I have been working so hard on the contest dreamt up by Karen Ball of Did you Make That?
Here is my step by step progress report:
- Decide to make running shorts
- work out what sort of running shorts I want (classic cut, lined, not black)
- design the shorts
- find suitable fabric
- make the shorts
- redesign the shorts
- find new fabric
- make a second pair
- redesign the lining of the shorts
- print fabric with sublimation technique using a pixelated photograph of a peony
- make third pair of shorts with lining and new elasticising technique
- Decide I need a T shirt too
- design a T shirt
- make fabric for T shirt and make T shirt
- find the T shirt needs a dart
- make a second T shirt
- think the T may be better without sleeves so make a third T
- decide the sleeveless version is not as good as the sleeved version
- realise that the best shorts don’t match the best T-shirt
- nearly give up
- my daughter Esme passes her new baby due date
- as my sewing machine is still being serviced borrow Bianca’s Chinese machine
- I prioritise finishing my hand printed skirt for my evening class
- look at the stretch silk I bought for the best running shorts of all time (BRSOAT)
- know that the BRSOAT actually require pockets but don’t have time to redraft and test the pattern
- cut out and paint the silk early on Friday morning instead of going to the gym
- spend an hour rethreading the overlocker
- construct lining for the silk shorts using the overlocker which requires yet another elasticating technique
- finally finish the shorts
- Go for a test run. In the rain.
I love these ones! My favourite of them all. And what a summer of sewing (and not just the sporty stuff)! Fingers crossed for Esme, much love xxx
This is truly wonderful. I love that you have printed all of your own fabrics and the end result looks very high end sportswear. Good luck to Esme! I hope she’s not been suffering too much in the heat!
Love all these articles. Wondering how and where did you got all the time and energy! Looking forward to hearing/seeing more of it. 🙂
Wow, I love the results of all your hard work!
HAHAHA thanks for the timeline and all the great pics too – loved this post
Congrats!!! Your a winner in my books. ouiiee… you don’t give up till you get it right !! fabulous job!!
Wow,such a perfect sporty wardrobe your created! And the fabric printing on your own…amazing job!!!
Wow, what a marathon of sewing! I admire your perseverance, it’s a fabulous outfit!
I was just thinking, not a sprint project, this! Everyone’s going to go crazy when they ask where you get your stylish gear from and you tell them, ‘well, actually…. ‘
Well I suppose if I could actually run an actual marathon, like you Marianne, then I wouldn’t have to sew one. The thing is I’m not finished yet. I have still to do the pocket version. And then I want to digitise it!
That is a lot of active sewing! I can’t believe you print your own fabric, that is truly amazing. Great job on all the shorts & tops!
Fantastic gear, funny post, who could ask for more. You are very skilled!
The hand printing is amazing! I want to come and learn all of your secrets!