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my chair

This is one of a pair of side chairs I purchased off craigslist over the summer. You can read about it here.  This is the before pic:

 I figured they looked easy enough to recover myself, so I finally found some fun fabric and finished the one of the two.  The fabric is from the amazing Australian fabric designers, Umbrella Prints.  It was a total splurge for me when I ordered it a few months ago, so it’s nice that at least one of the chairs is finished and I can see it daily.  I love the print, it’s fun and versatile at the same time.  Someday I’ll make some spiffy patchwork pillows to add to the fun.

[yep, this is me in my chair, I'm that cool]

Things are still pretty bumpy here, I’m starting back full-time at my job this week.  It should be interesting. I wish I didn’t have to, but that’s the way life goes I guess.  I’ve definitely learned a lot in the last couple weeks, more than I ever could have imagined.  Anyway, hope you have a great Monday…

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i am thankful

I know Thanksgiving was yesterday, but I still wanted to write up a list of things I’m thankful for
family, friends, my job, neighbors, my home, my dog, blogging, sewing, my sister-in-laws, and most of all my girls:

[they're posing with some goodies from my friend Jeni, thank you Jeni!]

I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday surrounded by your favorite people. Thank you for reading! And I also want to add a huge thank you to everyone who purchased my patterns during my sale, it brought this little mama tears of joy, thank you.

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thank you and a 2-day sale

Thank you all so much for your sincere and kind emails and comments about my last post.  I really feel uplifted by your thoughts and prayers and knowing I’m not alone in life’s struggles.  I do want you to know that we’re all physically okay and I am so thankful for that.  I have become really aware of how many people really do care about me and my family, it really is amazing.  But for now I’m taking things one day at a time…

I’m sure you’re all planning your Thanksgiving day festivities and maybe even plotting the route to your favorite shops on Friday, but I wanted to have a little pre-holiday sale.  I’ve never done one before, but having some money to pay a few bills would be a relief.  So please stop by and enjoy $2 off any pattern of your choice!

Just use the discount code: holiday2011 at the checkout. 
All done, thanks so much for your support!!
2 days only.  :)  Thank you for your support.
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the post that I never wanted to write

I never wanted to write this post.
Life has taken a complete turnaround in one week, things I didn’t think were possible are now my reality. I could write a novel’s worth of words to explain what is going on, but I won’t, not here, not right now at least.

                                                                      Source: via Karine on Pinterest

I do ask that if you are the praying type of person, please pray for me and my children. And if you’re not, please keep us in your thoughts.

I do also want to add that this blog has been part of my own therapy, and I hope it can continue to be that.

                                                                   Source: via Anna on Pinterest

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simplicity skirt 2226 sew along – day 5

Welcome back for day 5 of the sew along, you can catch up on day 1day 2day 3, day 4 anytime as well. 

Today’s our last work day.  We’ll be finishing the waistband and hemming!  

Finish waistband:

Sew the remaining waistband facing pieces together just like you did the other waistband pieces. This time though you’ll want to finish the bottom curved edge of the waistband.  Use a pinking shears, zig zag stitch, overlock stitch, or I even did a tiny rolled hem on my original skirt.  There really isn’t a wrong way, do what feels right for you.  

* A reader pointed out that I was using a 3/8″ seam allowance on these pieces and she’s correct.  It’s my way of adjusting for a little bit larger fit, so it’s somewhere between a size 6 and 8.  I wasn’t going to mention it, but on this pattern at least, you can make adjustment like that to the waistband and it doesn’t affect how the skirt attaches since it’s gathered.  Hopefully that makes a little bit of sense.  Okay, moving along…

Pin the waistband facing top edge to the top edge of the waistband on the skirt, making sure to align side seam of waistband with that of the waistband facing.  The facing will extend past the back of the skirt on each side, that’s normal.  Simplicity says to move the carriers (belt loops) out of the way so you can topstitch them later, but I chose to sew them into the seam.  You don’t have to, it’s just the way I wanted to make it easier.  So if you want to sew them into the seam, just sandwich them in between the waistband and waistband facing and pin them in place.  Sew.

Next we’ll understitch the waistband facing so it doesn’t end up rolling to the outside of the skirt when you’re wearing it.  Press the seam allowance up towards the facing and sew close to the seam.  

Press the waistband facing to the inside of the skirt.  Tuck in the back edges that are along the zipper so that there are no raw edges. You can finish them in by hand sewing like step 29 in the pattern, but I’m lazy and sewed them down with my machine, I just stitched along the stitch lines that were there from sewing in the zipper.

On the outside of the skirt stitch close to the waistband seam.  That’s it for the waistband unless you chose to leave the belt loops out of the way, if so you’ll topstitch them in place now. You can also sew in the hook/eye, I skipped sewing mine in, but it’s up to you!


Okay, so if you’re ready to finish them hem, I would suggest trying the skirt on to see if you still like the length of the skirt.  You’ll press the bottom edge to the WRONG side by 1/4″ then turn and press again and stitch close to the inner fold, just like in step 34.  You can use a pretty long stitch length if you want.

I wanted to try something new for me, so I did a blind hem on both my skirts.  It’s a little different, but a nice finish. You can follow the directions in your sewing machine’s manual, or there’s a great tutorial here.  

You’re finished!  Thanks for sewing along with me.  If you want there’s already a Simplicity Patterns flickr group for you to add your photos to.  I might also do a linky party possibly this weekend, but maybe next just so everyone has time to finish up.  How does that sound? Let me know if you’d be interested in that.

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