Saturday, May 5, 2012

Time to really get going!

What a whirlwind life can be! I'm a newlywed and have recently moved aboard my husband's Bayliner 3880. We're prepping the house to put it on the market and adapting to our new life together.

Life is good. Life is very good!

Who knew there was so much to be sewn on a boat? I would have thought curtains, pillows, cushions maybe. On those 3 fronts, the Bayliner is in pretty good shape. The exterior canvas work is where the attention is needed. Not that I know anything about sewing exterior canvas work for anything, this is what I'm working on.

There is much to be learned, but this is a lot of fun! With fabric going for about $24.00/yard, I'm scouring the Internet, the Library and the marina to learn everything I can.

Here's the starting point:

Port side aft deck canvas

Mid aft deck canvas
Today was dedicated to patterning. Since each boat and the owners needs are so unique, there are no patterns and the canvas work is custom work. I was surprised at how physical the work was, but the day went very quickly and I am very happy with the result.

Tools of the trade

Aft deck patterning

Next step - remove the pattern, reassemble the pieces as necessary, transfer to fabric. It's quite an adventure - stay tuned to see how it turns out!

Get Going ... Organizing! On a Boat! I check out Jeri's Organizing and Decluttering News from time to time. She often has great ideas. A recent post is focused on boat living - couldn't get more perfect! Great reading whether you're downsizing or upsizing!

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