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.


Here is the sample size jar of the paint.


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.


Here’s the table in its current capacity.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


Archiving: High School Clothing


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 I’m fairly pleased with the fabric and fairly pleased with how the top turned out. The collar really gave me problems though.



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!


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.


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).


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.


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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