Friday, May 15, 2009

Waist, Not Want Not

Haha, so as you can see, Crafty April is over and I've slowed down a little, as other things have been demanding my attention. However, I have not ground to a halt...

A couple of weeks ago, Dear Younger Sibling had a big wardrobe clear out. It was like having my very own private op-shop! The prize find was several pairs of jeans from his highschool puppyfat phase. They'd almost fit two of him in now, so they were not worth keeping, but to me they represent miles and miles of usable denim. Wahoo! Here's the fate of most of the first pair:





Not my usual sort of thing, but it's nice to have something different. And I am rather proud of it, because I knocked it together without a pattern. I slashed and sewed the legs into a length of denim, pinned it inside-out into a tube around me, and then just grabbed handfuls of extraneous denim and pinned ad hoc darts about the place. Then I sewed them in place, and repeated the last step until it fit right. Then I whacked some button holes in to lace it up with. At the moment, it's just laced up with some random bias binding I had to hand. I reckon I'll get something more interesting, eventually. I kinda want to decorate the corset, because it's a bit plain, but I'm not sure how yet. I guess I'll just wait until inspiration comes...

DYS also ditched a couple of black t-shirts, which was handy since I'm gonna need running shorts when I get back to Japan:



Speaking of getting back to Japan, I've also made a kick-arse work shirt. Check this shit out:



This is the pattern close up:



I used to have a good shirt pattern, but I couldn't find it, so I had to buy a new one. This shirt was made using Kwik Sew 2849, and I reckon it's a pretty good pattern. It's nicely fitted, with princess seams instead of darts - I think that's a plus, because personally I find darts fiddlier than extra seaming, and I think there's a lot of potential to make cool shirts with contrasting side panels. So, I think this is the beginning of a long and beautiful freindship because I was so damn sick of wearing uninteresting shirts to work!

When I looked at the fabric, I could see in my head exactly how the shirt should look. Shoulder tabs were involved in this mystical vision, so I added some in. I think they get a little lost in the busy pattern, but not to worry. Here's a detail view:



I also really like the buttons - they are all different, odd ones that we had in the stash at home. I had a sudden epiphany about buttons, and realised that there's no real reason why they all have to match. Visual cohesion does not have to mean 'everything is exactly the same'. Yeah! Subvert that dominant paradigm! W00t!

In other news, I have recently acquired a new toy, per kind favour of Uncles Kev and Wayne. So, I crocheted it a cosy, to keep it safe in my bag. I just sat and kind of free-formed - it worked out ok.



(Yes, yes. I am that obsessive. Guess who's the iPod wallpaper...)

And, on top of all of that, I have been churning through Dad's Time Team jumper. I have finished the front and the first sleeve. I reckon I'll probably get the last sleeve done while I'm sitting in front of the Eurovision.

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