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I have a decor post this week!!

So for the past little while I’ve been working on a special project for a lovely friend of mine, and I wanted to wait until I had it all ready to show the final product, but going through the photos I’m realizing it’s tooo much for one single post.

So here’s the first installment.

She bought this super cool crib:

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I’m very into it, and very grateful she trusts me with making the cover for it.

I clocked right away that I’d have to make the cover in a few parts, and the first and most daunting was making little side curtains for that triangle piece.

I don’t think people realize how much math is involved in sewing, especially decor sewing. Math stresses me out, but I’m a naturally resourceful person and determined to ace this.

I found a handy video of a woman making a curtain for a triangle window that I scaled way down.

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Then I measured out a template, cut it in half and made strips for pleating. Then I laid out the strips, measuring out my distances for pleats:

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Which left me with a pattern piece:

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After double checking my math, over and over, I cut:

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The amount of measuring and second guessing before I dared to cut the good stuff was agonizing, but as I continued on I felt more and more confident that I had been thorough enough.

Putting in the pleats felt especially satisfying.

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Then I ironed them all out.

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So I had to figure out how to attach this to the crib. I wanted to make sure it was easy to remove, because washing is essential (and OF COURSE I pre-washed this fabric to deal with any shrinking ahead of time).

I didn’t have regular access to the crib bars while sewing, so with the help of a more math inclined friend, I made a cardboard mock up of the crib rail using the measurements I took.

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This came in handy to figure out how the material would need to wrap around, with a velcro fastener, and the width I would need to make the straps.

So I factored in seam allowances and hemming and made another template/ pattern piece for attaching the top of the curtains.

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So I cut two pieces for each curtain piece (8 total) and attached them on either side. They’ll velcro over the top crib bar.

Because this is on a slant, because thats how triangles work, I fastened the top points of my two curtains. I was concerned that if I just left them unattached they would slide down the bars over time and be useless curtains. I dunno how familiar anyone is with curtains, but useless ones aren’t sought after.

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The next step is the overlay, which was a whole experience on it’s own. Consider this a cliffhanger post. What will happen? Will the crib have a tent? Will the cover be just as cute? Will the baby approve?….

OMG! WILL THE BABY APPROVE????

Flannel and Reflections

Ok folks, this is my last blog post of the year, and I thought I would end things off with a bit of self-reflection.

So last week, I showed off some prep work for my big project, a flannel dress that both looked lovely and felt comfy.

I repeated all my previous steps when making the mock bodice, but this time with the real thing.

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I love the warm colour palette of this flannel.

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I omitted the peter pan collar that this pattern originally called for, and instead just attached the facing and under stitched it to finish off the neckline.

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I am in love with how detailed the inside of this bodice looks. There are so many things going on here, and it’s satisfying to see all the tiny steps of serging, putting in darts, attaching facing, stitching it all together, all of it in one photo.

I certainly put a lot of love into this piece.

It felt like a good project to end the year on. I’m not always sure I’m making progress in my skill set. I still have a lot to learn and I’d be lying if I said this turned out flawlessly.

I struggle with invisible zippers still:

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And the waist line ended up hitting a little lower than I anticipated…

But I’ve still come a long way, and just having the weekly excuse to keep playing with something I had stopped making time for is reason enough for me to be happy today. This was a reminder of where I still needed to improve and will inform future projects and resolutions.

I think the biggest one is to better organize my final photo. When you live alone, it’s hard to get a good quality picture of how you look in the final piece.

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Oh, and I took soooooooo many.

All that hard work for a grainy pic can be frustrating, I’ll spend the break looking into new methods.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you in the new year!

Making A Muslin

With the holidays approaching, along come the  holiday parties. So many reasons to wear a dress, something I haven’t bought for myself in a while.

I’ve had a very specific project in mind for some time, but haven’t been able to find the exact pattern for what I’m trying to achieve. So when I can’t find exactly what I want, I start to play with what I have on hand and figure out how to make it work.

I’m looking to make a high-waist flared dress with short sleeves.

This is the closest thing I had on hand:

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This already is a variation of an existing pattern, but at least some of the pattern alteration math has been worked out for me. (I’m nixing that collar though, you know, to make this harder).

Of course it did mean a lot of this:

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The one thing this pattern is missing is sleeves, so I needed to go about mocking up those.

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So, lets recap so far:

I’m working with an already modified pattern, removing a feature of it, adding my own mock sleeves, and p.s the fabric for this piece is flannel which doesn’t have any give. This dress lives or dies by the fit of the bodice and every change happening smoothly.

I think I hate myself a little…

So today, I’m doing the test run of the bodice, by making a muslin. A rough dry run of the structure by using a pile of old cheap broadcloth I have in my stash.

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It feels like so much work to be making something that’s never going to see the light of day, but I’m happy I stuck with it. I like my dresses to fit close, and nothing feels less attractive than clothes that are too tight or too saggy.

After a lot of troubleshooting and readjusting, the torso is a great fit.

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Now the real reason we’re here is the sleeve addition. This took three attempts:

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But eventually I figured out the notching and size I needed to not feel like my armpit is choking and to have a small amount of gathering at the seam.

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Phase one complete.

 

Ditching My Stash

The fabric stash.

It can be a joy or a curse, depending. I have a hard time throwing things away at the best of times, but especially fabric. I’m convinced that even the smallest pieces can come in handy at a later date, and I’m sure they’ll put that in my eulogy after I’m buried under a leaning tower of textiles.

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Seven of Mine

It’s Halloween and you’d better believe I didn’t miss a chance to make something.

Some life truths about me: I like playing dress up and I like Star Trek.

I decided on Seven of Nine, which worked out because I was doing a comedy show and had to portray a fictional character (let’s pretend I needed a reason), and thus I killed two birds.

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That’s a Wrap

This week’s post is courtesy of my mom. I was home for a hot minute visiting and she had an idea for a quick project that she thought would make great gifts. We’re heading into fall (I know, but lean into it) and thus the holiday season will be underway. For any of us that like to make our gifts for people, it’s time to get started.

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