It’s all about fabric around these parts

by kath_red on 08/03/2012

in Books, Newsletter

I have put my crochet project on the slow train while the fabric cutting and sewing gets to go on the fast track. I have a deadline and need to get sewing.

One day into sewing for a few hours straight and already my back is playing havoc — early intervention is required. I have moved my sewing machine onto my kitchen bench height cutting table so I can stand and sew. And wow much easier, faster and better on the back. Great when cutting, sewing, trimming, pressing requires getting up and down all the time from the sewing seat. Now I just move a little to the side, sew, step over, trim, turn around press and repeat. Great. Also I had Rob install the design wall, which in between major projects has to be taken down as I don’t have space for a permanent design wall, not in my sewing space at a convenient location at any rate.

Before getting started on a big project I like to do a little procrasti-cleaning — actually it’s an essential way to get in the head space required and to create the surroundings that I need to work. I first sort all the fabric I am going to be using (this takes a while), then I put everything else away neatly (again a day or two here — yikes!). So I clear and organise and arrange everything so I can find the essentials (and the non-essentials are out of my way). I also spring clean my sewing machines, take them apart, dust and oil them and change the needles [Weeks Ringle has a really great post on how to Spring Clean your sewing machine].

As part of all this spring cleaning in my sewing room I happened upon a pile of mending. Ugh! Jeans with tears and missing buttons and such — so I quickly dealt with them using a fast patching method (double sided fusible webbing is very handy – especially if you have some already fused fabric scraps available). Then I found a pile of fabric that the kids designed and ordered from Spoonflower. I knew I would not be in the headspace to do anything with it once fully involved in The Project, so I spent half a day cutting out pajama pants using old pj’s as a guide. [Use this tutorial to draft your pattern and make the pants].

Then, and I never thought I would say this, I made underwear with the leftover fabric. Wow so easy and cute and comfy and they actually wanted handmade underwear too. Who knew! I didn’t actually use a pattern, again I used underwear as a guide [and this pattern as a guide too] and had to fiddle a bit to get the fit right, as the stretch on the store-bought underwear fabric is different from the lovely organic jersey I was using. Success!

Don’t forget: If you haven’t already got yours — Grab an Action Pack Magazine for kids — it’s the Mad Scientist Issue: In our 9th issue of Action Pack Magazine for kids, we continue to encourage kids to think and do for themselves, to be independent and creative learners, they are able to explore science through art, cooking and experimentation. We also encourage parents to become observers and co-learners rather than having to take control in a teacher role. In this issue kids are able to go through a journey of self discovery and learn that science is indeed fun and real! You can purchase a copy here.

At whipup this week: Crochet Afghan Free pattern roundup :: Guest post from Jennie of A Little Vintage  about her Creative process :: Guest post from Weeks Ringle discussing her latest book and magazine and some colour tips too :: Guest post from Caroline and Maryanne discussing their sewing series — beyond the basics :: And if you missed last weeks news click here.


Reading this week:
Having an Australian book week with the kids this week:
  • Stephanie Owen Reeder is a Canberra-based writer and illustrator, her book Amazing Grace: An adventure at sea is a true story about a girl in 1876 who used her horse to save lots of people from a shipwreck. Beautifully written and illustrated and presented and is a fascinating historically accurate account. This National Library of Australia publication features archival paintings, survivors’ accounts, newspaper articles and original photographs.
  • Playground, compiled by Australian Children’s book author Nadia Wheatley (published by Allen and Unwin), is a compilation of Indigenous Australian stories, photographs and beautiful artwork, which allow a wonderful insight into Aboriginal childhood.
  • Shy the Platypus by Leslie Rees, has been republished by the National Library of Australia after being out of print for over 20 years. Originally published in the 1940s, this beautifully presented Australian Children’s book has been updated with additional artwork from the NLA collection.

[Thanks to publishers and distributors for sending me books to review, I don’t get paid to post reviews but I am an amazon affiliate] (Australian’s can purchase craft books online through can do books or booktopia or else browse booko for the best prices.)

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