Sunday, May 30, 2010
Or "Pick and choose", "Hunt & Gather". I had a few names going for this post.
Either way~ I thought I'd show-the process of choosing the fabrics and embellishments for my pouches and things. I wrote another post about it here.
I like laying out the fabrics, buttons, trims zippers linings etc. to see what works and what doesn't, color wise especially, before I start sewing.
Usually I'm much more spontaneous cutting and stitching away happily as I go, but I've got a lot of half finished projects around here, I only noticed halfway through that they didn't have enough lining fabric, right color thread, buttons, zipper length and so forth... Now I try and lay things out and make sure I have all of the elements before I start. A plan!
This is also a good way to save time. For instance: trying out the zipper before you sew. This one started with an intended magenta zipper, however, after ironing it flat, I noticed that it was malfunctioning about 2/3 of the way down. It wouldn't open past a kink in the teeth :o
So I swapped it out with a green one I'm equally, if not more, happy with. A happy accident.
I throw all of the things I'm planning on using together in a 'pile' and see if they work-trading things (in and) out until I'm happy with color combos etc.
Step #2: Admire how well they look together and stop work in process (distraction) to go out and take a photo, lol : )
Step #3: Swap out malfunctioning zipper...and get back to work!
Here it is finished...It's now in the shop.
This week, Thursday, midnight, or very early Friday, I will put the shop in vacation mode until around June 19th. Anything bought this week will be shipped out on or before Saturday. After the 19th I expect to get back in working order and on my regular shipping schedule (within 2~3 days of purchase).