Posts Tagged ‘sheets’

Surgery…

Here it is Tuesday already.  I had surgery last week to repair a very rare congenital diaphragmatic hernia and I’ve been sorta out of it.  I can definitely already tell a big difference in the results though.  Basically the surgery was to put a large portion of my intestines that had made their way up around my heart back where they belong and then patch a large hole in my diaphragm to keep them from finding their way back.  While the pain is still very unpleasant I definitely feel alot better.  Breathing is the hardest thing, as my diaphragm will take quite a while to heal completely.  It hurts the most.  I find it slightly comical that my doctor has ordered me, a homeschool mom of 4, not to lift over 5 lbs. for a month or to strain.  Seriously? 

I’ve had lots of time for reading and I’m about halfway through Irresistible Revolution.  So far, it’s pretty much what I expected and very encouraging in what I feel God has been laying on my heart. 

My mom is here with us this week.  Bless her heart!  She’s had to take care of me recovering from surgery, my kids (who’ve been ill with the flu) and my poor husband who came home sick with the flu.  Believe it or not we did manage to get some sewing done.  Saturday was her birthday and we managed to make a trip to the Goodwill where we scored another sheet and two pillowcases.  All for $3.oo!  Out of all that, we were able to make 2 shirts, a dress, a skirt and an apron.  I’ll post some pics of them in the plain dress section a little later. 

I just wanted to remind everyone to be thankful for talented doctors and loving mothers who take excellent care of their patients to the glory of our most awesome Father. 

Surgery…

Here it is Tuesday already.  I had surgery last week to repair a very rare congenital diaphragmatic hernia and I’ve been sorta out of it.  I can definitely already tell a big difference in the results though.  Basically the surgery was to put a large portion of my intestines that had made their way up around my heart back where they belong and then patch a large hole in my diaphragm to keep them from finding their way back.  While the pain is still very unpleasant I definitely feel alot better.  Breathing is the hardest thing, as my diaphragm will take quite a while to heal completely.  It hurts the most.  I find it slightly comical that my doctor has ordered me, a homeschool mom of 4, not to lift over 5 lbs. for a month or to strain.  Seriously? 

I’ve had lots of time for reading and I’m about halfway through Irresistible Revolution.  So far, it’s pretty much what I expected and very encouraging in what I feel God has been laying on my heart. 

My mom is here with us this week.  Bless her heart!  She’s had to take care of me recovering from surgery, my kids (who’ve been ill with the flu) and my poor husband who came home sick with the flu.  Believe it or not we did manage to get some sewing done.  Saturday was her birthday and we managed to make a trip to the Goodwill where we scored another sheet and two pillowcases.  All for $3.oo!  Out of all that, we were able to make 2 shirts, a dress, a skirt and an apron.  I’ll post some pics of them in the plain dress section a little later. 

I just wanted to remind everyone to be thankful for talented doctors and loving mothers who take excellent care of their patients to the glory of our most awesome Father. 

A couple skirts…

After the success of the twirly skirt I decided to attempt an adult skirt.  I was able to get three crisp white heavy linen sheets at the Goodwill for $2.00 each.  They are perfect – no spot or tear.  I used part of one to make another child’s apron.  This one, though seen here being modeled by my son, was given to my sweet niece. 

My son asked if this apron was made for him and I had to tell him “no”.  So I’ve promised that I will make him one also.  The white one does resemble a butcher’s apron a bit.  Okay maybe not exactly but I’ll come up with a more ‘manly’ apron design for him. 

 

 

 

Another sheet was used to make one of the adult skirts – the second one.  The first one I managed was made using some leftover fabric from my daughter’s bedroom curtains.  lol  Hey, when you have it, use it!  The fabric is pretty thin and not the softest stuff in the world, so I lined the skirt using some soft off-white fabric I found. 

