Though I only started sewing for 2013 close to the end of the month of January, I managed to squeeze in seven projects from seven different sewing books that have, until now, laid dormant on my bookshelf, some for a few years already! By far, my favourite of the bunch is the Red Riding Hood, it’s adorable and I just can’t wait to see it on my five year old niece! The one project that has gotten the most use so far is the Slipcover I made for my sewing stool.
Funnily enough, my husband got all giddy over the Baby Kimono, I think his biological clock might be ticking! However, he does loves his new Necktie, which I made specifically for the night we head out to see the Cirque de Soleil show Love at the MGM Mirage next month in Las Vegas.
Did I mention my plans to make a “micro-quilt” of all the projects I complete this year? I wanted to create one-per-month, but I might just have to focus on sewing what I’ll call a “remind-me-what-I-made” quilt whenever I feel I have enough pieces.
I don’t know why or how, but I have over 6 meters of a Beatles quilting cotton. Actually, I do know why; I let my husband come shopping with me at Fabricville once and he decided that buying the rest of a bolt of fabric made sense. That was the last time I brought him with me!
What better way to show my appreciation for his taste in fabric than to sew him up a tie? It just so happens that S.E.W. has just such a project detailed within its pages! This tie is a little wider than my preference and definitely stiffer than I like my ties to be, but for my husband, this is just perfect. The most challenging part is pulling the tie to the right side, partly due to the stiffness from the interfacing.
I like this book because the instructions are very clear and easy to follow. The author takes the time to detail every step and offers many tips and ideas to perfect the outcome. Each project is labeled by difficulty, but I’ve found that most of the projects in this book are quite easy to complete.
Fabric: The main fabric is A Yellow Submarine quilters cotton by Cranston Villiage purchased at Fabricville but the musical lining unknown.
Supplies: non-woven Pellon interfacting
Thread: Gutermann 100% polyester col:
Difficulty: Some challenges
Sew again: Yes with changes