17 September 2011

Lewes' make-over part 1

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I have just completed a MAHOOSIVE sewing project, well, for me anyways. It was hard to get going as I was quite happy chilling with Plimmy on the bed with a cuppa. However, now that our campervan is booked in to the docs awaiting surgery, it a good time to get all the sewing done for the interior.
So my job is to cover the three big cushions that make up the seats/folding bed.

although many of yous out there might relish the diarrhea brown and burnt orange plaid 70s original, we however, felt something more neutral might enhance our other bits and bobs. I managed to find some nice tweed on ebay for hardly much money at all. Only problem is that it comes in limited lengths, so we had to compromise and use a different tweed on the reverse and some edges.

tweed made in England.

and a tweed made in Scotland. {this is for the front of the cushions}.

this is the largest piece of sewing I have ever undertaken, and to be honest, I hadn't the foggiest how to go about it. So i just made it up as i went along, so no measuring/pinning or ironing of course ; )

I managed to find a tiny bit of floor space in our flat to lay out the fabric, then using a pastel crayon, drew around the piece to cut out. This took me AGES and was very tiring and boring job. At this point I spent most of the time staring blankly into space, not knowing if this was going to work out at all!

anyways, all the bits eventually were cut out, and I started sewing the Velcro fasting on the back.

I couldn't do much more before I fainted for lack of tea.

I joined Plimsoll on the bed and had a little nap. {by the way, I also dyed my hair today, can you tell? its hard work sometimes to graduate my dull mousy blondish hair roots with highlights, without looking naff. I look pretty weird with my natural hair colour, like as if I am really ill or something}

So in the shed tonight I actually managed to sew up all the pieces and soon worked out how to do the corners. Only a few small disasters. The biggest cover didn't want to go on, and it ripped! but luckinly after re-sewing, I worked out away to squeeze the cushion in and it kind of just popped into shape, hurrah!

It was too dark by the time I finished them all to take pics, but you get the idea! Next I have to line the interior wall panels with foam and linen. A much easier job me thinks/I hope.
I even missed the crappy Saturday night telly that I was looking forward to. Did I miss anything good?