Here in Western Australia our homes are set up for dealing with the heat. Most homes have a large portion of tiled or wooden flooring throughout the house, and we limit the use of carpets and rugs to the bedrooms and the lounge room or home theatre areas. Most homes have large windows to catch the breeze (like the Fremantle Doctor* in our case) and if we're lucky we have shady trees near the house and wide eaves or patios for shade. Our winter isn't usually too bitter (I am touching wood here) there's
So this means cold hands and cold feet. We are all dressing very warmly and using our favourite rug to stay warm in the evening but I find my feet are the thing I just can't keep warm. Walking around on freezing cold floor tiles is not helping. So this week I have been making myself some Kimono Styled Slippers. They are not too gorgeous... more of a prototype really as I have made them with 49c/metre decorator fabric... but they are great around the house with my socks on and I can throw them into the wash to clean them up. (Something I can't do with any other type of sweaty slippers)
I admit they are a little too big, the pattern is a Size 9 and my foot is a half size smaller. They also look like hospital slippers... maybe that is just down to the fabric choice. Anyway they were fun to make and I'll make them again in a different fabric and size to test this theory. Also I think thicker (firmer) interfacing would be better in these as would a sheet of template plastic inserted into the pad of the foot. Maybe a set of them would be good for visitors.
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