well hello there! i feel like i haven't written in a bit. my focus on enjoyment sewing re-sew-lution has spilled into the other aspects of life. i'm just trying to add more enjoyment in general. i think it's more about the mindset than anything else.
thank you to everyone who responded to my last post and to everyone who linked up and posted their own list. I really enjoyed reading what you wrote and i might copy some of your ideas!
besides sewing more, i also want to make time to work out more (did that once over the weekend, so that counts for me) and read more. and i don't want to feel guilty about spending time doing any of those things while i could or should be doing other things. it's all about balance too. anyway so i popped by my local library (which i love love love) and checked out 2 books on serging and 1 other book, Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, which Every other blogger seems to have read, so i had to see what all the fuss was about. not what you'd think i'd pick for focusing on enjoyment, right? sounds more like a downer. but it is an interesting read. i may or may not write a post about it when i'm done. we'll see. but did i mention how much i love love love my local library.
it was nice over the weekend to sit on the back porch (when the weather wasn't too chilly) and just read and not worry about anything else for awhile. although in the back of my mind i couldn't help thinking, "i could be sewing right now!" ha ha ha, but i tried to silence that. i squeezed in a little bit of sewing as well. we enjoyed a 3 day weekend.
this is not what i was working on, i actually did this a week or so ago, but hadn't posted it. actually even wasn't sure if it was worth posting, but whatevs… my red sofa and loveseat i bought about 5 years ago came with these pillows that were plain red on one side and this funky pattern on the other side. the funky pattern was never my taste and doesn't go with the livingroom rug At All. i would always turn them over so the patterned side didn't show. but they always bothered me. OCD much?
so i finally ripped them open, trashed the old stuffing, threw them in the washing machine, and used the red material to make 2 new pillows that are red on both sides with new stuffing. (there were 4 pillows and now i have 2 pillows.) i think it's an improvement. i also decided not to keep the piping and made them a little boxier instead.
and then since i was on a roll, i ripped open the khaki colored faux suede pillows we also have, washed them, added new stuffing and stitched those back up too. much better. thinking about making some new pillows, but for now, just giving my old pillows a facelift was a big improvement.
are you asleep now? that was pretty boring right? i have also finished my 3/4 sleeve knit top, but i'm not super excited about it anymore. i took some photos, but they aren't that great. how often do you do something and you're super excited about it in the beginning, but then it drags on or it causes problems and then by the end you're just glad to be done with it and don't even really like it!! ha ha. well at least it was a learning experience. but darn it that fabric wasn't cheap.
so i'm working on my new dress right now and it's coming along very slowly. but i'm having fun with it and that's what matters. and it's getting a lining!!! my first! and it's my 2013 Sewlution for Did You Make That? - to do something with a full lining. any tips, tricks or tutorials that are helpful for linings?