DRAGON Tennis Shorts

DRAGON Tennis Shorts.

At St George’s Lawn Tennis Club where I recently joined to take up tennis, they calling me the Halifax Rainman because since I signed up for lessons, they’ve all been canceled due to rain. I’m hoping with these tennis shorts, they’ll call me something else, like maybe… the Red Dragon? lol

My NEBULOUS Short Running Tights

My NEBULOUS Short Running Tights.

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Most of our Guild members actually don’t realize the majority of our blog followers are NOT with our Guild. I’ve only told a handful of them. 🙂

NIGHTWING Running Body Suit / Cosplay

NIGHTWING Running Body Suit / Cosplay.

I stripped to show this at Sew and Tell at the last ASG meeting, but there are also notes here on techniques I used and future spandex/knit sewing aspirations. And there is a photo of the first body suit prototype that looked nice being brown snakeskin knit, but made me look like a naked black kid running around from afar. 🙂

Revenge of the Frustrated Sewist

I had a very frustrating sewing day yesterday. In the post, I talked a bit about my habits to get back on track when these things happen. One of the points was to get back on either an easy project, fun project, or whatever, just to get something done right again and walk in the right direction as quickly as possible.

Well, that didn’t take me long! Got two garments done today which I’ll talk about more later.

ELRIC office jacket
ELRIC office jacket
TOXIC long tights
TOXIC long tights

I’m going to start giving each item I make and design a one word name for quick reference.

The ELRIC office jacket was inspired by something an anime character named Edward Elric wore. You can see from the inset. Mine is nicer, from fake Chinese silks, padded with jersey and lined with anti-static Bemberg lining. Protects me from air conditioning at work. Clasp is coming.

The TOXIC running tights are so named for the skull and crossbones on them. From afar, they may look like polka dots, or flowers nearer, but they’re anything but so tame! Told ya I had some wild stuff in my spandex stash! You should know, though, I start with the stuff I’m willing to part with first in case my skills are sufficient and I lose the fabric in messing up. You wait and see what else is coming!

Now, what will tomorrow hold? 🙂

Has Your Seam Ripper Ever Filed for Workers’ Comp?

I had a new level of a frustrating sewing day on Saturday. This is what happens when you try to do your own pattern, to fit, without a lot of experience. Then you sew it in strongly with strong threads, multiple seams, zig zags on one, only to not be completely satisfied cause you have too much pride to put up with a little imperfection for eternity. Then you mess up after you fix it and went to serge it in place. Then you compensate from what was left after you had serged the bloody thing in. Then you have to adjust your compensation cause that was a new pattern piece. And so on and on.

I don’t need to dump on anybody with more details. I just thought I’d share some humour I used to diffuse the situation. I was looking at my seam ripper and all the work it had done Saturday and thinking that if it were a person, for how much I had worked it that day, it’d probably be crippled. In other words, it’d be filing for Workers’ Comp!

And on that thought, I named my latest standard for sewing frustration – seam ripper filing for workers’ comp kind of a day.

Now, I have a nasty habit of bouncing back by doing something little and useful immediately, to make up for frustrations like that. A little concrete result to bring back the confidence. A little step back in the right direction, being a firm believer that the hardest step in any journey is the first (because it’s the psychological barrier to get going). So despite calling it a “day” at about 130 AM, I went to a different, rather simple, project and made a little something. I measured the cut offs for short running tights from a pattern for a body suit I just made a few days ago from Wild Ginger software. Some adjustments by me resulted in a body suit that fitted rather nicely, and held up for a very entertaining 7.5 mile run with all the gawkers, too! It should be easy to identify points for cut off from that pattern, that I’d like at the waist, and above the knee, to get a running tights pattern. The long running tights I’d just go from the waist down to the bottom, of course, so no need to waste time on that (no pun intended).

Sure enough, I got the cut offs right with double seam allowance to finish the edges holding in optional elastic bands. And I did it all in 50 minutes, too! I made the short tights out of ridiculously cheap knit with cows in the pasture that I got for $1/m from Fabricville in Cole Harbour. I didn’t care to line anything up, just needing to know I got things right. It looks rather ridiculous, see below. However, it was not functional cause this cheap knit doesn’t bounce back well after getting stretched. That was probably why it was dirt cheap, but I have my prototype fabric stash for purposes just like this, all dirt cheap.

Cow Pasture Running Tights Test
Running Tights Test Garment on Cow Pasture knit

It is a bit too bad that I couldn’t make this fabric work as running tights so as to have something so ridonkulous to run around in. However, if you only knew what else I have in my stash, you’d know why I’m not the least bit miffed, hehehe. I’ll post pics as I make other running gear out of my wilder spandex, and will try to keep pics of me in them minimal. They’d just look like of lame if you can’t see how well they fit.

Anyway, after all that, I got some early breakfast and went to blog about it. Going to bed now at 3AM, I’ll sleep well knowing it wasn’t such a bad day after all… 🙂

And maybe I’ll just make a new pair of wild looking running tights before going for a run tomorrow. Game on!