Saturday, June 28, 2014

Toddler Rashguard and Swim Shorts

The only reason I'm posting this is that I searched for days for a pattern on the net for a toddler rashguard.
I found this tutorial and this cute set and that's about it.
Basically,I used Kwik Sew simple raglan top pattern (now OOP), but you can use any well fitting raglan pattern and switch the neckband to a wider one and a short pattern from Ottobre Kids magazine.

These were made last year and this year the fit is perfect!
The main thing to remember, inside seams need to be flat and soft, I used Wooly Nylon in my serger (overlock) and fast seams.

Fabrics are from Chez Ami 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Rhythmic Gymnastic leotard: "Dramatic Bows"

This Rhythmic Gymnastic leotard is based on 2 altered Jalie patterns.
Jalie 3026 and 2792. I needed to adjust the pattern to fit my slim 7 year old, but the pattern and the instructions are very well laid out and easy to follow.
This is a third leotard made from the same pattern(s).
I find that I always have to re-draft the sleeves - not sure if my daughters upper arms are too slim or the pattern pieces are too generous.

I have been asked what I use to applique lycra on lycra (spandex).
In the leotard below both bows and black"ribbon are appliques separately.
While I prepare a tutorial, here is short description:

  • Use a cut of applique fabric large enough to accommodate   all your applique pieces.
  • Trace all your piece to the paper side of your fusible bond, I use HeatBond Feather Lite Iron on 
  • DO NOT CUT OUT your shapes
  • Iron on the  Heat Bond onto your applique fabric
  • Cut out all shapes when cooled off
  • Peel of the paper, position on your leotard, gently iron press to secure and applique (use medium lenth zig-zag to ensure structural garment stretch)
  • Done!