Monday 30 July 2012

Waiting and waiting

I managed to find some lace last week for the bottom of the Subtle Memory tops. Barring any issues (there are many steps between me and the seller), I'm hoping it will show up sometime in the next 2 weeks.

In the meantime, I've been making the bases for extra copies of the shirts in all 3 sizes, but that gets boring quickly, so I've also been working on a raincoat for Mali.

It's made from cotton (for the lining) and the scraps of a children's raincoat I was gifted. I'm not sure what the material is exactly - nylon? Gore-Tex? PVC? I don't know. What I DO know, is that it refuses to be ironed. At least by me*. :/

So, I devised a horribly clever substitute

Make-shift ironing
I may have run out of heavy things ^^;

And for the bigger pieces... I just stuck the iron (and/or a pile of books) on top of them for a few hours.

Surprisingly, it works quite well - much better than trying to use the iron properly - but it does take a decent amount of time, which means a lot of waiting and shifting back and forth between different projects.

Anyway, here's how it looks right now:

Work-in-progress Minifee Raincoat

It's not quite done... and I'm not quite happy with it - the sleeves didn't quite work, it's too bulky in the waist area and some other things I don't quite like - I might go back and fix them, but for what was mainly an experiment, I've certainly learned a lot. :)

I have plans for a modified version of this pattern and maybe a retry of this raincoat version, so hopefully I can find suitable material when I get back home. ^^

*I will point out, I'm not very good at ironing.

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