Tuesday, September 30, 2008

MICHAEL MILLER ROCKS MY WORLD


I'VE MADE SOME PROGRESS ON THE RAINCOAT THAT I SAID I WAS GOING TO MAKE OUT OF SOME MICHAEL MILLER LAMINATED FABRIC. I BELIEVE THAT THE PRINT IS CALLED CARNIVAL BLOOM BROWN. I JUST LOVE THE VIBRANT COLORS IN THIS FABRIC. I ACTUALLY STARTED BY TRYING TO GET GOING ON A HAIR STYLISTS CAPE THAT I WANTED TO GIVE TO A FRIEND OF MINE WHO IS ALMOST DONE WITH HER SCHOOLING. OF COURSE, I MANAGED TO SCREW THIS UP TOTALLY AND CUT TWO HEAD HOLES IN THE DAMN THING SO RATHER THAN WASTE THE FABRIC, I CUT ANOTHER CAPE AND THEN USED MY MESS-UP TO CUT THE RAINCOAT IN A SIZE 5 WHICH ACCORDING TO THE MEASUREMENTS SHOULD BE PLENTY BIG ENOUGH - JUST NOT THRILLED WITH THE LENGTH. NOW, WHEN I CUT THE COAT OUT, I WASN'T PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE CUTTING DIRECTIONS AND MANAGED CUT ONE PIECE INCORRECTLY (I THINK THE PATTERN PIECE SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOWN AND IT WAS UP AND I HAD NOT A STITCH OF EXTRA ON THIS FABRIC - JUST BARELY ENOUGH TO DO THS PROJECT. SEW . . . I FIRST WANTED TO THROW A TOTAL TANTRUM BECAUSE THE FABRIC WASN'T CHEAP AND THEN I THOUGHT . . . HMMMM . . . I ESSENTIALLY CUT THIS IN REVERSE SO WHAT IF I CUT EVERYTHING REVERSE??? I CALLED MY FRIEND JODI AND WE BOTH AGREED THAT IT'S A DIFFICULT CONCEPT TO WRAP YOUR BRAIN AROUND WHEN YOU'RE NOT RIGHT THERE SEEING IT AND SHE ALSO HAD ANOTHER GREAT IDEA - LAMINATE THE SAME FABRIC (I DID HAVE THAT PRINT IN UNLAMINATED TOO SINCE I LOVED IT SO MUCH!). IT'S CLOSE TO DONE AND BACKWARDS CUT WORKED OUT FINE. I'M NOT OVERJOYED WITH MY STITCHING JOB ON THE BIAS TAPE IN THE BACK NECK BUT I'M GOING TO GIVE IT ANOTHER ROW FROM THE INSIDE SO I'M SURE I'M CATCHING IT ALL IN AND YOU DON'T SEE THE STITCHING ON THE OUTSIDE ANYWAYS CUZ IT'S UNDER THE COLLAR. I NEED TO HEM IT AND IT CALLED FOR A 1 1/4" HEM AND I USED ONLY 3/4" BECAUSE I FELT IT WAS SHORTER THAN I'D HAVE LIKED. I THOUGHT I'D PUT SOME SIZE 16 PINK SNAPS ON IT BUT I ONLY HAVE 4 AND IT CALLS FOR FIVE SO I THINK I'M GOING TO PUT 5 DIFFERENT COLOR SNAPS ON FROM A COLLECTION OF BRIGHTS - EACH OF THESE COLORS IS IN THE PRINT. I CAN'T DECIDE IF I SHOULD GO THROUGH BOTH LAYERS OF FABRIC OR JUST ONE AND SLAP SOME INTERFACING BEHIND IT FOR ADDED SUPPORT. I'M NOT EVEN SURE WHAT THE DIRECTIONS SUGGEST. I RAN OUT OF THE HOT PINK THREAD I WAS USING SO I'VE GOT TO GET MORE TO FINISH THIS ANYWAYS. FOR NOW, HERE'S YOUR SNEAK PEAK!THE FAMILY DID THE DEERFIELD FAIR AND OUR ONLY REGRET WAS THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE MORE TIME. IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY. MATTY SKIPPED SCHOOL, KIDS LOVED FEEDING THE ANIMALS AND DAVE ENJOYED SITTING ON HIS DREAM (IT'S A $20,000 DREAM?!) HAVE A GREAT WEEK AND I'LL TRY TO GET MY BLOGGING WEEKLY BUT NO PROMISES!

1 comment:

Happy House Quilts said...

ok...so I have to say that I had chemo brain and I just couldn't focus on the backwards reverse cutting fiasco...nor do i use patterns that much...so at a total loss I was...i did suggest you call Karen...i thought that was a good idea as she has a total brain and has sewn from patterns...but anyway...your thread is at my house...glad to contribute to the cause...and get a Hair Quilt™ on that girl...will ya?! hugs, Jodi