Social Media Caterpillar in the Sewing World

Well folks, I’ve been dipping ever-so-slowly into the world of social media, but I’ve not arrived at the butterfly stage just yet.

Facebook – check
Twitter – check
Instagram – check

Mastery of same – check, no check, no check. Curses.

Regarding Twitter [@jen_davismiller] and Instagram [ffynant], I’m still a caterpillar. So for those of you who have joined my sites, thank you, and my apologies for sporadic posts and unanswered (and unseen!) comments. I’m still working on it, and I’ve noticed something. It appears one has to use them regularly to learn them.

Did you see the light bulb moment coming? Learning anything is a little like mastering sewing, isn’t it? I’ve been hesitant with my sewing, in part because of reluctance to sew for my uncooperative waistline, and in part perhaps because of a reluctance to fail. But I must soldier on!

So I have begun two sewing projects;

What do you see in these swatches?

What can you see in these swatches?

they’re not garments but something simple, fun and guaranteed to give me a needed kick in the pants boost. I think you’ll like them.

And I’ll be posting them all throughout CyberVille! Surely my butterfly status is just around the corner.

The Not-So-Humble, Dual-Personality Apron

The apron project is finished! But before we can begin, the first order of business is to apologize for the photograph quality. I will blame it all on the heat. The blurriness, the washed out color, and my “it’s-too-hot-to-care” hairdo compensated with red lipstick – all due to the summer that refuses to end.

Okay then, here we go.

The Maria Wrap Apron pattern I found on Etsy, by way of Pinterest. I ordered the downloadable pdf and was all set. It seemed straightforward enough, to make a reversible cross-back apron, right? Just make two and stitch them together. Well, not so fast. I knew I’d need help with this and Sharon, creator of Maven Patterns, was kind enough to create a tutorial for a reversible version.

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My plan was to have black (or charcoal) linen on one side reversing to black/white dots on the other. This is what I ended up with – navy linen, and coral ground with blue birds. Not quite my original plan, but so much better!


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So I took my husband to the fabric store…..

No pictures of him, as his 2-1/2 hour excursion was painful enough. But, it was a most interesting time for both of us.

His observations:

1. They have foam! 5-inch foam for me to make new cushions for the porch chairs. He put a piece on the floor and sat upon it. Not quite thick enough, so he added a 1″ section on top, and at which point he determined that we had the proper combination. And he was thoroughly impressed with the rolls and rolls (and rolls) of outdoor fabric to make said covers. (Oh my, how in the world to put a zipper in this big thing???)


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We have fabric stash!

Timeless Treasures Fabrics - Rain

Timeless Treasures Fabrics – Rain

Fabric “stash” might be a bit overstated as it amounts to one meager piece, but it is fabric after all, and I’m not finished with my shopping just yet (I’ll be begging for your help with that later in this post). The fabric shops near me specialize in quilting, and mostly offer cotton choices, which is just what I need for ease of sewing and confidence building.

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