I followed a lovely tutorial HERE to make this tote as a gift
(Ashley Ann's blog: Under the Sycamore, which I discovered on Pintrest)
The recipient loved it! Here are my tips:
I found my doilies to be difficult to stencil (Wilton 12") because the cut-out parts were not clean and therefore it didn't want to lay flat (I used spray adhesive and ironed the doily). I spent a lot of time hand-touching up the details and added a lot of extra dots to make it look bigger. Since I was only making one I really enjoyed the extra touch-up process, but if you are looking for a quick project then I recommend trying to find higher quality doilies if they exist. I would definitely make another one in the future, but I would personally explore the doily situation more before doing it again (let me know if you find something that worked great!)
Back in college I knew a girl who shared some thoughts about love. She read a book that explained how most people go around life thinking they are only half a circle and must look for their other half to make them whole and complete. We hear this expression all the time, "my other half - or my better half". Well she explained that the book said we need to stop that way of thinking and instead be complete, a full circle, before finding love. I could understand and see the sense in this, but wondered how I would know when I was my own circle, full and complete and ready to love and be loved? Well, here I am, years later - um 16 to be exact - and I am finally realizing that I have reached that point. Now. I am complete. I am my own circle. I know it is true because of this feeling of joy that surges through me. This feeling for which I can only give credit to *ONLY* give credit to God. Because I have finally come to realize and truly accept that I am exactly who God made me to be, and He has a plan uniquely crafted for me, in me, and through me. So I when I found this ring on Etsy, this full circle ring, uniquely crafted and handmade for me, I ordered it. And every time I look down at my stubby hand, oh that darn stubby hand, I smile and find joy, that yes, God has a plan for this stubby hand, for this unique and artistic girl - and I can feel satisfied to be nobody else, but me.
I know, it may not seem like I did too much to change the color - I was actually hoping it would come out a little darker...but I kinda like the shade, it's still denimy. I used RIT dye in the color denim, soaked for only 10 minutes & forgot to add salt - oops! (by the way, fray check does not dye the same color as your fabric so if possible apply it AFTER dying)
I was going to toss this project, but I am SO GLAD I stuck to it. Yes, I had many, many problems with it. I did not use a pattern and for somebody who is just starting in the clothing-making hobby, this was not a smart decision. Thankfully I have a real-life sewing friend who assured me it wasn't too bad-looking. So I fixed the problems!
I do love it, mostly because it feels like a work shirt - I'd consider myself to be a blue collar worker, right?
and to accessorise I made what I call a "Ban-Dan-Ita" which translated means "little bandana"
thinking of making some to sell in my shop? or maybe just locally...
My goal is to try to make one piece of clothing a week, but I guess some weeks even my best efforts will fail. This piece looks great so far on the dressform, but a little dull on me. So I think I am going to dye it before showing the finished piece.
I just got in a bunch of African Wax prints and I'm so excited to make something with them. I sewed this patchwork rectangle and maybe will make it into a pillow.
I really love seeing these paint swatches on my wall. they remind me that something creative and wonderful is brewing. I definitely have a tendency to start projects and not finish them...
So, I introduced my new machine and my new article of clothing in the last post, but left out an important piece of information!
I promise I will not buy myself another piece of clothing for one whole year.
(some exclusions apply - basics like undergarments, jeans, and sweaters, etc.)
(also, I am not opposed to thrifting articles of clothing to repurpose or to simply use for the fabric)
I have piles of patterns and sewing books that I love to look through, but now it is time to accomplish something!
WHY? Am I doing this, that is? (I know I will ask myself this many times in frustration)
1. Creative Challenge. Sewing clothing is a whole nother ballgame to what I am used to - that being mostly household items and accessories. This is going to require lots of patience and trial and error.
2. Thoughtfulness. I want to be more thoughtful ( or careful ) about what I wear and how much I spend on what I wear. Let's face it, you can buy clothes pretty cheap now a days, but with that comes trade-offs like poor-fit or just plain over-consumption.
Okay then, I am excited to build my own collection!
I'm sorry blog and any blog followers that I may have left, it has been a loooooong time since I have updated! I am pleased to introduce my newest crafty inspiration:
Husqvarna Viking Huskylock 1003 lcd
It has the chainstitch feature, I have not tried it yet because I'm starting simple! I got it used off ebay, like the other 4 out of 5 machines I have purchased.
and here is my first, not totally ridiculous-looking, project I have completed!
using elastic as the waistband, similar to this video tutorial (by traceybeauty) HERE, though I found this after I made the skirt. The only difference seems to be that my fabric was so thin that I gathered it using my bernina ruffler foot before stitching it to the elastic to give it even more fullness.
I am wearing a belt over the elastic so it is hard to see, but next time I would like to find a wider elastic, 2 or 3 inches and also pick up a neutral background fabric so I can line it! Overall, super lightweight and summery, wearing it to Church on Sunday!