Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I have completed a bit of sewing around here despite the heat. My sewing machine is in the basement and you would think with last week's heat wave I would have parked myself there and sewn up a storm. Somehow though, I found myself doing many other things in the heat; stuff like preparing for a garage sale and mopping the floor. Anyway I did finish off this play-tent and just picked up the dowels for it the other day so the kids could use it outside.
I used the instructions in Emma Hardy's "Sewing in No Time" book. I have to say (and maybe it was just the heat getting to me), but I found the illustrations to look different than what the instructions said to do. Namely in the sewing of the pole channels. I looked and looked on-line to see if there was any errata for the book, or just for anyone elses' experience making it. I only found one person who mentioned they were making it for their child, but that's as much as I could get. I find in most book reviews people will say they like the book or not based on having a look through, but there are not many who review books after actually having completed some of the projects. In the case of "technical manuals" as I like to call sewing and craft books (it makes me feel like I'm investing my money and not wasting it at Amazon.com), you might as we not do a review at all if you haven't completed any of the projects. I mean really, how helpful is that? So frustrations aside, I went with the written instructions to finish the tent. I will say it's OK; but there could definitely be room for improvement.
I used some sheets I bought last year at the thrift store, because this could have been an extremely expensive tee-pee if I had gone to the fabric store. The sheets are a poly-cotton blend and I couldn't use them for pyjama bottoms or bags. I felt a little bit guilty that my selections were so, well, girly, considering the tee-pee is for both of my kids; but when I told My Favorite Boy what I had chosen before I stitched it he just sighed and said, "I know Mum".
So, after several days sewing and several more waiting to pick up the dowels the tee-pee tent was finally ready to make its debut:
So far four kids under 8 years old can fit inside (it's about four feet by four feet at the bottom, and four and a half feet tall at the center) and one can stand up. It's meant to be a little rosy hide-away for times when secret fairy meetings need to be conducted, or just a pretty place to get away from the sun. I'm not sure if its life will extend past this summer, but it may leave a bit of a memory for a few neighborhood children anyway.