Fehr Trade Threshold shorts

Okay, so I don't have the camera charged yet, but I found some phone photos I took when testing Melissa's Threshold shorts.

Now this is another fun pattern from Melissa.  Interesting seaming, lots of pockets, new techniques.  It is even a great one for somebody who wants to sew exercise gear, but is not ready to tackle knits, or negative ease, because it can be made in a woven fabric as well.

When Melissa asked me to test this pattern, I was in the process of moving and living in a hotel.  I did have my daughter's little sewing machine with me, as I thought I might need a few moments of clam for the gaps between settling the kids into schools and looking at houses.  So I can verify that this pattern can be made on the most basic of sewing machines.  I did not have access to my fabric or notions stash, so my personal challenge for this project was to discover the sewing resources available in my new town.

Sadly, there is not a lot available.  There is a local Lincraft, and luckily, specialised fabrics  and notions were not a necessity for this project.  I found pink FOE and a lovely inch wide lingerie elastic and I was drawn to the colours in this stretch woven dress fabric.  The shop assistant asked what I was making, and I was a little embarrassed to admit that I was making exercise clothing with this fabric and not a glamorous dress.  Though, the sheen washed out of the fabric in the pre-wash, so I would have been disappointed if I did buy it for a dress.  The colours are awesome though, and it matches most of my running tops.

Here are a couple of photos of me testing the position of the elastic. I need to either reduce the front rise or raise the back rise for Melissa's patterns, though this is a fairly typical pattern alteration for me.  In spite of testing the elastic, I did not pull it tight enough...it seems in all my exercise clothing the elastic is either too tight or too loose...still need more experience to get this right.

In this side view, you can see the interesting front pockets and seaming.  I would have liked the front pockets to be a little deeper, and I believe that Melissa has added instructions to do this in her final version of the pattern.

You can't really see the seaming on the back, because of the print.

I lived out of a small suitcase for about 6 weeks, and am surprised at how thoroughly bored of those clothes I got....so these shorts were a welcome addition.  I wore them running, but also just as regular shorts, as beach shorts, as moving furniture shorts.  I will definitely be making more of these.

I also tested the runderwear, but as a stand alone item rather than attached to the shorts, as I knew I would have issues with the rise of the shorts.  I did send photos of me in the runderwear to Melissa but will not be posting them here!  I just wanted to say that the runderwear is a useful addition to the pattern, even if you don't want to attach them to the shorts.


KCWC Participant 2014

I'm in - to my new house, that is.  I will start blogging again, as soon as I can find the charger for the camera.  In the meantime, here are some photos I took during KCWC a week or so ago, before the camera ran out of charge.

Details can be found here.


A few last things.

The removalists arrive tomorrow, and I am guessing that I will be offline for quite a while.  Before I go, here are two underwear sets I made quickly to test some patterns.

The first bra is Jalie 3131.  It does not have underwires.  Some notes
- it is more supportive than I was expecting
- I added underwire casing, even though I did not use underwires, to provide a little more structure and support, and to keep all those seam allowances neat
-  I would like to modify this to use as a sports bra.  To do this, I would make the back band shorter and I would change the shape of the back band so that the straps cross over in the back.
- I think gingham underwear is cute!
- the knickers are my self drafted pattern with CB seam.  I need to go down a size, so for this version, I pulled the elastic tighter than I normally do.

The second bra is Elan #540.  I have made this pattern before when I was a smaller size. Some notes
- I modified the back to have a racer back style.  This is really comfy and something I need in my underwear drawer.
- I need to take more care next time when attaching the bridge pieces, so that the cups sit evenly when I am wearing it.
- the bust point is in the wrong spot for me.  Next time, I will try moving the BP to the "A" position, even though I will stay with the "B" size.
- the knickers are self drafted, from  "Patternmaking for Underwear Design" by Kristina Shin.  I pulled the elastic tighter than normal on these, thinking it was a weak ealstic, but the elastic is not so stretchy, so this did not work out well.  I need to remember this, as I have quite a lot of this elastic.
- I was all out of findings, so I ducked down to the op shop, when they had tubs of bras for $50c a bra.  I took a handful of coloured bras home with me and cut off all the coloured findings.  Economical and no shipping to pay!

So farewell for now.  I will keep reading your blogs via my phone, but I find it too tedious to comment on the phone, so you won't hear from me for a while.  xx

Crushed cotton cami

So nice to hear that you all enjoy t-shirt sewing as well!

This is a camisole that I made whilst visiting family in Brisbane, without a pattern.  I should have made a blog label for that sort of sewing, because, over the years, quite a few garments have been made that way.

 I bought the fabric on sale from The Fabric Store in Brisbane.

 Smiling or in focus?  Can't have both.

 I utilised the selvedge for the hem.

 I cut strips along the fabric's tatting (correct word??) and used these strips for the straps and to make a frill along the neckline.

The camisole sits perfectly and covers my bra when I am standing still, but on a crying, walking, sleeping, talking, living doll, it is a bit revealing, so I have to double it up with another cotton cami



I made a coupla t-shirts this week.  T-shirts are a funny thing.  I like sewing them, but sometimes, when I've finished, I kinda wondered why I bothered.  My daughter even questioned why I wanted to photograph them for my blog, when they are such an ordinary item.  On the other hand, when I go shopping for t-shirts, it takes me a long time to find ones that I like that don't cost more than un-ironed clothes should.  What do you think - worth sewing or not?

I sewed the apricot one first, so it is pretty plain.  Then the blue one.  The blue fabric does not have as much stretch as the other fabrics, so it is a smidge small.  In spite of this, it is my favourite.  I added pleats to the maroon one (inspired by the Named Laurie striped tee).  Rather than create a new pattern, I pleated the fabric before cutting out the front.

I started with the StyleArc Lisa t-shirt pattern, but then I altered the shoulder length, the armhole, the neckline and the sleeves, so it does not look a lot like the original.  Each of the shirts has a different sleeve, as I was playing around with the fit.