Archive | May, 2010

Summer Six-Pack

10 May

I am getting ready for Stitcher’s Guild summer six pack.  Here is the plan I have put together so far.

I’m thinking of doing some fun things with the fabrics, switching them up a bit between the patterns.  The three top fabrics are dark navy Italian cotton, all with a different pattern.  They are soft, silky, and wonderful! My idea is to have a monochromatic palette with different patterns thrown in.  It’s a subtle mix of patterns:  one is a houndstooth, another is a plaid, and the last one is a really cool lighter blue dot with “fringe” around each dot.  If you click on the picture you will get a better look.

The three bottom pieces are, from left to right:  a navy blue rayon/lycra knit, a white rayon/lycra knit, and an embroidered cotton.  I think I will end up with a lot of basics that I can use with other things in my closet.

At the same time, I am making my future DIL a dress from our fabric purchase at Mood.  Here is the dress:

It’s Vogue 1152.  I think it’s very cute, but I’m a little concerned about the fabric we got for it.  The fabric suggestion is crepe de chine, charmeuse, and matte jersey.  I am hoping that matte jersey is a knit, because that is what I’m using.  It’s a cotton/lycra jersey knit.  The dress in the picture is obviously a woven.  The pattern calls for a zipper in the side seam.  I’m skipping that because I think it will slip easily over the head without the zipper.

So, as you can see, I have a lot on my sewing plate right now.  Five more weeks of school, then it’s sewing mania at my house!

Mood Fabrics

9 May

Last weekend, we visited our son, Matthew, and his fiance, Elisha, in Los Angeles.  Fortunately, Elisha enjoys fabric as much as I do, so I didn’t have to twist her arm to accompany me to Mood Fabrics.  Neither of us had been before, and it was well worth the trip.  Here is some of the eye candy:

Yards and yards of ribbon and trim.

This is just a teensy part of the button section.  There was actually

a mini-room full of button boxes like this.  I don’t know why I didn’t get a better picture.

Zippers, zippers, and more zippers!

At this point, Elisha and I were totally overwhelmed!

We didn’t have a clue what to buy!

We finally chose some fabric and took it to the cutting table.  I had an interesting conversation with the woman there about Project Runway.  She said that Mila lives in L.A. and comes into the store all the time.  She actually showed us some fabric that Mila recently purchased; and yes, it was black and white.

I loved this store, but then I haven’t had much experience with high-end and large fabric stores.  I’m sure some of you have seen much better stores than this, but for me, Mood was thrilling.

Goodbye Mood!

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