I think the book is aptly-named. It’s the weekend, and I have been sewing.
I had Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross on my wish list, and I really was going to avoid buying it and just wait for my birthday. But this week I started seeing projects pop up here and there, and well, it was just too hard to resist when I found myself standing in the craft aisle of Barnes & Noble last night with a pile of unused gift cards in my backpack… (nevermind that most of those gift cards were Neil‘s he’d never miss them. Heh.).
What I really wanted to make was this shirt, and this afternoon I ended up at a few thrift shops, looking for sheets I could use for that purpose. Making shirts is nerve-wracking for me, so it’s best to get some nice, cheap fabric for my first try at a pattern. The stakes are a lot lower with a $3 thrifted sheet than they are with the $9/yard nice stuff.
I found and purchased a few sheets, but I didn’t really want to cut into them right away. I need to get myself mentally prepared for a challenge when it comes to sewing shirts, and I was more in the mood for some instant gratification this afternoon. So I went with head scarves.
I’m growing out my bangs, and as such I always seem to have hair in my right eye. I have never successfully grown out my bangs because of this. I find the hair-in-my-face thing so annoying, I inevitably cave and cut the bangs before they get too far. These headband/kerchief thingies seem like a really great solution, and they were the perfect instant gratification project, to boot.
I made two – one in a Joel Dewberry print, and the other in a Kathy Hall print – and I won’t be surprised if I whip out another one or two before I put the sewing machine back away. They sew up pretty quickly, and use less than a fat quarter of fabric (which is great, because most of my stash is FQ size or smaller).
I’m talking myself into giving the shirt a go tomorrow. There are several other projects in this book that I’m looking forward to trying, too. It gets two thumbs up from me. By the way, did you know Heather Ross is in the midst of a Blog Book Tour? I’d never heard of such a thing, but it seems like a nifty idea to me.