I’ve made up the schedule for the Comox Trunks Sew-Along and also a page on our blog side bar where you will be able to access all the posts indefinitely. Even though the Comox Trunks take very little time to sew, I’ve stretched out the posts to include no more than half an hour of sewing per post so that new or busy sewers won’t be intimidated. I hope these dates work for you and that you are looking forward to joining us!
- April 4th: Choosing your fabric and elastic
- April 6th: Picking a size and ideas for customizing (lengthen the legs, enlarge the front cup, create narrower legs, or remove the right exit fly)
- April 8th: Cutting out your fabric and preparing your machine
- April 1oth: Sewing the trunks front
- April 12th: Sewing the trunks back
- April 14th: Hemming the trunks
- April 16th: Attaching the elastic waistband (or adding a fabric covered waistband) – We’re done!
- April 18th: Joke post – Photographing your Comox Trunks sans sexy model
- May 5th: Deadline to submit a photo of your finished Comox Trunks
- May 8th: Winner of Comox Trunks Prize Pack announced and a parade of the finished trunks!
I went fabric shopping today for your prize pack at our newest retailer (and also my local fabric store), the Courtenay Fabricland! So much fun! I played around with all sorts of potential fabrics to get a great summery/Canadian theme going and to provide as much variety as possible. I have gathered together a pretty awesome prize pack – if I do say so myself – to equip the winner with everything they need to make a whole underwear drawer worth of Comox Trunks.
Fabric, from left to right is as follows: Our grey bamboo/cotton jersey from the Comox Trunks supplies kit, a thicker cotton/spandex t-shirt knit in a nautical navy stripe, a medium weight t-knit red jersey in combed cotton/spandex, and lastly, a novelty maple leaf interlock (spreading the Canadian pride!).
I’ve also included a really nice selection of elastics for the winner to test out – a length of our black elastic from the Supplies Kit plus two colours of plush elastic (super soft on both sides) that are comprised of cotton, polyester and rubber. I love the grey version and only realized once I had claimed it that I had taken the last of the roll from an employee’s wish-list pile!
Added to this pile are two Dylon fabric dyes in case you want to experiment with dying elastic or some of your own knits. One of the employees told me that she thought any elastic with a cotton content had a chance of taking on colour, even if it also contains polyester – imagine the possibilities with the white elastic! Plus you get 10 Thread Theory garment tags to give your trunks a polished look.
And of course, you could not have a complete Comox Trunk Sewing Prize Pack without some ball point needles and a twin needle.
To enter our Comox Trunks Sew-Along contest for a chance to win this prize, all you need to do is comment on our final sew along post (the joke post called: How to photograph your Comox Trunks sans sexy model) with a link to a photo of your finished trunks by May 5th. Your photo could be on your blog, Flickr, Facebook, Pinterest or any other accessible online location. The winner will be picked using a random number generator and announced on May 8th. Good luck!