Remnant fun

Sometimes fabric remnants work together it becomes an easy project. That’s what I found with some of my Minerva Crafts fabrics.

See what I mean?
Last year I used the red knit for this Hunger Games influenced project.

I only used a smidge of this red jersey fabric from Minerva Crafts.

Recently I used the print for this Summer maxi dress.

I’ve used two favourite patterns for this new set – New Look 6160 View A top and Butterick 5044.

Both pieces give me lots of ease and I’ve love wearing this to Summer bbqs.

The shine on the knit makes this top great for wearing at night functions too.

So that’s a win with my Minerva Craft UK remnants.

Mermaid scale fun run

I set a goal to do a 10K fun run. But part of the fun – other than training and eating well – I wondered, I’d love to look like I’m having fun on the day. Hence my mermaid scale print kit using Funkifabrics.


My starting point was Jalie 3247 shorts – with a difference.

I wanted to look ‘fast’ (LOL) so I cut a curve and used the mermaid scale print on the lower leg.

The Jalie shorts length was ok but I needed another 2″ of length to guard against chafing.  I use the test version when I train on the treadmill. For some reason, they’re ok in the gym.
The test version showed me these shorts were ‘short’ at the top and at the leg. So I extended the leg length by 2″.

The curves on the shorts were now where I wanted them. Then I tested these shorts at a boot camp session during the week to make sure there was no pulling/gaping/mishaps ‘while in use’. No problems.

Then the next issue was – what top pattern do I use? A top that I can pin on my racing bid was needed so I used View C with New Look 6160.
From the size chart my test version was size 14. 14 is a comfy summer version but too big at the shoulders and at the bust for what I needed.
Left to right: test vesion, Funki Fabrics blue fish scale print, retro print with bling shoulder feature
The test version on the left confirmed where the shoulder adjustment could be made (on the front seam of the yolk) and how much I need to take out. This pattern has a centre back seam so this is ideal for sway back adjustments.

So I recut this top again in a 10 across the bust and 12 at the waist and hips. I lowered the hem by 1.5cm. And I’m glad I did so you can’t see my tum when I raise my arms:)
this running kit worked pretty well on the day.

The legs kept rolling up at times so after the race I contact Susan of www.measuretwicecutonce.com.au and she suggested adding a cuff.
Front view

back view

Inside view

Of course I wore these again at a 6am boot camp class and the cuff worked. Thank you Susan for your suggestion. Now to test these on a leisurely 10km training run.


Thank you Funki fabrics for this mermaid scale print.

About the fabrics 

Funki Fabrics are a polyester print base and they are also: 

  • Ulta chlorine resistant
  • Pilling resistant
  • Shape retention
  • Two way stretch 
  • UV protective

Read Susan’s activewear post if you want the knowledge of a sewing industry expert on activewear sewing.


Dear Jalie patterns. My niece, her Mum and I love Jalie 3247. My niece wore her Jalie pieces on the weekend and was really happy with them. The fabrics and styles of each set blew them away.
Thank you so much.