Thursday, July 22, 2010

I rememembered that I forgot, that I hate sewing.

This may surprise you a little bit, but I tend to throw myself passionately into my projects. (snicker) I was going to wait til next week, but I actually had a day with nothing planned, and thought, "Why put off til tomorrow, what I can tackle today?"  I'd like to title this one, "Keeping it real."I'd also like to point out, that it was right around this part of the project, that I declared how much I hated sewing and banished everyone from the house, including the neighborhood children who come over around snack time every day.  I'd like to say that I was nice about it too- but I'm not usually a liar. 
Have I ever mentioned that I detest making slipcovers?  I mean, I really loathe it. I always forget that I feel like that, until I'm about half way through.  I've made a few of them in my day.  Five to be exact.  Two were for couches about a week before I gave birth to my first child, and the other three were for this chair.  Pay careful attention to the loose fabric under the arm...
It's like magic isn't it?  Want to know my little secret?
These upholstery pins.  (You can purchase them at the fabric store, located in the upholstery aisle.) They look menacing, but once in, you can hardly find them. They do a great job of shaping and holding fabric in place.
See what I mean? Just blends right in.
This next series of photos works a little like time-lapse photography. However, I'd like you to please keep in mind that there were blood, sweat, and tears behind each photo.  And chocolate.  I admit, (shamefully) that there was chocolate. 
Imagine elevator music playing...
Now imagine me, collapsing on the floor, and begging my family for a drink with an umbrella in it. 
For some reason, they all ignored me. 
 (Me, pretending to be Scarlett O'Hara) "With God as my witness, I'll never sew anything else as long as I live!" (...she raises fist into the air...)

31 comments:

  1. I am blown away...again. Seriously you rent yourself out. God has so blessed you with talent. I keep checking back to see "what did she do next"

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  2. You are so beyond gifted girl. That is no small task. I learned to sew by an older lady in my church taking me by the hand and helping me slipcover my white sofa. We still have it and it desperately needs redone and I'm scared to do it by myself. I NEED Sasha!

    That turned out A-MAZ-ING. Those little pins are the bomb. I'm running out and getting some of those...whenever I decide to be brave that is and conquer that sofa!

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  3. You hate something you are so good at. I'm in awe of your gifts.

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  4. Sewing. Yeah. Right. That's the thing you do with fabric and that funny looking machine that goes "wuggita, wuggita, wuggita." Am I getting warm?

    Sewing SLIPCOVERS?!? Honey, I can't even sew flat panel curtains without donating blood to the project. Stand up, woman. Be proud. You are courageous. You are spectacular. You deserve FIVE drinks with little umbrellas in them. Although it might be riotously embarrassing with that many, so you may want to keep it down to just two. knowhutimean? ;)

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  5. So since you hate sewing - I shouldn't ask you to make one for my couch? Just kidding. Seriously looks fantastic!

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  6. OK so I completely agree with edie!! she is funny! =) I can only sew four cornered pillows and PJ's ... because you wear them to bed and nobody cares if the are "slightly imperfect"!! *ahem*

    Fabulous chair ~ blood sweat tears and all!

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  7. Sasha, I could not sew that if I tried. I know I would get it all wrong. You are a great seamstress. I know it can be frustrating but look at your finished product. The chair looks fanastic. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. puh-lease...that is GORGEOUS and I could NEVER, i repeat, NEVER do that myself.

    i need to learn to sew...before i have children and need slipcovers of my own!

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  9. I was about to commiserate with you about how much I too hate sewing, but then I looked at all the pretty pictures and saw how frickin' good you are! Slipcovers? Sheesh. I hate having to sew a straight line. I do it...but I hate it.

    Nice slipcover!

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  10. Your so funny with your fall on the floor finish.
    Looks wonderful!! I have wanted to tackle slipcovers before, but don't ever get the fabric bought I just know I would pull my hair out before it was done. So WAY TO GO!!

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  11. Oh man, your craftiness just amazes me! I like to sew, but I don't think I would ever attempt slipcovers...I'm more of a straight sewer, make things that are super easy kinda gal!

    Love it, looks great as usual!

    "I'll never go hungry again..." snicker ;)

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  12. holy cow! that looks amazing. you did an amazing job. seriously amazing!! i think you should print all these comments out from us girls that are in awe of your talent for the next time you make a slipcover and feel like throwing in the towel halfway through. we'd be happy to lift you up again!

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  13. holy cats you sewing mama~
    that chair looks fantastic!
    i mean wow~
    that's one of the hardest sewing projects to tackle.
    no wonder you think you hate it.

    way to stick with it.

    chas

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  14. Okay lady.
    You are the bomb.
    Just wanted you to know that.
    And guess what? I was just thinking of BUYING (hopefully) a slipcover for these couch/chairs at my Gramma's. Hmmmm.....and to think that I'd ever brushed against the thought of sewing them myself! I'd probably explode on my family in my frustration. (Because let me tell you, I nearly did that for a wraparound skirt I never got to finish... ahem.;)
    :P
    Wonderful job, dear! Capital!!

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  15. you are awesome!!!! me, i would just go buy a new chair LOL! and your last quote, haha I love it:-)

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  16. I bow down at your feet in adoration, because truly, that looks amazing.

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  17. I have several chairs that need to be recovered...I was going to go find someone who does upholstery, but I think I'll just send measuremenst YOUR way for new slipcovers! :) You did a DANDY job!! So talented!

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  18. You are SO talented!!!! Looks great. I heart your blog every day :)

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  19. I hate sewing, too! I love your slipcover though. Wow!

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  20. Hahah! I laughed out loud when I saw your first photo! I can totally understand. Great job though!

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  21. Whoa. You just catapulted into another realm! You did a fantastic job!

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  22. Fabulous job!!! Want to come do my loveseat and ottoman? You are so creative and talented. From having the guts to paint everything white to slipcovering chairs. Girlfriend God really gifted you, don't put it down!!
    I would have banished all the kids too! I can't work with noise when I am concentrating.

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  23. I hate sewing too and would NEVER even attempt such a feat as this! Your slipcovers look great! I just use throws on our furniture.

    Stopping by from SITS.

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  24. Wow, wow, wow!!!

    I have that same chair (and sofa). My chair is a chair and a half though, is yours? Anyway, I desperately need to find a slipcover to fit or attempt to make my own. How about a tutorial? Yours is absolutely beautiful!!! How much fabric did it take to do the chair and ottoman?

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  25. Looks great and was definitely worth the all the blood ;-)

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  26. I sew lots of things but can honestly say I have never tried to make slipcovers. But you make me want to learn - even if you don't ever want to sew again. Did you use a pattern or just make it up as you went along? I'm thinking I might give it a try. :-)

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  27. Girl, is there nothing you can't do? Seriously!

    It turned out amazing! Way to go!

    Robin~♥

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  28. Seriously, you continue to amaze me with your talent. And where you find the time for it all.


    www.areyouthere-god.com

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  29. WOW. I cannot believe you just did that. Come over tomorrow plz?

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