A couple of weeks ago, Ikea announced that the sofa season was back. Did you see the campaign? I’m so jealous of the stash that girl has…
I guess the sofa is always greener on the other side.
It’s been pretty quiet here, on the knitting and crochet front. I didn’t have to take the train that often anymore, and when I was at home, I was sewing more. So quite some UFO’s were kept lying around, waiting for the knitting frenzy to start again. And so it did. Current status of that all? See below.
- Owl socksIf you look carefully, you can really see owls in that pattern.REALLY. (Just settling a domestic dispute here) If you look even closer, you can even see an owl with a lopsided ear.The pattern also says to add beads for eyes. But beads on socks, and then those socks into shoes? No thank you.
- Kiddie cadet. Pretty sturdy.To show everyone who’s boss.
Still on the needles
- Sheepy time cardigan. Nearly finished.
But just not yet. It’s still a bit large anyway.
- Slippers. In my head, they looked way cooler, though.But they do have an antiskid layer.
I still need to add some elastics, though, since now they fall off.
- Glittens. For myself.Priority number 1, since it’s getting pretty cold when riding a bike.
- Saucy convertible. Nearly finished, but the yoke is too large,the shirt is too short, and I’m not ready yet to flog it all and make it work.
It’s been hibernating for quite some time, and it probably will for a while longer.
A complete set of bamboo dpns.
My hubby thinks that by now, I must have all existing material at hand.
To the needles!
When my mom found out I was pregnant, she went digging into hidden family history boxes. You know, like the ones in the movies, where they wipe away a thick layer of dust before they open them, ready for a trip down memory lane. At least, that’s how I picture how it happened. Up she came, with some teeny tiny baby clothes my brother and I used to wear.
I fell in love with these clothes immediately. Talk about vintage! Part of the treasure were these cute light blue pants.
Only problem: their elastic waistband had lost the meaning of the word ‘elastic’. But that was a problem that could quickly be solved.
- Seam ripper
- Sewing machine
- Special needle to pull elastics through tunnels or safety pin
How to replace the elastic waistband
- Measure the height of the waistband. You’ll need an elastic that’s a few millimeters smaller than that.
Example: For these pants, the waistband is 1 cm, so I used an elastic that was 8 mm wide.
- With your seam ripper, tear up the stitching for about 2 cm.
- Cut the old elastic and remove it.
- Measure how long the new elastic should be. The easiest way to do this is to wrap it around the waist of the person you’re changing it for. Don’t forget to stretch it out as it would be when they wear the garment. Add about 2 cm extra and cut the elastic.
- Pull your elastic through the special needle, or pin your safety pin through it.
- Slide your special needle or safety pin into the opening you made, and gently slide it further through the waistband tunnel.
Careful: Make sure you don’t pull it through completely, keep hold of the end so you will be able to join both ends.
- Fold the ends over each other.
- Stitch the ends with your sewing machine.
- Tug your waistband, so the elastic goes in it completely.
- Close the gap you made, either by hand or with your sewing machine.
There you have it, one very vintage pair of baby pants ready to be worn.
And of course there is a matching shirt (also from that dusty box of memories) and hairdo 🙂
One happy vintage baby, who’ll grow as strong as his uncle.
My husband is turning 30 in June. Big day, so big party coming up! And big parties ask for themes of course. And themes in their turn ask for costumes. So guess what I’ll be sewing the coming months…
I’m not supposed to say anything about the theme yet. I can only say that the party is 22 May. And that I am thinking about what fabric best to use for retro trousers.