I was going to say “I’m a sewer now”* but that could go two ways…
Anyway, I recently completed my first project with the sewing machine I got for my birthday! I’ve been wanting to replace the duvet cover in the master bedroom for a while and I found this great tutorial that suggested making a reversible one and made it sound so easy!
In theory, it is easy; it’s just a giant pillowcase and a bunch of straight seam. In reality, I was wrangling 13 yards of 54” wide fabric and sewing straight seams is one thing: washing, ironing, measuring, cutting, and pinning 39 feet of 54” wide fabric is entirely another!
Here’s what the fabric looked like at the beginning: (it doesn’t look like that much piled up on the floor but trust me, it was!)
Voila! You can see something in the first photo that continued to be a problem as the project went on, although it did get better: I would measure and measure and used a cutting mat, rotary cutter, and clear ruler, but when I went to pin and sew, the edges just wouldn’t match up! Any veteran sewers(there must be a more clear word) have any advice?
I think this is when I had stitched together the three panels of the striped side. All that measuring and cutting and pinning and sewing took a great deal of time and effort.
Before I stitched the striped and flowered sides together, I made the buttonholes and attached the buttons! That was kind of fun. Although I accidentally ended up with 13 buttonholes and 12 buttons. Oops. “Who’s to know, who’s to know?”
All done! I worked on this for about 14 hours on Labor Day (fitting)–the perfect rainy day project– and then a few hours a day the rest of the week. Tackling such a big(in size if not complexity) project feels great and I feel like I can do anything now! I don’t know what that will be though.