Tuesday, February 28, 2012
It has been one of those days when everything (and I mean everything) goes just a smidgen off. I wanted to show the skirt and top that I had purchased at FIDM a couple of weeks ago. But I couldn't rotate the photo for the top, so please just imagine the adult version. It was a tube top with allowances for the breast.
The Scholarship store had a rack outside and on the rack were items that were imperfect at two (2) for a dollar. Being a person that has a very hard time passing up a bargin I stopped. There were about 15 skirts that looked just like the one above but much, much longer and the top was (I think) a cutoff dress. The bottom of the green tube top was just whacked off with big scissors. The top of the skirt was gathered with elastic. Just like the tube top. I really like the color combination, so I purchased it with the intention of making my granddaughter Lucy a Anthropologie look alike. I thought that would only be an afternoon of work.
The top had to be completer dis-assembled. I could not cut the fabric because I needed all the pieces to reassemble in the mode that provided her with capped sleeves. I always enjoy climbing mountains and it took about three days to finish.
I hope that she will enjoy all the colors.
Oh, by the way I had help from Chester. I couldn't persuade him to go away!
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
I like the comfort of my "Puff Chair". It is very comfortable. But, after about two years I get tired of the fabric and the fabric gets tired of me (it shows wear). Now here is the hard part, finding the right fabric to cover the original cushions. I bought this fabric several years ago, I bought about two other fabrics for the same purpose also. I bought fabric for my future "re-fabricing". Then I brought it home and spread it on the chair and leave it there for about a day. Fortunately I get to purchase these choices at FIDM because each choice has to be 3 yards of 60" wide fabric. It gets to be pricey if I purchased anywhere else.
This is the fabric that won the contest. It is a cotton with a diagonal thread running through every 1/4". It doesn't hold a wrinkle and is very comfortable. The other fabrics will go to GoodWill. It is hard to hold onto a large bulk of fabric.
I sewed the new fabric onto the original cushion cover. I also put an additional piece of foam into to two parts of the chair.
I made the foot stool first. I made it first to see if I liked the finished looks. I did enjoy how it looked and then tackled the chair.
Making the cover is a small job compared to stuffing the cushion into the cover. The last time I did this it took me about 1 hour to stuff the foam into the cushion. I was sweating and calling to the sewing gods to help me. I won a favor because when I made a workout cushion for a friend, the man at the shop told me of a trick. I asked him for a tip and he told me to cover the foam in a plastic bag. Well, I used the large garbage bag and the cushions went in so much faster.
P.S. The cats took ownership of the chair before I could even try it out!
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Who would have thought that an apron could be so hard to make? I didn't when a friend said that she would like me to make her an apron. I thought, hey, a couple of hours at the most. This woman likes her kitchen decorated with fruit. So, I asked her if she wanted the apron with fruit. Of course, she said yes. I was not going out to look for fruit fabric. What was the likelihood of finding this "fruit" fabric except by chance. I went to my favorite store, ebay! I found lots of fabric and this looked especially wonderful. When I received the fabric I was very pleased, it was just what I wanted. I was going to give it to her for Christmas. But she is a "big bosomed" lady and I did not really know how to compensate for this. The first time I tried it on her I found that it looked horrible. It took me a while to get the idea for tucks in the front but now it looks lovely on her. I was just going to take the bib off of it and give it to her with the waist band. Now she is very happy with her "company" apron.