Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Yes, I've been sewing. This time a Redondo skirt for Ruby from Studio Tantrum. I'm not that happy with the bright pink ... I think the issue is more were I placed the gore. In retrospect I think it should be between the two florals. Oh well, I'm not moving it now!
I'll post more details later.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
This is how the 'sewing' section of the room used to look. Notice the old cutting table, which is a small dining-table jacked up on some lumps of 'Four-by-two'. Generally the underneath of the table is stacked high with storage crates ... I must have moved them before I took this photo!
Here is the new cutting table, which we moved in yesterday. It is huge. The table top is 210cm x 120cm. As you can see it has heaps of storage. I am thinking of putting a curtain on the table to hide the storage section. I was so lucky to be offered the table. The Aunt of one of the Mum's from school has moved into a smaller house and no-longer had room for her cutting table. It has been custom built by her father. It has more than doubled the amount of cutting and storage space that I have.
Here is the other 'sewing' section of the room ... my horn cabinet and trusty Bernina, plus my overlocker and a whole heap of junk that I need to clean up. I'll have to post some more photos when it is complete! (The messy painting on the wall was made by Ruby when she was about 2).
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I have improved my technique since the January block. This tutorial taught me a great method of making 'flying geese units' (the arrow units) with NO fabric waste. If I had used my old method to construct the block then I would not have had enough fabric.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
The pattern is the Sling bag from Nicole Mallalieu Designs. "The Sling can be soft and unstructured, or smart and sharp, depending on your fabric choice. It has long straps which can be made to be long, short or adjustable".
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Laura desperately wanted a library bag too.
I started sewing Laura's bag a few days ago, completing the side seams but still needing to do a draw-string or handles. Laura has been lugging it about ever since, despite it being incomplete. Tonight when I went into the sewing room, I found the bag very carefully positioned under the foot of my sewing machine. Laura must have put it there some time today without me realising.
I wasn't planning on sewing library bags tonight, but how could I refuse such a gesture?
Ruby's bag (which I have yet to photograph) was also made from delightful curtain fabric from Spotlight. I purchased extra of both prints with the intention of using the shapes for applique.
Laura desperately wants to be old enough to sew. (She has also been sitting on my knee at the sewing machine helping to guide fabric). She wants to be able to do hand embroidery like Ruby. She found Ruby's embroidery yesterday and managed to do four stitches before being discovered. Clearly I need to get her started on making some stuffed felt animals...