Thursday, November 4, 2010

I am sewing...

I am sewing. Like crazy, actually. Funny that I don't have much to show for it this week.
I've done a lot of small projects. I finally covered a bench cushion that I promised a friend two months ago. Of course I didn't take a picture. It was quite an experience, covering a cushion that has some depth to it. I couldn't find a simple tutorial anywhere. I figured it out on my own employing a what little bit of geometry I remembered and felt super proud of myself. I made a few samples during my trial runs and thought, hey, that would make a great little zippered box pouch. Then I looked up box pouch tutorials and found tons, exactly the way I made the cushion cover. Ah, well.

I also made pajama pants, and they are fabulous. I bought some Amy Butler flannel on sale a while back with no idea what to use it for. One of those$35-for-free-shipping purchases. I made the pants from McCalls 5989. I even used french seams because I knew I wanted them to last a long time. I'm going to try and make up the top to go with. I have worn them every night this week-- very practical sewing project.

I made more finger puppets for a friend- so fun. They all look sort of smug, don't they?

And last but not least, I have been padstitching my little heart out. I am a terrible padstitcher. In the spirit of blog truthfulness, I have posted a picture of my awful stitching. I don't have a lot of patience for this sort of thing, but I'm trying. One lapel down. Now if I could just bring myself to work on the other. One day my Lady will be finished.... (I hope).

I have several other projects in the works. I made a shirt dress from the worst pattern ever. Well maybe not the worst pattern ever, but definitely worst instructions ever. It just needs buttonholes. I'll post about it soon. And I've cut out some olive green silk dupioni to make a fancy one year anniversary dress. We'll see how that turns out :). Thanks for reading-- I hope your sewing ventures are more fruitful!


  1. Your pad-stitching looks good to me.

    Can't wait to see your fancy dress.

    That's why they do free shipping. :)

  2. I love your PJs. Good to have sewing projects that get a lot of wear!

  3. Great PJs. I think the expressions on the puppets are fabulous - a bit smug, a bit zen, a bit 'disinterested. Very groovy!

  4. Flannel PJ's are such a nice thing to have. And I completely agree with you about the french seams.

    I also think that your padstitching is good. You should see mine. I have finally finished my lapels, but I still have to do the other pieces (my pattern is slightly different...)