Archive for sewing
What do you get when you take three vintage sheet remnants, and two free sewing patterns? Six nearly free Summer shirts!continue reading "Vintage sheet extravaganza"
A little distance between me and my failed sewing project was just what I needed. And now I have a pattern that works, and a prototype that is totally wearable.continue reading "Distance"
One of these days I will learn that I should just suck it up and do a full bust adjustment on any new shirt patterns I try. This, unfortunately, was not that day, and now I have two very wide, very unattractive tents to wear.continue reading "Sewing FAIL"
One of the secret Christmas crafts I made was a rice pillow. Well, actually three rice pillows. I followed Blair’s tutorial, which was terrific, but I made a few changes. For one, I didn’t bother closing up the pillowcase. I didn’t have a problem with the end being open, and I couldn’t bring myself to [...]continue reading "Of rice pillows and surgeries"
This show-and-tell was a year in the making. I first cut into the polka dot fabric sometime after Thanksgiving last year. I was so sure that I knew what I was doing, that I didn’t even crack open the book for the directions. I just placed my pattern pieces on the fabric, cut out the [...]continue reading "Spotty"
Once upon a time, I had a pair of jeans that I truly loved. Not being one for whom jeans generally fit well, it is always greatly-appreciated when I come across a pair that doesn’t need to be pulled up, yanked down, or otherwise fussed-with every 10 minutes. I found these GAP Flare jeans in [...]continue reading "A True Tale of Torn Trousers"
My mother-in-law acquires throw pillows like nobody’s business. And often, when she’s in purge mode, I am the beneficiary of the no-longer-needed ones. This week, I was given two 20-inch squishy down pillows that I thought would be nice in my van. I didn’t much care for the army green covers, but I knew just [...]continue reading "Pillows for the van"
Today is Neil’s birthday. After the summer he’s had, I wanted to do it up big for his birthday. I think I’m pretty good at providing a festive atmosphere and well-loved gifts for the boys’ birthdays, but Neil’s birthday has never really been as successful for me. Maybe it’s because we don’t usually have a [...]continue reading "And Many More: a heart-healthy birthday cake"
Hey, Swappers. You’ll never guess what is on its way to your doorstep finally, after all this time… I’ll give you a hint: I’m so glad to see these finally leaving the house! You have all been so patient with me, and I am grateful. I put a few little somethings extra in the package [...]continue reading "En route"
Hi again In part one, we talked about choosing colors + fabrics, and how to determine how much yardage you need. In this final chapter, we’ll sew the actual pillowcase and take a look at a variation idea, too. Tools and Supplies light-to-medium weight fabric in a variety of patterns (I like quilting cottons – [...]continue reading "Mix and Match pillows, part two"