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The Short List

2011 April 5
by elizabeth_admin

I’m not done unpacking yet, but I’m close enough and have done most of the immediate needs boxes that I took a break last night and vegged in front of the tv with a glass of wine.  I did walk to my bedroom quite a few times though to admire my Ikea handiwork.  For those who are interested, I bought and built the Bjursta table which has two leaves and opens up to a full 86 and 5/8th inches.  Don’t you just love that they added a seam allowance to the table?  This table was destined to be my sewing table!

Tonight is a different story though.  I am going to work on the first item on my short list of makes to make.  (I love the British term “make” for a sewn garment!)  Jack’s curtains have been moved up to the top of the list as they are urgently needed to make his room look complete.  I have the fabric (an extra top sheet from his bedding in orange jersey) and full size mattress pad (for insulating and added darkness).  Jack is a cute kid, but has the annoying tendency to wake at first light.  He’s very photo-sensitive and requests his sunglasses or asks that the shade be drawn at the slightest hint of sunlight.  At first I thought I would only make two rectangles and top stitch the edges.  Now, I think I might quilt it for added drape and interest.  I have some aqua blue thread that would match his other bedding elements, so it would tie the room in nicely I think.  The only detail I can’t figure out is how I would quilt it.  Just diamonds or squares or stripes?  Anyone have an opinion?  I can’t get too fancy.  I do want to finish these in an evening because I have other projects or makes vying for my attention.

Speaking of which, here is my short list:

  1. Jack’s curtains
  2. Katie’s birthday dress which is half constructed
  3. Thor’s seersucker pants which are just theoretical right now
  4. My S2614 blouse, again, half constructed
  5. A navy suit, pattern as yet to be determined.

I’m so excited to start sewing in my new designated sewing area.  It looks so roomy and comfy!  CAN’T. WAIT.

9 Responses leave one →
  1. April 5, 2011

    Did you get the ikea dressers that hold patterns perfectly? 🙂 i have two drawers full in one with my pattern collection, and they are perfectly sized for it. It’s the “ANEBODA” style.

  2. April 5, 2011

    I can’t have any input on the curtain situation, but enjoy your new table – doesn’t it just feel so luxurious when you get a designated sewing space? Love the seam allowance!

  3. April 5, 2011

    totally deluxe!
    enjoy the new space. I have my fingers crossed that the smoke issues are mitigated.

  4. April 5, 2011

    Great that you’re nearly back – I cannot wait either to see your new FOs. As soon as they are finished of course 😉


  5. Marie-Christine permalink
    April 6, 2011

    Congratulations on the Ikea building, it’s not always obvious to end up with a stable piece :-). And I completely agree with people who like to sleep in the dark. But let me simply point out that mattress pads are way too stiff for curtains. I get something called ‘black out curtain lining’ which fulfill the same function without being so bulky. Usually it’s good insulation from tempratures extremes too, as it includes a layer of mylar which stops convection heat exchanges.

  6. April 6, 2011

    You must be so happy to get back to sewing! Think about how much extra sleep those curtains will buy you.

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