Sunday, August 30, 2009

A Very Productive Day

Wow. Today was very productive. After doing some chores and such this morning, I got out the sewing machine and got to work.

First I made some pillow covers. Our couch (as you can see) is sort of a terra-cotta color. I fell in love with these fabrics at the cheap fabric store ($3 a yard!). Somehow I made them too big so they look a little deflated here. I went and got bigger inserts from IKEA, and they look better now. Terri thought they looked like pillows that had had bariatric surgery and lost a ton of weight suddenly. But don't you love the paisley? I'm really into paisley right now.

Then I made tiebacks for our new blackout curtains. This was super-simple. I just used the fabric which I cut off the bottom of the curtains when I hemmed them, and made the ties. Made a huge difference because I tell you, these curtains do not let in ANY light.

Then I altered a few pairs of pj bottoms which my mom had made me a few months ago. I had found some really pretty fabrics for very cheap, and my beautiful mother made me some really cute pj's. However, they didn't fit right (since I wasn't there to be the model) -- they were too high-waisted (I'm very short-waisted). I figured out that if I could take a couple of inches off the rise, and make them more low-waisted, they would fit perfectly. So I'd been thinking about this for awhile, since I am not talented enough to easily make waistbands yet. I finally figured I'd just give it a try.

Although it was very simple to do, it's hard to write about how I did it. I folded and pinned the waistband until it fit correctly, then took them off and marked where they needed to be. Cut, pin, re-sew...
and, voila! Just like new! This is the original waistband, just lower.

And now, here's how to lose 15 pounds in 20 minutes. On the left, the before. That's a good inch or so above my bellybutton. On the right, after. Woohoo! (that's not a nip, it's a paint smear. D'oh!)

Now I've totally got the sewing bug and I need to figure out some new projects. Terri has requested some flannel pj's, and I still need to make that big easy quilt. And... oh, so many fun projects. I need some better sewing skills. I'd like to get Amy Karol's Bend The Rules Sewing. Maybe the library has it?


Nymeth said...

I love what you did with the PJs! And the fabric really is pretty :)

Tammie said...

you did a great job on the pants! and i love the pillows. i think youve caught the sewing bug.

i love bend the rules sewing. i think amy karols directions are really simple and clear, which being new at sewing, i needed. she doesnt just assume you know certain things.

Mimi Lenox said...

Lovely things. I could never do this in a million years.

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Stefanie said...

Love the pillows! And good work on the waistband. The more you sew the better you will get at it. I think you really can't learn how to do it until you are actually confronted with a problem to solve, like the waistband. Can't wait to see what else you create!

Kate said...

Love the pjs! What a difference a couple of inches make!

Daphne said...

Thanks, everyone! The pjs were fun to do. It's amazing what a few inches can do for a girl's figure. :)

Barefoot_Mommy said...

Nice pillows! ... I think we have the same couch.... LOL