Living Room Décor: My Pillow Project in Context

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

D = Decorating

My love of decorating is not only what made me want to learn to sew, but also the reason a throw pillow was my first project. But other than a lone photo at the end of my simple pillow tutorial post, the project hasn’t been seen in the context of its surrounding décor. This post is going to remedy that.

The pillow has a plum background that happens to go very well with the many purple accessories in my living room, and I also love how the color works with the rest of the palette — namely, turquoise and cream.

 This is the pillow up close…

This is the pillow as it looks within my living room. As you can see, my little chihuahua, Buttercup, likes to lounge on the blanket on top of the sofa…

Here’s more eye candy showing the space from another point of view, along with up-close looks at the purple décor around the room…




I live in an apartment, so there’s not anything I can do about the typical beige carpet, but I’m very pleased with how the rest of the space has evolved. I also can’t wait to see how having a sewing machine continues to help in my decorating endeavors!

Sewing Project Complete! Apron Reveal…

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

A = Apron

Wonderful news, everyone: I finished sewing my apron.

But before I show pictures, I want to explain the A = Apron. I’ve decided to be brave and participate in the Blogging from A to Z April challenge. Essentially, this April I’ll be doing a post for each letter of the alphabet, which means there will be a whopping 26 posts on Sew Alluring this month — one every day except for the upcoming Sundays of the month. It’ll be difficult for sure, but I think (and hope!) I can handle it.

Now on to the really exciting part — at long last, I have finished sewing my cute apron! I’m really pleased with how it turned out. Not only does it fit me, but it also has two cute sides to choose from since it’s reversible. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so take a look…




What do you think?

Apron Progress: Bringing It All Together

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

I’m feeling much better now and happily have made A LOT more progress on my apron. I definitely surpassed my goal of pinning the two sides together, but let’s start there.

Since my apron is going to be reversible, I decided to sew it inside out. So I placed the chocolate brown piece right side up on my cutting board and made sure the ties were securely in the middle. Then I placed the turquoise piece on top of it, lined up the sides and started pinning.

My mom offered some great advice for this step: Rather than starting at one spot and placing pins side by side from there, start by pinning the corners together, then pin the middle of these areas so the fabric doesn’t move around while pinning, and the sides stay lined up correctly. The method worked really well…


Next came the actual sewing, which went pretty smoothly. I left an opening where I could turn the apron to have the correct sides out.

For the sake of full disclosure, I will admit that when I turned the apron right sides out, I noticed one stitch had caught the very end of one of the ties. No big deal, though — I just clipped the thread from that stitch and went back to the machine to reinforce the seam there.

Naturally I checked out how the apron was going to look by holding it up in front of a mirror, and this is where a complication arose. Even though my mom and I had taken in the pattern so it would fit me (the pattern’s smallest size is an 8-10, while I wear a size 0-2), the flounce looked a little funny in the back because it wrapped all the way around me with the two ends overlapping.

So I called my mom, and we came up with a simple plan for taking it in. I decided to carry the seams of the sides straight down, starting with the edge where the waist ties were sewn in and ending at the bottom of the flounce. This only took a few minutes. I just drew a line with a ballpoint pen where I wanted to take in the flounce and sewed over the line with the machine. Easy peasy.


Now all that’s left to do are some finishing touches and sewing the opening together — and then, of course, the big apron reveal!

On the edge of your seat about seeing how this cute apron will turn out? In the meantime you can check out the sewing projects I’ve already completed. Enjoy!

Apron Progress: Ironing Seams

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

This post is going to be short and sweet because I’ve been feeling pretty under the weather the last couple days.

I know it’s been a while since I did an apron progress post, so I wanted to show that I am still working on the apron as I have time, and I’m actually nearing the finish line.

If you recall, the last thing I had done on my cute apron project was sew the flounce, which was a pretty big deal! This is miniscule by comparison, but an important step nonetheless. On Sunday night, I broke out the ironing board and ironed down the seam of the flounce so the extra fabric now lies flatly toward the top of the apron.

I did this for both sides since the apron will be reversible. My plan was then to pin together the two sides inside out on Monday night so I could begin sewing, but I had trouble doing anything other than lying on the sofa and trying without much success to feel comfortable despite my flu-like symptoms.

My new goal is to get the two sides pinned this weekend (and maybe even get them sewn together)!

Apron Progress: I Conquered the Flounce!

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

You guys, this is my proudest sewing moment yet: I have conquered the flounce on my apron — twice!

Essentially, this flounce was difficult to sew because I had to bring together curved edges that have different curvatures. For the flounce, as the pattern called for, I did staystitch along the top edge before pinning it to the bottom of the front apron piece.

But then I deviated from the pattern’s instructions by pinning the two edges together without cutting little slits along the top of the flounce (an endeavor that proved tricky but doable).


Once pinned, I went to sew the front and flounce pieces together on the machine, taking my time and being as careful as possible to keep the fabric flat where I was stitching and to make sure the fabric didn’t bunch up as I was sewing. I performed this careful operation twice since my apron is going to be reversible, leaving me with two fancy flounces and double the sense of accomplishment!

While I was on a roll, I also sewed the ties to one side.

This cute apron is starting to take shape!

Note: I updated this post with the word “flounce” rather than “ruffle” because I just learned flounce is the more accurate sewing term. Thanks to the redditor who pointed this out to me!