I haven’t sewn as much as I wanted this weekend. I haven’t sewn as much as I wanted for weeks now! I’m beginning to go into withdrawal.
Saturday was our modern quilt guild meeting. Northeast Louisiana (NELA) guild met yesterday and we had a lot of fun. After the meeting we all stayed and worked on different projects. One was binding, one was paper piecing, another was working on cathedral window blocks and I was marking pieces from templates in preparation of hand piecing more oriental star blocks.
My muslin for the French jacket sew along has been adapted a bit, but it is still not in final form. And to top that, I have purchased a couple more patterns! I’ve actually cut a muslin for Marfy 2417. I really wanted to see how the Marfy fit compared to the Vogue 8804. The neckline on this one is different of course from the traditional Chanel style jacket, but I’m thinking I might actually like this dropped collar neckline for my red boucle.
Now if I could only find a lining for that red boucle! I’ve ordered samples. And can I say Mood in New York was awesome about matching a sample I sent to them. I worked with a lady named Lisle who was wonderful. She was very sweet to work with and sent some fabulous fabric choices.
Most were crepe de chine and I have my heart set on Charmeuse, which is proving a problem. Do you see the dark fabric at the top right of the photo… it appears black/chocolate brown with watercolor flowers? It is a silk twill that is just beautiful. I keep trying to think of something to make from it just to have the excuse to order it.
I’m narrowing the choice down to these three (not the best photo….cropped a bit too much. The crepe de chine top left is actually a good choice for this fabric. There is a blue thread running through the selvage that is almost periwinkle. I would love to use the selvage in the trim and keep trying to pick up that color in the lining.
I got the purple / oyster sample (bottom left) from nyfashionfabric.com, and for some reason I keep going back to it. It is a charmeuse and the price is a bit dear. Friday they released a 20% discount which makes it easier to bear. I just haven’t made my mind up!
I’ve actually ordered from Mood a navy boucle and a coordinating charmeuse as backup. We’re supposed to be cutting fabric this week. I guess it’s just as well I don’t have my muslin finished since my fabrics aren’t ready.
And this is my recent haul from Marfy. I wanted the 2010 catalogue for the free patterns shown below. I love the blue jacket with the simple collar and the tie blouse.
At the same time, I picked up a couple french jacket styles as well as a simple top.
The very worst thing about shopping fabrics for a specific project, is that I get sidetracked and end up buying more fabric!! Britex had some of their wool on sale and I picked up a couple pieces for slacks that I need. One is a worsted wool and they both have a wonderful crisp feel. Their service and delivery was excellent! The order shipped the same day the order placed.
While in Hancock’s Fabrics in town, I noticed they had some 100% wool pieces…on sale … and picked up a few there as well. The top piece is lightweight with a brushed flannel feel. Very soft hand. The next two are a navy and brown lightweight wool with a crisp hand.
I need to sew these up before they end in my stash gathering dust!!
There was a muslin for the Marfy French jacket I mentioned earlier.
This slacks pattern by Claire Shaeffer.
And a Cynthia Rowley top I’ve had in my file for a while.
My goal is to get those sewn up in the next two days. Once I have a slacks pattern that works, I plan to sew up a few pair out of this new wool.
This feels like a long post today, and I’m leaving so much out! I haven’t covered some of the books I’ve bought lately. I’ll have to throw those in on another post.