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please ignore the under-sofa storage!
Or soft furnishings, if you want a posh term. I’ve been thinking about pillows lately, for myself and as gifts.
They can be in any mode from humorous to whimsical to vulgar to plebeian. They can be anywhere, from outer space to the car boot.
They can be tied, tailored, frilled, laced or latticed, and come in all sizes, from minute to gigantic.
They can be stuffed with made-to-standard-size fabrics enclosing poly or feathers (here or here or here), or contain herbs or unwearable rags
You can sew them together, zip them, snap them, wrap them, lace them, or glue them.
Fabric can be found anywhere, from your old tee shirts/jeans to car boot sales to towels to fabric or craft stores.
Want something really unique & personal? You can print fav photos into fabric on your own or at copy shops (provide your own fabric) or check out spoonflower.com, etc.
You can even buy them.
2 examples: a regular shot, then a close-up.
Which one best illustrates each example?
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elastic vs casing widths #1
elastic vs casing widths #2
inserting elastic #1
inserting elastic #2
In January I started making a skirt, just after finishing my jeans skirt, which I wear constantly.
However, this fabric’s way too bulky for elasticating around a waist. It almost has the napped feeling of corduroy, but it’s not cord. Still, a nice weight for wearing in Autumn, Winter, or a cool Spring day… plus it’s green and was a remnant.
But it’s now in the UFO pile because I did so much ripping out in January I just got tired. So I’m thinking:
- a gored skirt? nah, not enough fabric
- a-line? possibly, when I have enough energy to tackle it again
- darted & zipped straight? likely, when it’s warm enough & I’ve energy enough to try placing darts on myself (not a fav activity at the best of times)
But I did take some shots of putting the casing in, which then got ripped out because it was too wide for the elastic, then it was the wrong part of the fabric, then… you get the idea!
Maybe what I need is another perspective…
Per*spec”tive, a. [L. perspicere, perspectum, to look through...] 2. Pertaining to the art, or in accordance with the laws, of perspective…
Link to WordPress Challenge here.
Link to del’s other stuff here.
Most of us sewers, and you Dear Readers, are of the feminine persuasion, so this might be of interest.
The United Nations also has a site.
They’ve got some very interesting statistics available as a downloadable PDF file here.
Event locations, by country and city, are listed here.
There’s still a lot of work to be done. Let’s roll up our sleeves, sew the right clothes for the job, and get on with our freedom!
Wasn’t it a lovely week! Lots of gratitude, interesting reflections, great resources, and great projects to view.
Debi had a page of links for each day, which I’m listing here, in case any of you Dear Readers didn’t get a chance to take a look…
And another look at my giveaway winners, with a special shout out to Wednesday’s winner, Vanessa Nichole, who needs to send a private message to curlsnskirls on facebook with her mailing address! This is such an international group ~ can’t tell you how pleased I was to see all these different countries!
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A HUGE thank you to everyone around the world who participated in my part of the Monthly Stitch March challenge, and the entire challenge as a whole. It was sooo interesting to see everyone’s choices, and I don’t think there were any duplications. How’s that for variety, fellow sewers?
In my challenge, one pattern quickly took the lead and remained in the lead ~ the winner… and what I’ll be making this month. (Final stats below.) As friend Karen calls it, the poet blouse (McCall’s 6648). It’s still available, if anyone else wants it.
If I hadn’t seen Karen’s copy, and immediately fallen in love with the flirty (and cool in summer) sleeves, it wouldn’t have entered my pattern collection. Thank you, Karen!
Needless to say, she’s happy to see one of “her” patterns come out the winner, and so am I. It’s been niggling around in the back of my mind to get it made this year, and that’s a big reason why I included it in the challenge.
Am eager to see how it goes… but first, there’s a couple other little projects already on the table. More after the snow settles… Happy Sewing!
as you can see, the c-l-e-a-r- winner!
don’t remember what pattern i used for this… but the fabric’s still great, so it might get made, someday
there’s a skirt hiding under this slip-dress & i looove this fabric… should get it out again…
ABAN”DONED, pp. Wholly forsaken or deserted.
People who sew sometimes have a change of heart about their current project. The weather might drastically shift, making an immediate wear uncomfortable, or they might run up against a challenge they don’t want to face at that time. So the project gets shelved. These then become Unfinished Objects, or UFOs.
Often these are pushed to the back of the pile, but may not become officially abandoned for years, sometimes decades. I’ve moved some of these across a country, and bet I’m not alone.
And then there are the wadders.
Wadders are sewing projects that are irretrievable. Generally zips or buttons are removed, along with any reusable fabric. Then what’s left might be tossed either into the rag bag for use until it’s in tatters, or into the trash. In this day and age, that’s truly not politically correct.
There are non-profit organizations who collect such items for re-use in craft projects for arts and crafts programs, perhaps as a pretty scrap a child decides to use in their picture, or an older adult might use as part of a quilting project. Even if you’re not a quilter, you know how small some of those pieces can be! (Be aware that you might need to remind folk that scraps can be used in these ways.)
And thus, in sewing, nothing needs to be tossed out or abandoned. There’s always someone, somewhere that can use it. We just need to know how to find each other.
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Link to del’s other stuff photos here.
Today marks the end of this year’s Sew Grateful Week, and I’d like to give a special thank you to each and every person who reads and comments on my blog. You are all hugely appreciated!
So ~ without further to-do, today’s winner is… Maci Nic over at The Somnolent Dachshund ~ Congratulations!
Dog-lovers, and others, please take a peek at this blog, as Maci’s posted some of her very lovely creations.
Thank you sew much for being a Lovely Reader and commenting on my blog!
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A special Thank You goes to Debi, at My Happy Sewing Place, for all the behind-the-scenes work involved in this event.
Please check out her posts for the week, as she’s collected participants from all over the globe each day.
There’s plenty of new inspiration, and much gratitude by and for sewing enthusiasts!
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blanket hat #1, McCall’s #4116, can be folded & fiddled to look different
red fleece, folkwear #269, garnished with thin pieces cut from that blanket fleece & pulled so the edges curl
blanket hat #2, McCall’s #4116, can be scrunched a bit for a different look
As mentioned at the beginning of the month, some of my latest projects have been winter hats for friends… using some of that bright fleece originally used as a blanket at the start of this fierce winter.
Am slowly cutting strips off the bottom of the blanket – hehe! Although sadly it’s still needed as an extra blanket, when Spring comes (if?) it might be down to shawl size.
Trying to be smart, I put the side pattern piece along the least stretchy portion of the fleece. Not the best idea, I discovered after making 2 hats and then trying one on. That stretch is very much necessary. Will find smaller heads for these 2 hats, and try again.
The red hat’s pieces are placed differently on the fabric, and it turned out well. The fleece is I used is light-weight Polartec fleece, purchased several years ago & used as a wrap. But it’s not really my sort of red, being cool rather than warm (blue rather than orangey). My faithful pattern for this was Folkwear’s #269, of course!
That’s what I’ve been up to lately… which means those trousers for The Monthly Stitch got put on hold. Might have to skip this month, as pants are just not my thing right now. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time I made something just before deadline. Know what I mean?
Those are the projects I’ve been working on this month. How about you?
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