I am still working on the shoulder pads for the 1952 dress. Of course, I used the rotary cutter when I cut them out which made me realize that I could use some small, flexible, low-height pattern weights. My first thought was to make weights about the size of a roll of pennies. I cut the fabric (the leftovers from my jean jacket) 3” wide and 6” long; folded the fabric in half and sewed ¼” seams, leaving one end open. A chopstick was handy to help turn the fabric.
Filling the fabric tubes with BBs was easy. I couldn’t find my kitchen funnel, which was probably too big anyway. I ended up borrowing a silicone mini-muffin cup from my bento supplies. It worked great and had I located my funnel, I would have still used the little muffin cup. By the way, it took 4 ounces of BBs to fill the fabric tubes. I didn’t fill them to the top as I wanted the finished weights to have flexibility; also, it left room to sew them closed without the machine needle hitting a BB.
I made some larger weights, too. For those, I cut the fabric 4” by 11”, using ½” seam allowances. They were filled with 12 ounces of BBs.
As always, storing my sewing items in this little house is a challenge. So, while I am sewing them I am already planning where they are going to go. None of my available boxes or tins were the right shape or size. However, there was a large piece of the fabric left so I thought I could make some type of pouch for the weights. For a pattern, I chose view C of Simplicity 9949 as it was about the right size. I have had this pattern for years but it is still on the Simplicity website. I modified the pattern by adding five inches to the bag. The outer fabric was block fused with heavy interfacing and handles were attached once the bag was finished.
Because I didn’t know where I was heading when I started this project, I was happy to use scraps. The bag is sturdy enough for the weights, but when making the next one, I will give it more structure by using some Timtex, template plastic, or something similar.
I think the weights would be wonderful made up using embroidered ribbons (reinforced with fusible interfacing) instead of fabric. Wouldn’t they be a pleasure to use? Also, the bag could be embellished with some of the same ribbon and/or quilted. Leather for both the weights and the bag is appealing, too.
Well, I’m not placing an online order for leather scraps or embroidered ribbons anytime soon. I want to see how well these work and what other changes, if any, need to be made. Prototype. Yep. That’s it.