Sunday, September 22, 2013

Simplicity 1723 Begins!

Any notions I had about whipping out a simple little jumper for Sophie have left the building. First the fabric: It's acrylic and cotton pink boucle, cute, and it FRAYS! Oy, does it fray! That was dealt with  as you'c expect. It stretches out. I ended up taping the neckline and armholes. I had to cut the tape to fit  the pattern and steam the fabric back into the proper length and stay stitch the tape on. The tape is selvedge from other projects that I save up in a jar.

I also chose to flatline this garment, so that all took time. My entire sewing yesterday was all prepping the pattern pieces before actually starting to make darts and stitching the jumper together. Now that all of that is done I can just put the thing together today. This will have a facing because of the shoulder tabs and that will be bound as well as the waistline seam. I am also putting in an invisible zip so the sequence of construction in the pattern directions will not work but that's OK.  The flatlining and topstitching all those bound seams should really strengthen the boucle weave and prevent seams from popping apart. Sophie is an active little girl who loves to dress up, a girl after my own heart, and I know  she will love this.
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I have just discovered ground cherries at our Amish neighbor's farm stand. They are wonderful and today I hope to make a coffee cake with them. I am going to get lots more and freeze them up for the winter. Plan right now is to make a ground cherry pie at Thanksgiving. We will be having a houseful this year and I want to have a memorable feast. Have you ever cooked ground cherries?....Bunny

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  1. Bunny, the fabric is so pretty, looking forward to seeing the completed dress. Sophie is a lucky girl!
    I just read about ground cherries for the first time yesterday on a food blog (with recipes) - I'd never heard of them prior. Now twice in one weekend, hmmm. I doubt I'll see any IRL here in Florida, but if I do I'll be sure to get some.

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    1. They grow everywhere from what I understand. Up here they are an annual and need to be planted each year. I can't wait to plant some next year. They also seem quite prolific.

      As far as flavor, it is wonderful, sort of a pineapple-y strawberry with slight background of tomato. I will make my coffee cake this afternoon after sewing.

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  2. Wow, Bunny, that is going to be some dress! Sophie is a lucky girl.

    I have never heard of ground cherries as an ingredient. What is in that picture? It looks to me like tomatillos in their paper-like shell. I just love tomatillos. :)

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    1. They look just like tomatillos but they don't ripen until they have been on the ground for a while. When they first fall off the fruit is yellow. You have to wait until it is orange before eating. Then you take off the husks, rinse, and cook. There are some great recipes on Pinterest and are just lovely eaten out of hand too.

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  3. Wow! That is some intensive construction. I've got some fabric that I've considered making a coat out of. I know it will fray, so I keep pushing the fabric to the back of my closet, procrastinating!

    NEVER heard of ground cherries before.

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  4. I've never heard of ground cherries before, but now I will look for them

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  5. When I opened your post, the first thing I thought was, "I really like that fabric." Should make up beautifully.
    Now I have to search out ground cherries. Intriguing!

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  6. It's going to be adorable! I'll really need to review your flat lining tute so I can understand it. Never heard of ground cherries, but I'll start looking for them.

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  7. Hi there Bunny,

    Lovely project.
    On the subject of the fruit, it looks like what is called Physalis fruit here in the UK.............also goes by the name of cape gooseberry, strawberry tomato, chinese lantern and goldenbery!! Wonder if it is this fruit.........They look like little orange coloured balls, when the paper is taken off them...........Just a thought. Can't wait to see the finished top. It will be so perfect as your work always is. Always enjoy your blog and admiring your work.

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  8. Love the dress Bunny looking forward to seeing it made up. Interesting that the fruit are called ground cherries there. In NZ we call them Cape Gooseberries and they are a weed but make the most divine jam!

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