I had to go digging in the resource center for some of the miles of blue gingham hiding there this past weekend. Seems I am going to be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz for Halloween. I had the blouse and will add the needed blue ricrac trim. DD gave me a tiny basket with Toto to walk around with. Old black flats will become ruby red slippers and a gingham pinafore, to be constructed by next Friday, will hopefully tie it all together. We are all dressing as book characters for the day on Halloween and Dorothy seemed pretty easy, except for the hair, but I will figure something out. Do yo see those bias straps on this pinafore?
Anyhoo, digging back there sure got my sewjo mojo boiling. I found all sorts of things to inspire. If you saw the Pin Post you may have noticed the egg cups full of pins were sitting on a really lovely fabric. This is the purple/blue wool gabardine that I felted. It took two washes and dry on the hottest settings but now I am really happy with the felting. I need jackets for work. Blazers and more structured jackets will not work as I and my comrades do a lot of reaching and stretching and carrying of books. I need something closer to a sweater than a structured jacket. A felted wool jacket will be great. I have a pattern picked out but it's a real stretch to get where I want that wool to go so I will start with a muslin. There are only three pieces and the construction really lends itself to the wool. I will reach into my bag of tricks to see what I need to make this felt look it's unique best. I will keep you in suspense on the pattern because I think you will say, "wha?" I hope to make it work and fingers crossed.
This lovely lady is Mary Ray, accomplished sewist, teacher and member of the editorial staff at Threads magazine. From the first time I saw her top I knew I wanted one just like it. On the Threads site she actually goes into the method used for her sweet top. It's a method I've used a few times involving fusible tricot and random folding of tucks. I love the look and had total plans to make this. Then last week I walked into Joanns clearance sale and there was this rayon knit that looked pretty darn close. I bought. I started. I decided to make something rather close fitting from a favorite knit top pattern, Butterick 5387. The neckline is not easy but the three times I've made it I've somehow gotten it to work, despite the directions. Here's my last version:
I have to say, this was one biatch to get sewing on. The fabric was more slippery than a two year old's spilled bottle of bubble soap. It was like sewing air. But I think it will be worth it. I am also going to make a nude cami for underneath. I have a couple but I want something a bit more comfortable and have a couple of ideas.
So that is one project. The blue felted wool jacket will be another and a third couple of fabrics that inspired me are these:
Thank you to all who have participated in the Monday sewing series. Your ideas, suggestions and experiences have been so helpful to all readers. Thanks, again.
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