a) they are so easy no one needs a tutorial
b) no one sews trunks for boys because they are cheap in the shops
c) something else....
Someone sewing the SAME Ottobre pattern!
Research - the inside of a commerical pair of trunks..
(age 5 which fits my 6 year old)
and pattern weight / childrens toys...
all the pieces ready to go (including 2cm wide rubber elastic for swimming)
Pattern from Ottobre
Hemming the edges of the lining piece - I should have adjusted my overlocker tension to 1.3 (left side no ripples), as the right side rippled on "N"
Making a loop of elastic and zig-zagging it closed - using walking foot - wanted to attach the elastic on the sewing machine but my stitches kept skipping so...
Elastic turned over to inside and then topstiched down using the twin needle
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes - apart from my changes
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes - but they did the usual Ottobre - you have to read 2 sets of instructions (pattern 40 and pattern 2)
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
nice slim fit trunks for my son
lycra swimwear fabric
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. Did NOT use piping
2.Did NOT use drawstring
3. Used 2cm wide elastic not 1.5cm
4. Added a lining piece
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
YES YES YES - Already had requested from the other boys for trunks in their favourite colours
Without the piping and buttonhole and drawstring this is a fast easy pattern.
cheap to make too!
£2.50 for half m lycra / 3 suits = 84p
elastic 25p per m / 2 = 12.5p
mesh £4pm / tiny scrap = 10p
thread = 10p
2 suits in sainsburys are around £2.50 - so the cost is comparable!! - just got to see if it hold up to actual use now.. feeling a little braver about trying my own suit now!
(edited to add: Lycra was from http://www.fabricland.co.uk/ - worst website in the world - swim stuff hidden with dance fabric - they are very helpful on the phone and very quick to depatch goods - you can only order over the phone OR go into one of their shops- in answer to question on Pattern Review)....