I spent Memorial Day Weekend sewing and then I spent quite a bit of time this last weekend on hand work. So I’ve just gotten a few easy, small projects completed.
First, I finished a knit Staple Dress and wore it on Day 27 of Me Made May. If you read that post, you’ll see that I had some trouble finishing the edges of this garment. It’s a very thin burnout knit. I had to wear a full slip under it. I bound the armholes with the same burnout knit and that was a NIGHTMARE! The knit rolled everywhere. It was impossible to keep the raw edges lined up. Turning it under was terrible. It just was not fun and I hated doing it. Plus, it turned out kind of shitty. Luckily, it’s the armholes, so I’m not too concern about it, but after that, I was not binding the neckline. So the neckline and the hem are left as is. I think that’s OK, but it’s not what I would consider good work. It will probably end up being a swim suit cover up. And I don’t wear a swim suit very often, so I likely won’t use it very much. The knit was cheap, so at least I didn’t waste a lot here. Any advice about finishing edges of very very very thin knit would be appreciated.
I took a bra workshop with Anne St. Clair. If you haven’t heard of her, Google her. She’s super awesome. I know these aren’t the prettiest bras in the world, but they do the job. I don’t have a lot going on in that area, but my mom and sister do. My mom took this class with me and she’s already finished her third bra! Also, she’s wears hers every day and is super comfy ALL OF THE TIME. There are thousands of testimonies like my mom’s about these bras and Anne has been helping women make bras for longer than I’ve been alive. She’s like a super expert. Anyway, my sister just picked up her first one from me. There are some modifications we have to make to it, but I hope she’ll like it. I have a kit to make her at least one more if not two more. Mine turned out great. I was skeptical. It’s not pretty or sexy. She has options to make them pretty and sexier, but that’s a little advanced for me right now. I’ve worn mine once and was pleased with it. I haven’t worn it since because I have to wear a cami with it and it’s HOT right now so I don’t really want to have that many layers on. We’ll see how it all works out. I’m still not 100% sold yet, but I also haven’t given it a good shot.
A few months ago, I took an embroidered applique class from Casey York. Her technique is really cool. This is just raw edge applique, but instead of using your machine to stitch down the edges, you do some hand work. First, you take an invisible thread and do a blanket stitch around the entire applique. Two works: F*** THAT. No offense to Casey, but I’ll be using my machine for that step in the future. Not sure if you’re aware, but invisible thread is INVISIBLE! It’s hard to see, it tangles easily, it’s tough. Overall, it’s just not really fun to work with. I can handle it on my sewing machine, even though it’s not my favorite, but hand work…NO THANKS! And before you tell me I was using the wrong type of invisible thread, I just want to let you know that I have like four spools of it that are all different brands. I’ve tired them all. Some are better than others. I prefer Sulky over everything else. But even then, it’s still not fun. Anyway, there’s enough dwelling on that because I can do that part by machine. I did it by hand on this piece, so I gave it a fair shot. This piece kind of looks like shit up close, which maybe it wouldn’t after some practice, but I’m not willing to do that, so we will be moving on.
I did REALLY enjoy the embroidery part. I like outlining the applique with the embroidery. It was fun and it’s pretty. As with anything, I need some more practice, but I think I actually will practice this. I have absolutely no idea what I will do with this. Probably nothing. It’s not my best work so I’m not willing to give it away. I can’t put it in my house because it matches nothing and I wouldn’t anyway since it’s not my best work. It may sit in a bin forever…like the last project from an applique class that I took. I guess I’m bad at finishing and displaying class projects.
Finally, here are some more bee blocks that I’ve received. I almost have enough for a good size throw quilt. Like I need another throw quilt.
So that’s all of the randomness for now. I have a few larger projects that I finished, but I’m saving those for their own posts. You’ll see them soon!