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1. This weekend the Mr. and I chopped down our horrible Bradford Pear tree that was half dead (yay!), ground down the stump, removed over 1 ton of grass from the front/sides (sod cutters are FUN), dumped 1 ton of compost onto the bare earth, tilled it in, planted a Mexican Plum tree and a Chinese Pistache (omg we're international) and covered the tilled ground with a half ton of mulch. When it stops raining, I'll add more plants. To say that I'm tired is an understatement.

2. I've got a question about sewing draperies for those on my flist that do that sort of thing

I'm making some pretty intricate drapes for my kitchen involving three pieces: 1 top fixed, inverted pleat valance, which I've got covered (made my own pattern! *beams*) and 2 standard drapes to be hung by rings off a standard rod.

The question is regarding the lining and a high-quality finish on the tacking part (where the sides of the drapes are hemmed and tacked on to the lining.) In custom shops, I've seen where the tacking looks like a whip-stitch, and it's very attractive. However, it's also like a blind stitch, in that you don't see the stitches on the front panel. Does anyone know if this can be done on a residential machine, or is that only capable on a commercial machine? I'll just hand-tack it, if it's not possible, but obviously I'd prefer to let a machine do it for me. And note: it is not a blind stitch - it's something specific for draperies that I have no idea what it is called.

I want to make them as nice as possible (duh) since they'll be one of the first things a visitor will see in my house. Also, I'm assuming that type of finish helps them hang better. They'll end up being 102" long, so getting them to hang properly es muy importante. This freaking window is a pain in the butt, fo sho.

Here's a crappy rendition of how they'll look when done. (Brown linen for the base, a pretty beige/robin's egg blue/tan/chocolate/thin outline of brick red paisley for the trim. I've got a neat burlap braid that will transition the two fabrics into each other. The top portion is hanging off a series of carved wooden tie-backs, 5 across the top, two on each side, with inverted pleats at each tie-back.)

So. Anyone?
[ETA] I'm almost positive that those panels at the custom workshop were finished off with either a 1 or 2 stitch overlock machine. Bah. If anyone knows how to get a Brother sewing machine to duplicate that, please let me know!

3. I've got a little sicky (Emily) at home today, and I'm trying desperately to find a flight during a specific period to Boston, and not having any luck. entrenous88? Email coming soon.

4. And finally, thanks to everyone that responded to my post about my movie's trailer. I'm so pleased so many of you see how fun/funny it's going to be! (Um... I'm the one that doesn't look like Sarah Michelle Gellar. Also, remember all that talk about how I'm playing a dirty, ugly whore? That should make it easy to figure out who I am in it. *g*)

And now I go lie down after taking some muscle relaxers and Advil. Geh.


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Oct. 15th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)
I would love to be able to help you out with the curtains, because that sounds cool.

Instead, I dont' think I understood half of what you said. Doing it myself? Pffft, what does that mean? :D

If you want me to do a flight hunt for you, I'd be more than happy to. Searching for cheap flights is an obsession for me (round trip during *christmas* from here to okc was 224 *beams*)
Oct. 15th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
Hahaha - no worries on the drapes. I've been sewing since I was about 12, so I know most of the techniques, I just don't know what that particular stitch is called - my assumption is it's something only an industrial machine can do. Hmmm.

My husband is a seasoned traveler, so I've got the searching part/how 2 down fine, it's just trying to find a specific flight with our type of ticket restrictions on a specific set of days. Thank you for the offer, though!
Oct. 15th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
Hi hi! I'm sorry it seems like a complicated travel time. Call if you want, so we can figure out a solution! <3
Oct. 15th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
H Hi!!!

Because of the type of ticket I'm using (because we're using points, etc.) I'm not having luck on those days so far. BAH. We've got an agent keeping us posted if something turns up in the next few days, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Metaphorically speaking, as I'm sew exhausted, J. *leans* I need to go get some more Advil and lay down for a spell. my back is KEEEELING me.
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Oct. 15th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
My only caveat about the curtains is that burlap braid is a bitch to keep clean, and filters stuff like spilled flour out of the air and holds on to it for dear life. Otherwise gorgeous.

And is it time for us to start some kind of movement against Bradford pears? They get ugly so damned fast, and have zero wind resistance. I love Chinese pistache, although it would not do here, but what's a Mexican plum like?

Julia, resting after yesterday's annual "get the big rose canes off the roof" project
Oct. 15th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
The one thing that will keep me from constantly steaming those drapes is that they're separated from the actual working kitchen by a breakfast nook. (I'm more worried about the constant dog hair/cat hair that is sure to stick to the bottom. But they'll look so nice when done..... Let's hope. *G*)

God, I hate those trees!! And they're everywhere here. And there are broken limbs everywhere after every windstorm. And you know I'm on the Blackland Prairie, right? So... that happens A LOT. Bah.

We had a Pistache at the old house, and I loved that tree. Such a pretty round bowl when mature, not too big, excellent for climbing (be it children or cats) and a gorgeous fall color. The Mexican Plum isn't a fruiting tree (although it's grafted onto fruiting plum stock) but makes the most gorgeous speciman tree. It's out front, so I don't want a large tree blocking my view of the street (and kids on skateboards, etc.) but I want the color and spring blossoms. Here's a pic. They're long lasting here - over 35 years, which is far more than a Bradford Pear - than they are in cooler climes.

(Yipes. Are you cut to ribbons?)
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Oct. 15th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
I saw your nails and as a bonus I saw you in the shorts with the lace trim in another shot with a bunch of people. That had to be you - right?

It looks like a a lot of fun and you did a great job of describing your general look.

Good luck on the curtains - the weight of the trim should help things fall right.
Oct. 15th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, that was me! Those shorts had a one inch inseam. *shudders* Whooo. It was a load of fun, I will say. And fuh-nee.

Thanks - I'm curious to find out what that one particular stitch is. It just finished off those custom drapes with a little extra oomph. (They were also padded, on top of being heavily lined. I'm saving all that effort for my planned silk living room drapes.)
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Oct. 15th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness, the blood cannon!! I did see that daily after they filmed it, and I truly stopped talking/moving as soon as that gush hit my face. They wouldn't tell us when they were going to "strike" so they could get an honest reaction. Well... they got one!

I sure hope they'll turn out nice. It helped to walk around a custom drapery workroom and see some options. I made an original set of drapes, and I HAAAAATED them. I should have put pleats in, and didn't, and the hem turned out wrong. So I've spent the past two weeks taking out stitches and drawing up a for real pattern to make sure they lay right. (Plus, you can put the pattern up and see how it looks without committing to cutting $$ fabric...) They're going in the kitchen by the back door? Remember the tall window with the arched half-circle? That's where. And when I get these figured out, I'm going to make a similar type, but with dressier fabric for the living room windows, and possibly re-do the gold silk drapes in the dining room.

Now it's just a matter of getting the energy... (Oooh, I want to see you, too, if I can figure out this flight/lack of available seating for me, FOR SURE. I'm sure J won't mind. *g*)
Oct. 15th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
Darling, I don't even think serger do whipstiching. that's a tooooootally by hand thing.

Also? ::passes you the heating pad::
Oct. 15th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
Well, my s-mom has a fancy-schmancy machine that can do "air stitching" (no presser foot) but I don't want to have to drag everything to her house an hour away to spend three hours over a week sewing. (And carting it all back.)

But I'm thinking - bar using her machine - I'm gonna hafta do it by hand. BAH!! I want a TOOL. Or an industrial overcast machine. Hahahaha, SUUUURE. I'll just shell out a couple grand for kitchen drapes! HEEE.)

(Ooooh, the heating pad is much appreciated. Feh, I wore myself out!)
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Oct. 15th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
My fancy computerised Janome has a whole bunch of blind hem type stitches, but even so I don't think it has anything that imitates whipstitch. In my experience interlining with bump caught down to the seams makes curtains hang really well. Your sketch is not so crappy that I can't see they'll look really pretty when done, but I rather suspect hand-stitching is going to have to be the way you go. Think of it as a relaxing mindless pastime...
Oct. 15th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
I think I might go with an elongated blind hem stitch to keep the two pieces together. I'm almost 100% positive this company is using a 1-thread overlock. I don't have an overlock machine, however...

Oh, to have all the various sewing machines available... I might start making my own clothes again!
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Oct. 15th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
According to Wiki (which may or may not be accurate), it looks like only one brand of machine can do that stitch. Ugh, it will REALLY suck to hand sew that amount.


Ahhhh, I missed the trailer! Haha, I'll be checking it out later.
Oct. 15th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks for looking something up! It's not a blanket stitch - you're right. That would be SEW time consuming. (Hardee har har.) I've come to the conclusion that they're either using a 1 or 2 thread overlock stitch, which can be done on a machine, but alas - I don't have an overlock machine. So.

Hand tacking it is. *cries* (Each panel is 102" long! GAAAAAH.)
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Oct. 15th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
The pink fingernails were yours, yes? In the one scene you looked exactly like Gnarl! Only, y'know . . . pink. Maybe Mrs. Gnarl? Loved the trailer, and I can't wait for the movie to come out! It looks really fun.
Oct. 15th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
Pink fingernails are me! But... I'm at a loss at to who Gnarl is? *woe*

But I hope everyone thinks the movie is fun/funny. I know I do! <3
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Oct. 16th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
Noooooooo! I can't see the trailer, not even behind a proxy.
Oct. 16th, 2007 11:20 am (UTC)
Also, remember all that talk about how I'm playing a dirty, ugly whore? That should make it easy to figure out who I am in it. *g*)

Hee! Actually, I spotted you even before I saw your face. It was the long ass pink nails loading the gun that tipped me off.
Oct. 16th, 2007 11:24 am (UTC)
Oh FUCK! my casserole!
HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! I just watched the trailer again. I repeat my comment about wanting to see it. And not just on the off chance that there'll be some 'corndogs' in it.
Oct. 16th, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh FUCK! my casserole!

(Oh my god, the line you quoted? That was my "husband" in the movie. We had to make out. O_O)

I can't wait to see it, myself!
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