Sunday, August 30, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
First stack both your washers one on top of the other and measure round them - this measurement doesn't need to be really tight but the thickness of the tape measure and the fact that it bends at the edges, seems to give enough extra room for the 'pockets'.
Make a note of the m/m (or, if you have a better memory than me, just remember it!). Mine measured 4.5", although in the photo the tape had slipped a bit so it looks like more.
Next make sure you have a rectangle of fabric that is large enough to wrap round the weights with a 'bit' to spare. I was using a scrap of leftover quilting cotton and it just happened to be the right size - incidentally, I could have made covers for 8 weights out of one width of fabric (112cm/44"). If you want to be exact you can double your previous m/m and then add a bit for seam allowances but it is easy to eyeball this. You will need extra fabric on the three raw edge sides of the weight pocket, the fourth edge will be the fold of fabric.
Stitch the seams down both sides on the marked lines. Reverse at the folded edge for strength. Trim the corners at an angle and trim the seam allowances to approx 6mm/1/4".
Turn your 'pocket' through to the right side. Slide your two washers in, they should be a snug fit but not so tight that you are forcing the stitches apart at the seams.
Tuck the leftover fabric in at the top. This takes a bit of fiddling with, I used the blade of my scissors to push the side seams down as that is where the bulk is. It should look like the picture below.
Stitch the opening closed with a hand stitch and matching thread, only takes a minute!
Finally, as an optional extra, stitch a button on through the hole in the middle of the washers, this also tightens the 'pocket' round the washers. I just used a stranded thread, Madeira Decora, and left the ends to tie.
This is the thread I used and the huge needle!
Finally, after about half an hour....................Ta Daa! Six new fabric weights! I love these as they are nice and flat and don't get in my way when I am cutting out.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Chocolate quilt top almost finished - just borders to add.
Billy took a liking to it too!
Covered in snow and a bit of cloud.
Friday, August 21, 2009
A good way to spend part of my day off, I am now going to adjourn to my sewing room and do some work on my first WIAW garment. See you soon :-)
a quilt in the chocolate fabric we had recently,
also, these square washers will become more fabric weights! 10 minute job :-)
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Last night I traced off Pamela's Patterns T-shirt and Tank , I will test these as soon as I can, possibly this week as they won't take long. If I use the same fabric that I made my last t-shirt in I still have the overlocker threaded up.
I have got a class tonight so won't get anything done, but tomorrow I can do some sewing. This weekend we have a sewing weekend at a friends house, a small group of us get together on a regular basis. I will only spend Saturday out there as I have plans for Sunday but I should get some work done in that time.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
My Pamela's patterns arrived today. I got a lovely surprise as I had completely forgotten I had even ordered them! I am keen to test them out so I might see if I have got some time during my WIAW prep week, it all depends on how long it takes me to cut out my garments and 'prep' them.
I have almost finished Simplicity 4076. I tried it on tonight to check hems etc - and it is quite snug and a little bit short in the body. The hem as it is now, just overlocked but not turned up, is a bit shorter than I would wear but I could put up with it and would wear it as is, no hem. I think next time I will cut out the 16 right up to the underarm, then the 14 around the armhole and neck. Apart from that I really like it and will definitely be making more. This one will hang in my sewing room until I lose a little weight (and a few inches in height Lol).
One thing I didn't like was their instructions for the neck band. They wanted me to stitch the band on and then turn the seam allowance away from the neck and top stitch close to the seam - this would have meant stitching over the gathers - made no sense to me?! So, I left it unstitched.
Finally, meet my Gorilla :-)) I decided it might help if I got myself a tripod to take my own photo's with, this gorillapod was in the camera shop across the road so I thought I would give it a home. I have yet to try it out. I think I will also have to consider a remote for my camera, if I can get one for it.
So, Friday is my day off (yay, I had to work last week so am really looking forward to this week!) and also the start of the August WIAW over on Stitchers Guild, so I will be spending a good bit of my day 'prepping' my choices - and likely changing my mind a few times - well, isn't that a sewist's perogative?? :-)
Saturday, August 8, 2009
I have had this sewing gauge for so many years I can't even remember how old it is! It has been ironed (almost lost it as it warped!!), thrown in the bin with my scraps, lost on numerous occasions! I always panic slightly when I can't find it straight away, after pins and scissors (and sewing machine of course :-)) I think this must be my most used item when I sew! It has inches on one side and millimetres on the other - mentally, I tend to jump between both when I am sewing so I find it really handy. I have never seen another one of these the same. I did find a metal one once but the edges were sharp and it wasn't as nice to use - I also have the terrible habit of putting it between my teeth while I pin and the metal one felt horrid in my mouth, haha - gross I know!
What can't you sew without?
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I love Jane's blue and silver striped skirt she has just bought, and I plan to make my own version this summer. I have the perfect fabric, an emerald and white stripe cotton - slightly narrower stripe than in Jane's skirt but it will still work. I also want to make myself a version of her American Apparel circle scarf, it looks so versatile and I love scarves! Watch this space.........well, blog :-)
Ok, I had my son take some photo's of me in my denim skirt today - I am putting them on here but I have to say that I don't like them! Does everyone feel they look terrible in their own photo's? I don't know how to stand, what to do with my hands, to smile or look serious...and I feel I look totally shapeless Lol!
when it came to it this was the best of a bad bunch - clearly I need to work on my photo's. I need to get a close up of me and not so much 'stuff' (it probably doesn't help that my lovely, helpful son is 6 feet tall so the angle isn't good! my story!!), but without cutting off my head or legs.............then again, maybe that could be an improvement! Ha ha ha!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
This is it left loose - not sure it is very flattering so probably won't wear it this way too often.
I had originally made this up as a test run for the August WIAW over on Stitchers Guild, but now I have made it I am not sure I want another one! Also, the other fabric I had in mind is much heavier and would make it very weighty! Will have to think about it.
Also, on the advice of my eldest son, I shortened my denim skirt. He is my stylist too *smile*, I always know he will give me an honest opinion, and he cares! He is also one of those unusual breed of (straight) young men who are quite happy to go clothes shopping, hang about outside the changing rooms, get a bigger size (don't usually need a smaller one, Lol) etc. I tried it on with my new boots and he said it was too long, so I whizzed round the bottom on the overlocker and took off about 3 inches! Of course, because it is my down and dirty denim skirt, I didn't bother changing the red thread that was already in the machine - after all it is my down and dirty denim skirt!
A word about the photo's, I felt very strange having a photo taken for my blog, I asked my son to take it as I had no luck with the mirror!!! I will have to get myself a tripod - I am sure I will get more comfortable with practice :-)
Saturday, August 1, 2009
At the end of the day I am glad I saved this skirt, I hate to have to give up on a project. I am hesitant to make another one of these - shame.