Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Just a soaker

This is the last wool soaker that I sewed.  I believe it was a small.  Since the wool blend interlock was so stretchy, I made the waistband smaller so that it would stay on better.  I would have put up some modeling shots, but at the time I made this one, I didn't have anyone small enough to wear it.  I sold it.  I hope the recipient enjoyed it.  It was some nice, thick wool. 
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13 comments:

Jacki O. said...

So, so cute! I am actually working with your pattern and have a question--how would you go about adjusting the size of the thighs? I've been trying to figure it out and driving myself crazy! My daughter is a large long, but she's got such chunky thighs, I need them to be the size of the XL. I'd love your help--thanks in advance! Jaclyn

Katrina said...

The large leg openings might accomodate the XL cuffs. If so, you could just use those with the large long body. Otherwise, I would suggest sewing the body together and then enlarging the leg openings by cutting them a little higher on the hips or a little towards the crotch (making the crotch a little narrower).

Jacki O. said...

Thank you so much! I was toying with that idea, but I wasn't sure if it was going to work--thanks again!

Kool Kolored Wooly Bottoms said...

Great soaker, I've been staring at my sewing machine for about two years, I don't really know how to work it, but if I can get over that, my question is about 97/3 wool, should I double it up. or is one layer ok, do i need to prep in any way first?

Katrina said...

I've had good luck with a single layer of 97/3 wool/lycra interlock. I prewash/shrink mine. It felts to a point, and then it doesn't felt anymore. You can always add an extra layer in the wetzone if your wool seems thin. Nature's Fabrics has good info and instructions on prepping wool interlock.

Kool Kolored Wooly Bottoms said...

thanks a bunch! I'll check it out

Stephanie said...

Hi Katrina, I'm brand new to cloth diapering and want to sew up a few covers from your pattern to be ready for baby due any day now, but have a couple questions hoping for best success... first, what is meant by "large LONG"? Is there something I'm missing on the pattern I printed? I just see NB, Small, Medium, Large, and XL.
Second, where in the world can I purchase wool interlock like you made the soaker from? Do you buy it from NaturesFabrics that you mentioned here and pay $26 a yard? It sounds painful, but I understand from searching and searching that it may be the best option there is. Thanks for any help you might offer. Stephanie

Katrina said...

The "long" version of any size is just that size with the rise of the next size up. Here are some instructions on how to alter the rise. http://katrinassqs.blogspot.com/2008/02/altering-pattern-for-longer-rise.html

Yes, I bought my wool/lycra blend interlock from Nature's Fabrics. You can get more than one soaker from a yard. Most soakers made from wool interlock cost as much as one yard of the fabric.

Milind said...

It looks so cute.. Thanks for sharing it.Sewing Patterns

carla said...

Hi Katrina,
I have been searching for your pattern for this soaker and can't seem to find it - the original link i found to it was broken. Is it still available to the masses? I have a few old fleece jackets i would like to try to convert into soakers for baby #1 that due in a little over 7 weeks!

thanks!
carla

Katrina said...

There are a bunch of links on the right. One of them is to the blog post that has all of the free soaker patterns.

Jill said...

How do I find the soaker pattern?

Katrina said...

Here's the link to the soaker patterns. There is a list of links on the right.
http://katrinassqs.blogspot.com/2007/10/free-soaker-pattern.html