We interrupt your regularly scheduled knitting content to show you some things with needle and thread. Hold on to your hats.
A few years ago, my Nana very generously sent me her “old,” but really, “barely used,” sewing machine. A quick tune-up and it’s been working great. Since then I’ve made some things, mostly of the rectangular variety: coasters, placemats, pillows, and then the odd quilted eye mask. I hadn’t played with the machine in a while, mainly because our new place is smaller and I have to keep it tucked away. When I want to sew now, I have to schlep it out and set it up in the living room on the kitchen table. So, if I’m sewing anything that’ll take longer than a day, I have to put it all away and break it back out later. Pain in the hiney.
Our new place, while lovely, was previously inhabited by smokers. Since this is a non-smoking building (we lived below them and could always smell their smoke), we figured they were smoking out a designated window. It turns out that window is in our now bedroom, which is disappointing. We used to have our bed against the windows, but every time it rained I could smell the smoke coming from the gross, yellowed blinds, even after cleaning them. Now our bed’s on the other side, but the windows were still an eye-sore: the blinds are broken, one is bright yellow, and just ick. I bought fabric to make curtains to match our newish duvet cover back in October, but I was afraid: casings? What the heck is that?
On my last day of winter break, I went for it. I spent the better part of a day measuring (which I did poorly. Don’t judge me for the length of the middle curtain!), cutting, ironing, and sewing. I was really careful, actually ironing again when the pattern told me so I’d get a neat seam. Then J hung the curtain rod for me, which we got super cheap. Thanks, local Kmart, for going out of business and giving us great deals on curtain rods! And here’s the result.
Not the most exciting thing, but I’m very proud. The colors are tough to see here, since our bedroom gets really lousy light, but it’s a great, acid green. I used a lovely, heavy flannel I found on sale at Field’s Fabrics. Have I said how much I love Field’s? Because I do, so much. The people who work there are friendly and helpful, they have great prices and quality fabrics, and it’s about a million times better than JoAnn’s in every imaginable way. I feel so lucky to be able to support such a fantastic local business. Which is fortunate, as it turns out I’ve caught the sewing bug. Last weekend I went with some friends to check out their winter sale, and I got some things. J got me the pattern for Amy Butler’s Birdie Sling for Christmas, because he’s awesome and remembered when I pointed it out during our last trip to the fabric store. I picked out the following, and can I tell you just how excited I am? Nervous, of course, since this is my first “Real” sewing project. People will see it, out in The World, and that’s kind of scary. But I can’t wait!
The top will be the body, then the other two will be the handles and the lining. Any preferences?