Thursday, July 1, 2010

Ruffles - Finally!

I have several different projects that are 'Under Construction' right now but haven't completed yet. So, today I decided to start another one : )

I've been thinking & thinking about what to do with my other $1 fabric samples. I know I said I wanted to make pouches out of them but I'm not quite ready to tackle another zipper *lol*. I've been pouring over all of the inspiring ideas you all have been putting out there and when I got to Ucreate's post Wednesday *check it out here* I knew it was finally time for me to board the Ruffle.Camera.Strap bandwagon!!  I'm sorta late to the party but now I had my mission.  I studied this great tutorial *here* and was anxious to get started right away... so I disregarded the step where I disassemble a strap, and the part where I use fusible interfacing *cuz I didn't have any* and decided to just sew it right on my existing strap instead.

I knew just the fabric I wanted to use!

Isn't it yummy?  It's linen and flocked or smocked or something - I call it fuzzy *somebody educate me here please!*.  Before it was discontinued, it retailed for $44.99/yd!!  I got the 17" X 17" sample PLUS 3 smaller color swatches for $1.  Well, I thought it was just perfect for this project!  And I was finally getting my ruffle, too : )  *contented sigh*

Since I only had a fabric sample I was going to have to sew some extra seams to achieve my lengths - I certainly did not have 46" to sew one continuous ruffle.  And upon sewing my first ruffle segment I realized I was losing all of the pattern.  What a shame!  At least I'll always have the before pictures : )  

I wanted to add a flower to my strap but this fabric was too heavy to make into a yo yo flower.  The black window sheer that I had used for my wristlet was too light.  I still had about 1/3 of the sample left so I did this instead:

Now I know that the center of this flower looks suspiciously similar to the one on the wristlet but I promise you it's actually this detail on the cream sample.  (the poofy looking thing)

Of course no one will ever know that but me *and now you* and that's enough for me!  I don't want to become known as the Fray Freak so I'm backing off fraying for a while after this. : )

My camera definitely deserves the ruffled treatment because she provides all the pretty pictures that hold your attention here at my little blog *the poor angles and lighting are all me, however*.  I love the way the linen feels on my neck. You can still see some of the lovely fabric detail if you look on the back.   And I finally have my ruffles; although I hadn't really envisioned that they would go around the BACK of my neck and not the front of my shirt or on a cute purse but hey! I'm good with that!!
One word of caution: if you get carried away thinking about what you're going to say in a post while you're supposed to be focusing on sewing, you're going to need the seam ripper A LOT!  One of these days it'll be just a bench warmer and not get sooooo much game time!!  Grrrrrrr

Well, I guess I can cross this project off my list 'cuz I actually completed it!!  So - Yay!  I also think I need to walk away from the sewing machine because it's driving me crazy!  I wish I was a better seamstress!  The weather has really cooled off here so I should probably take this opportunity to go outside and finish some of my paint projects...

I hope you all enjoy a wonderful *and safe* Fourth of July!!


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Karen Mortensen said...

I love it. Good job.

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Love it!! The ruffles are super fabulous!

Char @ Crap I've Made said...

I turned out awesome! I love the flower! Thanks for playing along (even if you were a *little* late....ha!).

Kari @ Ucreate said...

ADORABLE!!! Everthing about it looks amazing! Thanks so much for hopping on board and playing with us!

Neccie's Creations said...

I love this camrea strap. I am going to have to try my hand at this. Thanks for sharing the process.

Katie said...

I LOVE the flower you made! So cute!

Thanks for the comment on my picture editing. I love seeing the before and afters because I thought the pictures were ok the first time. :)

daniii♥ said...

That's gorgeous! Have a great weekend!

(visiting from nff)

KyAnn (like Cayenne Pepper, only HOTTER) said...

Found you on Friday Follow. Great Blog! I'm your newest follower.


Carrie said...

Oh, my, gosh I LOVE IT!

Ott, A. said...

This is too cute. If only I were more crafty, I would totally do this. And I think your flower is way cuter than a yo yo flower. Very impressive.

Apron Senorita said...

We must have similar projects. I have several sewing projects to work on. I love your flowers!

Hi, I’m Yoli from Apron Senorita. I come through Follow Friday 40 and Over. It’s so nice to meet you and I wish you a happy July 4th holiday.


Mary said...

People who can sew and create neat things fascinate me!
Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment!

Melissa Miller said...

Very pretty Emily! Great job on the fabric choices too.

Thank you so much for your kind words my haircut and weight loss. You're the best sweet friend.

Happy 4th! ~Melissa :)

Lisa said...

It's so pretty! Love the texture and fabric choice!

Daphne said...

Great job! I just wanted to stop by and say I hope you had a great 4th!!! :)

Crystal said...

Super cute! I love the fabric and the flower is perfect. Oh I wish I had a nice camera so I would need one of these.
I'll be featuring this tomorrow!