Sewn Lately

Some recent sewn creations include a new apron for myself. I tweaked this one a bit from my usual design with one pocket in the front and thinner strings. The fabric was actually the back of one of the very first quilts I ever made, a good ten or more years ago. It was a simple square patchworked number and had pulled apart at the seams a bit because I hadn’t yet learned enough about preshrinking and different fabric contents. Luckily I only tie quilted it so salvaging the backing fabric was easy.

Another recently completed project is a set of napkins. They started as pillowcases found in a pile of linens my Grandmother gave me many years ago. Since they were a little faded and worn, I had decided to dye them. I remember using a Rit dye in some scarlet red color. Disappointed when they resulted in a dark salmon, I ended up shelving them and there they sat in my stash until just now when I cut and hemmed them into napkins. After all these years, I’m still not in love with the color so I might do some experiments come warmer weather. (Maybe some kind of over-dyeing, stenciling or even sun dyeing?)

I seem to have a love for chambray/denim-look fabric lately because I reached for it again when I decided to make myself a drawstring bag to hold my tarot deck. This particular fabric came from what was left over after I shortened a thrifted dress. To add more interest to the bag, I figured some sashiko embroidery was in order. I had done a little back in 2010 and once again this book came in handy. This particular design is called “nowaki” or “grasses.” (A thank-you shout-out to Sarah for replanting the sashiko bug in me!)

And finally, another sneak peek at some more of the Liesl Made stock I’m working on. Right now I’m perfecting a simple dress. Haven’t decided if I’ll put in an elastic waist or make a fabric belt. (Or both?)

What have you been sewing lately?