Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Another Cliffhanger, To Be Continued, Part Of The Saga

My original plan for yesterday was to clean house only that didn't really make sense if you consider that we'll need to clean again at the end of week. Why do it twice - especially if you have a bag to finish - only instead of maximizing the "extra" time, I slept in, moved slow, and eventually got to the studio. Rather than hold you captive to the end, I'll give you warning right now that this is another cliffhanger, to be continued, part of the saga so don't get your hopes up too high although there is cause for celebration.




Coming up the walk, I noticed this footprint in the snow from a favourite pair of shoes. We don't often get to see the marks we leave behind. I'm so glad mine is beautiful. My shoes at least. Not so much my welt zipper.




When you're not making the progress you know you should be making on a project there is almost always some thing that you're procrastinating and it almost always has to do with the fear of failure, of making a mistake, of not knowing in some way. For me, it was the zipper in the welt. I'm not sure what the correct terminology is but you know what I mean. I wasn't concerned about the how to as much as the what would - what would it look like and would it be what I wanted.




In my almost forty years of sewing, I don't think I've ever sewn a welt pocket or a bound buttonhole - maybe once but if so, it was so long ago that I can't remember.




I did know to reinforce the corners with a smaller stitch and to clip right up to the stitching line and to use a drop of Fray Check in each corner just in case. I'm happy to report that the drawing and the measuring and the stitching went fine plus the zippered opening was exactly where I wanted it to be only...




... there are a few things I'd do differently next time, like not use red fabric to match the lining and not make such a wide opening and perhaps add "lips". Subtle but significant things. When I realized I was procrastinating, I asked why and then resolved that question. If the welt zipper didn't work out, what would I do to save the project? Knowing that answer - having a back-up plan - allowed me to get started and now that the welt zipper is only okay, that's where I'm going to next. Too fun! But first, lets celebrate that my first welt zipper didn't turn out too bad even if I'm going to change it - LOL.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - new learning

10 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your zip welt. As to house cleaning, I hate to clean house . . . however, I do love having a clean house: vacuuming has become my way to get rid of my frustrations.

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    1. Thanks.

      I do love clean. I also love done so the bag wins for now.

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  2. Your zip welt looks good on the execution level. I remember 1 set I made and used a contrast lining, not good--I re-did them. I choose all of my fabric & other materials carefully nowadays for any project, not just color.
    Love your footprint in the snow.

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    1. Yes. I was thinking too much about it looking good on the back when the edge of the lip on the front was far more important. Next time it'll be color on color. GOOD learning.

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  3. I think the zipper looks great - very professional looking.

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    1. Thank you. I was really pleased with how it turned out and will try again soon to get some back to back practice.

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  4. Ahh, a post with a prelude warning! A twist to the plot with a change thrown in at the end! I'm still at the celebrating the welt zipper stage - I think you did a brilliant job on executing this. Your patient pre-planning paid off. As for the cleaning - forget it!!!! You have to finish this bag saga...J

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    1. No cleaning. I'm stitching at the speed of faster than a turtle but not quite the light. Getting there. Details ASAP.

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  5. Your welt zipper looks good from where I'm sitting.
    Great shoe print too.

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    1. Thanks. I can think of other applications where the zipper could be interesting so I'll definitely try it again some time soon. In today's posting, I've used a different method that shows less of the zipper. I prefer that look and will research a narrower version of the welt.

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