Friday, December 1, 2017

The Week Of Not Much Getting Done

The last month of the year. Twenty-five days to Christmas. Really? I am beyond stunned at how fast this year has gone. A blink. Which is interesting considering that this week has been one of not much getting done. The plan was to spend concentrated time in the studio. That didn't happened but the bits and pieces of time were enough to get some things finished and others started.





I finished a pair of Capitola pants out of a black and white stripe. The draft has have no side seam and is an easy sew. There's only this detail shot of the cuff for now. My studio lights arrived yesterday and as soon as I have a non-black photo background and my tripod returned from my son, I'll set things up and get a picture. Maybe by then I'll have another garment to go with.





I also made a muslin of the French Fold Shrug with less success. Although the sleeve is a Dolman, it's a slimmer higher version with less fabric under the arm only the bicep was too tight and the shrug doesn't fit at all comfortably. I should have measured it first. It's amazing how often I miss something simple like that. HOWEVER... this can be fixed BUT... first I need to decide if I'd wear this style and whether it'll be worth the work. I may transfer some of the details I like to a more fitted base with a traditional set-in sleeve.





The before picture of the couch is missing the apron that went around the bottom. I stapled it underneath and cut off the excess and then mixed a turquoise chalk paint 50/50 with water and began painting on light layers. The first coat is shown above right and the finished couch below has three coats.





You can still see the texture of the original pattern but not the colours which stops the finished surface from looking too flat. The legs are spray-painted gold because the couch is for my new tenant and she wants gold accents in her home. I'd been wanting to try painting a couch for a while and it was an interesting project. The finished results are good but I'll need to price out what would have been less expensive - upholstery fabric on sale for a slipcover or the paint. The used couch was $20, delivery was $15, and paint supplies were about $150.00. It's a quality couch but... quite possibly I could have bought fabric for the same amount. I've signed up for a professional slip covering workshop at Craftsy so that'll be an upcoming project. I'll start with the ugly shade of orange footstool in the living room that is currently hidden under a throw.





AND... yesterday, I made a muslin of a carpet bag to check the size and then altered it to be shorter and wider since I want it as a book bag with inside - and possibly outside - pockets for all the parts and pieces I take to journaling.

My son-in-law sent me an email last night saying that on the way home from day care my oldest grandson was talking in the back seat saying that he hoped his grandma Myrna stops talking, because she will lose her voice, and she always talks so much. LOL - how sweet. I lost my voice during my last visit and he kept telling me to stop talking. I promised not to on the drive home. When I phoned to thank him for being so caring, I told him it was all better now and asked for permission to talk again. I'm allowed. YES YES.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - caring grandsons

10 comments:

  1. That sofa is gorgeous! I want a sofa that color for my living room. I am into traditional too.

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    1. I know. Me too! I want a fun colour couch.

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  2. Myrna, I say this with kindness, your idea of not accomplishing much in a week is kinda crazy. I realize we are all different but you get more things done in a week than lots of us take a month to complete. Your creative energy is amazing! Karen

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    1. LOL - then it must be all the undone ideas dancing around in my head that are making think nothing got done. Too fun.

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  3. I was thinking the same thing as sewingkm as I was reading about the couch. This is not accomplishing much? Thank you for sharing all your projects. They are so fun to read about and see the final product. Jean

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    1. OH... remember that some things were finished this week and some things were started - as in not everything was done from start to finish. I'm glad you enjoy reading about my projects.

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  4. Hmmmm. In my reality this would be a productive week! Impressive furniture re-do - I'm amazed at the cost of the paint!

    Looking forward to the Capitola pants reveal!

    ceci

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    1. LOL - okay... apparently that was not the best title. Too fun.

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  5. You can use any kind of paint as long as you add a fabric extender to it. I used latex wall paint with that addition and it worked great on the love seat I did. The paint was $3 for a gallon because it was a mistake mix and $15 for the fabric extender. Way cheaper than chalk paint(which you can make yourself and save money too). Just a thought in case you wanted to try another piece. I am so tempted to get the Capitola pattern...did you like the finished pant?

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    1. Thanks. I had wonder about using an extender. Was that added at the paint store or did you add it and what did you use? I did like the Capitola pant. I'd definitely make it again.

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