Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Long Wing pattern for Tutsy

My friend wanted a rounded long-wing pattern suitable for snap-down rise AI2 diapers. Based on her requirements, I came up with this. Each of the smaller image segments are sized so they can be printed on letter size printer paper. Click on them for the full-size image and save. Do NOT scale to fit your printer area. (I have been told by a reader that for some reason she had to print them to scale to 133% to get the 1" square correct. I have no idea why my images got messed up for size, but that is an easy enough fix, right?) I probably should have made the background a light grey to make this easy... Oh well. ;) You'll figure it out.

The total rise without the seam-allowance should be 19 inches.

She asked for this modification too...
Here is a sample cutting layout on a 3 yard sheet of fabric with a 53" width (heavy bamboo fleece from naturesfabrics.com is 54" wide, and my blizzard fleece from Jo-ann Fabrics is about 58" wide).
If you had 57" width to work with and shortened the wings by 2" each, this is what 3 yards would give you:
That pattern:

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Upcycled Wool Shorties

This is a pair of cashmere+wool blend shorties using a slight variation on the Katrina Longies/Shorties pattern (I dip my front further and narrow the hips to fit my kids best).

You'll need:
- wool or cashmere sweater (at least 80%)
- 100% polyester thread (you can zigzag with a normal sewing machine or use a serger)
- safety pins

Trace your pattern page onto your sweater and then flip over so you have two mirror image pieces.
I also serged up the bottoms in preparation for when I finish off the legs, but this is purely optional.
Cut the waistband piece from either a complimenting color sweater or the same sweater.
For longies, I sew the legs first. For shorties, I sew the body/trunk first.
Pin along where you will be sewing.
Sew or serge up the edges. Leave the leg sections unsewn.
Shift the seams to the middle at the front and back and pin.
Sew or serge around the leg to crotch to leg.
Fold up and hem the leg cuffs with a zig-zag stitch for shorties or you can just use a straight stitch for longies.
Turn right-side-out.
Sew or serge up one side of the waistband piece.
Fold and pin to the outside of the waistband (lining up the seam with the back seam on the body piece).
Zig zag or serge around while stretching just the waistband piece appropriately as you go to match up with the body piece.
Fold up the waistband and you have your shorties!
Wash and lanolize and they're ready to wear over a fitted diaper, prefold, or flat! :)

These are a size Large on my 28lb 36" tall daughter Sara (She is between a M and L):
When I make fleece versions I make the waistband about twice as wide. I do the same thing for newborn size to make them more adjustable. Fold over the wider waistband to sit below the cord, and fold up to fit better and a little longer. :)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

NON-Serged Prefitted (as promised)

Here is a prefold-to-fitted that any of you with just a straight stitch and a zig zag stitch can make!

You'll need:
- prefold (any size)
- basic sewing machine with straight and ziz zag stitches
- elastic (I use 3/8" for premium size prefitteds and 1/4" for infant size)
- thread
- safety pin
- scissors (fabric marker is only optional)
Where you'll be cutting (stop cutting around 3/4" from the center seams).
Sew the two middle sections together very close to their edges.
Turn right-side-out.
Sew lines/seams for your elastic casing channels on both sides of the thick middle section.
Wet-zone zig-zagged edges... and casing edge zig-zag finished edges. Leave enough open on the wings to thread your elastic.
Wet-zone and edge zig zags shown from the back.
Thread your leg elastic with a safety pin through the channels, tack, stretch, tack, trim...
Roll the edge in and zig zag down the rest of the open part of the wing to close it up.
Finished wing:
Done... just needs the marker washed out!
Medium rise with just the front folded down:
Small rise with the front and back folded down: