sewing

Grandma’s Chair, renewed!

I’m really excited to show off this finished chair!  I had fun recovering it with some of Amy Butler’s new Love collection.  I ended up ripping some seams from the old cover to make sure I would have the proper fit.  I just cut the pieces like they were a pattern. 

The chair is pretty interesting, here’s some of the info on the underneath of the seat:

It also came with a handy tool (an allen wrench) secured by a loop, for when you need to take the chair apart.  I needed to replace the foam padding as part of this project as well.  Not sure if I used the right stuff, but it looks pretty good to me.  The old padding was so gross! It had disinegrated into tiny crumbs of sand = not good for sitting.

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Pattern Tester

I was really lucky to be selected as a pattern tester for The Handmade Dress’ newest dress, Miss Alice.  This was really fun to make and I can’t wait for the release of the pattern.  I made this one for Emily and it took barely any fabric, yay!  I think we’ll be layering it over a long sleeve tee and leggings, it’s cold here baby! 

I was really excited because I got to make good use of my serger, it’s so nice.  Here’s a detail shot of the inside:

Earlier this week I tried my first Ottobre pattern, a pair of corduroy pants for Emily.  I screwed them up majorly.  I must not have added the correct seam allowance on the top and I did the applique upside down and on the bottom of the pant leg.  I can’t even show the disaster picture because I gave to pants to my mother-in-law to put into the quilt that she’s making for Natalie.  Oh well! 

Any advice on the Ottobre pants from the Autumn issue?  #4 Yogi pants?  They are the easiest thing in the whole book, where did I go wrong?