Leggings Test Kitchen

As promised I gave Ashley’s leggings a try on www.makeit-loveit.com . First I have to say that I LOVE this project, they really are easy! Thanks for not leading us astray Ashley! Being a complete novice in the sewing department I did run into a few snags so I made some notes  that might help those of you in the same boat.

Sewing Knit Fabric

Knits are tough to work with and my sewing machine needle (twin needle which I agree with Ashley is the bomb!) would jam the fabric all up in the machine. Two things helped this, first I slowed down the speed  to the lowest setting. Secondly, I used tissue paper under the fabric. I got this tip from my own mom and it works great. Once I worked this out I was off to the races!

Stretchy Thread

My first pair was cute but the thread didn’t have much give which was a problem, especially in the waist. I ordered some ‘Wooly Nylon’ and used this in my bobbin. That stuff is great!! Stretchy stretchy and easy to sew with, buy some…seriously it is worth it!

Cute Knit Fabric

As always, I wanted these to be as cute as possible and my local fabric store let me down big time in their selection of knit fabrics. I decided to order online and found that www.fabric.com had a pretty good selection. The ‘Laguna’ fabric was great quality…thick and easy to sew with just the right amount of stretch.

I also failed to get the stripes to line up, I actually just forgot to pay attention to that but next time I will try to get it right. These would be adorable with little buttons near the ankle or up by the waist. It’s a project worth trying!!

Robin’s Egg Blue’s

 

I just love Robin’s Egg blue so when my stepson found this egg on the ground in our backyard I didn’t freak out like I usually do when something from the outside comes in. First my heart broke a little for the Robin that lost it’s tiny unborn chickie. Then I thanked my lucky stars he didn’t bring this in last year when I just had my son. Hormones were raging and just the thought of a baby anything not making it would drive me to tears. Then it sat on our kitchen counter for about a week just in case it hatched. Every morning I half expected to wake up to hear chirping and I envisioned myself trying to find a bait shop for worms. I also wondered if Alicia Silverstone would swing by to help with the feedings. After some google research I am now 100% sure this thing is not only NOT going to hatch but will probably start smelling soon. I am sure I am just lucky he didn’t drag in one that already hatched like I did to my mom.