I thought I would give you guys a little garden update. I have a new flower garden on the side of my house that is the perfect example of how little steps can lead to something amazing. One day, my friend Carol said, “What do you think about making your side yard a little prettier?” I said, “Sure!”
Here is how the area started…..
Here is how it looked after a truck load of gravel and bark mulch; some pots, plants and paver stones.
And here are pictures from this morning……..
Five minutes after I took these pictures we had a HUGE rainstorm. Raindrops were the size of marbles; a clap of thunder shook the sky; and the little drizzle that had been gently falling turned into a full-on fire-hose. It was awesome! And everyone moved indoors.
What Does This Have To Do With Sewing????
Well, sometimes we forget that little things add up. It’s not just the work that’s in front of us, its the body of work over time. Recently, I posted pictures on social media of what I sewed during the COVID 19 shut down. There were so many things!!! It took me an entire week to work through all the pictures. Wow, shocking!! I didn’t set out to make a lot of stuff. I just stitched one thing at a time. A-a-a-and, as I sewed, I got better.
It is the same for all of us. Success and progress often comes just from plugging away. We make, we make again, and a little while later we make some more. Over time, all those little steps leads us to something awesome.
She’s a Keeper!!!
So the last time we were together I was recovering from the heartbreak of cheap fabric and hopeful about a new relationship with a New York Skyline quilting cotton. I promised to take it slow, not be too needy and keep you apprised of our progress. I am happy to report that the New York Cotton has been all I hoped for and more!!!! Want the details?
I kept things low key and simple by using the Lotta Jansdotter Esme dress pattern I’ve been playing with (from her book, “Lotta Jandotter Everyday Style”). It was awesome because I used the layout for cap sleeves, which is built into the front and back pieces. This means, dear friends, the pattern only had 2 (count em) pieces!! Whoo-hooo! That is my kind of sewing. On the first date (cutting out the pattern) I took my time with the layout so I could have the Empire State building right in front.
As the relationship progress I jazzed a few things up so we wouldn’t get bored. First, I made bias tape from the main fabric to use on the neck and sleeves. I will be eternally grateful for learning to sew face masks because it helped me to master homemade bias tape. For a bias tape recap:
1. Fold the fabric on a 45 degree angle.
2. Starting at the fold, cut the strips the width you want. (I used 1 and 1/2 inches for the sleeves, 2 inches for the neck).
3. Dont worry about the length of your strips, just sew the bias strips together to make the length you need.
4. Bring the edges together and press. Viola!! You have bias tape.
The next jazzy thing I did was use a slip. Actually 2 slips. Sewing Sister get’s the win on this one. It was all her idea.
First I took a half slip, cut it, turned the lacy side slit upside down and used it to cover the back opening. Then I cut the rest of the lacy bottom to make the back ties.
Then, because I was on a roll, I found a full slip, cut off the bottom and used it to edge the bottom of the dress. What do you think?
In my opinion, lace slips are the ultimate upcycling/thrifting secret score. You can usually pick them up for a couple of dollars and they can be or do anything. I have used slips for sleeves, hemlines, linings and now neck edges. Sewing Sister has made stunning dresses using slips. Slips are the bomb.
Okay, Here is the New York Skyline dress in all of her glory. Sweet, huh? No heartbreak with this relationship. She’s a keeper!
Everyone, I think it is time to say “Goodbye.” Morning has turned into late afternoon and I have a few projects in the sewing room that are calling my name. I adore you all. I still pray for you with every post. Take care and I will talk to you soon.
Oh! I meant to tell you that one of our followers had a birthday this week. It was Diane, from InDiane’skitchen. If you want to wish her a happy birthday you can go to her site or post a comment. Happy Birthday Diane!!!!