Using resources that already exist is her mantra. She recently sat and deconstructed a number of items that she had determined not to want to wear any longer. Some barely worn and very often, she purchased items because they are large swaths of great fabrics.
This burgundy came from a jumper dress that she probably purchased at a thrift store. She just loves, loves, loves corduroy. The blue is actually a twill weave that “marries” well with corduroy because it has a ribbed texture, albeit, the texture is on the diagonal while corduroy is on the grain line.
The sheer is a luscious opalescent blue/purple piece that was a large sample she ordered to show a client a bigger piece than was available in the fabric book. Sometimes vendors send them for no charge, other times for a nominal fee.
She had quite a big piece of this for some reason and had already utilized it in a drapery as a trim feature…
The little pocket can be used to put in a sweet note or even to bundle up a set of rings for a surprise, “Will You Marry Me”.
These pillows represent many hours of detailed work. Ms. SpoolTeacher has spent many of her sewing years trying to interpret this hand-made value to clients. It is often much easier to convince them to take a class to make one for themselves. Once they do this, they understand.
These pillows are stuffed full and feel very substantial.
She made this little pillow recently as well, but it is much smaller. It has a red corduroy back and the tie can be used to secure wedding bands for a ring-bearer to carry down the aisle, if someone should want.
She tries to be making something at all times. She is continually trying to find that “one thing” that she will be able to make over and over and find a niche on Etsy to market it. She sees that this is what seems to be the way most people find success there.
Lately, she took a piece of sheer curtain fabric that had been left-over from a job she did about five years ago for a client in Las Vegas. She tries to use whatever she can while inventing.
This project came about because she had worn a little tunic dress to church one Sunday and found it was just a smidgen shorter than she is comfortable wearing. She has the bright idea to make a sheer skirt that could be worn either as a slip-type thing with a ruffle or creative edge hanging out under the tunic dress or to stand alone over leggings. She designed it in her mind for days all the while cutting the fabric and devising the strategy to apply what was in her mind to make it more peek-a-boo than completely see through.
As goes with many of her inventions, it didn’t quite meet with her imagination. At least not yet…
This is the dress that is a smidgen too short for complete comfort. She has since decided that she may just add a faux slip or add an extension of some sort to the dress itself and let the skirt be its own thing.
Here’s how far she got on the “slip-that-could-be-worn-over-leggings” (had she imagined it out a little better).
The fabric is so fray-able, she ended up adding the bias tape and lace seam tape to the “pleat” which she ended up liking a lot. A “happy accident”. She also utilized french seams on the inside that encased the raw edges so that they would have a much better outcome not to fray.
Here is a picture of the french seams.
Now for a novel hem…
She likes how the waistband turned out.
As it turns out, the pattern size she cut out was also a smidgen too small. She has intentions of letting go of another five pounds before she is satisfied with her desired weight, so it may just be something she can wear after all. If not…to the Etsy shop it will be. It will look much different from this by the time she gussies it all up. Stay tuned….
Practice, practice, practice. She’s gonna find that “one thing” or bust tryin’!!