Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Recent Sewing Projects

By the end of May I realized that my stack of fabric wasn't going to turn itself into something by itself, so I knew it was time to decide what to make and write it down on my "Summer To Do List". Happily, I was able to quickly get to the sewing rather quickly and here are the results!

I first tackled this fun piece of rayon that I had originally bought thinking I'd make a blouse!! However, the more I looked at it, the more I thought that it would make a really nice skirt!! It's full and I love how it seems to flow when I walk!

"Which zipper shall I use?"
When I was able to begin work on the skirt, I became a woman on a mission and nothing was going to stop me from finishing the skirt in a day!! That is, until my Momma caught a glimpse of what zippers I was contemplating using!! Since I had just recently decided it was going to be a skirt I didn't have a zipper that matched so I was just going to use the closet matching zipper that we had on hand. Well, Mother insisted that I use a properly matched zipper instead of the brown or gray one I had picked out and so I called our Knight In Shining Armour (Daddy!!). He is always so happy and willing to run errands for those of us who can't, so he took his life in his hands and ventured into the fabric section at Wal-Mart to purchase a cream colored zipper! Thank you Daddy!

"The Blouse"
This was next on my list and had everything I needed to make it. The blouse has the tucks from Marmees pattern on it but is cut out from a different blouse pattern. Momma showed me how to transfer the tucks to this pattern, so I may make it again!

"The Apron"
Lastly, I made myself an apron! I had talked about doing so for months but couldn't find "just the right piece of fabric". Upon arriving at the bottom of my fabric stash I found "the perfect fabric" for making an apron! I made the apron in an afternoon and am so tickled with the results!

"Little Details"
I lined the apron as I wanted it to have a bit of substance to it and I wanted the extra thickness just in case I splashed liquids on it. I also turned the surged edges under to give it a more finished and "dignified" look. I'm so pleased with the results!

"The Sewing Room Mainstay"
Moppet and I fought constantly over who was going to be using the ironing board! The sewing chair was also in high demand between both of us and things became rather "hairy" amongst the two of us.

"Another Stash of Fabric"
It was nice knowing that I no longer had a pile of fabric, but that feeling lasted only a week. Momma and I have been to Hancocks two different times in the past two weeks and I now have another pile of fabric!! Sigh....... does this happen to anyone besides me?!


Anonymous said...

You look like a very talented sewer- I liked your pink skirt that you sewed. Your post was interesting to read about choosing the zippers and the whole process of getting something sewed. :) Keep up the good work!


Sarah said...

That is a beautiful skirt, Ashley! So bright and cheery. :)

How sweet of your Dad to pick up a zipper for you! Dad's sure are special, aren't they!? :)

Ashley said...

Rebecca- Thank you for your encouraging comment! Do you sew?

Sarah- Yes, Dad's are definately special! I have the best one though!!
Thank you for commenting!

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say that you have such a lovely blog! It is so refreshing to read of a godly young woman who is following the Lord and being such a blessing to her family. It has been a blessing to me to spend time here, thank you!

Love, Tina :)

Paula said...

Dear Ashley,

Your skirt and apron are so pretty!!!! You are really a good seamstress!!! I love the details on your apron. It was so nice of your dear daddy to pick you up a zipper. My husband is so good about picking up things for me. You are so lovely in the pretty apron you made.

Yes, I have a pile of fabric and I will sew some things up, then get another pile to work on, but it is so much fun to have fabric just waiting to be sewn up into something pretty!


Ashley said...

Tina- Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! I do appreciate that! Thank You also for your kind comments; I was encouraged!

Mrs. Paula-I began working on my pile of fabric the afternoon but quickly realized that the fabric shrunk five inches in width.... and I really needed that width for I cannot fit all the pattern pieces on the fabric. I'm hoping that Hancocks still has fabric left!!!!
Such is life at times :o)