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weekend sewing recap – alligators and swiss dot.

 

Finally, I had a weekend completely free and clear of any extra-curriculars. So I did some sewing.

 

First on the agenda was to finish up a pair of boxers that I’d already started.

 

alligator boxers

 

I’ve been a little obsessed with this fabric. I love the retro-florida feel and thought a new pair of boxers would be a fun use for it. I used this pattern, which I also used to make Christmas presents for my entire family last year. Coordinating fabrics and personalities was fun. I wonder what this selection says about me? I do love some old florida flavor.

 

The other thing I worked on was this shirt by colette. I’ve still got some handwork and hemming to finish it up, but I’m happy with how it’s turning out.

 

 

peach colette shirt

 

Using this swiss dot required a little extra thought with some of the detailing since it is semi-sheer. I needed all the seams to look clean inside and out. The strategy was to implement french seams wherever possible, which works out great in most places except for the center seam in the front and back. A french seam wants to pick a side, but since this seam is front and center, I wasn’t quite sure how to handle it. I ended up sewing it like a french seam but tried to iron it open(ish). It worked ok, but there’s surely a better way. Otherwise it was straight-forward and came together easily. I really like that the bodice is on the bias. I think that made setting in the sleeves a whole lot easier.

 

So there we have it. Some weekend fun.

 

 

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fabric fun.

 

fabric I picked up at expo

 

I made off with some good loot at the sewing expo this last week/end. Looking at my fabric stack, I find it a little funny that basically all of it will be for some clothes sewing. Is it too obvious how much I want to update my wardrobe? I’m seeing some blouses, a dress, and a jacket for sure.

 

The rest of the expo was fun! The Fabric Warehouse booth (where I spend most of my time) was bustling. They set me (and my patterns) up in a nice and cozy corner. I met lots of neat sew-ers and thoroughly enjoyed talking to them about what they are working on. There was also some very tasty strawberry shortcake. Loved that.

 

my corner of patterns

 

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and to Fabric Warehouse for letting me participate!

 

 

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will work for sweets.

 

…at least for my sister anyway.

 

She was in town over the weekend, giving me a good reason to finish up a purse I’d started for her a few weeks ago. It also didn’t hurt that she arrived bearing a hearty offering of my favorite candy (these sour gummy things found only at the Fresh Market, which sadly is not nearby). She knows how my sweet tooth rages.

 

It all started with some not-so-subtle hint dropping after seeing this bag that I made recently for myself.

 

my purse

 

My bag was adapted from a pattern in the winter issue of Stitch. I liked the rounded shape, but deviated from there. I left the outside panels plain to showcase this pretty African print, added some cording for contrast, and made other changes to the handles and interior.

 

 

 

 

 

My sister really liked the African fabric, but wanted a cross-body style bag. Luckily, I’d been eyeing this one already.

 

I made hers with a similar print and used some heavier navy fabric for the contrast. (I think the navy was a left-over from a pair of shorts that I’d made.) Either way, both fabrics worked great, and I’m pleased with how it all worked out.

 

laurie's purse

 

And on the inside, a classy, cotton print–with a stamped label, of course.

 

laurie's purse

 

She’s happy, and so is my sweet tooth. Nice doing business with you, sister.

 

 

 

 

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