This past week I’ve been stitching up some projects that I’m not quite able to show you yet. This week doesn’t look much different, but in between all the chaos, I’ve been working on a few smaller items.
One that I’ve been wanting to work on for weeks in a shirt to wear to Easton’s soccer games. If you follow my Instagram, you’ll see that most weekends are full of sports and I try to support the team by wearing gear. When I ordered through their store, I assumed that it would be getting chilly and only got myself a sweatshirt. What a mistake – last weekend it was 90! So, before Saturday’s game, I made myself a tee with my Cricut and a logo that I snagged from their website. It turned out so well, even Bret didn’t know I made it myself.
I am pretty sure it would have been less expensive to buy a shirt than what it was to make one, but this was great in a pinch. Plus I have the logo save just in case I need to whip up one for Taylor when she visits. In the mean time, I think I’ll add Easton’s jersey number to the back of the tee.
I’m not going to lie, I’m a sucker for fabric “mystery bundles”. Not only are they (typically) a great bargain, but they tend to get me out of my comfort zone and make me use some different fabrics\prints\colors. I had a urge to pick one up recently and fortunately, got in on a sale. So that means I had to do it, right? My fabric arrived and I couldn’t be more excited!
I wound up picking Chey’s Leftovers from So Sew English fabrics, an 8-10 yard mystery bundle that was guaranteed to have at least 1 yard cuts. Inside I got: a black stripe modal spandex (yay, more shirts!), a brown-ish (although it looks mauve in the photo) single sweater knit, a floral knit that could possibly be a single brush poly, a black modal jersey, and a rayon spandex animal print.
Now to start planning what I might want to do with all of these. I’m so excited to put them to good use!
I’ve very pleased with how the tee turned out – I’m glad I went with the larger size because I’m certain that the bust would have been too tight otherwise. My only regret is that I made this in short sleeves…. not only is is chilly out today and longer sleeves would feel more appropriate, but I also keep seeing people making adorable long sleeve, stripe tees and now I “need” one too! I’m guessing I’ll need to make another one soon!
As much as I’ve been enjoying the weather, I think it’s safe to say that I’m ready for some fall sewing. I couldn’t resist any longer and decided that it was time time to pull out those autumn fabrics and get sewing.
For my first fall make, I pulled out Jalie’s Cocoon Cardigan and used SoSewEnglish’s olive Alexis double brushed poly (this colorway is currently sold out). I was inspired to sew this after seeing someone talking about this Pinterest Pin… adorable! Plus it’s a color that I don’t normally wear which is perfect as I’m trying very hard to get away from having so many of the same fabrics\styles\colors in my closet.
It’s been awhile since I’ve sewn the Cocoon Cardigan and I forgot how incredibly easy and fast it is to sew up. I literally had this one cut out and sewn in an afternoon! Talk about an instant gratification pattern!
This must be the week of new chair covers because I now have 2 bar stools at my kitchen island. This is the Hanriksdal Bar Stool from IKEA (which matches the chairs of the same name that I made for my kitchen) – the cover for this one was made by taking apart a premade version that I got in the store. Unfortunately, this didn’t come together as well as the chair version – it is extremely “fitted” and it was a real struggle to get the velcro to attach to the underside of the chair without a lot of tugging (I am guessing the side needs to be extended just a smidge). It does look great on, though so I can’t complain unless I ever have to wash these… then I’m guessing the shrinkage may cause issues.
Speaking of washing covers, I did have to launder one of my chair covers over the weekend – I did have bit of shrinkage with the fabric (I did not prewash it), but I think that it was just enough to make for a better fit. FYI if you decide to buy this fabric for yourself.
With all the chairs (finally) finished, I’m ready to move on to window treatments. I think it’s time to start surfing the internet for ideas!