Friday, January 21, 2011

The unveiling...

And here is Ruby modelling the skirt that she made on my sewing machine.

Photos were delayed yesterday by the missing battery charger ... it had been stashed in an incredibly safe place. No idea who could have done that ;)

The skirt is a simple rectangle. It is constructed from two layers of fabric, with the white layer a little longer so it pokes out from underneath the purple layer. The white eyelet fabric has a scalloped edge. Ruby did 3 seams ... sideseam, seam at waist to join fabrics together, and stitching to enclose elastic. I did all the cutting out, pinning, and overlocking. (She was going to do the cutting out, but became distracted by her siblings). I left extra room in the elastic casing in case her stitching wobbled ... but it didn't, and the elastic casing is a bit puffy due to the extra fabric.

The one large error was made by me! I didn't plan the order of stitching very well. The first seam joined the two fabrics together at the waist. We then did the sideseam and then the elastic casing. Unfortunately this resulted in the inner skirt layer to have the wrong side out (so the seams are visible from the outside of the garment). I should have sewn the side seams of the two fabrics first, and then stitched the two together (for the waist seam). I was going to fix it, but then when she was wearing the skirt yesterday the eyelet fabric was ripped and I had to do a darning job on the skirt ... and after that I thought it wasn't worth unpicking the bottom layer.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sewing lessons for a 7 year-old

Ruby turned 7 last week, and I was feeling very brave today so I drew some straight lines on some fabric, put the foot pedal of my Bernina up on a stool, and taught her how to sew a straight line.

I was concerned that she would have trouble keeping the machine at a slow speed. (There isn't a magic switch to reduce the maximum speed of the machine). Amazingly this wasn't a problem at all. She went at a snail pace and didn't accidentally race off.

The most difficult task was moving the fabric to keep the centre line of the presser foot aligned with the fabric. When she tried to correct, she would move the fabric in the wrong direction. She also wanted to position her hands behind the presser foot, which makes it very difficult to steer the fabric. We seem to have both of those things sorted out now.

At the end of the lesson she sewed her very first seam in a garment. She is going to do all of the straight stitching and I'll do all overlocking. I am confident that she will finish it tomorrow and I am bound to get a photo of her modelling it with a VERY big grin. I can't wait!!
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Friday, January 14, 2011

Completed Star Quilt

Here is Ruby's star quilt all finished! I was still working on it on the day of her birthday, but completed it that evening and put it on her bed before midnight! She was a very happy and excited girl when she woke up the following morning. I don't have a closeup of the quilting, however I stippled it all over, with a couple of love hearts and the words "I love you" hidden in with the stippling. She has been having fun searching for the hearts and loves the writing.
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Pario Pannus Swap - sent

For the last couple of months I've been in the Pario Pannus Swap. We have been swapping table runners. Now that Frances has received the table runner that I made for her, I can show it to you!

Quilt front, before binding

The quilt is based on the Fibonacci Series, which is a pattern where
the current value is calculated as the sum of the previous 2 values
(ie it progresses as 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 etc etc).

It was then quilted by tracing the outline of a dinner plate towards
the middle of the 'rainbow'. I then used a walking foot to ripple
that line both outwards and inwards. The quilting did distort the
quilt quite a bit, causing it to bow in the middle but about 3/4". It
was very hard to then square up the quilt for binding!

I can't take credit for the idea as I saw a similar quilt in Flickr and thought it
was both beautiful and would appeal to Frances on a number
of levels.

Closeup of quilting on the front

Closeup of quilting on the back

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