I refer again to Lightning McStitch's Cover to Cover Challenge…
On Thursday I found myself in Melbourne and, realising that I was separated from my sewing machine and unable to sew for two whole days, I thought I would create a small diversion for Lightning so that she could not get any further ahead. We met for coffee and a little shopping and I quickly discovered that she was thinking of purchasing fabric for a bias-trimmed apron (item 14/20 for her!). As it happened, Lightning didn't know how much fabric was required so she left the shop-with-the-cute-fabric empty-handed.
When I arrived home I found my latest purchase(s) waiting for me: some laminated cotton from Fabric.com that I intended to use for my own version of the bias-trimmed apron. In typical fashion, I had bought far more fabric than I needed
|Hmmm.. which to use (first)…|
I made the medium size
After my recent difficulties with ready-made poly-cotton bias binding, I made my own from a red and irregular black stripe
and I carefully used steam-a-seam to help stick the bias binding down before topstitching
Fortunately, I found some red snaps in the snap stash (although I need some remedial lessons in attaching snaps…)
And just to make sure I wasn't getting too far behind the leaders I decided to use another challenge pattern, the tutu
|right side - 16" length|
I bought most of the 108" wide tulle from Fabric.com although I had the yellow at home. In fact, the yellow is part of a multicoloured tulle and the second layer starts as an apricot and blends to pink/mauve at the bottom edge.
|yellow to pink/mauve multicolour, dusty pink, coral, light garnet, and wine tulle layers|
It was a bit awkward cutting out the various layers but I was thankful for my long, height-adjustable tables!
|Phew, can't see all of the clutter in the sewing room….|
|No bow tutu. Note the even, cut edge on the bottom!|
Numbers 4 and 5 finished.
However, I'd like to suggest a no-children dispensation…. After all, what am I going to do with play town and a tea party doll dress???*
* I think the tutu looked quite good on me (although perhaps a little short for a woman in her forties), and my husband has a 'thing' for ladybugs. I blame his mother: he confessed that his mother made him a much-loved dressing gown when he was about 6 which had ladybug buttons and, it seems, he is still emotionally attached to those buttons and ladybugs…)