April 27, 2011

ROCK’IN ROLL-ER DERBY!

Posted by Lori~
I can’t believe it but the derby is coming to my big city, ND town and I am thrilled! 

Not only that but a WOM-MOM follower and my FAB friend Jen is one of the founders of the Buff City Brawlers Derby Team!  Jen of course has a derby name, but I can’t for the life of me remember it.

Jen all set in her derby gear!
How does WOM-MOM get involved in this derby?  Derby ladies are WOMS too and thanks to the Buff City Brawlers for asking WOM-MOM to create the teams helmet covers.  And of course we said yes.
When first asked, I had to do a little research.  Jen turned me onto a FREE pattern—perfection.  And so we set out to find the perfect fabric.  Lycra was the ticket (neon green, neon pink and black).  We did find a spandex pair of shorts at the local thrift shop, but also picked up fabric at the local fabric store.   
The pattern was great, but unfortunately was European, so this required some conversion (the skills came out and luckily Crafty G-Ma was in town).  Rather than go to town on the new fabric, we opted to road test the pattern using an old t-shirt.  The pattern was small and needed to be blown up and it worked.  So here it goes—in case you ever need a derby helmet cover.  WOMS—YOU CAN DO IT!
Supplies needed:
Four-way stretch fabric
Narrow elastic
Matching thread
Instructions:
1.    Cut out the fabric using the pattern.


Make sure you pin the fabric down--it is slippery!
2.   Sew the side panels to the middle stripe. Keep in mind you are using four-way stretch fabric so fold and pin in order to sew the fabric together effectively.  (Lycra is a tough fabric to sew and requires a very good sewing machine needle.  Also, I would encourage you to use a small zig-zag stitch, which allows for easy stretch).


It is important to fit the fabric to the fabric using this method, especially with a four-way stretch fabric. 
    
3.    Sew the bottom edge down ¼ inch and then fold again and sew 1 inch (leave an opening for the elastic).
4.   Thread the elastic through the opening (I cut my elastic 18 ½ inches, but you will want to determine your size based on preference).  A safety pin works best for threading.
5.   Sew the two ends of the elastic together.
6.   Complete the seam.
7.   If you are sewing the star helmet covers—attach the stars to the sides of the cover. 

Two done...two more to go!
Enjoy!  Derby girls—ROCK IT!

Not ready to sign-up for the derby, but I thought I would test-drive the helmet cover!

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