Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sewing Quickie

I've been needing a new pair of sweat pants to wear around the house.  The pair I've had is all worn out, with holes.  So I cut off one of the legs of the old pair and used it as a template to cut out a new pair and got it done within an hour!  They're so comfortable!
I used elastic for the waist.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Simple Sewing Project

After going a while without sewing because I haven't felt like it (been knitting instead), I made this pillowcase from a pattern out of the sewing book called "Sewn Spaces" by Joel Dewberry. 
It seems that every sewing pattern I use, I always get stuck in the middle of the pattern.  The first part makes sense, but as I keep going, I get to a point where I don't understand what the pattern is saying to do. 
For example, this pattern says, "Place folded edge of border flush to cording."  I was guessing "flush" meant "along" the cording. 
Then later on at the end of the pattern, it said, "Right sides facing, pine pillowcase fronts to backs."  I tried googling "pine" for sewing terms, but nothing came up.  So I just did what I thought looked right and this is what came of it. 
This was my first time doing piping, which is easy and fast.  At least I understood that part of the pattern! ;)

Monday, July 5, 2010

Anney Top Finished!

This is the Anney pattern by Emily Johnson.  I'm so glad to be done with this, after all the cables!  I did the decreases on the yoke just as the pattern said to, but it doesn't look quite like it does in the picture.  Oh, well.  It's not noticable and I'm still happy with it.  I think this is my favorite knitted top I've knit so far! :)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Fabric Art

I got this idea from DIY Dish Network Podcast.  All it is is fabric-covered canvas.  I think it's cute.  I have it hanging in the sewing/craft room in my house.  I like the first photo.  My daughter likes the second photo, with the black designs all in one row.  I think I'll switch it up when she's not looking! ;)

i heart patchwork

This is a new sewing book I just got. It has lots of cute sewing patterns in it. Caitlyn (my daughter) wanted me to sew her this little cosmetics pouch. It was really easy and quick. It's the first time I've sewn a zipper on anything. I had to hand sew it because my sewing machine doesn't have a zipper foot.

The solid squares are made of linen and the patterned squares are made of cotton. I like the way the linen fabric looks. I notice most of the patterns in this book call for linen in a natural color. Unfortunately, my local fabric store doesn't carry linen in natural color. So I'll probably have to order some online. Actually, I think the light violet linen fits my daughter better anyway! Also, it has a solid cotton lining on the inside, which was also a first for me.