I'll write about my adventures in sewing, pattern design, fabrics, notions, sewing books, magazines and the lessons I've learned from my Mother along the way. I'll be adding Knitting as well now that I have my own knitting buisness.
Wrapping the wrap Dress up from Calgary to Nova Scotia
Finding the time is making the time! After putting my new sewing room together I made the effort to finish this puppy up and I’m pleased with the result.
From Beginning to End
I’m happy to say, finished! Sewing this dress took a long time with many interruptions along the way. I’m only guessing 4 years it took to finish this dress. I started a knitting business, homeschool for my youngest, took on a large wall quilt job, moved across Canada and the general hub-bub of life. My intention for the next dress is a shorter time of creation from start to finish.
Hemming the Dress
Hemming the dress proved to be a bit more challenging than expected. First problem the hem is straight across, so I’ll be changing that for the next dress which will not take 4 years. The second problem was something I forgot about early on and as the years progress it slipped my mind and didn’t surface until the end when I was hemming. So, the problem was up front where there are two layers and the underlayer was too wide at the bottom and as you can imagine this was not good! Fixed it to my satisfaction.
Next Wrap dress will be Black
I’m looking forward to starting this dress and finishing it up much, much sooner. Since I have the pattern altered and I will also make necessary adjustments concerning the hem I’m sure it’ll take no time at all. Also I’ll be changing sleeves to a cap ones.
I’ve decided to design a new apron, not because I’m bored with my old favorite but because it’s like sewing a new dress. The fun in playing with colour, fabric and details, like fancy stitching is too irresistible to ignore. I’d seen many different aprons over all different kinds of platforms and was consistently drawn to the cross-over utility apron.
The fabric is 100% cotton that I’d use for quilting or a summer a-line skirt and was bought at a cost of $3.99 per m. luckily there was 2 meters left on the bolt and with a bit of fiddling I was able to create this cross-over apron. Its not a colour I would usually pick up for myself but what is one to do when the fabric calls, buy me!
Dimensions and Fit
This apron has a very generous fit and the ease is 25 cm over my 94 cm upper bust line with the cross-over included. The main part of the apron is 120 cm X 85 cm rectangle and the straps are 50 cm X 20 cm, and I would say this is a medium fit.
As you can see I’m playing around with decorative stitching, a leaf pattern and I encourage you to play with different coloured thread as well. When I was first learning to sew in my early teens, thread was not to be seen and always the same colours as the fabric! I disagree, have fun and play.
This is a very roomy apron that will fit small to large sizes depending on your own personal measurements, you may have to adjust the pattern a bit for your perfect fit. I shall continue playing with decorative stitches and I will add a pocket with the leftover fabric. This is a two-sided apron so there will be a pocket for each side.
Now, when did I start this journey? I believe it was Spring 2017 that a friend asked me to design two Irish dancing wall quilts for her little dancing girls. It is now Spring 2019 and both girls are happy with their wall quilts, and this makes me happy as well. A project of this magnitude took me a long way from where I was. Many life events have happened along the way; some of them being quite sad while others have embarked my family right across the country for a new start. My family has come so far since starting these wall quilts. My first boy is finishing his first year of High School and survived while my second son is finishing his second year of home schooling and I’ve survived. Now I just have to get the move under my belt and its smooth sailing, at least through the summer. Then a new school year begins.
Down memory lane
I’ve had to put my sewing blog on hold just to get some things finished and there is still a long list of things I have to do for the move. So this post shall be short and sweat!
Can make you scream “why me”! And they always require attention at the most inconvenient times, like most jobs you don’t fancy doing. Well this little job had to be done this morning and before it ended up on the mending basket, where it would never to be seen again.
The zipper I ripped out was an invisibleone and nice as it is on a dress, it is also not the most practical one to use for a cushion. Luckily like most seamstresses I have a little stash of valuable items in a drawer. This new zipper is much more serviceable and less likely to break. The closed end trouser type, in my estimation a very practical type of zipper.
Luckily this was a half hour job and I was able to get back to more pressing jobs that require my time, like sewing my wrap dress that is almost finished. I just have the side seams left to do. Cross my fingers, this week I’ll wrap up my wrap dress.
Not too bad, good enough for my bed.
Next Job the wrap up Wrap Dress!
Yes, the wrap dress is under all this mess. Tomorrow I’ll dig it out.
Question: Which zipper is your favorite? And do you believe practice makes perfect, or at least more confident!
The journey to finish this wall quilt was a long one, and took me just over a year to finish. Even though this was a very busy year for my family, I am pleased with the results and I’m eager to get started on the second and now that I know all of the twist and turns of the first one I’ll be able to bypass a lot of problems I ran into.
What’s on the back of the quilt
There is an Irish blessing and prayer. I’ve sewn a small pocket for special letters from a mother to a daughter.
May the dreams you hold dearest be those whichcome true. And the kindness you spread keep returning to you.
May the raindrops fall lightly on your brow. May the soft winds freshen your spirit. May the sunshine brighten your heart. May the burdens of the day rest lightly upon you. And God enfold you in the mantle of his love.
From Beginning to End in pictures
Next week after I finish up a dress I started a long time age, I’ll start work on the second quilt. I also have to say that my friend who I’ve been sewing this quilt for her daughters, has been very patient and when I showed her what the final result was she was over joyed. This has made me very happy and I can’t wait to get started on the next one, which will be the last one for me to make.
Question: What is the longest time you worked on a project and finished?
I have approximately 2 days to whip this satchel up so last night I fixed my plans in mind and it’ll take 15 min to draw up pattern and cutting up the fabric. Ok, 15 min. to make quick pattern then at least 1/2 hr to cut up fabric.
This satchel took just!! 2 long days sewing, approx 25-30 hours and I had so much more I’d like to have done.
I’ll be designing a pattern for this one and I already have a smaller one in the works.
What I love:
Size of satchel
Ribbon placement around zipper
Straps & buckles
How I sewed the top bit with zipper.
What needs work:
Different colour of raspberry red front flap buckles fastenings, or a the same colour for shoulder strap for consistency.
How I’ll work all buckles and strap.
Longer front flap about 4 inches longer.
The D rings need to be the correct size to fit the straps and I also need to add a tension-lock.
Well I spent three weeks on a road trip trying out my first proto type satchel and so far I’m please with most of it. Next week I’ll draw up a second proto type with all my corrections.
Do you have to make your ideal bag because you just can’t find one you like?
Last night I finished the sandwiching of all the layers together. Now all I have to do is a bit of touching up and the binding, and I’ll use a white satin for the binding. An Irish quote still has to be chosen for the back of the quilt but that can be done later. To give you an understanding of the size of this wall quilt the diameter is 1.6 m. I’ll put 5 tabs evenly across the top half of the quilt and we’ll find some ornamental hooks to hang on my friends wall. Looking at the quilt now I believe I succeeded in creating the stained glass window look, to be sure it was a big job but very satisfying. The next one will go much faster because I now know what to expect and how to deal with all the problems I ran into with the first quilt.