Yesterday was a darn productive two hours in my sewing space. My flower sweater embellishing is well on its way to completion so let me share the progress so far.
First I had to decide how to support the embellishments in this knit sweater. It's meant to be worn as a single layer sweater and is such a pale color that I know I will want to wash it more frequently than my previously embellished cardigans. This is a pale medium weight cotton poly knit remnant that I draped around the sweater, hacked off then created a rounded shape which I lightly interfaced. I'll stitch all the flowers to the knit then hand baste it on to the sweater base so I can remove it when washing the sweater.
These first flowers are cut from a half yard of crinkly poly from Joanns in a similar pale pink. I cut five circles in descending sizes, from 3 1/4" in diameter to 1 3/4". I cut 11 sets of circles then curled the edges by holding them above the candle flame. Keep a bowl of water next to you just in case.... Stack the five layers, stitch together and in this case I used some buttons and have pinned them in place on that knit base. I like the look so far.
In a sewing room related question, one of my friends wanted to know about the cutting surfaces in your sewing rooms. I have a large cutting mat that is supported in a piece of plywood that rests on three large old greeting store card storage drawers that I use for pattern storage. The whole thing is mounted on large wheels so I have some flexibility in moving it around my room. Here's how I fancied it up the summer before last: Sewing room makeover I love having a permanent cutting set up and appreciate the space I have for it. As we consider downsizing in our future, that part of my sewing space would be the greatest sacrifice and one that I hope I don't have to make for many years. How do you cut out garments?
Next, more flower variations and a finished project to celebrate being back in Baltimore.