12 Apr 2018

T-shirts and Iron-On

I like knits a lot. I have a lot of fabric too and keep buying them. I also discovered lately that I can get cool iron-on patches from Aliexpress. So I made a T-shirt for myself and added some kick to it. It almost looks like bought.
In addition I also started ironing on patches to my kids´ RTW clothes as they both like to have something on (not letters).
Few things to be careful about when ironing -

1. Always use a piece of fabric between the iron and the patch.

2. Be persistent but don´t go over 2 dots on the iron (140-150 C). If you do so it might melt the patch too much and it will stick on the foil. Can be saved but better avoid the hassle (remove the foil carefully - most challenging - and iron more with the fabric over)

3. If you can´t pull the foil from one end try other ends. You still can iron for a few more seconds with the fabric on top but without the foil.

4. Make sure edges are properly done. Otherwise half of the motive will come off after the first wash.

5. Always wash inside out.

Burda 2/2013 Modell 126

Ruffled sleeves and pretty neckline with bias binding

Young Lady´s look-alike T-shirt with the same kid´s size iron-on

Too many letters and too small motives might be challenging when ironing - I´m skeptical how long this will last

11 Apr 2018

Save Your Hopeless Projects

Once upon a time I had dreams of making dresses using Tanya Whelan´s dress book. I had the perfect fabric for a dress with a 6-gore skirt and princess seams without the waist seam. As always I didn´t so any muslins and went straight to my fashion fabric. Was a big mistake - it turned out to be way too big. I started to rip off all the seams (yes, all were ready by then except neck and arm binding and zipper insert) and got tired of it. I was also too fast in some places and cut into the fabric.

The pieces were laying on my desk for a year or so. Then the idea came - don´t give up on it, make the skirt then. And so I did. Cut the skirt off and finished it. Nice summer skirt in super easy. I was so happy at the end not to lose the fabric completely (I really like it) and tapped myself on the shoulder for being such a genius. A bit slow genius but still one.

Original plan without the waist seam

And what it ended up being

3 Apr 2018

One-Row Shawl

By Purple Iguana @ Ravelry. Was an easy make just took ages. 

Used a viscose yarn for this - was awful as it´s so slippery. I also switched hooks at about 2/3 - from 2 to 3mm. I think the 3mm was a better choise as the pattern was less dense with it. 
Also I don´t like blocking the classical way - I only iron with a lot of steam at the end. Does the job, much faster and requires no extra space.

Took 200g (666m/100g skein)

2 Apr 2018

Kids Apron 2-4ys Free Pattern

Junior had one so I had to self-draft one for Little Lady too. The first version is pretty simple and will be followed by a second one made of some nicer fabric.
Sizes are shown on the pic (fits 2-4ys, for older kids the length needs to be increased only).
The cool thing about it that it can be adjusted by pulling the straps on the side and no need to make head measurements.
The tubes to guide the strap is made using a 5cm wide bias tape (mine was 33cm, but it really depends on the curve) attached to the raw side of the curve. The strap is 170cm long (1-piece).

25 Mar 2018

Machine Embroidery

Prepping for Easter - door hanger (on theme for the 52-Week Sewing Challenge) and a set of toy food for the kids. I didn´t realize that smaller scraps of fabric can be used so good for stuff like this. I should remind myself though not to enter the rathole by keeping all the tiny bits and pieces of leftovers. Stitching these takes a lot of time - about an hour on average per piece. However these are in-the hoop designs which mean I don´t need to do anything else than removing the stabilizer when stitching is done.
Breakfast pack

Easter door hanger