Like I promised last week, here’s a recap of the sewing projects I worked on during our mini-holiday retreat. A few days before we left, I (literally) dusted off my sewing machine and used it for the first time since its purchase. How long have I have this sewing machine? Seven years! BUT to be fair, in those seven years, this sewing machine was in storage all that time during (a) our move to and from overseas, (b) our year and a half in a tiny 500+ sq. ft. apartment, and (c) our move last year to our new house. So now that I have my own study organized — a luxury, I know — I now have space to break out long-overdue sewing projects. And btw, my sewing machine is a Singer “Inspiration” model, which I don’t think it’s in production anymore, but it’s pretty basic and easy to use.
And the timing was perfect to start working on those projects, as I had no other distractions during our mini-retreat, and I recently went through my closet and identified pieces I needed to repair/tailor/hem. While at the cabin, Sam managed to sneak a pic of the sewing station that I had set up (below, left) AND also surprised me while I was on the front porch hand-sewing and taking advantage of the natural light (below, right).
What I worked on was not ground-breaking — mostly rehemming stuff — and I did a LOT of seam-ripping. But you got to start somewhere, right? Also, the background in the “after” pics below showcases the closet doors in my study, where I’ve put up magnetic strips to turn one side into an inspiration board.
I finished off five projects during our time away, including the following:
I scooped up this beautiful, bright floral skirt this past spring, and mentioned in this post about how I thought it was a bit too long. It was a more complicated project than I originally thought to take off one of the scalloped layers, because eShakti clothing is really well made. There are a lot of seams (all of them doubled over!), and in this skirt, the lining is also layered, alternating between the scalloped layers. So I had to rip seams up the sides and back to take off the last scalloped layer, and then cut and hem the last layer of lining. Whew. But it came out great — and much more figure-flattering, imho.
Another eShakti dress — one that garnered your vote for favorite outfit of July! — and one that I also mentioned that I wanted to shorten. So that’s what I did, shortening the length by 3 1/2 inches. This project was more straight-forward, as the bottom of this dress is not lined. And the fabric is a really nice cotton, quite substantial in texture and weight. I doubled over the hem again for a cleaner edge, as seen above.
I gotta say, eShakti clothing is very high-quality (this isn’t a sponsored post — this is just my opinion), but the general eShakti body type feels a bit different from mine, one that is more buxom and more classically feminine and fuller than my own shape. I reviewed this gorgeous purple dress here, in which I mentioned that the top was quite a bit bigger on me, even though I had gone the custom measurements route. The couple of times I’ve worn this dress, including here, I pinned up the straps and made sure to wear something over it so the pins didn’t show. So my project to fix this dress was to shorten the straps. I didn’t want to mess up the bra enclosure detail, as seen above, or the bodice lining, so I just folded the dress straps, sewed a straight line across, and then manually smoothed out and hand-sewed the edges down so that there is as little as possible to notice about the alteration from the outside.
In this post, I had asked for ideas about how to fix this patterned brown tunic. I started out simple, by taking off only the patterned bottom part of the sleeves. Then I hemmed the sleeves back up again, leaving a solid brown elbow-length sleeves. I think the overall effects is much more streamlined, so I’ll keep the sleeves like this for awhile.
So, if you’ve been keeping count, the running total so far is four, but I finished five projects total. Where’s the fifth one? It was a spur-of-the-moment project that — SURPRISE! — I will feature more in-depth tomorrow! See y’all then! 🙂
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