Category: Sewing

Finished Project

blouse

Yay, I finished my white blouse. This is a project from my DO list that I started last summer. It is not a difficult pattern and it shouldn’t have morphed into such an ongoing thing, but several things happened to it.

First of all it came out too big. I couldn’t fit it to myself, so I checked into getting or making a dress form. In the end I ordered one. It’s wonderful and it made fitting the blouse a breeze. I had the alterations all marked out, but I got sidetracked and it sat on my table for a while.

Enter the cat. She decided it was a great place to sleep. She bedded down on my nice linen blouse and mashed in lovely wrinkles. She shed on it and ground in the fur. She even barfed on it. Sheesh. It was now filthy.

Finally I got it sewed together enough so I could wash it. Pop—in the washer on warm with a bunch of spot cleaner and it came out nice and white again. If you have ever wondered why they used to make underwear and children’s clothes out of white linen, I can vouch for its practicality. It can be washed in hot water and stains will bleach right out. Hang it in the sun and let nature finish the job. This is workhouse material and it gets softer with wear. It is a shame it is relegated to the “luxury fabric” department.

Now it is done and wearable just in time for spring weather—bring it on!

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One Project Done

The first project on my Do list to be completed is an organizer for my double point and circular knitting needles. These little devils have a habit of getting tangled and lost in the bottom of the bag.

I had seen a case that I liked, but I didn’t want to spend the money. When the sewing looks simple, I get cheap, besides I have stacks of fabric I can choose from to make something attractive as well as functional.

I used some coat fabric I had left over from my stint in a coat factory. It is a lightweight, silky fabric, but tightly woven so I knew the needles would not poke through. I wanted something sturdy, but not too bulky so it would fold easily. The outside is quilting-type cotton. I trimmed it with a piece of ribbon from my stash box that happened to be just the right size.

There is a store nearby that sells upholstery fabric, and they have piles of remnant squares. I usually have a few on hand, and I thought it would make a nice backing, but, alas, the pieces I had were not big enough.

After that, it was straight forward cutting and sewing. I cut carefully so my pockets would line up nice and straight. The vertical folds were accented with ribbon which also covered the raw edges. I used a button and a strip of elastic to keep it closed.

This was such an easy project, why did I wait so long before I made it?

Would you like to make one? I will have the pattern available soon at my Etsy store. https://www.etsy.com/shop/HandKnitComfortneedle case