a great gun metal grey colour. No  photos sorry.

I have been a bit unwell... not unwell but not well either. I also made some things for the market my friend had at her place so that wore me out too (I didn't sell anything tho :( but she's booked a little hall for a market  a bit before Christmas so I'll make a little stall there and try again. I made some really nice things and I'll post those photos next post. It's school holidays as of today, for two weeks,  and we are going on a drive holiday. Can't wait. Till the next time.... happy sewing!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Whoa! Crazy Man!

Yes that is original '70's towelling. My Mum bought it in the early '70's to cover one of those click drop back couches that were covered in vinyl that was hot, hot, hot in the summer in Brisbane. However, as a mother of 5, she never got the chance so I grabbed it a few years ago. Looking for something else in my fabric bins, I found this again and gave it a wash.  It is a very good quality one - thick and soft. I love the psychedelic waves. I found perfectly matching bobbles  and some fantastic elastic that has cording running though the middle. (I put a label on the front left after I took the photos and it looks really cool).

I should have taken a photo of the elastic - it's about 3cm wide and has the nylon cording throughout it evenly, but when you cut it and pull it out, there's plenty to tie up. I just made some button holes inside the 'waistband'. Basically this is just a rectangle with this elastic put on with the overlocker and then folded over and sewn down. I think this one is about the right size for a 10 year old (as it fits my other 'son'). I'm going to make a few and sell at my a handmade market night  (note that this flyer link says June but I can't find the September one - it's on 13 September if anyone wants to go) that my friend holds at her house, along with some other things I've made.

I also made my son some togs (swimmers) out of scraps. I used a Kwik Sew pattern but I cut these last summer and found them again, made them up and they are too small so they'll be given away to someone with a boy. I have some others I am making up for him now too. The fabric for the waistband is a remnant from The Fabric Store and I've half made a pair of racer back togs for me but a) they are too small   b) I need practice putting the elastic on to make it look ok and c) I have a few pairs already so not being desperate for them, I've put them at the back of the line. I'm making some rashies for the market too.

Today I helped a friend who makes rashies for women (but using beautiful colourful, floral or patterned or plain if that's what clients want) that zip up the front. She cut them and I sewed up the basic body and long sleeves, she was cutting and then putting the neckband and zips in. She has an industrial coverstitch which makes beautiful stitching and makes a very professional finish. She uses 50spf (sun protection factor) fabric that is chlorine resistant so that they last. It was nice to help her out as her husband (electrician) did not charge me to fit my new induction stove which was really nice. So from about 10.30am to 3pm I made up 6 of these and we stopped to have some lunch. Now she has some stock.  It was great fun sewing and chatting all day. I'm glad I had the time to help out.