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Yes and No

2011 April 14
by elizabeth_admin

Yes!  I sewed last night.  *huge smile*

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No! I did not sew curtains last night.  *huge smile*

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All because of one tiny factor, a needle.  I didn’t want to change the needle on my sewing machine.  It’s the really small one I was using for my delicate chiffon top.  So, I worked on Katie’s dress instead.  In truth, one of the reasons for the lack of my sewing mojo (besides the brouhaha about knit curtains), was that I was a little stuck on Katie’s dress. 

I liked the design I chose.  I loved my fabrics.  But…  something was bothering me.  I was worried that the navy ruffle on the bottom would weigh down the light and airy cotton voile skirt.  You see, the navy cotton is heavier weight of cotton.  It’s definitely not a shirting, but more like a light bottom weight fabric.  So a wide band of heavy ruffle would make the voile skirt hang limply.  I thought of using more of the floral voile for the bottom ruffle, but that just seemed so…. boring. 

Then I had the grand idea of using the navy cotton as piping inbetween the floral skirt and floral ruffle.  But then I realized I have never made piping before or used it.  I didn’t really want to learn a new skill at 9pm at night, so I punted.

I added an inch of navy cotton ruffle between the floral skirt and floral ruffle.  Sheer genius?  Check out the final design now.

What do you think?  I really like it.  I think it totally works now.  I was able to cut out both ruffles and sew the navy one on last night.  And not to make Carolyn totally jealous, but at lunch time today, I went home and sewed the bottom ruffle, all 84 inches of it, on too!  It looks like it’s going to be super twirly now.  I love that pop of navy at the bottom of the skirt.  So cute!

All I have left to do is hem the bottom ruffle and add some straps.  Originally I was going to make spaghetti straps out of the voile, but I wonder if the navy might be better.  Hmmm…  We’ll see what inspires me tonight. 

I am so thankful my mojo has finally returned.  I was really missing it.  Hope you’re all enjoying the lovely weather today and that you too get some sewing in today.

6 Responses leave one →
  1. April 14, 2011

    No Carolyn is not jealous…she has come to realize that you can go home and sew during lunch and to celebrate the fact that you can!

  2. April 14, 2011

    Very cute! Can’t wait to see the finished piece!

  3. April 14, 2011

    Yay for the return ‘o the mojo! That dress sounds ADORABLE. Must see pix when you’re done.

    I’ve yet to try piping, too, but I can see how it could add so much to my sewing! If you get there before I do (highly probable), I’d love to know what method you choose.

    Now get crackin’ on those curtains, missy! 🙂

  4. April 14, 2011

    genius! It is going to look fantastic.

  5. April 14, 2011

    I like the navy design element. A sewing lunch sounds perfect!

  6. April 15, 2011

    Sounds adorable! I vote for navy straps, if only because they will be less prone to stretching than the voile.

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