I can hardly believe it, but I’ve won the Extreme Makeover sewing challenge! I was up against some pretty talented ladies! Thanks to everyone for your support over the last six weeks! (well….seven weeks….we had two weeks for this last challenge.) I definitely think I’ve stretched myself as a seamstress and I am so happy with my tidy sewing room.
Here is what I made this week:
A trio of aprons.
This one is from the “Sew Liberated” book (I know, it’s been a theme over the last few weeks, but I have loved having the opportunity to sew from it!) My favourite part is the corset back. Check this out:
And then I made two half aprons.
This fabric from my grandmother was calling out to be made into aprons. I sort of made it up as I went, but I got the idea for a bow in the front from this tutorial. I had a little fabric left so I made a matching bread bag. It’s just a simple drawstring bag, but I got the idea here.
I always carry a reusable bag in my purse, but it is always coming unfolded. I couldn’t resist this tutorial for a fold-up pocket tote.
And then I made two skirts. The first is, once again, from Sew Liberated. The one in the book is covered with applique, I haven’t decided if I will applique this one or leave it as it is. I am really happy with the way it turned out, I’m definitely getting more comfortable with knits!
This second one is based on the two-tier skirt from Sew What Skirts. I love this fabric, and I loved the two-tiered look, but I have come to realize that I just don’t like the look of elastic waist-bands on skirts. I think I’d like to try one with buttons while I work on improving my zipper skills!
Finally, I worked on a very special quilt top. I found the traditional pieced blocks among my grandmother’s fabrics (so sorry for everyone who thought I’d pieced the whole thing myself – eek, I didn’t think of that when I was posting it…). I also found most of the fabrics she had used to make them. Last week I created the square within a square blocks and made the pieced border. (That border caused me a bit of trouble. I have never done anything like it before, and there were times when I wasn’t sure it would be worth it, but I LOVE it on the quilt!) This is definitely a quilt I will cherish as made by my grandmother’s hands and my own. In honour of my grandmother I am even considering hand-quilting it, but haven’t decided yet.
Total fabric used this week: 19 yards
Total fabric used over 6 weeks: 74 yards!!! If someone had told me you could use that much fabric in a month and a half I wouldn’t have believed them.
My sewing room has become a much more neat and organized place.
After: (that box is history!)
Whew! Must be time to go to the fabric store! (Just kidding….)