Thursday, 27 October 2016

Butterick B6072 Backpack view D

I wanted to make a backpack - and various searches on the web led me to this pattern..

I used This You Tube video to create a two way zip for my bag.

I made some changes to the pattern:

The straps in the pattern are fabric with no adjustment possible. I added webbing and some sliders (a bit like making a bra strap). This has not worked well as the metal slider is too smooth and does not hold the webbing - however I have now sourced some ladder lock clips and can change this (or do it better for my next backpack). The straps are also padded

I added a hanging loop with swivel clip on the inside for keys etc

I used a magnetic closure rather than velcro for the outside front pocket

I used fusible volume fleece and bag stiffener to give the backpack a bit of body

I double the width of the side pocket piece and then gathered it to fit at the base and added elastic at the top to make a more usable side pocket.

I love this bag! Just the right side - room for improvement. But since my youngest has asked for one for himself ... I can improve on the next bag!

Sunday, 9 October 2016


I un-tessellated the Fehr Trade Tessellate Tee - to make a PJ top and used Ottobre 06-2009-37 (size 152) to make a birthday gift..... it fits and she loves it so I am happy!

Particularly pleased with the neckline - those notches really help!

Fleece jacket for the beach - Ottobre to the rescue again

Ottobre 01-2009-38

I added reflective tape to the back... I did not add in all the contrast panels etc as this was just supposed to be a quick easy fleece to wear on the beach after being in the water.. something to keep him warm... something that would get covered in sand and ruined quickly..

 However he liked it so much he wore it on his bike cycling to school ... be safe be seen! However I used an old zip from someone's stash so v v old ... and unfortunately it is difficult to use... so I will have to unpick it and put in a new chunky zipper!!
 Don't be fooled by the picture in the magazine of roomy pockets:

(My hands are basically the same size as my son's!!). I added in pockets to the seam between the front side and centre front panels so that there are usable pockets in this pattern!

I did not line this as it is quick a fleece jacket - thus making the construction fast.

Then I found some fleece left in the stash to sew up three hats for wearing on the beach!

Thursday, 29 September 2016

K6230 - View B - T-shirt top

I got the New Look K6230 pattern free on the from of a Magazine...I decided to try view B. However it is VERY wide at the neck and bra straps do peek through at lot. So I will not be making it again - too many other patterns to try.

 I messed up the back neckline.... but I don't want to remove it and do it again  - because then it would be far too wide to wear!

 I like the raglan sleeve and the use of different fabrics... but I am not thrilled with this top.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Tesselate Tee

I made a toile from old T-shirts (include a couple of old school polo shirts from my eldest!)

Because this fabric does not stretch as much as activewear I should have made a size larger (or just reduced the side seams a little)

The activewear one - with slightly reduced side seams in NOT skin tight and has room for layers underneath. It performed well on the cycle commute to school/work/school/home so I shall made more using some things from the add on pack.

The superhero triangle and neck binding is the last scrap left from the tops I made for March...a great reason to keep scraps. The rest was fabric waiting in the stash for a use. I used bright fabric for the sleeves to help visibility especially when signalling. 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

PJ Shorts

I was asking the youngest if he would wear something made in this fabric... thinking he would think it too young... and the next oldest asked for some PJ shorts in it! Shows what I know!!

So Jalie 2914 a couple of sizes larger than last time - perfect for jersey PJ shorts... now I know that they are fine I need to make lots more (before he grows and I have to trace the next size up)