More unselfish sewing and some fabric shopping

Well aren’t I the saint of sewing for others?! This time I’ve recovered some new cushions on our new/old, inherited lounge that sits in the kids play room.

Just to recap – this is the 1930’s/40’s lounge as it came with old 70’s velour/velvet cushions.

And now, with new foam, cut slightly higher to increase comfort on the lounge, and covered in light teal upholstery fabric.

The teal colour is more muted in real life – not sure what the sunlight is doing in this room this morning.

This project came together amazingly quickly. I picked up the fabric at 2pm Tuesday and was finished by 10 pm. Rather than cut every side of each cushion, I used one piece of fabric and wrapped it with just side seams and gussets at the front and back corners. I don’t normally re-upholster in this way, but this is how the previous cushions were covered and I like the rolled front of each cushion that isn’t interrupted with seam lines.

Such a satisfying project and now I don’t have to worry about draping old sheets and quilts over the quite old, manky original cushions.

In other news, yesterday I headed out fabric shopping with no kids!!

Naturally, I went to Tessuti and spent the most money there. I went with the intention to buy cetain items, but ended up walking away with a few happy surprises.

Pictured on the left, you can see some of this swimwear lycra, which I intend to make in to a Oh Lu Lu swimsuit with black panels on the side (black purchased from The Remnant Warehouse). This will be my first go at swimwear. I do have a practice run planned, so hopefully it will work.

I purchased some lovely, lovely, lovely, Japanese embroidered rayon (pictured middle). I originally spied this fabric way back in May 2012, but couldn’t see how to place the dots until Lisa and Rachel used it. Naturally, when I stumbled upon it I couldn’t not buy it. I’m thinking I’ll make a shift, as I totally adore my recent Vogue 1349.

I also purchased some cotton/poly blend suit/pant weight fabric (pictured right) that I just love! It has the most amazing sheen that I think would look awesome as an unstructured jacket – like Simplicity 2250 or the By Hand Victoria Blazer (which I don’t own and would be an additional expense). This was my major impulse buy from the day, but I just love, love, love it – so hopefully it works as a finished item!! Any ideas for a less structured, less formal jacket pattern?

From the remnant table at Tessuti, I picked up some black linen which hopefully will be part of Butterick 5881. Lastly, I also swung by the Remnant Warehouse for swimsuit lining and elastic, as well as some drapey poly fabric to trial making some drapey pants, possibly the Tessuti Suzy pant.

So many plans and only 12 more days till school goes back!!

  • Oh how exciting for you! I will be watching with interest to see your swimsuit made up as that is the exact fabric I've been eyeing off on the Tessuti website and the pattern you've chosen looks like my style as well. Happy sewing.

  • You picked up some lovely fabrics and a very good job on recovering the lounge cushions as well. Cute swimsuit pattern and it will look fabulous in your fabric.

  • Love your purchases! I attempted the Ohh Lu Lu swimsuit as a bikini. It was a fail but I will go back and try the one piece. Not sure what I was thinking! Love that print.

  • The lounge suite looks terrific! You are on a roll!

  • Great fabric shopping. Your swimsuit will look great.

  • What fabulous fabric finds – great sewing times ahead.

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