more sewing stuff

Posted 7 May, 2015 by perigrine
Categories: craft, ideas, mypattern, salvage, scraps, sewing, thrifting

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How’s that for descriptive?

I found a nice looking pad on the interwebs and decided to see if I could make one like it. (Oh, already wrote about that in the post below) It took a bit of effort to get the shape onto paper, and then onto the cardboard, but I managed it. I think I missed some key point on how to get nice sharp corners though. Never fear. The core was a challenge as well, being such a strange shape. I used the little 5″inch inner core template on the ‘big enough to be useful’ sections and layered those in as well. I made a couple of errors, namely having one flannel back inside out but they worked well enough. As far as a pattern goes, I don’t think I like it. Couldn’t say why exactly. Since I haven’t seen many others like it, maybe no one else does either.

With not much in the way of the camouflage fabric I had to do some very careful pattern placement on the pieced together sections left from another pad. It was a bit hairy, but I managed to *just* get another piece cut out. A wing needed fudging because it was missing a tiny section, but since my wings end up a nice length, just trimming it to size was ok.

A scarf was sacrificed to be the back of one of the camouflage pads.

To gauge where I am for the top stitching I make sure the edge of the fabric is visible in the hole on the presser foot. I’m not sure if that is how you are meant to do it, but this works for me. To make the turn on corners, I sew until the edge of the fabric *just* slips under the foot. If I need a half turn of the wheel to get the needle down, there is usually enough fabric left.

I packed everything away over the weekend, since I really do not need to make any more. Then I found the fabric with the stylised ladies on it which I would love to turn into pads. I have traced the template shapes on there, but I haven’t gotten around to cutting them out.

While I was putting things away, I thought that while I still have a vague interest, I should make the Blue Dinosaur Overnight template, which I did, then upsized it. I’m not sure If I will cut it out. Yesterday I traced the Country Cloth postpartum pad onto paper, and today I moved that to the card. Again, I am not sure I will cut it out. I think I need to down size it, since I have no need for a 13″ pad. The template for the N&I one is 11.5″ long and 8″ at  the wings. If I was supremely clever I would make some other size guide lines in the templates, Ideally I would make them pencil width and about 1cm long, but I could probably use a hole punch to mark a smaller pattern. If I had more cat food boxes I’d try it. I looked at boxed of cereal the other day to see if I could rationalise it buying something, and for over $7 a box (to get a good size) I cant.


sewing with ripstop, and a new pattern

Posted 30 April, 2015 by perigrine
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I tried out sewing with the ripstop nylon last night, and I can’t say I am impressed. I have gotten ahead of myself…

BEFORE I tried the ripstop, I processed the pj top and pillow case. There was minimal wastage, and 5 buttons. Of course, not all of both items will get used, some will end up being too small for anything. It pays to unpick seams rather than tearing them, or cutting the seam off, though. The first bit of camouflage fabric, to get the most of it, needed a seam unpicked to get that extra 8mm or so. Its not much really, but when you need just an extra 2mm to fit two toppers on a piece of fabric, its a far bit.

I found a pad I liked and worked out how to get the shape. Then I ‘moved’ the paper version onto card and upsized it. But it turned out to be that the paper size was more like the ‘new and improved’ template, so I tried the paper version first. I needed a new core shape, so I traced the paper shape, leaving the wings off and tried to cut it neatly 8mm or so inside the line. Sewed that on to the top, and watched the Amy Nix video about adding the PUL layer.

While I was listening to that I tipped a bit of water onto the ripstop to see if it was ‘waterproof’ – its not. Blood is thicker than water, I think, so that might still be ok. I cant say I *liked* sewing it. I may try again with the N&I template, but the rest might end up ‘saved for later.’

I’m not sure what the stretchy terry stuff is..well..Etsy says its..stretch terry cloth. I don’t think I like THAT to sew with either, but it made a nice back. Because it is stretchy, I can’t use it as a core. Well, I probably could, but I don’t want to fight with it.

Might go and cut up the owls. The scarf seems too pretty to chop up, but I think that will be excellent with the purple towel in the centre.

op shopping!

Posted 28 April, 2015 by perigrine
Categories: salvage, scraps, sewing, thrifting

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Bad me! It was worth it though.

But it pays to know your fabrics when at the op shop. Top row, two ‘dog towels’ – 50c each. Middle: scrap of flannel – 20c, scarf in the fabric section – 50c, Rip stop nylon – 50c! Bottom: Crib sheet – $1, pillow slip – 50c, kids pj top – 50c. I’m not sure how/where the rip stop goes in pads though. Learning curve!

I was well pleased to find the ripstop. This is a listing for one yard on ebay.

