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Good Old Kombiknit!

I haven’t used this pattern for over 30 years! I still remember going to those stretch knit classes at the Tokoroa sewing centre, where over successive weeks we mastered teeshirts, sweatshirts, placket openings and how not to get your undies in a twist. Making clothes helped make ends meet way back then, and the satisfaction was huge. Fun to have one pattern remaining, just for old times sake, made a singlet for the new wee grandson 🙂

Kombiknit singlet

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Muslin Wraps

I recently bought 10 metres of white muslin to make baby wraps. I would have preferred coloured fabric but just couldn’t find any that was reasonably priced. I used two layers, 110cm x 110cm which made very generous sized wraps. There are so many cool dye colours but I settled on the denim blue and Kelly green, lets hope the colours don’t bleed in the wash!

white muslin wrapsdyed wraps

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While looking for a girl’s skirt I came across this tutorial from Dana. It was a little more layered than I was looking for, but Dana’s instructions were so clear to follow that I was easily able to adapt her pattern to just two layers of ruffles and a deeper top waist section to still give the correct length. Thanks Dana.  http://www.madeeveryday.com/2012/03/tutorial-the-layered-skirt.html/

ruffle layered skirt 002

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Good project for a windy Saturday. The pattern is ‘New Look 6269’, fabric from ‘Buzoku, Woodland Bears’. It’s a cotton duck and has a nice structural feel.

bears dress 007

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I won’t lie, I’m going to miss those plastic bags that are so useful for everything from giving veges away in to taking togs to the beach in. Around here they get used until they fall apart. Still, I do agree that they are awful pollutants and can be a pain in the ocean, so very shortly they will be goneski from the supermarkets and a whole new industry in promotional fabric bags will spring up. I’m pre-empting the need to purchase by making my own with a very simple pattern. Sorry about the imperial measurements, all of the cutting and measuring quilting tools that come out of the States are still in inches (?) The dimensions are 14.5 inches square for the front and back, 6 x 14.5 inches rectangles for the sides and base. Handles are 2.5 x 14.5 inches folded in half, stitched and turned. The lining is the same dimension.

shopping bags 009

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It’s always fun to find just the right denim skirt to turn into a bag. Not too wide at the top, long enough to cut a strap from the bottom, no gathers and plenty of pockets to make it interesting. The bonus was costing 80 cents at the op shop!raspberries-denim-bag-from-skirt-005

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The key to making a good bag is to find the right skirt to start with. I like a flared skirt with a front zip and pockets. If it’s long enough, you can use the hem you cut off to make a shoulder strap. It looks best if you line it and add a large dome to close the top. I’ve embellished this one with applique flowers but you can leave it plain if you prefer.

denim-skirt-bag-003

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