As you know from my last post, I have started doing a little "for hire" work. These are some pillows I've just completed.
I thought these would be my problem child, but they were surprisingly
easy. This type of tassel fringe can go inside or outside the pillow.
Customer wanted it outside, and I'm glad she did. This trim is just too pretty to hide. Because I wanted it
really even, I chose to hand stitch it down after construction. I
think I will attempt this again stitching it on first, then using my
edge stitching foot to stitch the pillow closed. I'm thinking if I go slow and let that guide ride right along the edge of the trim, it should stitch very well. I didn't have the right size
insert but did see it filled when I dropped them off. They were so much
And these were the ones that gave me issues. And I thought they'd be a
breeze. This was a very, very lightweight fabric and boy did it ravel!
The piping is mohair and crossgrain cut! I typically use a 1/2"
cording for pillow piping, but it was way too big. I went with 3/8"
instead. Once I got it put together, the weight of the mohair plus the
cord was just too much. Add to that cut on the crossgrain, and it was a
real problem. It was just too bulky and heavy for that fabric. I
wouldn't have chosen that combination. I took them in anyway and begged
to let me redo them. I replaced the 3/8" cotton cord with a 5/32"
cotton twist cord. The twisted cord was much more pliable than the
cotton and more forgiving. That allowed me to get the piping much
smaller. It was still a challenge going around the corners especially
without the right presser feet for the job. And I still have some
puckering in the stripe fabric because I had to ease it in to get the
stripes to line up properly, and without the stretch of the piping,
there was no way it was going to be completely smooth. The weight of
this mohair just overpowers the thinner, lightweight stripe. On a good
note, my stripes line up perfectly on all 4 pillows, and that was most
important to client. The zipper was a witch to get in. It got caught
in the hairs of the mohair and in the weave of the stripe fabric. I
ripped the first one out 6 stinkin' times. I tried to get them to do a lap zipper instead but they preferred to have the invisible zip not so invisible.
I found it easiest to baste the piping, then baste it to the pillow
front, then stitch the zipper, then stitch to the pillow back. That way if you have to take it
apart, the basting stitches are much easier to remove, especially on
thicker SA's. I hope my mistakes will help someone else not say any
ugly words. Because I said quite a few!
This was my first attempt:
Don't mind that chair in the background. I have a slipcover to make for it. That's next on my list.
Monday, May 19, 2014
TIP: To get the ribbon on straight, I used my clear ruler and placed it on the fabric 3 3/4" from each edge. I placed wonder tape right along the edge of the ruler. That gave me a straight line all the way down and I just placed the ribbon right along the wonder tape right at the edge. It also made the miters easier to do. Easy peasy.
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Monday, May 12, 2014
This will quickly become one of my favorite patterns. This is the top I made to match the Newlook 6103 skirt.
Here is the back view.
Pattern Description: Butterick 4985. I made view C.
Pattern Sizing: 6-12 - I cut a size 6.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very clear instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the ease. Even with all the pieces, the top was very easy to make. My only dislike is that it is a bit short. If you are long wasted, keep this in mind.
Fabric Used: 100% cotton blend
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I let out the side seams 1/2". Needed more room across the bust. I also clean finished the facings.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I absolutely would sew it again. And I definitely recommend it to others.
Conclusion: I love this top and will make it again. If the directions are followed closely, I think it would be a nice challenge for a beginner. A FBA will be a challenge using this pattern, but I am going to try it on the next one.
Monday, May 5, 2014
So I used my latest DIY gym pants pattern and made another pair. I'm still tweaking them for fit. I have a little issue with puckering at the side seams right at the waistband.
And I made a very small hem and short stitch to achieve this ruffled leg opening. I did that just for fun.