Friday, May 20, 2016

The Tent!

Yesterday's weather was unusual. The wind blew and it was cloudy with some sunshine. Should you wear a jacket or shouldn't you was the question of the day. The high got to 19C or 66F and that was about 4 p.m. By 5 p.m., it started to rain and by midnight we had 1/4" of rain fall. This morning is gray and wet. It was raining when I got up at 5:30 a.m. and quit about 45 minutes later. It looks like it will be a dismal day. 


While I was doing the last of the laundry, the Spousal Unit mowed the lawns. After lunch, we took the lawn clippings to the mulching place and did a bit of shopping.
Back home, the Spousal Unit phoned our accountant about the non compliance of our GST account. I phoned the given number about the GST issue and had it closed as we no longer own the business. With that done, we breathed a sigh of relief. No more worries about that.


I worked on the tent yesterday and it has been a beast of a project. I read and reread the instructions and followed them explicitly. When all was done, the base was too small for my tent. In the pictures below, I folded the sides under to get it to sit on the base and it is still too big.
I have to do one of two things: look for a larger sized foam core board and cut the base at least 4" bigger or use a piece of Styrofoam insulation for the base. Either way, I plan on gluing the fabric to the board rather than sew the fabric and fight to hand sew the opening together.
It is really a great tent but I am not happy with several things. Raw seam allowances was one. I spent at least 2.5 hours hand sewing bias tape onto the raw seams to hide them.
I also think the side dowels are in the wrong place and should be down lower. If I can get them out, I will try them in the casing just above the trim.
The doll fits inside nicely. I am going to have to make a bunch of notes on this pattern before I put it away. I did accomplish what I set out to do ~ use two cushion covers and get an alpine look using the trims a co-worker and I chose.


I have decided to sew up the doll sweater as a vest after I block it. The sleeves will be unraveled for socks. I did get out larger knitting needles and tried to set up the next sweater. After two attempts I quit. Not enough stitches on the first attempt and having the ribbing out of alignment on the second attempt. At that point I quit.
I work the late shift so a going to look for large sized foam core board this morning. I will do a bit of housework as I work 2 more days before I get a day off.
Until tomorrow (I hope)..............................


  1. I'm amazed at your perseverance with the tent! I guess having challenges with that kind of sewing will help bring expertise to other things you plan to sew. :)

  2. Oh, how I would have loved to play with this doll and tent when I was a girl! This would be a lifelong keepsake, something to smile at whenever arriving home from a backpacking trip. What a treasure!