Fabric Covered Canvas Wall Hanging

This was so fast to finish that I feel like I cheated.

Curved pieced fabric covered stretched canvas in mustard yellow, gray leaf print and teal grunge dot print.

This patchwork design is not what I originally planned. I was going to do a swoosh up from the corner with a second gray fabric, but went with this instead. To cut and sew the curvy patchwork, I refreshed my memory using this video.

Curved pieced fabric covered stretched canvas in teal grunge dot print,  gray leaf print, and mustard yellow, this is the original orientation.

This is how I originally laid out and cut the fabric. I am not sure which direction I prefer.

If you recognize the fabrics and colors from March of last year, this is another birthday gift for the same recipient.

Back of the wall hanging showing how I stapled and glued the edges down.

Did I forget to mention this is my first time ever doing this? It really shows on the back. I need to learn how to make this tidier. The mustard fabric got extra staples because it is a less stable fabric than the teal and gray. I glued the fabrics raw edges down as well.

Close up of one of the corners of the wall hanging showing the clean folded fabric edge.

I am also working on very neat corners. They gave me a tiny bit of trouble, especially on the back. But, this was good practice as I will be making a covered headboard soon and want as close to professional results as I can get.

This was so fast from start to finish; I don’t know what happened. I am not used to projects I can finish in hours instead of weeks or months. I am definitely going to have to work more of these quickies in for sanity’s sake. And I have six more 12″ X 12″ canvases and five 16″ X 20″ to play with!


The Big Finish

of a little cat bed…

I wish I could add a gratuitous cat loving her new bed picture, but alas, she is completely ignoring it at this stage. That has not deterred me from wanting to make her another one in a different style.

Wishing you all a happy, healhy stash busting 2019!

In Support of Sewing Your Own

I found this snarky rant against women’s ready to wear clothing:

I am glad to see I am not the only one wondering if some virulent form of insanity is requisite to style and make retail clothing for women these days. I confess, I chuckled at several points while reading the article.

I do not think of myself as puritanical, uptight or repressed. Just sensible. This coming week will focus on getting a pants draft and making pants. Because I sure can’t buy them. I have tried for several years and the compromises need to stop.

I found that Cracked article after Googling the question, “Why are women’s dress pants so close fitting?” I became very frustrated looking for inspiration in Google images and fitting tips and finding only the opposite. Lots of how-to’s for making your clothes as tight as possible, zero on making dress pants that would be considered normal in style and ease for a man.

Honestly, not all of us want to wear something that looks spray painted on. Even if I were as sleek as a panther, I would never wear leggings or yoga pants to work or anywhere out of my home really, out of self respect.

That is not to disparage you if you love wearing form fitting fashions; more power to you. I am speaking for myself here. I am old, lumpy and have sciatica. Tight pants that feel like they are trying to garrote my lady garden? No thanks.


I have only two pair of pants I will wear in public. That makes getting dressed for work a challenge. Like a lot of folks who sew, especially when age and gravity have had their way, I have experienced problems getting the pants I make to fit well.

I made a pair of Loes Hinse Oxford pants and they were wearable with no alterations. While they fit and as well or better than most RTW, they needed a tweak or two.

Enter Exhibit A:


I have had Butterick 3133 for a very long time. It has two things I really wanted for this next pair of pants: a flat front and tapered legs. Surprisingly, this size 12 pattern matches the waist of the Oxford size medium. That made altering the waistline and leg shape extremely easy.

The other alterations I made were to both lengthen the back crotch and back inseam. These changes were based on reading the wrinkles in the first pair I made. I want closer to a smooth trouser fit back there and found the crotch as drafted is closer to pants. Not bad, not uncomfortable, but closer fitting than I want to wear right now.

My test pair will be from some very colorful rayon challis:


I have a love of colorful prints and pants made from them but a morbid fear of looking like a clown. Fingers crossed that all my pattern alterations work and the print is cute, not lame. I have a skirt from the fabric that I wear in the summer…but pants…I have been hesitant for a long time.

These are the fabrics I purchased to make work pants from. On my monitor, the colors are off; the first is a navy and tan check and the second an ivory and navy herringbone. I also have some navy Telio viscose twill for this soft pants style.

I was inspired to frankenpatten the Loes Hinse and Butterick because of this blog post. Scroll down to the picture from Elle magazine of the designer pants. They have an extremely similar pocket to the Loes Hinse and waistband treatment to the Butterick 3133. I am sure I will make more wide leg pants, too.

(I cheated – instead of using the paper like Connie Crawford recommends to cut this, I used medical tape to keep the edges straight and a very sharp, small rotary cutter.)