|storm over the Santa Catalinas; I took this photo about 5 years ago|
Even though we are among the sunniest cities in the US, it does get chilly here sometimes. Winter is short, lasting to early February. During that time, nighttime temps will fall into the high 30s F, and daytime temps are in the high 60s or 70s F.
I need a bathrobe for the mornings s0 I'm sewing KS3644
using 3 different flannels. I have been working very slowly, partly because I am busy but also because I want to concentrate on "best practices". Let me share my progress with you, and talk a little bit about HOW I sew. For those readers just beginning their sewing, keeping track of progress with photos is something I recommend. It forces you to stay organized and to think about what steps go together. I don't always do this, but when I do, I succeed.
Step 1: Get some fabric. That took me about 8 days of hunting on websites. I finally found what I wanted and then double checked amounts. I needed 3 3/4 and 1 3/4yds at 45 inches. I was using 2 contrasting fabrics so I bought 1 yd each (this proved to be a mistake as I ended up piecing the front facings). Flannel shrinks, and I chose a directional print, so I bought 4 yds of the main fabric. So far I have 6 yds at around $10/yd for my bathrobe. Tip:buy the best fabric you can afford, especially for high use items.
Step 2: prewash and layout; cutting. I cut all the contrasting fabrics first. I then made bias tape, and piping.
|piping on the left, belt on the right|
|mentally sewing the pocket band-notice the shape of the pocket.|
That is a thoughtful pocket pattern.
|pocket band and piping on imaginary pocket :-)|
Step 3: Cut out the back and the sleeves.
I stopped here for the night, and set up my work area for tomorrow. That is a step I do often as it helps me stay in charge of my work. I hate to work in a messy place.
|front and facings ready for piping; belt and belt loops waiting;|
pockets and bands ready to be constructed and attached;
sleeves and cuffs ready to be constructed.
What tricks do you use to stay organized and mindful in your sewing room?
In other news, big Nick is doing much better. He had 2 days of stall rest, and then I turned him out this afternoon after checking his feet and cleaning every crevice. He was extremely enthusiastic and playful.
Until later, Mary