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Cara On the Couch

..and Cara is enjoying the couch, too!Conked Cat: Cara, conked out on the couchConked Cat: Cara, conked out on the couch

Floral Couch Slipcover

Floral Couch Slipcover (In Progress): My mom gave me this fabric last year; she's bought it years ago when a fabric store was closing, and never did anything with it.  I made covers for the pillows fairly quickly, and gradually did a cover for the big seat pillow (okay, fine, I only just added the straps to actually hold it in place!)  ..and then I started putting off making the actual slipcover.  Well, no time like the stash contest, right?  It's not done yet, but I've got the box pleating for the bottom done, and the basic shape of the arms.  I'm using muslin for the areas that aren't visible so that I'll have enough for the whole thing.Floral Couch Slipcover (In Progress): My mom gave me this fabric last year; she's bought it years ago when a fabric store was closing, and never did anything with it. I made covers for the pillows fairly quickly, and gradually did a cover for the big seat pillow (okay, fine, I only just added the straps to actually hold it in place!) ..and then I started putting off making the actual slipcover. Well, no time like the stash contest, right? It's not done yet, but I've got the box pleating for the bottom done, and the basic shape of the arms. I'm using muslin for the areas that aren't visible so that I'll have enough for the whole thing.

The Intricacies of Cheap Mystery Apron Fabric

McCall's 6051 Apron: So I finished the apron made with the strangely behaving fabric.  It turned out better than could have been expected given the strangeness of the fabric.  Most of it didn't wrinkle as badly as the front pocket did.McCall's 6051 Apron: So I finished the apron made with the strangely behaving fabric. It turned out better than could have been expected given the strangeness of the fabric. Most of it didn't wrinkle as badly as the front pocket did.

Ironing wrinkles this fabric: The piece on the left has been ironed.  The piece on the right has not. I got this jacquard-type stuff from fabric.com for $.98/yard last March.  I'm not sure of the content.  As I was going through my stash looking for something appropriate and officially stash (6 months or older) to make an apron out of, I thought this would work.  Got it all cut out.  Then as I ironed down the top of the front pocket.. I noticed that as I ironed it, it was actually creating new wrinkles.  I guess the main fabric is made of something that shrinks (cotton?  rayon?) and the woven-in sections are poly, so the shrinkage is creating wrinkles.. maybe.  But look how dramatic that is!  It's actually creating defined lines!Ironing wrinkles this fabric: The piece on the left has been ironed. The piece on the right has not. I got this jacquard-type stuff from fabric.com for $.98/yard last March. I'm not sure of the content. As I was going through my stash looking for something appropriate and officially stash (6 months or older) to make an apron out of, I thought this would work. Got it all cut out. Then as I ironed down the top of the front pocket.. I noticed that as I ironed it, it was actually creating new wrinkles. I guess the main fabric is made of something that shrinks (cotton? rayon?) and the woven-in sections are poly, so the shrinkage is creating wrinkles.. maybe. But look how dramatic that is! It's actually creating defined lines!

It's the stripes: Well, since even if its made out of fabric that wrinkles when ironed, an apron will still keep stuff off my front when I'm cooking, I figured I'd go keep going with the apron out of the cheap mystery jacquard.  As you can see, it's definitely the stripes that are doing the shrinking and not the main fabric!  These are the straps. I can't really complain about the curvature here, since the straps are meant to extend up from the apron and curve around to tie behind the neck.. I'll just have to make sure they go the right way.It's the stripes: Well, since even if its made out of fabric that wrinkles when ironed, an apron will still keep stuff off my front when I'm cooking, I figured I'd go keep going with the apron out of the cheap mystery jacquard. As you can see, it's definitely the stripes that are doing the shrinking and not the main fabric! These are the straps. I can't really complain about the curvature here, since the straps are meant to extend up from the apron and curve around to tie behind the neck.. I'll just have to make sure they go the right way.

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