21 August 2008
On the Sew Again
Yesterday, CRAFT Magazine's blog, courtesy of Google Reader, offered up temptation too good to resist: a tutorial for converting old t-shirts into newborn clothes. Might not sound like something so terribly irresistible to you, but this weekend I replaced oma's broken sewing machine with a brand new little gem that is a joy to work with. I've been sewing off and on for years, but eminent arrival of the little one has me sewing loads. This weekend was the first time I've worked with a machine made after 1980. You can't imagine my surprise and delight!
Since this was my first attempt with the pattern, seriously sewing knits, and a more complicated project with the new machine, I used one of F's old t-shirts. The results are super pleasing. I used a lightly contrasting thread to just give the outfit a bit of color, but that turned out looking quite nice as well, and showing off the stitches, too! Check out the neckline. I used a zig-zag stitch for knits that is actually two stitches on each zig and two on each zag. It gives a great finished look without pulling the fabric.
The other neat stitch was the substitute interlock or as I prefer to call it, the fake-n-lock. It's going to keep hold of those edges for me and look good on the outside all at the same time!
The only disappointment I encountered was realizing that my old t-shirts (mostly kids extra-larges) are too small to turn into these cute little outfits. But F's got a stash I can raid and surely local friends and the thrift store have treasures waiting for me to discover as well. The whole project (including making up the pattern) took a couple of hours, so with a pattern ready, I'm guessing it would only take an hour or so to put another one together. Sizing up the pattern will be my next challenge!