Saturday, May 3, 2008

Read the Instructions

It's been a busy weekend so far, and tomorrow we're off to Clunes to check out Booktown.
I'm hoping to find some interesting vintage books.....
In other news, I've started making another Mirabel Softie. I've never been able to sew stretch fabrics and I have always tried to avoid buying them thinking that I was doomed if I ever tried! But ages ago, for some unknown reason, I actually found some really weird silver stretchy material in one of the remnant bins at Spotlight and bought it!
I found it yesterday afternoon and had a brainwave about making a spacey / astronautey softie. So I did a quick sketch, made a paper pattern (if you can call it that) and cut it out of the stretchy silver stuff. Then I remembered that while I was perusing the instruction manual of my sewing machine earlier in the week (while swearing and making buttonholes), there was a section on sewing stretch fabric. So for the second time in 3 years, I read a page from the instruction's quite amazing what you can learn from an instruction manual.....for all of these years I had no idea what the S.S. setting on my machine was for. Now I know it means STRETCH STITCH! And guess what? I sewed the 2 pieces of stretchy silver fabric together with no problems! I am still in shock.....
Anyway, I decided to give my spacey / astronautey softie some ears because he was looking a little bland, and he ended up looking like a rabbit. Mr CurlyPops thinks he looks like a rabbit at a rave party.
I haven't quite finished yet.....Now that he looks like a rabbit, I thought I would make it look like he was actually supposed to be a rabbit all along. I was making him a pom pom tail but I had a disaster and the pom pom fell apart so I came up with a different solution. I'm just waiting for the glue to dry and then I can stuff him full of polyfill, stitch up the side, and send him off merrily on his way to Mikes!
Oh, and I almost forgot, the moral of the story is READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!


one little acorn said...

Congratulations on your latest sewing endeavors. Yes, it's amazing what you can learn if only you remember to read the instructions.
Booktown looks great - wish I could do a trip there too, but I already have plans. Have fun!

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Can't wait to see him! Have a great time in Clunes, I think that's where my cousins and uncle have moved to... If I'm right, my cousins are now running the pub there...

Jodie said...

Your softie , previous post looks great. I avoid stretchy fabrics too but they are great for softies. Must add mirabel softie to my lists.

Danielle said...

As a newbie to the sewing game, stretch fabrics are way too advanced for me. Well done for mastering it. Looking forward to seeing your Rabbit Space-Guy.