Moonridge Clothes 2

I finished hemming the bermuda shorts today. My work schedule of late has me working in the evenings so I have only a few hours in the morning to sew and tend to all the other daily stuff of life. I cut it pretty close finishing the alterations on my Moonridge outfit since our trip is tomorrow.

Here is a fuzzy picture of me modeling it. The blouse is still a big snug but it is wearable. I like this blouse so much that I’ll just take it as more motivation to keep losing the weight until it fits perfectly.
 
Hmmm….Now I just have to figure out why the camera focused on the mirror and not on my image

Moonridge Clothes

We’re getting ready to go on our yearly trip to Big Bear Lake next Saturday. In preparation I did some shopping at my favorite store, Ross, to look for a few summery items to wear. I found a few things but as usual for me, they need a few adjustments. So now I get to do a few (hopefully quick) alterations to complete my trip wardrobe.

We are going to Moonridge Animal Park in Big Bear so the attire is definitely casual, shorts, cool blouse and sun hat will do. But in the evening we will probably head to a nice restaurant and I wanted something, still cool and casual but a little nicer.

I found the perfect thing at Ross, a pair of long black shorts in a dressy fabric. I guess they could be called bermudas.
Unfortunately with my short legs the shorts look like they were going for capri length and didn’t quite make it. I have to take about two inches off the length to get it above my knee.
Also needing a few tweaks is this cool shell. I loved this blouse the moment I saw it, unfortunately I only found one in size medium. Some mediums fit me, this one was right on the edge. I decided to buy it thinking that hopefully it might fit me soon. I’ve been losing weight ever so slowly, so I have hopes for a lot of slightly small items in my closet, what’s one more.

When I got it home I noticed that by letting out a small bit in the back darts and lowering the points of the front darts I could probably get it to fit well enough for use at Moonridge. I set right to it.

Previous Slipcover Work - Part III

In May, a few weeks after my previous burst of work, I started on the final stage of the slipcover, putting the skirt on.

I ended up not using the pattern piece I made for this. I just cut long strips of material based on the dimensions of the skirt I wanted. I measured out the distance from the point on the sofa where the skirt attaches to it, to the floor. Then I measured the lengths for the front, back and side sections of the sofa.
I left material in the pieces for a good sized hem and seam allowance for the top and then calculated the extra length to include deep pleats. For the front and back sections I planned a center pleat as well as corner pleats.
Once this was done I pressed and pinned the hem up on all the sections and for the front and back pieces formed the center pleats, pressed them and stitched them in place across the top. I then started pinning the sections to the slipcover.
It was fairly easy task to end up with four sections with markings for the four corner pleats that would fit perfectly to the body of the slipcover. I removed the pins holding it to the main body carefully so as not to dislodge any of the pins marking the corner fold backs.

I took the whole skirt shebang back to the sewing room to put it all together. I attached the four pieces to each other at the corners with small seams that came down only an inch from the top of the skirt. With the pieces all attached to each other I could now mark and press the corner pleats in place. I left enough material in the fold back section of the pleats for 4 inch deep pleats, two inches on each side of the pleat. I then cut and attached a pleat facing to finish things off. With all the facings in place and all edges serged and hems marked I ironed everything to make sure that all the pleats lay flat. I attached the trim to the skirt top and then I was ready for the final step, attaching it to the slipcover. Things went off without a hitch. I pinned everthing together making sure the pleats were all at the right places and sewed it up!

Fortunately somewhere along the making and fitting of the slipcover I decided I wouldn’t need to leave a zipper or button opening. It needs a bit of strategy to get it on the sofa but it goes on fairly easily once the key areas are in place.

So now we’re at the spot I came in before, with only the cushions left to do. What a workout for my memory, I’m glad I took pictures along the way!

Previous Slipcover Work - Part II

From the previous point in the project it took me a year to come back to it. I resumed work on the slipcover in April of this year. :-)

I dug out my muslim pattern pieces and tried to remember what the different pieces were. Fortunately I did do a good job of marking them so I was able to figure out what everything was. I started planning my cutting by placing the pattern pieces on the fabric.
I sewed the pieces together as I cut them and pretty soon I had the back cushions and one armrest completely sewn up. I had purchased a few bundles of a coral pink trim at the same discount store that I bought the fabric at. I had no idea how much I would need so I just bought all I could find in the same color. It was also super discounted so I stocked up.
I put trim down the center back seam and used it to edge the front of the armrests. Ultimately the only other places that I put the trim on was on the two side gusset pieces and on the top of the skirt piece which goes all around the sofa. I had bunches of the trim left.
I think the trimming added a great touch. Here is a closer look at the armrest. At the top right, if you look close, you can see the trimming on the gusset piece.
Here I am measuring out a strip of fabric right on the couch to make the piece that covers the front board. If this had been a regular sofa as opposed to a sleeper, this piece would have covered the whole seat area.
I did a lot of pin fitting as I sewed the parts together. I’m sold on this technique. I think it saves a lot of time in the long run, though it is a bit tedious.
I had fun finally seeing the slipcover starting to take shape.

Previous Slipcover Work - Part I

I had promised to go back and try to detail my earlier work on the sofa slipcover. So here is an overview of what went before the cushions.

Back in April of last year I was having family over for dinner and thought that the sofa looked too shabby for company. We’ve had this foldout sofa for years and in a previous house it was situated next to a sunny window. It was a favorite spot for the cats to lay along the back and alternately snooze and gaze out the window. The result of all this cat love and sun damage were torn and faded spots along the top. The sofa was a perfect candidate for a slipcover.

Nudged into action by the thought of house guests I took out my sofa patterns and studied them for ideas on how to proceed. I already had about 30 yards of a very nice floral home decorator Waverly fabric. I had found it at Fabric, Laces and Trims where it was sold to me by the pound! This store carries lots of remnants and seconds quality fabrics and trims. The fabric had obvious printing defects but most of it was in good shape. I immediately thought of using it for making a slipcover. I believe I got the whole thing for about $15.00. Of course, it sat in my sewing room for many years, but I always knew that some day I would try it.

Well, I never did get it done in time for the family dinner, but I made a start back then and finally a full year later finished it off in about two months.

This is what the sofa looked like at the start.

 
I used McCalls pattern #3278 to guide me. It has a great explanation on all the basic techniques needed to take measurements of the couch, construct your muslin pattern, pin fit it to your couch and mark it up for sewing together.

 

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With my measurements done I started laying sections of muslin on the couch and smoothing them down.
I followed the instructions on pinning the muslin to the couch.
As each section was pinned and fitted I would make marks on it indicating seam lines, gathers or center points, anything that would help me later in sewing it together. Then I would cut around the piece edges leaving ample seam allowances.
In this way I ended up with the whole couch covered with cut out pattern pieces. This was a good time to mark match points on adjoining pieces. I also labeled the different sections (left front, right gusset, etc) which aside from the obvious would remind me which side was the right side of the pattern.
From start to finish the pattern making took me about two days. Not bad, I wish I would have been as diligent doing the rest of it.

The Sofa is Done!

I finally had a chance to finish the last cushion. Earlier in the week I bought some twist pins so I could use them to secure the slipcover in place. It looks pretty good for my first attempt at slipcovering anything. Here I am feeling proud of myself.

I guess DH was glad to have it finished too. I went away for just a minute and when I came back my spot was taken.