Posts Tagged ‘ print ’

Pillows by me

wide array of pillows

One, two, three, four, five. Three 20-inchers, one 17-inch square and one 16-by-17.

Sewed three sides around, sewed just around the corners edging the fourth side and closed them up by hand. Coworker commissioned them for $$$ to throw on her chocolate sofa.

Hope she loves them. I almost kept the green one.

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Lousy zippers

I’m stuck on zippers. Can’t sew them in right, want something more substantial than a hand pick.

So I can’t finish this guy. Look at that (Markham thrift) dress! POCKETS!

mccalls 4270 drawing

purple flower print fabric closeup

purple flower print layout

There’s the layout. See the piece on the left with the rounded top? That’s a POCKET.

purple flower print layout

Dresses are usually so useless when it comes to pockets. So I get super excited when they come with.

Until I get the right zipper foot, I have a front, a back and straps all ready to go. I even cut the front neckline a little squarer than the sweetheart it already has.

Zippers…

Sneak peek

Buttons and print are completely goofy. Fabric won’t wrinkle. Not too fussy for work. 

I think I’m going to keep this one. 

dress-red-print

But only after I make it fit me better.

Then I’ll show off the whole thing.

Special delivery

We made invitations to look like news.

Invite

Invite front

Used these seal and send invites bought from LCI paper. They fold up nicely into a small packet that’s self contained.

And has a detachable postcard at the bottom that works suitably for a reply card (my mother won that debate).

Invite-response card front

Invite-response card

It was the closest we could pull off to these AMAZING invitations I found at Tugboat Printshop on Flickr. We’re writers, not printers, so we had to cheat a little bit. Also, no envelopes and no extra paper waste (think: those awful little tissue paper inserts).

Ecru paper looks old since we’re both newspaper reporters getting married in an old Philadelphia newspaper building. Used some story text from Bruno Mancari’s murder trial where we met, to add some gray texture to the front.

Invite-address box

And the story chosen recounts the outburst in open court of a witness’ wife who shrieks before the judge and jury that her husband (who now has taken the fifth amendment and reneged on his deal with the state) still! has! a! deal!

Lesson learned: Stand by your husband, even when he’s accused of burying a hammer in some poor slob’s brain. ESPECIALLY when he’s accused of such.

The Liberty Bell has remained a strong image throughout the few things we’ve had printed, as have the pointing fingers that appear on the front page of the real-life Public Ledger. The Liberty Bell was to be the main event on thank you cards, too, but my Mister protested about his Chicago roots. More to come about those cards soon.

Will just say for now that screwing up the plan often leads to a better plan. And securing a reputation for being a little off-kilter is a worthwhile enterprise that may spare later headaches.