As most of you will know with reading my blog, I have been recovering from knee surgery and in an effort to be a good girl in the future I asked my neighbor Tim the woodworking wizard to make me a platform. Last night he brought it over for my approval and it turned out just perfect.
He made sure it was light enough to lift and roll away when not in use but also sturdy enough to hold up a bride: My sewing sister Joyce gave me the idea for a small step stool as well to boost the brides up onto the 11 inch elevation so the small stool can also double as a box for me to sit on while pinning hems. This morning I could not wait to cover them with the red upholstery fabric I bought a while back. I thought the brides would like to have their own red carpet to display their gowns so here it is: This week I have 3 new brides coming so they will be the first to try it out. Eventually I will stain the bases darker to match other furniture in my sewing room. The other cool addition to me sewing room was buying an adjustable side table for my commercial machine and coverstitch machine when they are called into use. It adjusts to 22-28 inches so it can slide underneath my existing extension table. Costco had 2 colors so I bought the ivory one again to match what I already had. My husband says now all I need is a room twice the size…don’t think I haven’t thought about that…ha ha.
During the month of February, Bunny of LaSewist, has been covering the new insertion technique she has been perfecting from making a Koos bag. After reading her blogs about the different ways of tackling this technique I ended up with a skirt to alter that had this unique zipper treatment. Thankfully, I did not have to alter the zipper but I have included some photos for you of other ways to reduce the waist with a very unusual waistband made of grosgrain ribbon. Let’s start: I can make 2 small darts and have them mirror the existing dart line so it does not look like Grandma had her way with this skirt. You can see this designer went “whole hog” with the ribbon and even managed to include
/cram a double sided grosgrain fly guard into the mix. The zipper is center back and bulky enough but they added a 5 inch long ribbon pull as well. Check out Bunny’s blog for a detailed way of enhancing zippers but maybe stay away from using thick grosgrain ribbon unless you use it just for the fact that it has clean edges and does not need to be turned under and top stitched.
All the crocus flowers are up and tiny buds are forming on the new apricot trees in the garden. Mr Mole feels Spring in his whiskers and is back to his real love of building concrete brick retaining walls to replace the old shabby river rock ones left from the previous owner. During the winter critters of all sizes come along and pull the huge rocks out of the walls looking for tasty grubs and worms so this will really piss off the raccoons…take that Rocky!
Anna of Pretty Grievances is settling down to a week of enjoying Girl Scout cookies and Theresa of Camprunamuck marks her birthday with a lovely wool coat in progress while it seems the rest of you are battling with baggy butt pants…remember MrsMole’s 3 little words, “Drop your crotch”… it solves many problems especially if it is 5 pm and a rum and diet Pepsi are included.