Saturday, April 16, 2011

First Post Plunge!

I'm overdue to confront my lingering bloggy trepidation and plunge in with a first post!  Really looking forward to chronicling my good times with clay, fabric and yarn.

As evidenced by the trio of buttons to the right, I'm a sucker for a sewalong and am currently signed up for three.  The RTW tailoring sewalong is well underway --- I've finally caught up with all the fittings, pattern alterations and cutting out and will begin sewing later today.  The Crescent Skirt sewalong begins on Monday and promises to be loads of fun --- I plan to make at least two skirts for myself and one for my niece.  The Bottoms Up Challenge is all about sewing garments for the lower half of one's body --- I have a swirly, multi-gored skirt on the agenda as well as a couple pairs of shorts and/or skorts. 

First things first though and topping that list was making a new cover for my ironing board to replace it's threadbare 20 year-old predecessor.   The sleeve board was in dire need of the same treatment, so I made new covers for it as well.  Pretty sad and raggedy aren't they?

I really did like the grid pattern printed on my old cover, it was nice when I needed a straight line reference when pressing, but I couldn't locate any similar/appropriate fabric so opted for the silvery ironing board fabric for this project.  I do like this choice because of the slickness of the fabric finish --- easy peasy to wipe clean if needed, however the color is quite meh.  While I do like the idea of a pretty patterned fabric for a cover, I tend to find that sort of thing very visually distracting in my workspace. the nice smooth snug fit of the new cover, it almost makes ironing fun!


  1. Well, a first post deserves a first comment, and I'm excited to be the one!!

    Your new ironing board cover looks very professional!

    And can I just say that if you can't be right next door sewing along with me (instead of right across the entire country), I'm thrilled to be watching your sew along progress. Oh, and sewing along with you that way. ♥ Elle

  2. Thanks Elle! Gosh, wouldn't it be fab if we did live in the vicinity of one another and could have real sewing get togethers :D!

  3. LOVE the new little sleeve board needs new covers too - only about 20+ years old. Did you find a pattern for them or simply use the old one?

  4. My sleeve board is "vintage" too Wendy :D. Rich gave it to me the first Christmas we were married --- 32+ years ago :O! I just peeled the worn-out cover off, laid the board on a piece of kraft paper and drew around the margin of each side with a sharpie. I added about 2.5 inches all around the board outline so that it would wrap over the edge of the board, then cut it out of fabric. Used double fold bias tape to bind the edges and threaded thin cording through the "casing" formed by the bias tape. Cinched it up and tied the cording securely. Easy-peasy :D