Archive for March, 2008
Today, I sewed while Nola slept. I swear she thinks I can’t see her.
My friend purchased this reversible apron and requested a matching bib.
Having never made a bib before, I searched Etsy for inspiration, wandered around the infant section at Target for tangible samples, and came up with a design that was a little of this and a little of that.
It started as a drawing…
then became a paper template…
and finally became a bib.
I’m very happy with how it turned out, but if I could do it again, I would have cut the binding on the bias for flexibility. That straight strip of binding did NOT want to go around those curves!
But I fought and won.
I’m curious about other people’s design process. I like to sketch things out first to get a very clear idea of what needs to go into the final product – measurements, colors, placement – before I start cutting into my fabric. There’s nothing I hate more than wasting fabric. I only cut paper templates when the pattern is an odd shape (which usually means neither square nor rectangle) or when I want to physically see and understand the life-size proportions.
So how about you? If you’re not working from an existing pattern, what steps do you take to get a new design from your imagination to the final piece? Do you draw things out? Make it up as you go? Do you prefer to have things planned, or do you thrive off of happy mistakes?
I just realized it’s been a whole week since I posted!
As much as I like shopping at JoAnn Fabrics, I’ve been trying to find some small, locally owned fabric shops. I prefer giving my money to a non-chain, and smaller stores tend to have more interesting — and sometimes better quality — fabric choices.
I found a store online called Calico Corners and hunted it down last week only to find out that it’s a national upholstery fabric store, and not a “mom and pop” quilting fabric store like the name suggests. Calico Corners? How misleading! I have a few more fabric stores on my list to try, but most of them close at 6 p.m., which means rushing from work and fighting traffic. I’ll get there; it’s just not going to be as easy as swinging by JoAnn’s on my lunch break.
I ended up shopping for the first time at Hancock Fabrics, another chain. I’m not sure if all of the locations are the same, but the one in Tampa wasn’t very impressive. Many of the fabrics are old-fashioned (and not in a cool vintage way) and just not my style. However, I did walk out with two fabrics that I hadn’t seen elsewhere, including an adorable nursery rhyme print.
I finished my cousin’s (a.k.a. “my best customer’s”) dolphin pillow, which she received this week and promptly named “Delphine.”
She ordered this to go with the octopus pillow that she purchased from me last month. I hope they look great together.
A friend of mine ordered this apron and asked me to make a matching bib. It’s a very cute idea. I’ve never made a bib before, but I’ve figured out the design. In my head. The next step is seeing if my idea works in real life, which I’ll do this week. Wish me luck!
Alex and I have been looking for a set of bowls to go with the rest of our dinnerware for almost a year, and we finally found some last night.
For my 30th birthday last May, he gave me a set of vintage hand-painted Red Wing dinnerware (click here for the whole story). The set was in perfect condition and included everything except bowls.
We’d been using our old green bowls that absolutely do not match the rest of the set. That was until we found our new bowls last night.
We didn’t have the plates with us to compare the blues. Instead, we went with our gut, and it ended up being a frighteningly perfect match, right down to the hand-painted look.
Our apartment is filled with light aquas and reds.
I’m almost always immediately attracted to those colors and I think they look great together.
That red quilt has gotten a lot of use over the years, and it’s got the frayed edges and cat hair to prove it. I made it with several different types of fabric, including velvet and sateen, which gave the quilt texture but also caused some of the seams to fray and separate in the wash.
I’m not feeling well today and am having trouble keeping my eyes open. I think it may be time for a nap under that red quilt.
I spent this afternoon making another tote bag.
Although I learned to do a proper zig-zag applique stitch, I thought that finish would be too polished here. In my opinion, this called for a standard outline stitch, giving it a slightly “raw” look.
The bag is made of narrow-wale ivory corduroy and lined in one of my favorite fabrics that is diminishing way too quickly.
I used medium-weight interfacing on the body and straps, since the corduroy is so soft and thin. I may eventually make a similar tote for The Boutique (if you’d like one, please let me know), but this one is ALL MINE, baby!
I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.
Finally enough sunlight to take some decent photos.
This bag was a bit of a departure for me, which I very much enjoyed.
The Petah Tote is for sale here in The Boutique.
I received some fantastic feedback on my last post. I was a little surprised to find out that I was far from being the only one who didn’t know how to do a proper zig-zag applique stitch.
I thought for sure I would get comments from people saying, “Well, DUH there’s an applique foot. Why WOULDN’T there be an applique foot!?” Well…I didn’t really expect people to post comments like that, because the blogging community is filled with sweet, supportive and generally friendly folks, but surely they would be rolling their eyes and thinking it, right? Nope.
Just one more reason to love being part of this world of bloggers.