2008年11月4日火曜日

as requested

Amy's new undershirts.


I was sorting through all the clothes that are too small and/ or wrong season the other day:



making a gazillion piles: too small for M but too big for A, too small for M but doable for A, wrong season but still wearable by same girl as this season, two small for both girls but put away for niece, too small for both girls but SIL won't like colour/ fabric/ design/ freaking feng shui issue or whatever.  (Did I mention my SIL won't let anyone buy her child clothes as noone buys the 'right' things? and then she phoned me all in a panic as the seasons have changed and she doesn't have enough winter clothes.  big... deap.... breath...)  So anyway I had a sad pile of much loved and oft worn but therefore rather the worse for wear clothes.  My first idea was to make a quilt out of them but as I would first have to learn patchwork and as I still have an unfinished cross stitch I started when I was 13, I gave up on that idea.  Then I had the bright idea that I'd just applique the cute bits on to new clothes.  Walah! Brilliant right?  I flew through the two round ones and started on the flowers one.  oooooh errrrr, all those fiddly turns and curves. @_@  But I got it done alright.  Then I realised I had 4 'new' singlets for A and nothing for M.  That didn't seem very fair so I grabbed her plain pink house wear/pajama tracksuit and a metre of precure 5 fabric and cut out one of each design (13 in total!!) interfaced them and sewed them on her top and bottom.  woah.... Things I learnt:
*stay away from narrow sleeves,
*pockets are a pain in the butt,
*stay away from narrow sleeves,
*skimping on interface or trying to be frugal and use all the scraps will give you more money by a yen or two and less life by a year or two!
*there's a reason most shirts just have a big design smack bang in the middle of the shirt.
*STAY AWAY FROM NARROW SLEEVES!

It was a pain in the butt and took me until 1:00 to finish it all but the girls were thrilled this morning and the precure pjs and the giraffe singlet went to kinder today and are therefore not in the pictures.  That's pretty high praise, I reckon.

So, as requested, there's the story of the applique.




6 件のコメント:

Gina さんのコメント...

I love those new undershirts, you did a fantastic job on those! Now they have one of a kind undershirts!!! : )

Kim さんのコメント...

What a cute idea! You interfaced the appliques and then zig zagged? Is that right? No hemming? That would cover unsigntly stains on Jun's undershirts too! Would love to hear more about the narrow sleeves! AHAHAHAH!

Sara さんのコメント...

ohhh cute!! you are so creative! i bet your girls love those original type shirts!


and now off topic
I read on your comment on Nay's blog that you signed up for a triple.

Actually Nay and I were looking for a third roomate... think it wouldn't be too late to put you down for that? We were going to send in our applications in Dec. tho...

yikes! do you have skype, maybe the three of us can talk about it? we recently discovered the fun of 3 way... SKYPE that is ;)

Nay さんのコメント...

rofl, I just replied to your comment about bunking together on my blog, and sent Sara a sms just before (in case she hadn't read your comment on my blog), but she is too fast for me and has already asked you, rofl again!!

By the way, the undershirts are so so cute!! You definitely have to show me how you did it!

Lulu さんのコメント...

They turned out so cute (would love to see the pjs too!)- I don`t actually understand how applique works? Off to google it now though...

Gina is right, they are now one of a kind undershirts. Definitely going to keep this idea in the back of my mind for future projects!

I had to laugh when you said you thought about making a quilt but don`t know how to do quilting- I am the same although I love love love quilts and would love to learn one day1

thefukases さんのコメント...

Thanks everyone. I was pretty pleased with them, too. And I can now announce that they are wearable AND washable- yeah!! That is ctually quite an achievement from someone who sewed a band of gorgeous but unforgivingly nonstretch lace on one of A's shirts. Double stitched infact. :( The there was the painstakingly made over many hours precure dream outfit I made with a yellow fabric that bled all over it on the first wash. :(

Compared to those the appliques were easy peasy. I cut out the bits I wanted, cut a sameish size piece of doublesided interface, aligned them in the right spot on the new shirt and ironed them on. The stitching (zigzag) is just so it doesn't fray.