Sewing Straw

This is my latest “hat.” Again, it’s really tiny, but I was really just practicing the stitching.

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Under normal circumstances, I would never purposely do anything as heinous as stitching an orange hat with white thread, but it helps me to see the neatness or messiness of the stitching.

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As you can see from those tiny loops, I had some problems with the thread at the tip. For me, that’s the most difficult part of making a straw hat because you’re trying to sew a tiny (in this case 1/4″) piece of straw into a spiral shape without sewing over your finger.  I’ll be practicing this a LOT.

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But overall, I’m pretty happy with my progress. When I get my machine back from my friend’s garage, I’ll be able to put in a lot more practice hours.

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And did you notice that luxurious white leather backdrop? Well I it bought to make an envelope clutch. By the time you read this, it will be cut and perhaps finished. I’m still deciding whether to sew or glue it together. I like the idea of a sewn clutch, but I don’t have the thread I need (that would be #69 for those of you interested in sewing leather.) I’m pretty sure I have the glue I need (that would be Petronio’s). The downside is I think a glued purse looks less polished. I also need to figure out how to do the closure. I’m leaning toward something like the one on the right in this picture I found on Pinterest.

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I like it because it’s clean and simple – and I don’t have any hardware on hand except magnetic snaps. I’ll be sure to take pictures for a future post.

xoxo,

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Corset Top Progress

I have to admit, when I started this new top I thought it would be finished by now. I completed the first panel with record speed and figured the rest would done just as quickly. Well, I was wrong.

On the plus side, I’m almost halfway done. Here’s what I have so far. (Grass and flowers courtesy of The Brooklyn Botanic Garden.)

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The pictures were rushed because I was trying to dodge the security guard. Long story.

Anyway, now I just need to do the back, stitch it all together and do the binding. My new goal is to finish by mid-month – or Memorial Day at the latest.

xoxo,

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