Making skirts without a pattern isn’t the easiest thing in the world… you would think.  I found a great tutorial on it though.  OneCraftyGirl has a super easy patternless A-line skirt tutorial and it really is super easy.   I used this to make skirt #1.  I calculated my waist and added about 5 extra inches of fabric for the waist.  Next I measured my length from my waist to about mid-calf and added a couple inches to that.  Voila!  Instant pattern using the tutorial.  Only thing… I didn’t write any of this down.  I just needed a skirt, drew it directly onto the fabric and cut it out.  Because I made a liner for my skirt I just folded the two sets of material as described in the tutorial and stacked them on top of each other before I cut them, making all the pieces the exact same size.  A little stitching and a whole lot of ironing later…

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The second skirt happened a few days later.  I used one of the Goodwill sheets for the skirt and lining.  Knowing I didn’t want just a solid white skirt, a trim of some sort was in order.  A few months ago I had made a bag that I absolutely love and carry daily.  The colors are my favorites – rich blues, greens, browns.  With just a little bit of fabric leftover from that project, I decided this would be the best choice.  Not only were they my favorite colors but with so many colors, I could wear a variety of tops with it. 

PICT1784 The white skirt is longer than the first; it’s ankle-length.  The trim is actually strips I sewed together and then cut into 6 in. long sections giving me a 2 1/2 in. trim length.  I absolutely love this skirt.  Ankle-length skirts are the most comfortable things in the world to wear and with this one, it’s like being wrapped up in a cool, comfy blanket… er, sheet.  : )

I can’t wait to make some more.  I’ll be scouring the Goodwill and yard sales for more pretty sheets over the next few weeks! 

Tops are my next project to tackle, though I don’t think I can do this without a pattern.  Sleeves are very intimidating to me.  We’ll see what I find around the internet this week.

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A couple skirts…

After the success of the twirly skirt I decided to attempt an adult skirt.  I was able to get three crisp white heavy linen sheets at the Goodwill for $2.00 each.  They are perfect – no spot or tear.  I used part of one to make another child’s apron.  This one, though seen here being modeled by my son, was given to my sweet niece. 

My son asked if this apron was made for him and I had to tell him “no”.  So I’ve promised that I will make him one also.  The white one does resemble a butcher’s apron a bit.  Okay maybe not exactly but I’ll come up with a more ‘manly’ apron design for him. 

 

 

 

Another sheet was used to make one of the adult skirts – the second one.  The first one I managed was made using some leftover fabric from my daughter’s bedroom curtains.  lol  Hey, when you have it, use it!  The fabric is pretty thin and not the softest stuff in the world, so I lined the skirt using some soft off-white fabric I found. 

Making skirts without a pattern isn’t the easiest thing in the world… you would think.  I found a great tutorial on it though.  OneCraftyGirl has a super easy patternless A-line skirt tutorial and it really is super easy.   I used this to make skirt #1.  I calculated my waist and added about 5 extra inches of fabric for the waist.  Next I measured my length from my waist to about mid-calf and added a couple inches to that.  Voila!  Instant pattern using the tutorial.  Only thing… I didn’t write any of this down.  I just needed a skirt, drew it directly onto the fabric and cut it out.  Because I made a liner for my skirt I just folded the two sets of material as described in the tutorial and stacked them on top of each other before I cut them, making all the pieces the exact same size.  A little stitching and a whole lot of ironing later…

PICT1783

The second skirt happened a few days later.  I used one of the Goodwill sheets for the skirt and lining.  Knowing I didn’t want just a solid white skirt, a trim of some sort was in order.  A few months ago I had made a bag that I absolutely love and carry daily.  The colors are my favorites – rich blues, greens, browns.  With just a little bit of fabric leftover from that project, I decided this would be the best choice.  Not only were they my favorite colors but with so many colors, I could wear a variety of tops with it. 

PICT1784 The white skirt is longer than the first; it’s ankle-length.  The trim is actually strips I sewed together and then cut into 6 in. long sections giving me a 2 1/2 in. trim length.  I absolutely love this skirt.  Ankle-length skirts are the most comfortable things in the world to wear and with this one, it’s like being wrapped up in a cool, comfy blanket… er, sheet.  : )

I can’t wait to make some more.  I’ll be scouring the Goodwill and yard sales for more pretty sheets over the next few weeks! 

Tops are my next project to tackle, though I don’t think I can do this without a pattern.  Sleeves are very intimidating to me.  We’ll see what I find around the internet this week.

knittingprose