Friday, October 20, 2017

Upholstering My Dining Room Chairs

Well I'm back from a 3 day upholstery class in Minnesota ath the Blue Skies Gallery.
 I thought I would share the results with you.
 First, it was a lot harder than I thought it would be... I started with this cane back chair that I disliked. 
I worked for 2 days on my chair adding the fabric inserts and new support structure.
 On the 3rd day, I told my instructor that I really disliked my chair and I was going to tear it all apart.
 "So what can we do to make you happy with your chair?" he asked. 

Yeap, we cut off the top of that chair and added a nailer strip to the back of the chair so I could add fabric there too. 
 Here is my finished chair. Both the front and back of the chair are covered with my new taupe herringbone fabric. I'm one happy girl!!!!
 My six chairs are far from completion, but I'm on my way and plan to have it finished for Thanksgiving dinner with my family. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Skirting the Issue 2017: Pre-Teen Skater Skirt

Pre-teens can be
 hard to please...

So before I chose my pattern, I researched the fashions that teens seem to prefer. I found that skater skirts are very popular with teens.

 I made this skater skirt out of a lightweight pin-wale corduroy that features a black background and bright pattern.
The pattern that I used for this skirt is Simplicity 8027.
It has an elastic waistband that is sewn into an attached casing. This keeps the waist area free from bunching of fabric, and an elastic waistband makes it suitable for many different pre-teen body types.
Zig-zag the casing near the stitching line.
Then cut away the excess so it reduces the bulk of fabric at the waistline.

 Here are some different ways to sew your elastic ends together.  Don't just sew the two ends together like a regular seam, as shown in the first example.  Overlap them or sew the edges together with a small piece of soft fabric under the edges to hold it together.
Here is a little advise from this pre-teen about choosing your fabric for your skirt: 
"I think that pre-teen girls would like this pattern to make a skirt for their first day of school. It's important that you look and feel great about yourself, as you met new friends in your classes in middle school. "

"If you don't know what pre-teens like... then take a pre-teen with you to the fabric store to choose the fabrics you will be using in your skirts that you plan to donate to girls in foster care." 

So start sewing those skirts to donate to girls in the foster care program through the USA!

(P.S.  Don't you like this car!! I've been trying to get my Grandpa to save it for me when I start
 driving in 5 years.) 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Miniature Tea Set Fairy Garden

My newest fairy garden in a terra cotta saucer with sedums.  The tin you see is a Dick and Jane Lunchbox.
 A child's miniature teas set.
It makes me smile!

Deborah Devine

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Spring Front Porch Seat Pad and Pillows

I love to decorate my front porch with 
colorful pillows and seat pads.  
These two variations will go on a black wicker settee.

2:00 a.m. and I was still sewing.....  I just got carried away!!
One seat pad with 2 different looks.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Embellishing Jeans With Diagonal Stitching

Now that I finished my top, it was time to embellish the coordinating recycled jeans shorts.  I noticed that the flower fabric was printed on the diagonal. That inspired me to sew a line of XXXXXXXXX in a diagonal pattern on the front of the shorts. Then I could here-and- there repeat the flowers inside the diagonal squares.
First, I sewed the diagonals on one side of the shorts front.

Next, I carried that pattern over to the right side, 
so your eye would see a continuing pattern.
Iron on the flower patches...yikes...I love it!!!!!
I would totally buy these shorts if I saw them in a store.
On the back of the shorts, I outlined each of the 2 pockets in the same red XXXXXXX. I so seldom use the fancy stitches that are on my sewing machine. These XXXX were fun to use, and still grown-up enough for a pre-teen girl.  


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Tye-Dyed Sundress for this Boho Babe

What's more Boho than honest-to-gosh tye-dyed fabric!
I found this fabric at a retro store, and I knew I had to have it.
I loved the soft colors with the radiant white starbursts.

 Looking through my box of laces from my great grandmother, I found this starburst lace.  I think this fabric and lace were meant to be together.... thanks, Great-Grandma Kelly.

My granddaughter is so slender that I used a elastic gathered band in the back of the sundress so it would fit her better.  I wish that I could find the type of elastic that you can sew multiple row of stitching through, and it doesn't loose it's ability to retract.
But, I think this is a viable solution to the problem.

 I like to gather fabric like this.

First, using your longest stitch, sew 2 rows of stitching. One at 3/8 inch and one at 6/8 inch.

Pull the ends of the threads that came from the bobbin. With your fingers move the gathers down the fabric.
Pin to your connecting fabric at 5/8 inch. Notice how the gathers are even and straight up.  You don't get gathers that are puckers.   


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Cricut and the Peace, Love, and Lace Top, Lace Skirt, and Shorts

I just purchased a Circut Cutter and couldn't wait to use it as I created my 2017 Bohemian Collection.
There are two looks, one with a multiple layer lace skirt and the other used recycled jean shorts.
As I learned how to program the Cricut machine to create the peace signs and wordings for this shirt, I was very grateful from help from my friends Joyce and Hilde.
To make the skirt, I harvested/recycled the lace fabric from a size Junior 13 skirt to make this Child's Size 8 skirt. Then I decorated the recycled jean shorts with battenburg lace (heart) and on the rear pocket and added the cut out words from the Cricut to the pants front.
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