Sewing Straw

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


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.


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.


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.


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.

Leather Wrap

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.


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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.)

Full Closeup


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.


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