Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sewing Chores

The last two days have been spent in more of a chore mode with my sewing. If you have been following me for a while you know I don't function well with disorder. My legacy from Ima has presented a large cleaning and organizational challenge. So each day I have been tackling a bit of it. I enjoy doing that. I love fabric. I love washing fabric, ironing fabric, folding fabric, and organizing fabric and sewing fabric so this is a process I am enjoying. Today's effort was two pronged. First I "stripped" down some pairs of 100% woolen pants  Ima gave me. That meant removing zippers, buttons, hook and eyes. Next was cutting them apart at the seams and felting them in the washer and dryer. Here is the result:
You see various shades of pink. I can't wait to play with these and look forward to using these wools for bags.
 Next was washing and pressing some suitings. These are really nice suitings. Two are hounds tooth checks and I guess the third is as well but has a lot more texture. Great stuff and enough to make a great suit or jacket.                                                                                                                       

After dealing with those two projects I moved on to the blouses. We are talking poly blouses with a good silk charmeuse print look. I washed them, stripped off the buttons and cut them apart so I had the sleeves and bodice to provide me with linings for bags. Well worth it as the prints were really nice.

Once the chore part of my sewing day was done I moved on to Carly's bishop. I am pleased so far. On the neckline I did a double piping with the plaid and the toile. Above that I did a binding with the plaid. I am now thinking of possible plaid pockets on the dress. I think I will do a mock pocket and see how it looks. I don't want to show this dress till complete so bear with me.

So a lot was accomplished in my sewing world today but not anything really visually exciting. Oh, one more thing: I completed the bag for my friend. It came out great and is in the  box ready to go to the Post Office. This is the exact same bag you see in this older post. I mean exact. I bought tons of that fabric from the Fix so will be using it for a while. I do have another quick bag to do in another barter situation but it will be a simple felted tote.

The sewing room is clean. I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with my legacy. Carly's bishop is near done. The bag is done. Time to move on, possibly a Chanel jacket.  I need to go pattern shopping. I haven't done that in a while.....Bunny


  1. You have a lot of really nice things to play with. I'm sure you will make some beautiful things. It always feels good to have a nice, clean sewing room. Mine was, once upon a time!

  2. I like to keep my sewing area organized, too. It's really hard to sew knowing everything is a mess. You had a very productive and fun day. I love all of the materials Ima left you.

  3. I love to feel and look at fabrics, as well. It looks as if you have really received a treasure trove!
    It feels really good to be organized. I know because I get that way occasionally, not often, but occasionally.

  4. Great recycling of the fabric. The felted wools look interesting. I am sure you will make something really nice out of those.

  5. I can just hear your creative clogs grinding into gear as you handle & prepare all these luscious fabrics! Ima knew you would do her things justice & I can't wait to see the end results! :D

    ♥ Rettabug


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