31 Aug. 2009
Update 090914: I wore this dress on Saturday at a family event and got compliments from some relos. They 'WOW'ed when I said I made it. I'm so proud. :)
27 Aug. 2009
It was cut out together with my first pair of pants long time ago and after
having a hard time sewing the pants on the sewing machine (because the
fabric is so hard to sew) I didn't want to start this skirt. So I left it
there waiting for a 'handsewing' time to come. The Stitches and Craft Show
was 'THE' time. I knew it would take me about 1.5 hours to get there so I
took this project with me.
There were 6 pieces to sew. I hand sewed them altogether and hemmed the
bottom and sewed the casing for elastic. It took me 1.5 hours to get to the
show and 1.5 hours to get back and after that I sat on the bench at the
station to finish the last few stitches.
The skirt was perfect. I loved it. It's just not warm enough to wear it yet.
I'm so excited and can't wait to sew more skirts. Now I love my fingers more
than my sewing machine.....
21 Aug. 2009
This morning I finished one and was pulling out another one when a girl sitting close to me broke the silence: excuse me, can you tell me where you got these magazines? I said I got them from someone else. She looked confused. But she told me she's very interested in sewing and she has a sewing machine at home and she always wants to read magazines like this. I gave her the magazine and said 'it's yours now'. She was very excited (as I would have been if I was given a Handmade magazine on the train!) and said she could pay me money. I said no I got it for free so you can have it for free too.
I had to get off the train so I didn't have much more chat with her but I believe this little Handmade magazine will leave our days bright and happy. :)
19 Aug. 2009
Then I came across stencilling using freezer paper and got fascinated. Here's what I've learned so far:
1. Jacquard fabric paint / Acrylic paint + textile medium / gocco ink / maybe glitter fabric paint?
2. X-acto (exacto) knife / manicure scissors
3. images/shapes can come from cartoon books
4. freezer paper on back of fabric to keep fabric stable
5. can use spray adhesive + paper + fabric + printer
I'll try this when I have all things needed. It sounds very exciting!
Here's a flickr pool that I'm drooling over: http://www.flickr.com/groups/fpstencils/pool/
Here's a great tutorial: http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry_chicken/2006/03/little_elf_shir.html
16 Aug. 2009
There were some stains on the sun cover of the stroller. So I decided to take the risk and refurbish more.
This is the seat pad and seat belt covers I made last night:
See, I still got the window!
I used the sewing machine to sew the window using short zigzag stitches. All the rest of the work was hand sewing, which left my fingers quite hurt afterwards...
My wardroberefashion post.
I got this from another freecycle member this morning:
It was working perfectly. But it was dirty and had stains and molds everywhere. So I carefully cleaned it and washed the seat pad and the seat belt covers. But I could tell that I can't get rid of the mold stains on the fabrics. So I made this seat pad and matching seat belt covers at night:
It's the first time I tried to 'quilt' something and I have to say I was so bad at it. Lucky I chose a very 'colourful' fabric so it's not easy to tell how bad a 'quilter' I am. But I learned something and I think I'll improve next time, if there's ever a 'next time'.
11 Aug. 2009
Updated 090814: I've been using one of them, the bigger one I think. It's REALLY good. Very strong and very spacy. I thrifty'ed three winter coats on Wednesday and I could put all of them in this bag.