A week or so ago, a longtime friend had asked (on social media) if anyone knew of someone who recovered chairs\cushions. I decided to volunteer my services – they looked easy enough and would be a nice diversion from other projects I have going on (except for making covers for my barstools, that’s about the same, I suppose).
Last week, she sent me her very worn covers, fabric, and zippers so today I’m getting ready to make myself a pattern. Unfortunately, these aren’t perfectly symmetrical, but I think I can trace off the cover easily enough.
When I can’t sew as frequently as what I like, I must “daydream” about projects because I find myself surfing fabric sites. My latest purchase was one of those times because look what fell into my cart:
I was actually just looking at aglets (because I have a feeling I’m going to be making a lot of hoodies this fall), but these bundles were calling my name. I caught them while they were 40% off, too… so I definitely couldn’t resist! Plus, I spent enough that I got their new Vegas Shirt pattern for free.
From left to right: Stripe brushed single knit, magazine print double brushed poly, gray double brushed single knit, mint “Margot” double brushed poly, lilac double brushed poly, and a coordinating camo print.
I had no intention of buying so much double brushed poly, but they honestly have some of the best prints. Now, to figure out what I’m making with all of this (ideas welcome)!
We had an event packed weekend, but I made sure to squeeze in a bit of sewing time so that I could finish my Simone shorts. I’m so glad that I did too, because they are very cute (even though all the details are lost in the photo… I blame the print) and super comfortable. As a bonus, the temperatures are going to be in the 90s this week, so I’ll have an opportunity to wear them before fall weather cools things down.
As for the pattern, I thought that it was really easy to put together. The directions and illustrations are clear and the pieces lined up nicely. My only complaint is that my fabric choice – I’m finding that the material droops some at the pockets… next time I think I’ll either select a material that has a bit more body or add a bit more interfacing at the pocket edges to crisp it up some.
Now that the shorts are finished, I really think I need a Michelle tank to wear with it – so expect a coordinating top sometime this week…. and maybe a pair of the Simone pants for when it gets cooler.
I would love to say that I’ve been accomplished in the sewing department, but sadly I haven’t. I did tackle doing a bit more unboxing (I filled our new entertainment center shelves with books, pictures, knickknacks) and started cutting out a pattern.
I’ve been wanting to make Jalie’s Simone since it’s release and with cooler temperatures on the horizon, I figured I had better hurry and make the shorts version before it gets too cold to wear it. If all goes well, I’ll have enough time to make a coordinating Michelle tank (I love the idea that it looks like a romper, but is really a two piece – so much easier to go to the bathroom in) before I tackle writing an article and drafting a few patterns.
I’m horrible at sticking to color changes in embroidery designs (most of the time the design is what I’m after, but the threads don’t match the material\theme I’m working on). In order to make sure that my final look is what I’m after, I wind up stitching out the embroidery more than once A lot of the time I’m pretty good at figuring out what blends together the way I want, but sometimes I’m way off. Take the photo on the right, for example. There are a lot of colors involved and some of them just don’t work out… so much so that I’ve taken notes so I know what I want to do the next time around. Looks like I’ll be testing this one again before I settle on threads for the final version.
Stick a fork in me, I’m done! Finally, all 6 Henriksdal chair covers are complete! (If you missed my previous posts, you can read a bit more about it\my process here, here, and here).
I won’t lie, this took a lot longer than what I had originally anticipated, but the extra effort is totally worth it because I am in love with these chairs! I still have 2 bar stools to tackle, but I think I’ll take a brief break and work on something different before I wrap my head around making another pattern. In the mean time, I have ordered more Velcro from Wawak (the soft side only, thanks for the tip, Kathy!) and am plotting what to make for some holiday versions of these chairs!
We have moved to a football crazed city (admittedly we didn’t have much football going for us in Kansas except the Chiefs in recent years)! I may have to look into making this football table runner for the season (this tutorial comes with cut files so you can use it for shirts too!).
I never remember to take my coupons with me to the store. Maybe this organizer might help me remember.
It’s not to late to whip up those last minute school supplies! This vinyl pencil pouch is perfect for seeing what’s inside – and would be great for the sewing room too. Looking for a project that can be thrown into a tote, instead? Try this see-through purse pouch.