Sewing with the Capri is coming along rather well. Since I tweaked it, it has sewn perfectly. I really need to do something with the things I have finished though.

I tried out the Onesie pad from The Pie Patch over the weekend. As you can see, it didn’t work out spectacularly. It LOOKED right before I sewed it. But. No. It will still work of course. I used the ‘front’ of the onesie in the middle, and thought I could get the sleeves in there too, but  they weren’t quite long enough to fit. I think my fleece was a bit too thick. I was going to buy some more from the op shop, but a) I forgot to ask how much they were, and b) was on a budget anyway. They had some nifty prints though.

Because I wanted some snapping wings (I’m too lazy to sew on the 12 snap fasteners I have), I cannibalised a grow suit that I didn’t much like. It is one of those back snapping ones. I mean, there isn’t a baby around, so I shouldn’t feel guilty… know. I may attempt another pad using the rest of it. Or use it in the middle of another one.

The differences in the fleece on the ‘quilted’ pads (its just fabric) is noticeable. The purple is a ‘scrap’ while the pink is a ‘dog blanket.’ The purple is noticeably thicker. The old sheet ones are waiting for backs, since I can’t think of what I can pair them with. I’d like a pale blue.

Time to wash todays things. I normally wouldn’t bother, but I have things still to use up on the freezer and its a lovely day.


Posted 25 April, 2015 by perigrine
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To avoid going to Spotlight today to buy a new machine (these ones work!!- just not well) I decided to have a fiddle around with the Singer Capri. I knew where the book was for a change and decided to start at page 1.

The first thing I did was tried to sew ‘as is.’ The top thread broke, and it was just an all round mess.

Second stage, and the presser foot pressure knobby thing was jammed way down. It has something to do with darning. I’ve never darned with this machine. Pressing the outer knob didn’t release the inner. I had to use scissors and the inner knob jumper up. Trying to sew with it all the way up was a sloppy effort. A fraction down and it gripped, but didn’t grab.

Next I took the cover off the tension knob. It would never get any ‘looser’ than 2, which didn’t fit the book. Undoing it showed me that the thread wasn’t between the plates anyway. The book says if the user wants a tighter or looser tension than what can be achieved with the knob on, to take it off and manually turn the thing under it. So I did. I could turn it right around, way past the previous dial numbers. Since tugging the top thread when it was ‘as is’ the thread was tight, I figured, maybe something was happening there and after loosening the thing, I started to tighten it so that the thread pulled through, and neither sloppily or grippy. What do you know? when I put the cover knob back on, it was in the green section (3-4-5). At a guess, when I got the machine either I, or the previous owner, had fiddled and forgotten where the slot was thus making it always be too tight!

I few trial efforts showed that I needed to fiddle with a few things, and eventually I got tape and wrote what worked best on it. With the actual tension ‘right’ and the foot not jammed down, the machine feeds, and doesn’t throw up threads any more. I’ve watched a tension video and the lady on there says to have a play around with the machine – hers was an overlocker, to find the optimum settings. So with a vague memory in mind, I tried that with my machine. All the stitches that worked were done with tension knob 5, and the last one with 6. T6 looks the best to me. Paired with L3 (length 3) its about perfect.

I’ll see what happens if I try and sew things properly later. The table part is missing, so there is little support for things, and the one off the other Singer doesn’t fit. First world problems. If the pads work nicely on the Capri, I’ll use that. I need to check the cornering. I have decided that I will chop up an old towel rather than buy more. I fail to see why I would *want* to spend $4 on a thrifted one when I have oodles at home I am not using, or using often. The one I plan to chop up was found on a beach over a decade ago and is mostly used for ‘messes’ rather than showering. It is threadbare in a few places, but I think I can cut around them.

As far as toppers go, I found these 9 patch squares I made ages and ages ago that I can’t remember what I was doing with them. Possibly a 9 patch quilt. They have been hanging around for years doing nothing, so I might see if the new template will fit and use them up.


drafting and an expedition

Posted 24 April, 2015 by perigrine
Categories: craft, Outdoors, photography, salvage, sewing, thrifting

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I’m just back from a bit of a trip to the almost-west-coast of Tassie, and I’m a bit brain dead at the moment, but I thought I would put these here and then come back to them tomorrow. There does seem to be some mathematical type things you can work with for drafting a pattern. I only put the grid on a hand drawn template outline, but I can see that using a proper grid to draw on would work. The expedition was long overdue, not being able to go with the others in Feb. My attention was diverted a number of times away from the focus of the Feb trip, but I found plenty to occupy myself. But for now, its time to pay the piper and sort the things one takes camping.

Northern Caverneers

Caving club webpage


my (sometimes) crazy explorations of Tassie wilderness and mountains


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