my new sewing cabinet came with a lovely matching bench with a lid that lifts off to provide extra storage. the problem is that it‘s way ugly.
not only is the color hideous, but it also has a weird plasticky feel. i have no idea what it‘s made from. in any case, i knew i was going to cover it, & i decided to make some hexagons from various scrap fabrics, just to see how i felt about sewing hexagons.
much better! i guess this photo makes it look pretty loud, but it‘s such a small piece of furniture, i really feel it just brightens things up rather than overwhelming the eye.
i already wrote a lot about the construction in my last post…such as it is, anyway. i mean, i just sewed a bunch of hexagons together, gave it a pretty basic hem, & stapled it to the underside of the bench with a staple gun. i bought the staple gun this morning, which involved taking ramona to the hardware store. that was fun. nothing like taking your two-year-old to a giant dusty building full of loose nails & saws. (our local hardware store is over one hundred years old, & really looks it.) there was also a dog there for some reason. it was giant & elderly, but ramona was all, “puppy! i want to pet the puppy!” luckily, it was also pretty friendly.
now that i have a staple gun, i can also get moving on the giant pressing board. for a minute, i thought about piecing hexagons to make the cover for that too, but…nope. i really want the pressing board to be a quick & easy project, & piecing hexagons is a real time commitment. i’m still daydreaming about making a grandmother’s flower garden quilt, but it would have to be something i work on gradually, with the hope of maybe finishing it in 2016. if i’m lucky.
i thought about starting a new sewing project today…i’ve had a dress pattern & a few yards of catnap print fabric that a friend sent me for christmas sitting out, waiting to be cut, for weeks now. i’m just dragging my heels because i don’t want to make a muslin but i know i don’t really have a choice if i want to come away with a wearable garment. it‘s time for me to bite the bullet & learn how to do an FBA (full bust adjustment). i’ve just been fudging it because i’ve been scared to cut apart my pattern pieces, but…let‘s be real. there’s a seven-inch difference between my high bust measurement & my full bust measurement. (it might be worth mentioning that i lost twelve pounds while i had pneumonia. all my measurements except the full bust are smaller now. there probably wasn’t such a large discrepancy between high bust & full bust before.) once i master the FBA, i bet i will enjoy my self-made clothes a lot more.
but instead of sewing, i read “the new yorker” cover to cover while ramona napped. i was just tuckered out because we’re trying to get ramona into the idea of potty training, & that involves sitting next to her & reading her books for literally an hour at a time to convince her to sit on her potty. by the time she was asleep, i just needed to collapse for a while.
in other ramona news, today she sang her own version of the alphabet song: “A B C D E F G, H I J K elephant bat!” elephant bat instead of L M N O P! there was a weird genius to it.
& in a follow-up to the question of how we’re going to resolve the computer charger/iron issue…we actually already have an adapter with multiple outlets. my charger used to be plugged into that, but one time i moved the charger into the bedroom so i could watch netflix in bed, & then i was too lazy to plug it back into the adapter (which is stored inside one of those plastic boxes designed to hide all your unsightly cords & outlets, meaning there’s a whole lid that has to be taken off, etc etc….ugh, so much work!). so everyone that suggested that: you under-estimated our collective laziness. sorry!