Hitting the slopes

I don’t ski, but if I did, I’d be ready!  Sat down today and whipped up a pair of snow pants.

I decided to make these because I love to ice skate and I love to go sledding.  They are warm, warm, warm!  The outer layer is waterproof windbreaker type fabric.  The lining is sweatshirt fabric.  In between those is a layer of Thermolam.  I’m prepared!  And look how great they look with my dirty winter coat:

I used a trusted PJ pant pattern and basically made two pairs of pants: one was the windbreaker/thermolam, the other was the sweatpants.  Stuck the sweatpants inside the windpants, wrong sides together and serged around all openings.  Folded edges over and added elastic.

I actually need to open up the waistband again at some point and shorten the elastic.  I’m not sure where on my body I measured, but it apparently wasn’t my waist.  I also left the cuffs open on the legs in case I wanted to add elastic later.  Not sure that will happen since the elastic was a bitch kitty to get in the waist.  All those layers made it slow going…

I had thought about making these pants reversible.  Once I decided to put the thermolam inside, however, I decided that I would probably never wear them with the sweatpant side out.  Which is a shame, because it’s pretty darn cute!

Let’s just hope that if I fall while skating, I’m the only one seeing stars…..

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January 20, 2010. Tags: , , , , . handmade, pictures. 6 comments.

New Item Tuesday

Figure Skater Decal

My dad has been working in the sign industry for a good ten years or so, but just recently he got a job running laser cutting machines.  Prior to this he had a minor side business sand etching glass, and with the new laser job he wanted to combine the two to make even more precise custom work.

Many signs use a lightweight plastic with an adhesive backing as letters and symbols (though these are often the signs that get vandalized).  After sticking some flames from a “In case of fire, use the stairs”  signs to the windows on our trucks for gits and shiggles, he and I had a great idea to one-up the oft-found vinyl decals that are so popular these days.

Hence the Better-than-a-vinyl decal was born.  As I move my personally crafted items out of the kattghoti account, I will stock that shop solely with decals and possibly some of the other custom products my dad sells.  I should be clear–I am not reselling.  I am helping my computer-phobic father make a new and somewhat global name for himself.

Enjoy! 🙂

October 23, 2007. Tags: , , . etsy, pictures. Leave a comment.