This post isn't about sewing, so skip it if you are not interested in another rant about the stupidity of the "corporate world".
Now back to my sewing...
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Better than those silly fluffy slippers with the animal faces. I only wear these in the privacy of my own home. And yes, with my sandals.
These are sewn using Folkwear #129A - Japanese Tabi and BareKnits Rib Knit in Blush.
I think they would also make a great slipper if you left out the split for the toe, and used a non-slip fabric for the sole.
Friday, December 9, 2011
I followed the pattern instructions with two minor changes. The first was that I used Velcro instead of hooks for the closure. And the second is that instead of zigzagging the inside sole, I used a double row of straight stitch. This is laziness on my part. I sew most garments on my straight stitch machine and I didn't want to thread up another machine.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
I wear thong style sandals all year long. Rockports are my favourites. I have been known to wear them outside well into the winter months. Some of my sandals are designated for inside footwear.
My furnace is set at the mid-sixties Fahrenheit to conserve energy and that can mean chilly toes--especially in my studio workroom which is a semi-basement.
Regular socks don't work unless I fiddle with the toe end and that stretches them out of shape. Those silly toe socks that come and go in fashion feel like I'm wearing pedicure toe spreaders.
My solution came in the form of a Folkwear pattern--#129A Japanese Tabi. The Tabi is a Japanese sock with a split between the big and second toe that is traditionally worn with Japanese sandals or zori.
I sewed my pair of Tabis in BareKnits Rib Knit for warmth and a bit of stretch. Instead of using hooks and eyes for the closure, I opted for Velcro. They turned out very well and I'm thinking I need another pair. Who says you can't wear socks with sandals?