Saturday, January 28, 2017

Upholstered Bench

So I haven't been sewing lately been on a house decorating mission. I have wanted a bench for the house in Charleston for a while now.  I saw this on   Crate&Barrel  for 799. Gorgeous right?

I look at Pinterest every chance I get for ideas, saw where someone did this. I found a coffee table on Craigslist for 20.00. Sorry I didnt take a before we chopped the table pic. Sort of had the lines. After putting it together I found that I should have purchased the foam in 2 sizes 1/2 inch for sides (or none at all) and 3 inch for top. 
The foam cost more than the table.  If you decide to do this. When you purchase your foam you need to purchase 3 inch foam for the top and no foam or very thin foam for the sides. I also used quilters batting so that my glue seams would not show through the velvet.

I purchased nail head tack tape from Joanne's so that I could put it around the bottom like my inspiration picture. But my 2 inch foam was too thick on the side for the tacks to be applied. So I decided not to add the tacks on this one. 

I had some brown velvet in my stash. I am looking for another table to re-purpose. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year

Well its a new year again and time for resolutions promises and more sewing 😶.
I started my year off making a much needed swing jacket.

I purchased this ponte leopard fabric a while back from fine fabric. I think it was 4.99 a yard. I needed something new to wear to a holiday gathering and I didn't want to wear the usual holiday attire so I kicked up a notch. This is a vintage pattern that I really love, with raglan sleeves, super easy.
If you are a pattern reviewer you can see my review. I think ponte is the best thing ever. Its so easy to work with and it packs very well. When I came across this printed piece, it was a must for me. The black jacket in this photo is ponte also.
Coco decided that she wanted to get in the picture too.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

A Night at the Aquarium

We were invited to an AKA ball at the Georgia Aquarium. What a night. Since we were surrounded by the sea I decided to make a navy gown. I knew in my head what I wanted to make but could not find the exact pattern.
I used the 2 patterns below Butterick 4056 and Vogue 8113

The Vogue pattern I used for the bodice.I also wanted a little back to show so I made the back V neck I wanted the sleeves to be inverted to show my shoulders (Donna Karen says a woman never gains weight in her shoulders). I used the vogue pattern for the bottom. 
I trim the neck line with rhinestones. We tied the trim in the back as I purchased more then I needed LOL.

I did the right thing in selecting the blue. What a lovely evening, there was dancing, dinner, cocktails, a silent auction. And all for a good cause. Not to mention my date was looking dashing himself.  
Thanks Alex and Andrea for a lovely evening.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Jonesing For a Jumpsuit

We all know that jumpsuits are back in a big way. I wanted one back when I was traveling but never found the right one. So I browsed Neiman Marcus site for inspiration simple is best.
Jumpsuit's are one of those things that you don't have to think about. You just put it on and go. Or as my wise 10 year old granddaughter says, "I love them, they one piece". Of course she is talking romper. But she was right!
I found this vintage,  Simplicity8510 pattern circa 1998. I really like the simplicity of the suit. There was only one problem, it zips from the back! Can you imagine having to go to the potty at a party? So I had to change that.
Back View

I made the back high like the front added an invisible zipper. I did a muslin fit because jumpsuits are tricky with the length. I am short and I didn't want the crotch to hang at my knees. Trying on the pattern doesn't work for me. Does that work for anybody?
To my surprise I did not have to adjust the crotch at all. I had 4 yds of blue ponte in my stash. The muslin was a little snug, so I used my serger, so that I would have a little ease. I also didn't make my legs as wide as the pattern.

I am happy with the way it turned out. I have worn it several times. The fit is so good, I don't have to wear a belt. If I ever get back on the road again, I have to have at-least a few of these.