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.


  1. Those curtains ARE genius!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am definitely using that trick!

  2. Was it the idea you are thanking me for? Did I lend you that patt? I have been looking for it and I can't find it. You look good! Love the drapes. Will you make some for my house? Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeee! Lol

    1. You can't find it because I have it! I'm going to put it in my car now so I'll remember to bring it to the meeting. I will make you as many drapes as you want. My price is seventy five an hour plus materials!

  3. Love the skirt! (and the curtains). If you're not too keen on the stripe, how about taking it apart at the lower stripe edge, making another pieced stripe (out of say 3-4 fabrics, a bit like piano keys) and attach to the bottom of the existing stripe and top of your lower skirt part? Then it will look more "intended" like that.
    Or some other pattern, it doesn't have to be vertical bits. It could be squares alternated with longer rectangles (so just two fabrics)
    I can see how the jacket muslin is too light weight. Use as a sort of loose blouse to wear over other upper clothes maybe?
    Love, love, love the drapes trick!