Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Everything I've sewn in the last month, almost

It seems like I have done in the sewing room this last month is sit on my butt and watch HGTV. I just haven't felt as motivated as usual, but even so I did manage a few things. 

More Drapes!

The painting in the living room is complete and so are the drapes. One thing my husband and I agree on is this: we love the drapes but hate the paint! The wall color in these pictures makes it look even more like a banana peel than it really is. It's going to have to be repainted--the sooner the better!!

The saw drapes made like this at JCPenney. They are genius! I love how they look and they were so, so easy to make. They have tab tops with the tab sewn into the hem at the top, not the top edge. I used strapping for the tabs since I didn't have extra self fabric for them. I had measured so well, there was only and inch and a half of fabric left over after making four panels. 

The tabs gather on the rod and create soft pleats. 

The Final Installment: the Big Skirt Project

There was a little bit of summer left when I started this but none left when I finished it. I was suffering from skirt burnout and wanted to get that last skirt done. Okay, Rhonda, I love your style and sincerely admire your pattern making skills. But just so everyone knows, beware of trying this with a woven fabric! Of course most of the problem may lie in the fact that it's too short.

I didn't even bother changing into a top that went with it.
It does go with banana wall though. 

I played around a bit with it and think it actually looked better on backwards. What with having no butt and all, I can wear my skirts either way. Darts are no obstacle to me.

I cut the flying-nun-hip-wings off. I think that left the stripe in an awkward place so maybe I'll wear it in the spring, maybe I won't.

A Creepy Muslin!

I made a muslin of this top and really liked it except I used a creepy knit from the free table. It was a bit tight due to the lack of stretch in the fabric. I think was Jet Set from JoAnn's. Totally unnatural, and I don't necessarily dislike unnatural, but this stuff would leave scratches if you used it for a dust rag. I like the pattern and will be putting it on my short list.

A Little Something and a Lot of Shifty

This is another muslin. It's the A Little Somethin' Jacket from CNT patterns. The fabric is a shifty chiffon from one of my favorite places: the free table. I used a lot of spray starch as I wasworking on this one. It's a cute jacket but already too lightweight for this time of year, plus I have nothing that really goes with it, so I don't imagine it will get much use. 

Thanks, Jan

 A Really Big Project

I have been working on a big, fun, exciting project for the Designer III group. I have completed the machine sewing and have quite a bit of handwork left to do on it before I can reveal it on the 23rd.

In the meantime, I have a plan and have something new started in the sewing room. I'm excited to have that excited feeling back.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

More Drapes

I am happy to report the dining room drapes and painting are done!! This is the first set of proper drapes I have ever made and I'm pretty proud of myself.

I found this project a bit stressful in the beginning.  I measured and checked my numbers six times before I took scissors to the fabric! The actual sewing wasn't difficult but rather tedious. So was the pressing. There was a lot of steam on an already hot weekend. 
I used a pleater tape, along with drapery pins and drapery rings. You can't see any of that but I know it's there. I found the most important thing when making drapes is this: whatever you do, right or wrong, you have to do exactly the same each time. Fortunately, this room only requires a pair!

The fabric is a Waverly print from, crafted with pride in the U.S.A., according to the selvedge. The print is called "Small Talk" and is so appropriate considering the numbers of goldfinches who frequent our feeder. 

On to the living room....

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sewing Straight

I realized that the last three projects I have worked on were all sewn in straight lines! This is the latest. Although I sew garments with home dec fabric a fair amount, I have not really done much home dec sewing. In the past, I have made some pretty crappy curtains I wasn't very proud of, but I am very proud of these. I measured and got the repeats perfect on all six windows! I did measure and mark four times before I got the scissors out. Pretty good for a newbie.

Daytime, back lit
The room I made these for is a dressing room with a vanity. In addition to doing our makeup, my daughter and I also keep our jewelry and accessories in it. It has windows on three sides, so we sometimes felt like we were in a fishbowl, especially like when a guy was cutting a tree down next door! Hey there, guy with a chainsaw! It fells a lot more private now.

The main reason I wanted to re-do this room was so that I could move my beading supplies out of my sewing room. My husband let me have the old childhood desk his dad made for him. You can just see the edge of it on the lower left. The desk has lots of storage for my bead horde and tools.

Nighttime with artificial light.

I hung these tie backs up to store necklaces. Its a good solution for keeping everything tangle free and easy to find.

The room is now a cozy, peaceful place for beading, reading and drawing. This weekend we are doing a lot of painting in the house and I have five more windows to sew for, so I don't think I'll be able to spend too much time in there just yet!

Friday, August 22, 2014

I'm so nice

I made my husband 14 new dish towels! 

The solid green ones are pique. When I inherited the fabric from Gwen it was white. I dyed it with regular old Rit dye in apple green. It was a dismal dull dirty blue green almost like hospital scrubs, only uglier. If I ever saw an apple that color I would not eat it!  I over dyed it with lemon yellow. It became exactly the color I hoped for in the first place. I left the selvedges on and simply serged the other edges. 

The chinoiserie print are 100 percent linen home dec samples from the free table. They are tea towel weight and perfect for covering bread dough. I made fancy mitered corner hems on these.

My husband looks very handsome with a dish towel in in hand!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Well, that didn't work!

I got these tanks from Landsend. I like that their tops never fade or shrink, but even though they are petites, I thought they were a bit long on me. I have no explanation for why I bought the striped one at all!! 

I thought I could save some time by hemming them with my cover stitch machine using clear thread. Ha! Ha! No cooperation whatsoever. I could never get clear thread to work properly in my regular machine, so I really don't know what kind of insanity let me to think would work in the cover stitch.

After an hours' frustration, I came to my senses and did it the hard way--re-threading for each color--which, of course, was really the easy way after all.  

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Big Skirt Project: Part Nine

I had these three small pieces of fabric in my stash, acquired at different times, but none of them were big enough to do anything with alone. So I combined them.  Tertium Quid!

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Big Skirt Project: Part 8

For version eight of my skirt, I added  angled princess seams.  

The fabric in the center is home dec. I'm  not sure where or when I acquired it, but I'm sure it was free. It was only 14 inches wide so I created this pattern to accommodate the narrow width. The gingham part is a bed sheet. One things about sheets--they do not wrinkle! I had been wearing this sitting in a car all day before I took these photos. 

You can see I very carefully matched the pattern in back. The zipper is in the center back. 

Two more to go!