Saturday, January 23, 2016
Winter is for sewing.
I spent a few days re-organizing my sewing room. I moved a desk out and some cubbies in. I had a whole bunch of fun re-folding and re-organizing my fabric stash. I had it stored in the closet, but I really like having it in the cubbies where I can see it. I'm definitely a visual person, so this really works better for me. I found some fabric I'd totally forgotten about, so sorting through everything was a bit like Christmas! Another thing I've been wanting to do is to use up some scraps, and so I tried my hand at making a doll quilt. It was so much fun that I made two! And I'll very likely make more. I like a project I can complete in a day or two. Here are the results:
I was really pleased to finish 2 projects using only fabric that I already had on hand! For some reason this feels like a real accomplishment.
One of my goals for the new year (in addition to sewing room organization!) was to expand my sewing skills beyond quilts. A couple of years ago I managed to make an apron with a great deal of help from a friend who is an expert sewist, and so I thought I would start with an apron.
I managed to do it. I had to re-do the waistband/sash because the pattern that I used as the basis for this very simple apron called for a much skinnier sash....which I found absolutely impossible to turn right-side-out. Eventually I gave up and made a wider one. Keeping that in mind, I soldiered on....
As you can see, this apron has a really big sash! I like to wrap the sash around and tie my aprons in the front, don't you? This apron has two layers: the top one, made from a linen calendar from 1974, is because I find myself wiping my hands on my aprons instead of grabbing a towel. I thought this would be pretty useful.
During the week of apron-making, I did venture out to Joann's and lo and behold: they had dress forms on sale! Now, I don't know about you, but there is just something about a dress form....I have wanted one for the longest time but couldn't justify the cost because I don't sew clothes. But aprons are kind of like clothes, right? And for $40 I decided that I would resist no longer. So I brought it home and put a necklace on her (those are vintage 1950's beads) and had more fun than I should have taking apron photos.
I'm playing around with some new ideas for quilts too. A few days ago I discovered a line of Jane Austen-inspired fabric called Ardently Austen. Naturally I had to get some. Showing admirable restraint, I ordered just one of the prints: