Marilyn is in the house!

In CategoryCrafts, Sewing

About ten years ago (give or take a few years), I purchased a vintage wing chair from a local estate sale. I bought the chair because it had nice lines and was built just right for a person of my exquisite stature of 5’2″.
She’s lived in the unfinished basement and garage the past ten years, so she was quite dusty, and needed another good cleaning.

Next, I placed pieces of muslin over each and every area of the chair so that I could trace, and make pattern pieces. The photo above shows how imprecise the fabric is at this time, before sewing them all together and checking for a tight and perfect fit (see photo below).

I just couldn’t get a good fit in the “crotch” (keep it clean folks), area of the chair. This is the place where three different planes of fabric meet, which creates a “bunch in her panties” so to speak. I proceeded with cutting out the decorator fabric using the muslin pattern pieces, which of course is a painter’s drop cloth. This fabric is CHEAP and comes in huge sections, just perfect for slipcovers and curtains. It also looks a lot like expensive linen. Win-win!

I sewed together all the pieces, adding a ton of welting on all of her curves. This added a new level of frustration, but anyone who knows me can understand my fierceness when taking on challenges. The tuck in fabric was WAY to bunchy and I stewed over this for at least a month.

Finally, I bit the bullet and spent the entire day resewing the tuck in areas to reduce the bulk. I’m sure I did this process at least 4-5 times, trimming and replacing the slipcover on Marilyn each time, until the fit was nice and tight and sleek.

Now Marilyn (Monroe), who got her name because of her curvy silhouette, is in the house … the office. She’s updated and marvelous, and displays all her curves with a fit-like-a-glove slipcover. No sloppy, loose, tent dress for her! All I have to do now is add a little bling by way of pillows in dreamy blue/green/gray fabrics.

I guess that diamonds (in the rough) are really a girl’s best friend after all! I love my shapey wing chair!

Happy Labor Day!

In CategoryPhotos, Travels

Yesterday we had a picnic and spent the day in Rocky Mountain National Park.  The weather was cool and crisp … just perfect for enjoying a waterfall at Alluvial Fan, and hiking around four different lakes.

Our first lake was Bear Lake which included an easy 3/4 mile walk around the entire lake. The photo on the right was taken at Dream Lake, which was one of the most gorgeous settings I’ve ever seen. It was a mile or so beyond Bear Lake and we were able to enjoy the lily padded Nymph Lake along the way. The hike to Dream Lake was moderately challenging, but very much worth the effort. There is another lake 3/4 of a mile beyond Dream which we hope to hike to in the next few weeks.

foot bridge close to Dream Lake

Unfortunately there were hundreds and hundreds of other people who were up in the Park enjoying the last part of summer too. Our final stop of the day was at Sprague Lake, where it was a leisurely walk around a crystal clear lake. There was a wedding taking place on the the dock, and of course I just had to take a photo of the ceremony. I just love candid photos of weddings, as evidenced by all my Italian wedding photos last year.

As you can see, some of the aspen trees are starting to change color, as evidenced in the warm, yellow glow, as the sun started to go down.

Nymph Lake ~ Rocky Mountain National Park

My favorite season is almost upon us. Until then, happy dreamin’!