Monday, July 26, 2010
This spring, my three sisters came for a week of sewing, talking, laughing and having some fun. We have all had some health issues in the last few years so we dubbed the week TBASSS (The Broke Ass Sisters Sewing Soiree). We had a wonderful week!
I have a Husqvarna Designer 1, a Janome Serger, and an Industrial machine for uphostery. I love them all!
These pictures were taken before I re-did the chair.
That is, all of them but this last one. I took it this morning. My husband has his "man cave".... I have my 'girlie grotto'...
Saturday, July 24, 2010
It took me almost 2 months to remove the old fabric! They must have used a hundred pounds of staples in just one arm! If anyone has a faster or easier way to remove upholstery staples, I would sure love to hear about it. I used a hammer, a screwdriver and pliers. Needless to say, I am not anxious to start on the second chair. Here is how the first one turned out:
I loved the colors in the fabric. We have a salvage fabric store where I live and most of their inventory is upholstery fabric. I got this for $5 a yard.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Cut a V shape in the center through both layers like this. I tried it on an old pair to get an idea of how big to cut the opening. The back of the panties becomes the front of the bra.Fold down the center and cut a little extra from the front. I like to make the neckline a little rounder. Then cut a strip of stretch Lycra or elastic a few inches shorter than the neck opening.
Sew the lycra toghether at the short end like so:
Then fold it in half to make a folded ring like this:
Pin the seam to the back center of the bra. I pin the center of the strip to the center of the neck opening to make sure it is even on both sides. Sew the lycra to the neck opening on the right side of the fabric, stretching the lycra as you go
I used the lycra just because I had some that almost matched and wanted to see how it would work out. I actually like using elastic a little better. If you use elastic, sew it to the wrong side of the fabric (stretching it as you go)
Turn the elastic under and top stitch, always remember to stretch as you stitch! I use a decorative stitch, but a simple zigzag works just fine!