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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Giant Giants Pants

My five year wedding anniversary was a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to make a little gift for my husband.  He is a big New York Giants fan and I thought he could use some lounge pants to watch games in.  My husband is a pretty big guy (like 6'4") and he has an affinity for baggy clothing.  I've been trying to get him to wear jeans that actually fit hit him for years to no avail.  Don't even get me started on his need to wear white tube socks with shorts. . .  Anyway, this is my compromise, a huge pair of pants that he will only wear around the house.

So about the pants.  I actually used a pattern for a pair of scrubs and added about an inch to the sides and the length.  I used a really light weight jersey knit.  I don't know that I've ever sewed a kit before and it was less difficult that I expected.  Here is a pic:
Look how wide the legs are!

A little Giants patch I found on Amazon

I sewed it all with a double needle, it is supposed to be good for sewing on stretchy fabrics.  You can see the double line of stitches. 
It is still insanely hot in the deserts of southern California so the pants haven't gotten much wear yet.  My husband modeled them for me and I achieved the fit I was looking for, they are massive on him!  I'm sure they will get plenty of wear once fall weather comes around.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Dresser Makeover

I bought a bedroom suite at an estate auction while we were in Tennessee.  I wasn't paying attention when people were bidding so some other guy won the bid for $10, I talked him into doubling his money and selling me the set for $20.  Bryant was super stoked when he came home to a garage full of furniture, In addition to this set I also bought 6 dinner chairs, an ottoman, and a TON of fabric.  But it was a great deal!  The set is probably from the fifties. 

Here are some before pics:

These pictures were taken after I sanded all the scratches and water rings out, just before painting.  You can see my dogs 'helping' in some of the pictures.

Here are the current pictures, still not quite 'after' pictures because I'm not sure how I am going to handle all the broken drawer pulls.  I'd like to find someone with a lathe that can recreate them for me. 

um.  Do you like my drawer pull selection?

I think these are what really appealed to me.  Simple, clean furniture with curvy, feminine pulls.  I really need to find a lathe.

Monday, August 22, 2011

KRU curtains

The lovely ladies at the KRU asked me to make some curtains for their salon.  The primary goal was to cut down on the blazing summer heat so I recommended that they buy some blackout lining.  It really made a difference.  As usual, my picture taking gives you an opportunity to use your imagination.
I made 5 panels.  

Closer shot of 3 panels.

Three of the panels were make in this purple crinkly stuff with blackout lining.  Do you like the chain tie backs?  It was my husband's idea and it totally goes with their look.

Two panels were in this luscious grey velvety stuff, also lined with blackout fabric.

I made a balloon curtain for the side window.  They don't get as much direct sunlight so its more of a valance look.

 I'm glad I got to work with KRU because they are super cool.  If you live in California you should check them out.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Birthday Dress for Miriam.

So my sisters birthday was a month ago and I just got around to finishing a dress I made for her . . .  I know, I'm working on it.  I used fabric that you might remember from a trip to textile fabrics and the red sash fabric was from my stash.

I hope it fits!  I'm mailing it to her tomorrow!

Clear button with red thread
  It took me forever to pick out buttons.  I have like eleventy billion buttons so it seems ridiculous to go buy new ones.  I decided on these clear ones, you can't really see through the fuzz but they have a crystal look to them.

Dress back

Monday, August 8, 2011

Camo Back Pack

First I have to say I can't believe that I didn't post about my inaugural trip to the Los Angeles fabric district, my personal grimy paradise.  I will definitely remedy that later.  But that is not the point of this post, the point of this post is that my 11 year old nephew is into all things camouflage and was looking for a back pack in his signature print.  Oddly, no one could find a camouflage backpack for him.  Really?  Isn't that weird?  I don't have kids and therefore am not up on kids stuff but you think you would be able to find a camouflage back pack for an 11 year old.  I looked and always came up empty. . . So when I was in the fabric district I bought a yard of camo fabric for $3.50, it was wide, probably 60 inches.  The guy shorted me  because there were samples cut out of some of the fabric but again, that is not the point of this story.  This is about the back pack. 

I didn't really have a plan when I bought the fabric, but I figured I wouldn't need more than a yard of really wide fabric for a back pack.  I ended up borrowing my niece's Jansport to use as a pattern, it had lots of zippers and pockets and that looked exhausting so I simplified and just make the main 'compartment' and a couple of cargo pockets to go with the theme.  I hope you like looking at things sideways because I am having computer problems.

Anthony the back pack model

The back
 I used some foam I had from a too big mattress pad to pad the straps. I also put some batting between two layers of fabric to make the back.  I thought about quilting it but decided against it, its seems to be pretty sturdy.  I used three layers of fabric to reinforce the bottom.
 I was kind of proud of the zipper, just 'cause I always mess them up.  I had this one in my stash.  Probably form my grandma.

More back pack modeling.
So, Whadda ya think?