Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Top Doesn't Look Right, What Do You Think?

I saw a cute, very summery, top and purchased it.  It is a very thin see through material, but I thought it would be nice for work.  It would just dress up an outfit and be very cool.  After I got it home and tried it on, it just looked very skimpy on me.
 I felt it needed something even though I liked it.  I decided to add some binding around the edges.  I thought a blue trim to match would be pretty but after I started to sew it, I didn't care for it.  The top has a black background and it just didn't look right.
                                                                                    
So then I thought maybe I could add black on top of the blue.  Its fun to be the designer, you can do anything that you want!
Well, I didn't like that either.  As you can see the black was starting to pucker.  I decided to take off the black and blue and start over with just the black. 
 This is how I finished it off and I really like it.  The top looks a little more finished now!  What is your opinion???  Blue, Black or Blue and Black?


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Leftover Scraps Of Silk?? Silk Easter Egg Project

My Aunt Elinor (thank you Auntie El) sent me this website for this project and it is perfect for this time of year and all of us sewers.  We won't even have to run to JoAnn fabrics.  It is only 13 degrees here today, so it would be a good day for me and the grandkids to make some hard boiled eggs!!  These are so cute!!
She Begins By Wrapping An Egg In Silk. The End Result Is Stunningly Beautiful. - Starting with fresh unboiled eggs, Kendra shows a craft that perhaps was done by your great grandmother. She suggests going to a thrift store to find 100% silk scarves or ties. After cutting them into smaller pieces, wrap them in the silk with an outer layer of white fabric twisted together. Next you simply boil the eggs in water with added vinegar for 15 minutes. After cooling, the pattern on the silk transfers the eggs. The results are so beautiful!
 
 
Be sure and watch the video, you will be amazed!!!!
 
 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Curling Iron Pad

I am so sorry to be gone for so long.  On Christmas Eve, my mother went into the hospital and everything else has been put on hold.  She is doing much better and I finally got around to cleaning good today and doing a little sewing.  I wanted something for my bathroom to set a hot hair straightener or curling iron on when I am using it.  Two of my granddaughters use these tools and who knows where they are set when the door is closed.  I have asked them to put them on a towel or something, but I decided to make a pad just for that purpose.  Now they have no excuses and I won't have any burns on my nice countertop.
 
After rummaging threw my material, I came across an old curtain that belonged to Tara (daughter #1) that hung in her sons bedroom.  When she moved she no longer planned to use it and I took it home and added it to my many bins of material.  I cut out two squares and one square of Insul~Bright. 
I actually ended up with four layers.  Two printed squares, two unprinted squares and a layer of the Insul~Brite.  I decided to add another layer just so the top layer had more support.  I layered the printed squares with the unprinted squares facing each other.  Then I added the Insul~Brite on top of one of the layers as shown in the picture.
I next sewed around all four sides and left an opening in the middle of one side.  When I do this I will show you how to sew this.   I have noticed that when I am trying to turn a project inside out, it invariably starts to stretch and pull out my stitches.  Here is how I have fixed that.  I sew to where I want to stop for my opening and then I  turn my project and sew off of the seam.  I have never had a problem again with this.
Next, I clipped the Insul~Brite off diagonally at the corners and turned it right side out.
Here is my favorite new sewing tip that I learned from Kenneth King on having great corners.  Take a threaded needle (do not knot your thread) and run the needle through the top of your corner.
Now just pull on the two threads and it will pull that corner our perfectly and when you are satisfied, just pull your needle and thread all the way out.
I then sewed a topstitch along the edges at about 1/2 inch around the pad and it looks very cute in my bathroom.  Way better than a towel bunched up or a wash cloth.