Thursday, November 16, 2006

All Wrapped Up With Somewhere To Go!

The 2 wraps featured were made for our client, Shelia, who unlike most of us has somewhere to go. Come on, you remember, its called a Social Life!!

Wrap #1

The first wrap is reversible. One side is black velvet and the other side is a silk velvet burnout. I used 2 yards of 45" wide fabric and cut the fabric down the middle giving me two 22 1/2" wide pieces of each fabric. This will yield two wraps -one for you and a friend!

This wrap was simple to construct. Sew around all four sides leaving an opening on one side large enough to turn the wrap to the right side. Once turned slip stitch the opening closed. The key to this wrap is to press the seams open without flattening the pile on the velvet. To prevent this, I covered a wooden dowel with a piece of velvet and placed the open seam on top of it.

With a burst of steam on the seam, I used a Popsicle stick to press the seam open.

Wrap #2

This wrap was also easy to construct, but the fringe and its application took some work. There are 3 colors of fringe-purple, taupe and gold.



To get the purple fringe, I dyed white rayon fringe dark navy and kept rinsing it in a bath of vinegar and cold water until I achieved the shade of purple I wanted. The gold and taupe fringe are purchased tassels taken apart. The fabric for this wrap is 2 1/4 yards of 100% silk folded in half lengthwise. I used a blanket stitch on the ends of the wrap and applied each strand one by one using my version of a slip knot.



After I got all of the fringe attached to the ends, I applied Fray Check to the knots to keep them from coming undone. While this was VERY time consuming, it was fun to make!-Written by Cynthia Mitchell

2 comments:

Roz said...

As always Cynthia your work is impeccable! Thanks so much for sharing!

Roz

prestonsbaby said...

Well, its that time of year, FALL! It's my favorite season and for certain, a female must have a wrap in her wardrobe. It's just enough to keep the chill off, but not too heavy to bog you down. I think the ones displayed could cater to a casual day or dress up an evening attire. Great work again ROZ. Oh by the way, is this cousin Cynthia? Love you both and miss you bunches!