Saturday, March 12, 2016

Peace Flower & Denim Surface Pro 4 Case Cover

I haven't sewn a stitch (on the sewing machine) for over three years. Mama kinda misplaced the foot pedal attachment and I wasn't motivated enough to really search for it. Lucky she found it during one of the spring cleanings last month. Timing couldn't be any better, so I got to make a case cover for the Surface. 

Deciding on the material wasn't easy though, as my stash of fabric are all of my favorites. And then there the matter of using the machine, as I sat upon it, I realized that I can't remember where the power button is, let alone wind the bobbins! But as riding the bicycle, it all came back slowly, with a few loose stitching episodes that let me practice my profanities. Thank you to the person who told me to "check sekoci", as it was really a bobbin issue, I forgot to hold the thread taut as I wind. I'd say stitching quality and neatness is not as it used to be, need to practice on it and I still can't remember how to use some of the feet. I took two hours to draft the design and cut the fabric the night before and spent about three hours to stitch the case (as I figured how to use the machine). Fitting was quite tight initially, but after awhile it became just right. Of course I had to make it fit, H & Zz both keep saying there's no way it'll fit but I know my calculation was right and the tightness is due to the felt bulk, nothing a few bouts of ironing and easing in couldn't make right.

What was originally supposed to be a simple felt cover became a lined denim cover, which at the last minute got turned inside out much to the dismay of someone. The 'Peace Flower' fabric by Micheal Miller is too pretty to just be the inside of the case, and that is one of my last piece of the fabric. I also made a cable and charger pochette with hanging tab with whatever leftover fabric I had, and I managed to keep fabric wastage at under 2% (yes, I measured and calculated!)

So here it is, my first sewing project in over three years, 'Peace Flower' Tablet Protective Case, lined with denim, padded with 1mm felt. Double Stylus/pen loop on the inside flap. 

Not too well made, but original enough to be one of a kind for me.

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