Soo… these are some things I’ve made over the last few years. Looking at them chronologically, it makes me laugh a little.
When I originally went to attach the lining to the exterior, my sewing machine freaked out. The stitching looked like crap. I gave it to her, but took it back that same night, promising that I would fix it for her. Eighteen months later, I finally worked up the courage. I had forgotten how evil vinyl is to sew on. With the help of the internet, I learned that placing tissue paper between the vinyl and my machine, I may avoid some of the slipping and jumping that I originally encountered. It is still not perfect, but it’s much better than it was before.
I was given a typical men’s sized (and shaped) t-shirt by a friend of mine. I cut it down to size, made it a scoopneck, and shortened and gathered the sleeves. The way that I attached the cuff & collar pieces has always bugged me, because the stitching flipped inside out. After wearing it that way for several months, I got the bright idea (/sarcasm font) to tack the seams down. It’s not nearly as crooked as it looks in this photo, but I had a hard time making it hang straight in the breeze.
Garden Bench, August 2009
This bench traveled with me from my grad school duplex (somebody who moved out left it), to our carriage house on Summit Avenue (where it was required to be hidden at all times), to our current house (where it sat in a corner of the yard for four years). With a few coats of spray paint and about an hour with the sewing machine, I turned this:
Whew. Sadly, the “started, never finished” pile is about 10x as long as that list. My craft room / office / crapalanche is the place where good intentioned craft projects go to die. We’ll see if documenting the process is a motivator.