Target Paint and my furniture painting attempt

I was wandering around Target one day. As I often do. And I came across a section I had never seen before. Paint. Yes, paint. At Target. There were gallons of paint. And sample sizes. I picked up a sample size of the color “Pond”. I figured I would paint a little table that the previous owners left behind in the house we bought.

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Here is the sample size jar of the paint.

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So I went about painting the table. I sanded it lightly at first. Then I put 2 coats of paint, which seemed to be enough. It has good coverage and it has a matte finish.

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Here’s the table in its current capacity.

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I would like to give a special shout out to Nick Homolo (spelling?) the maker of this little table in his woodmaking class in 1999.

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I would purchase Target paints again. And I would attempt to paint another piece of furniture. I still have plenty to paint left in my little jar. I’ll probably paint some shelves that were left behind by the previous owners. 

Digging

English: Western woman in Bangladesh wearing a...

English: Western woman in Bangladesh wearing a yellow churidar (tight, long trousers) and dupatta (scarf) with a green kameez (loose, long top). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Western woman in Hyderabad wearing a green cot...

Western woman in Hyderabad wearing a green cotton salwar kameez. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, I’ve had quite a hiatus from sewing. I moved almost 3 months ago and have just now dug out some of my sewing stuff, but nothing is set up yet. And I didn’t sew all summer because of the whole buying/selling a house thing. I hope to get my sewing space up and running soon and start using up the tons of fabric I have acquired. Although, I will probably keep on acquiring more. And more. And yet even more.

I used to be a good writer, but I’m out of practice. I’m always in a hurry and don’t feel relaxed enough to actually think of what to write. But I digress…

I found these random photos of white women in salwar kameez that popped in WordPress as related images. Whatever.

While digging around, I found a couple more salwar kameez sets that I have sewn. They are not in my size. I just chose arbitrary measurements. I would like to be able to custom stitch salwar kameez for people, but I need to practice. I know how to make my size, but other people’s I’m not so sure about.

The black set is fabric that I purchased from ebay. The scarf was wrapped up in a tube with string. I finally took the string off today, and I saw that it created a ripple effect. It really is quite pretty, though I’m not sure how long it would last. The kameez is in sherwani style, which is men’s wear.

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This green set was given to me in Bangladesh by some of my husband’s relatives. The fabric feels like bed sheets. Unfortunately there probably wasn’t enough fabric to make me a set, so I just sewed one in size small. I tried to use a technique for the neckline that I learned from my sewing lady on YouTube.

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This turquoise, jade green set was fabric that I purchased from ebay that was not meant to be a salwar kameez. I had purchased 4 scarves and discovered that one of the scarves matched the fabric nicely. Unfortunately the neckline is kind of weird. I hope I can fix it, because I want to sell this.

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Archiving: High School Clothing

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Purchased in 1996 during my thankfully short period of time wearing men’s clothing in high school. I wore these to shreds and am finally getting rid of them. I don’t normally take picture of clothes I get rid of, but these are some of the last remnants from high school and I am archiving them by photo.

Finished Object: Simplicity 1885

I finished a nice, light top that would be good for spring or summer. If spring or summer ever happens around where I live. Image

I made View B and lengthened it to tunic length. I can’t remember what size I cut or if I made any other alterations to the pattern itself since I cut the thing so long ago…well, last summer I think. I used a lawn type fabric from fabric.com. I’m fairly pleased with the fabric and fairly pleased with how the top turned out. The collar really gave me problems though.

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The button I used came from a packet of blue “vintage” buttons I purchased from ebay. I have no idea how old the buttons actually are. All I know is now I have a collection of different kinds of blue buttons. No two are the same.

….til next time!

Fails?

I’ve sewn some crap that I hate. Let’s take a look.
First of all, I have a denim jacket I made from McCall’s 5860. The fabric was so heavy, it almost broke my sewing machine. This jacket has princess seams, but still does not provide much shape. I can’t believe I even took the time and expense to topstitch this thing. There’s no way my machine would ever do buttonholes on this, so I would have to sew them by hand. Uh…not worth it for this. Currently, this hangs in a closet and never sees the light of day. I’m not sure if I would ever revisit this pattern.

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This next item, I don’t blame the pattern, I blame the fabric. The pattern is Butterick 4985. I attempted View A here. The fabric is falling apart at the seams. I’m not sure if it’s because the fabric is so cheap, or I used the wrong size needle, or wrong thread. The reason I made this top in the first place was that I was inspired by this post at one of my favorite sewing blogs. I am definitely going to try to sew this again using a different fabric. I’ll also have to do some tweaks to the pattern. I’m considering this specimen a muslin (first draft).

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Next up, please observe this lovely creation made with flannel fabric purchased off of ebay. This is McCall’s 6167, View D. Now, this shirt isn’t that bad, I guess. I did a bad job on the collar and have yet to put buttonholes in it. It has a drawstring waist which I’m not loving. Not sure if I will ever finish this to make it wearable.

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So ends the story of some of my failures.

The Beginning

My first exposure to sewing was when I attempted to hand sew Barbie clothes as a child. Not satisfied with the ready-made offerings, I would dig in my mother’s fabric stash and attempt to sew a skirt or something. Unfortunately, I had no idea how to draft clothing and was not very successful. I did have one successful project, however. A stuffed chair which survives to this day. (pictured here with a salt shaker for scale) This was completely hand sewn.

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My first foray into using a sewing machine was when I was fourteen in some sort of home economics class in 8th grade. I sewed the beautiful pig pillow shown below. The face was hand sewn with felt pieces and black embroidery. I’m pretty sure it was the best one in the class. I mean, just look at that meticulous back stitching!

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