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A day at the sewing machine

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These shots, taken by my son, are somewhat bleached out as the sun was bright in the background. However I think you can see the beach cover-up that I made. The pink lacy fabric was the last of a bolt of clearance fabric at work. I bought a string of pink pompoms to go along the bottom edges which adds a nice bit of weight to it.

I actually screwed up part of the construction. My plan was to cut a neck hole and bind it with satin bias binding. Well, it was late, I was tired, and I accidentally cut a hole that was twice as big as I wanted. Hmmm, measure twice, think three times, cut once!

After a lot of swearing that Tai Chi Man could hear upstairs, I ended up cutting right across and sewing up again, and rather than use the bias binding, which just didn’t look right, I hemmed the neck edge with two rows of stitches. Do you know how tricky it is to sew fabric that is more holes than anything!?

Once that project was out of the way, I started on the next project. Thanks to my friend cancelling our gym date yesterday, I ended up having a whole day at home. I did a bit of yoga in the morning and, apart from making and eating dinner, spent the rest of my time sewing or crocheting.

The results are these:

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An apron, oven gloves and towel hanging loops. I used an older apron that I made a few years ago as a template, with a modification. I narrowed the top part as the last one I made tends to gape because it’s a bit wide. This apron is just one thickness, not lined, but I did add a pocket. The oven gloves were a “wing-it” thing as I didn’t use a pattern. If I’d had some purchased wide bias binding I would have used that, but I didn’t. The method I used was to layer fabric with regular cotton batting and Insul-Brite (batting with a reflective metal component) for the main piece, and then make the hand pockets with two layers of fabric. All raw ends were enclosed before stitching the hand pockets to the main piece. Thank the sewing gods for a walking foot.

It’s a somewhat amateurish result but usable!!

The towel loops, designed for hanging tea towels on an oven door, are made with Stylecraft Special DK in Duck Egg, which just happens to match one of the colours in the fabric. Brown buttons completed the look.

I’m glad I took advantage of a couple of nice mornings last week to go kayaking, as I was working all weekend. You could say that Monday and Tuesday were my ‘weekend’ though Monday entailed going to the dentist (fillings where my gums have receded a bit and also some chipped teeth at the front, lots of numbing which took hours to wear off) and grocery shopping. We have a number of places we like to buy our food – there’s Superstore for the usual weekly shop, Costco for certain other items like avocados, tomatoes and big stuff, bulk food store for raisins, oats, flour etc. Then there are the smaller places like Mediterranean Market for olives, artichokes and sundried tomatoes, and the health food store for certain specialty items and supplements. Also I buy instant coffee at London Drugs these days as I am avoiding Nestle as much as possible and we like their own “Brazilian” brand. So all in all I spent five hours on Monday, visiting the dentist and six stores, spending oodles of money on stocking up the fridge, pantry and cold room.

The fact that Tuesday was an at-home day was a wonderful gift!

Well, today I have to work, though I don’t start until 11am. So I’d better sort myself out and think about what’s for dinner in case I need to prep anything.

Enjoy your day and talk to you again soon.

Sewing day!

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A friend came over today, bringing her sewing machine and supplies with her, and we set ourselves up at my dining room table, she at her machine, me at mine. One of the things that puts me off sewing, I think, is going downstairs to do it. Yes, I have a craft room with everything I need in one place, but I prefer it upstairs where it’s brighter and more comfortable, which is why I usually opt to crochet on the couch.

However I have been partway through a sewing project for months now. I made a table runner from a gorgeous panel of fabric that I bought at work, and I had the eight coordinating placemats cut out and pinned. I just needed to sew them up, turn them right side out, and topstitch them.

The placemats are reversible – heron fabric on one side, cherry blossom on the other. I still have a bit of this fabric leftover so I’ll have to pull it out of the drawer and see if I have enough for napkins. I know there’s none left at the store.

Once I was on a roll, there was no stopping me. Out came the Weekend Sewing book and the pattern tracing paper, and I started on an apron. This fabric was one I spotted as soon as it arrived at the store – so funny – and I just had to get some. I only bought 0.8m (about 31″) and I really could have done with a bit more for the apron, but at the time of purchase I didn’t have any specific plans. In future I’ll know that a metre is an absolute minimum cut.

 

Luckily I had some green fabric that worked for the facing on the waistband and ties.

It was very enjoyable to be sewing again, especially with company. I must do it more often.

I have also completed a second pair of the Slipper Boots, this time in Pewter. Two strands of Red Heart with Love and a 7mm hook work perfectly and I just extended the upper and sole by three rows at the widest parts to make them man-sized. The ones I made for me are in constant use and very cosy.

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Now that Christmas is over, I must get back to swimming, piano, and that one WIP that has a very definite deadline. Happy New Year to all.

 

 

 

Full apron

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Humongous apron - prototype

Humongous apron – prototype

Many moons ago, I was given an apron that I was told was made from one metre/yard of fabric. It was unusual in that the square of fabric was turned on point and a hole was cut for the head to go through. Again, this is something that I’ve been meaning to recreate for a long time, so I pulled out some old flannelette to experiment with.

I cut the fabric to make a 40″ square. The finished apron is huge, so next time I would try 36″. I used my rotary cutter and ruler to trim off two opposite corners, just little triangles with a 2” edge. The bottom corner was rounded off using a flexible curve (bendy gadget that you can manipulate to shape and then draw your curve). The top corner was rounded off and I then drew a circle on the wrong side of the fabric, large enough for my head to go through. Some rough calculations led me to make a diameter of 9″ but it could have been smaller.

If I had been doing this properly, I would have used bias binding around the edges. However I didn’t have any and just hemmed the edges, snipping the curves inside the holey part.

I used my rather convenient trimmings to add ties to the squared off corners, but if I hadn’t had those, I would have used some twill tape or something from the store.

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Utility apron

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Jeans butt apron!

Jeans butt apron!

The flower close up showing more accurate colours

The flower close up showing more accurate colours

Project #3 today was an apron idea that’s been brewing in my mind for a bit. When I’m at work, I tend to lean against the fabric cutting tables a lot and that wears out my T shirts quickly. If I have a metal button behind the T shirt, it wrecks it fast.

I also like the idea of carrying a pen and a pair of scissors with me when I’m roaming the store, and who knows what else might come in useful – a tape measure perhaps?

I was looking at some of my bright cottons and wondering whether I should go for more Hello Kitty, more brights, or more sober colours. And then I found some old jeans that I’ve been meaning to upcycle.

I took my sewing scissors and cut around, below the waistband, leaving it intact, then down the side seam, across the butt below the pockets, and up the other side seam. Hemmed the bottom edge. Cut two strips from a leg to make ties and added them to the ends of the waistband. Sewed a line down the centre of one pocket to make two narrower sections for scissors and a pen.

The flower is cut from a cotton fabric and isn’t actually attached yet. I need some Heat ‘n Bond so I can iron it on. That will have to wait until Monday.