Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Motorcycle Cover Finished

This turned out to be a major challenge, mainly due to the weight of all the tarp once the pieces got sewn together. I had to plan every seam.  I put extra tables in place to support the tarps as I sewed. At times the entire piece rested on my left shoulder as I sewed. I used clothespins to hold the segments together. Alas, I don't have any pictures of the construction process, as they were all deleted by a family member to celebrate a new camera.

The cover itself was not an exact match, as I didn't have a picture of the cruiser bike. The back of the seat is a little more forward than I envisioned. Nevertheless, the basic measurements my wonderful client supplied were just right, and the cover fit the bike!

I also put a drawstring in the bottom seam, but I think that the tarp is a bit too thick to tighten with a draw string.

I also lined the tarp with flannel sheeting, glued in place with Vynabond. The flannel lining is so that it does not scratch the bike. If I were to do it again I'd only put flannel in places where the tarp touched the bike.

I was also scared the whole way through! However, I knew enough about drafting patterns and working the material to know that I could accomplish it. I just hadn't implemented it. It was a good mental exercise to fight those fears and get the job done.

By serendipity, the word "Winter" is visible on the side of the motorcycle cover. Bonus!

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  1. Cool Great job Ally! You could have always come by my shop, Blackfoot Motosports to try out the cover that model or similar motorcycle :p


    1. Thanks, Roz! The client wasn't able to give me the make and model though as it was a surprise gift for her husband, and the bike was in storage at another location. So I made my best guess on the profile of the motorcycle cover based on other cruiser-style bike images I found online.

  2. The cover is awesome, I love it and so does my husband. Thanks so much Alison!