Saturday, January 5

Hang about Toiletry Bag - Andrie Designs

So way late in my Christmas sewing - aka didn't do any.  But I'm trying to catch up now, though a dodgy hand is slowing me up on that :(

Anyways this one is for Iain.  




I knew I wanted a toiletry bag and I tossed up between this and the Retreat Bag, but in the end, this one has pockets and it can be hung up, so it won. 

As it happened, I was in my local quilt store picking up a piece of fabric required for a project (again overdue) and turned to leave and saw Odicoat.  So of course I had to grab some of it cause I've heard nothing but good things about it. 




I've had this lovely pattern for quite some time.  It came in a three pack which included Hang About Toiletry Bag by Andrie Designs, Grace Travel Satchel by RLR Creations and Tiny Essentials Tote Bag by Little Moo Designs. 

When my daughter and her hubby visit I noticed they didn't have a wet pack to travel with their bathroom items, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to make one.

I am also trying to downsize my stash, so this is part of it.


The pattern was clear and concise.    Photos and instructions were easy to follow.   I only made one oops and that was the inside of the top cover - mine is upside down - I have made a note on the pattern so I know which way in future that I would put a directional print.  Fortunately since it was covered with mesh you can't really tell. 





I used Odicoat on the entire interior of the zipped part - I didn't use it on the front flap, I felt that was unneccesary.   The Odicoat was easy to apply and sewing up the laminated cotton was not difficult.  I think it was easier to sew than purchased laminated cotton to be honest.  I didn't find it necessary to use a teflon foot, though I did lengthen the stitch length somewhat. 

I found it quite easy to line, though next time I will be a bit more circumspect with sizing.   





I did use a smaller cording, as I prefer the smaller piped look.   I also would probably leave the hanging hook off it next time as I think you could just use the other findings to hang it.   I would also quite probably use foam next time, at least for the base part to give it a bit more oomph.  I used interfacing and fleece Pellon 640 this time, but my interfacing might need a bit more body.   It certainly stands by itself, but I think I'd like it firmer.

Its a relatively quick sew I think for a bag, and I did it over a few days which just a couple of hours each day - I think it would be much faster next time. 


Pattern - Hang About Toiletry Bag by Andrie Designs 
Fabric - Marvel from Stash
Bag Hardware - Betty Box Pleat
Label - Kylie and the Machine

Wednesday, January 2

Kwik Sew 3884

These are my go to men's shorts.   Whilst I don't make them with the Cargo pockets or the back welt pockets - I could but neither gentlemen I make them for want them, so it seems kinda pointless.







This pattern is the old style Kwik Sew on the heavier duty paper.  I just trace the size I need and use the traced copy - aside from the pockets, belt loops.  These I cut from the paper.


I haven't made any alterations to the shorts, apart from shortening to suit the height/style required.

They go together perfectly every single time.  The instructions are concise and to the point.  The only thing I change up is the overlocking of some of the seams, as I prefer to overlock them beforehand - ie the front seam and the back seam - I overlock these flat rather than as per the direction.

I also fold up and press the hem seam. 






I change up the waistband and don't fold under on the inside.  I get less bulk and don't miss catching any of the seam.

This pair were specifically for Sarah's partner who loves the Lion King.  Fabric has been languishing for oh I'd say two years.  It went missing for a bit but I found it and well its actually not a long sew, I don't know why I didn't just do it.

Size made was the Large, shortened to suit.  Omitted the welt pockets and the cargo pockets.  I did use plain yellow for waistband lining and pockets - cause they are mega fabric hungry and the rest of the Lion King fabric was destined for a skirt for Sarah, so I had to be conscious of what I used.

Belt loops were added to this pair though I've not added them to any other pair I've made but they were requested for this one so I will.

I want to make a pair for Shane before we head off on holidays as well, but i have about 6 weeks, so that's doable. 




All in all, I would recommend this pattern, it sews up well and they look nice.  


Pattern:  Kwik Sew 3884
Fabric:  Lion King from Stash 

Zip:  Dress Zip 
Alterations:  Left off welt and cargo pockets
Size:  L

Label:  Kylie and the Machine 

Monday, June 4

Norma Jean Juniors

Well what can I say …. the tween adores these undies.

I made several pairs, sticking with the wide bands primarily as that's what she likes, but I've also given the picot ones a whirl - no pics of those today as she is wearing them. 



Can I say anything bad about - nope, nope, nope. 

Went by measurements, perfectly spot on no adjustments required.
Do they cover the booty - absolutely
Are they comfy - heck yes and child has requested all the pairs - could be cause she has been hanging on to the previous undies that were made by The Climbing Tree which she adores, but are probably now two sizes too small but she wouldn't give them up.  Mama has now been instructed that they are probably too small.
And they have cats, so enough said really.



Small amounts of fabric are required really and you could use your scraps up.   Don't have elastic, just go the wide bands.  Want them for swimmer bottoms - go the narrow bands version and pop in elastic.   Want to send yourself a bit crazy - use FOE …. just joking, but its not my jam for sure. I like the bands.   Want them a bit special - use the picot elastic - you can get awesome soft stuff from Zebra Fabrics 

Now that I can see how much she adores them - I really should get the mama version and make myself some undies too.

I made 3 pairs I think - they are super fast to make, I didn't have any lighter weight cotton lycra but I will grab some from Zebra for the gusset lining, but its not super necessary.   

There will be lots more sets in our future I can see that.   Now I just have to keep bugging Lauren from Sew By Pattern Pieces, that a crop top would be a perfect addition.



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