I’ve had some projects sitting around for ages that involve upcycling or mending. Sigh. Dullsville. Well yesterday the dam of ennui broke and I finished up a few straggler projects.
First up was some boy short knickers made from a remnant of black jersey. I’d already cut them out and they’ve been waiting patiently for sewing up. The two pairs of colored knickers are made from thrifted tees that I originally planned to wear for work out tees but ended up not liking. I made those into bikini undies. The white scalloped elastic is from Fabrix and is 25 cents a yard so these were pretty cheap undies.
I find sewing undies fiddly so I don’t make too many of them, but I wanted to reuse these materials. I’ve sewn the elastics in the round and flat and much prefer sewing in the flat – much easier. I’ve also found I get a much nicer elastic fit if I make the elastic almost as long as the length of the leg or top, rather than using the 10% less rule of thumb. Maybe it depends on the elastic, but the almost at parity length works for me.
Another reuse came from bananas. What? Yup, when bananas go brown I peel them and freeze them. I don’t like bananas that are terribly ripe and freezing them for later use makes sense. I had a bunch (ha!) of them to use up so I used a new banana bread recipe and made up a delicious batch. Ultimate Banana Bread. Plus it used five frozen bananas up and gave me some valuable freezer space. I wonder why I never have any left over chocolate?