Monday, May 24, 2010

We'll call this one week

Why so long between posts? Because life got in the way. And I'm not going to waste time excusing or complaining about it. I'll just say: My first project is complete!!

I bought some pretty off-white fabric with small grey and lilac blossoms decorating it at Hancock Fabrics, and a length of cream lace to use as trim. I used the pattern "Guest-Room Pillowcase" from the book Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross. The pattern was easy to understand, as a beginner; there were no outlines of the pieces to cut out, of course, because it's pretty easy to figure out how to cut out a square from a larger square :D. The only part that confused me was the last step which, according to the way I was reading it, would have made the pillowcase far too short for my pillow (which looks like everybody else's, so I think it's safe to assume that it's "standard" size), so I just went and measured an old pillowcase and went with that measurement instead. I think I made the trim facing the wrong way -- but oh well!! It's my first project and I'm allowed to make mistakes :D.

The sewing machine is pretty awesome too. It's some sort of Brother model (my sister bought it, not me), and aside from forgetting to put the stage down on the first bit I sewed, things went smoothly. I even managed to tangle -- but then untangle! -- the bobbin once. It makes me feel very accomplished. I liked how you could adjust the speed of the needle with your foot, which helped me a lot.

The only thing that was difficult for me was sewing the 3/8" seams along the edges of the fabric -- without being able to move the fabric with both hands, the stitches would sort of just veer to the right until they almost went off the fabric; it was really hard to keep the fabric straight. It was almost like the stage was too tight against it and it wasn't flowing underneath the needle smoothly enough -- does anyone have any advice on that?

Next mission: yoga every day of the week, for one week.
Deadline: 5/31

Now for some glamor shots :).

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