I can see the light!
October 6, 2010 § 12 Comments
I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel! Yay! My samples are sewn and ready to ship back to Clothworks. These will be on display in their booth at Quilt Market. The fabric is Le Jardin dePapillons and the patterns are from Sew Serendipity. (Oh yeah, did you notice that our fireplace is now white? Next week ~ a new wood burning insert will be installed! Another yay!)
This pattern is the Olivia Dress. Although I have another pattern and the book, I haven’t yet had a chance to sew with Kay’s patterns. Let me just say that I was pleasantly surprised that it actually fit me without any alterations. So many commercial patterns seem to be made for stick figures and I always have to alter them. The great thing about Kay’s patterns is that a) there are LOTS of pictures and b) she adds notes about customizing and altering the basic pattern to fit your own taste and your own shape.
I pretty much made the dress as the pattern said for the knee length version. I allowed extra room in the band around the bottom of the sleeves because I hate it when the sleeves are too tight. But I don’t think I needed to do that and would stick with the original suggestion if I made this dress again. Also, I hate the look of my knees, so I would also make the skirt longer so that it hits right at the bottom of my knee cap. That’s just me and my own personal preference to cover my ugly knees.
This is the Rachel Cross Body Bag. The pattern called for Peltex as the stiffener and I couldn’t find any near me. So I used Timtex. Frankly, I’m not sure I would use Timtex again. While it is nicely stiff, it is also really thick! I’m wondering if buckram would work better… I might try that on some other bag in the future just to compare.
The only alteration I made to this pattern was adding binding to the inside pocket. It wasn’t for any reason other than function ~ anything to make it easier to find stuff hidden at the bottom of my purse.
And my only disappointment was that the strap was really short for my taste. I will probably make a longer strap after the purse comes back from Quilt Market.
After sewing these two patterns, I’m really itching to sew the coat in the book! But not until I can cross off a couple more projects on my list.