Monday’s Musings


What you’re looking at is the headpiece for the Zombie Bride costume. While there is no sewing involved, there’s lots of cutting – if you plan on making this and you don’t already have a rottary cutter and mat, now is the time to invest in one.


For this piece, I took a padded white headband (cheap black ones are difficult to find) and used a fabric marker to color it black. Once it dried it tured out more of a dull blackdark grey, but since most of it is covered with fabric, hair, and roses, I didn’t think that it would matter much. Next, I cut 20 strips of tulle in red and black (the pattern only called for 18, but I think that it needed a couple more pieces) and hot glued them to the band then covered all my messy glue marks with small roses that I had painted over a month ago. I figured that I needed to keep the flowers on a smaller scale so it didn’t look obnoxiously large on Taylor’s head. I think that Taylor liked the headband, her comment “Cool, I look so goth!”
Besides working on Taylor’s costume headpiece, I went shopping yesterday. Not the fabric kind (well, I did that too), but the clothing kind. I wound up getting a Cropped Denim Military Jacket from Old Navy and I’m feeling a bit guilty about it. I had planned on making one from Burda’s SpringSummer Easy fashion magazine. I’m not sure that I could do it as inexpensive as $21 (and I had a $10 reward coupon that I used, so the cost was really $11) and the Old Navy one is pretty nicely made. Can you see that I’m talking myself out of the guilt?
Last, but not least, I have two book reviews that I’ll be putting up this week. One is for M’Liss Rae Hawley’s (who has a striking resemblance to Julie Brown) Mariner’s Medallion Quilts. This is a no-math, paper piecing style of quilts that has a variety of embelishment, style, and size options. The other is Fabric Leftovers: Simple, Adaptable Ways to Use Up Scraps. This book literally uses scraps – not necessarly the big chunks either. The projects in this book also use those odd-shaped, tiny pieces too.
So, what did everyone else work on this weekend?

11 thoughts on “Monday’s Musings

  1. Anonymous

    I like (scratch, scratch) the zombie bride (scratch, scratch) Goth headband!
    Also I was going to post earlier (scratch, scratch) before I was so rudely interrupted by my little visitor, that I like your fall cut. I almost always whack my hair off in the fall, but I might end up ripping it our by the roots from all the scratching before the day is over!!! It

  2. Kelly

    Awh! Taylor is so goth!
    I know how you feel about the RTW buying guilt. I am only capable of buying shoes w/out guilt.
    I think we should institute the Monday weekend recap!

  3. bernadette

    Don’t feel guilty about the RTW! It just means you can spend the several hours the jacket would have taken to sew, and the fabric/notions money, on ANOTHER great sewing project!
    I went to the first class of “beginner weaving” this past Saturday. We learned to warp and tension our rigid heddle rental looms and weave an inch. Homework is to weave 6 more inches evenly in three colors of stripes.
    It took 2 hours travel each way plus the 2.5 hours of class time. But at least I can read for much of the travel time.

  4. Stacy

    Bernadette, I like your attitude! I’m going to look at it as an opportunity to spend time on a different project!
    I’m so glad your weaving class started, I’m anxious to hear all about it. Now, I have to ask, and it may sound like a silly question, but is it hard to weave? I’ve seen shows where they show people weaving and they make it look fairly easy, but they’re professionals so I just assume they know what they’re doing! Do you get to pick out your supplies (and what did you need to get) or do they provide them? And how long does it take you to weave 6 inches? I’m sure that I’ll have more questions for you…..!

  5. bernadette

    I will let you all know how long that 6 inches takles! haha. I really should start today since I may otherwise forget all the hints th eteacher gave us. Nothing is in writing.
    I think the actual weaving is not too hard – just requires practice to stay even and attention to detail. You can’t be really watching TV while weaving. The hard part is probably “dressing the loom”, especially for complicated patterns. It’s all in the very careful preparation. Math is involved.
    If I was going to weave yardage I would probably want one of the computer-assisted, power looms. HAHA
    Did you know that the first loom capable of “automatically” weaving intricate patterns, the Jaquard loom, is considered the first “computer” since it used punched cards (almost exactly like the holorith punch cards we – those who are old enough to remember – used in early computer compliers!) to guide the various colored threads into a repeating pattern. And then they later added motors. Fabric became more afforable. People could have more clothes. YAY!

  6. Stacy

    I would have never guessed that those beads were made from fabric! Thanks for the link – I didn’t have that Threads issue.

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