Saturday, February 16, 2013

Refashion: More Turtlenecks to Scoopnecks

Last month I refashioned an unloved and unworn green turtleneck into a useful scoopneck top. This month 2 more t-necks became s-necks! I chose a teal rib knit to finish the neckline of the cream top and a hot pink rib knit for the red top. Now I have 2 more long sleeves top to wear this winter and spring. Yay! The contrasting colour really brighten up my usually black and grey outfits.

Pattern Review: New Look 6779 dress

This was a pre-kids dress that I recently fit into again. It was based on New Look 6779. I made view D using a medium weight cotton denim. I used the underside of the fabric as a contrast for the top part of the dress.  It is a pullover style dress with a slight A-line. I made a size 12 because I wanted it to be more fitted (usually I would use a size 14).

It was a very easy and quick dress to make. I don't think I looked at the instructions at all! I have wore this dress many times already. It's one of those dresses that can be dressed up and down (my favourite kind of clothing). The only thing I would improve on is the interfacing for the neckline. As you can see it is not sitting flat on my chest. I think a medium weight interfacing may help (instead of a light weight one). I highly recommend this pattern and will be making more dresses with this in different combinations of fabrics for this summer.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Very Practical use for Fabric Scraps

I have lots and lots and lots of fabric scraps from many sewing projects that I had been saving. I just thought that one day I would come up with some ideas to use them. Yesterday I found a great idea: Home Made Sanitary Pads! I was surfing on the web and came across pages and pages of cloth home made sanitary pads sites. Hey if babies are going back to cloth nappies then why shouldn't adult women follow the trend? I have lots of cotton flannel scraps from kids' project so I thought I would give it a go as well.

I found this site very useful if you are interested: Reusable Menstrual Products

I didn't use PUL as backing as many sites have suggested, simply because I like to tempt fate! Just kidding! I thought I would try using the cotton flannel as the top and the bottom and sandwich 2 layers of Warm and Natural cotton batting scraps in between. I added wings with snaps for each pad. I only made 2 because I want to try them out during my next cycle to see how they perform and then tweak/improve them before making more.

They were quickly and crudely made so they are not pretty enough to be posted here. I'll do that for the next batch. I hope they work!

Do you have any other project ideas for your fabric scraps? Do share!