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.
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.
This is a beautiful Grecian style bridesmaid dress, that needed to be hemmed, both layers.
Practice Makes Perfect
Well! As perfect as you can make it. Early on in my 30’s I took several sewing classes. Starting from the beginning of how to sew, fitting to designing; simply, because it had been many years since my mother had sat me down at her sewing machine. One teacher in particular challenged us to be come the sewer we envisioned; To be a (Slap dash Sally or a Persnickety Pricilla), I chose Priscilla. So my first order of business was to practice with the rolled hem presser foot and twin stretch needles and lets not for get the fabric.
Rolled hem presser foot
What a great invention! Once I got the hang of working this presser foot it was a dream to work. I spent some time working with the scrape piece I cut off the bottom of the outer sheer shell of dress. It’s a bit of a fright when you start sewing the rolled hem and get a inch in then ask yourself am I sewing from the right side? Nervous laugh! My inner sewing ninja must have kicked in because I was sewing from the correct side. Take time to read sewing directions concerning a presser foot you haven’t used in awhile. I’ve found rushing in only ends in mistakes and frustration, nor do I want to rip out stitches from this sheer fabric. The best part about this rolled hem presser foot is no pressing.
I chose my Fiskars, the sharpest ones I have and what’s best they have a flat bottom edge. This is good for cutting a straight edge, as straight as you can get it.
The Rolled Hem
Well I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. No prepressing/stitching just a wonderful rolled hem presser foot that did everything for me and in less than half the time.
Question:What is your favorite presser foot to work with?
I’m almost finished, I suspect this week will be the last and on the weekend I’ll just be touching things up. I know this is an odd angle but I’m still basting the right-side seam.
The size I went with was (10) not just because I’m a size (10) but for this pattern it was just a tad too small which I thought would be good since it was a stretch fabric.
I’ve basted by hand the outside of the dress before I make the final stitching of the side seams. This is because I have to fit the wrap dress to my figure first and make any adjustments.
side seam gather
I’m very please with the gathers at the left side-seam, I may have to adjust the gathers if I have to take the dress in more than I expect, we’ll see. Next after the side-seam will be the short sleeves and hemming.
Well this post was short and sweet, I’ll be getting back to sewing now.
Question: I don’t have a lot of experience with stretch fabric, so any last-minute advice would be appreciated.
God Bless & Sew On
I wrapped the fabric around Gillian to see the drap.