Sunday, March 13, 2016

All That Lace

Last week I bought the mother load of lace and trims and told you all about my great find in Getting Trim. Now I had to put all of the lace to a good use so I consulted  Pinterest to find some of my previous ideas on my own boards had to do with little girl clothes, baby girls to be exact. Why not use some of that lace on diaper covers? I had a pattern, way more fabric than I could ever use, so I cut a few out and started to sew. Here's my first attempt:
Hawaiian print with yellow lace ruffles
This was going to be my trial run because I had so much trouble with the elastic in the legs. You see, I got another serger, a Bernina 1100DA and she is remarkable.
Yes, it's a real Bernina serger, model 1100DA

What she has that others only talked about was an special foot where you could feed the elastic into the special foot called "the elasticator" and it would trim and sew the elastic onto your fabric. Great idea! But it only worked on samples, not on the real project. After the above experimental diaper cover, I decided to only use the serger for the side seams and crotch seam. I applied the leg elastic by folding the fabric edge, zigzaging the elastic over this edge, then turning it and zigzagging again. It is really simple and makes the elastic entirely enclosed, so important for a baby's skin. I had fun with this so I made the following:
Diaper covers!
It uses a large amount of ruffled lace, small amounts of fabric, goes pretty quick, and aren't they cute? The back gets the layers of ruffles and then the final layer is around the whole waist. There are a ton like this on Etsy so not sure if I will sell them in my shop or if I will stockpile until the fall craft shows. Here's one last pair I'm really happy with:
Those layers of ruffles were already made and I just matched them to similar fabric
This has been fun and I'm learning about my newest serger. Will she replace my Huskylock 1000L? There is a distinct possibility even if I am a Viking kind of a sewer. Now that makes the Pfaff 4872 serger with coverstitch and the Bernina 1100DA that I just can't let go. Yet.


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