Exactly what is an easy pattern? Easy to sew because the instructions are well written? Easy to sew because you have some experience and are aware of the unwritten steps?
This is an absolutely adorable pattern designed for sheer fabrics such as voile, chiffon and georgette. The fabric selected is a black chiffon print which also has a secondary design of a stripe.
Here is a section of the instructions.
Lay out your pattern on a cutting mat and use a rotary cutter rather than scissors to cut out your pattern. Since the layers of fabric are sheer they have a tendency to shift when using shears.
The bodice front and blouse back are sewn to the yoke using an envelope method. The bodice front and backs are rolled up and tucked inside the yoke while the seams are sewn. This allows for the seams to be enclosed . While it is an easy technique, the fabrics rolled up are difficult to keep in place while trying to sew the seams. This problem is solved by rolling up the sections and then pinning with safety pins.
This looks strange, but the results are quite nice:
You can see the basting stitches still in the sleeve fabric. If you need to clip the basting stitches to relax the sleeve fabric, go ahead and clip away (but just clip the basting stitch, not your fabric).
Almost finished....... finishing touches tomorrow!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
I can't make excuses about such a lull in my blogging EXCEPT I have been too busy enjoying winter. I can't believe those are my thoughts, but to have sunshine and no snow has been such a reprieve from our recent bouts of harsh winters.
I am excited to say, the napkins for my daughter's October wedding are boxed and ready! A selection of thirty yards of different cotton prints from Fabric.com landed on my doorstep last month for the cutting, hem pressing and sewing. My daughter has selected so many different, sentimental, lacy, graphic and modern items to coordinate with these napkins that I am excited thinking about this very special occasion!
It is fortuitous (isn't that a lovely word!) the April issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine came in the mailbox this past week. In this issue is a quilt, Sticks & Bricks, which requires 5" x 7 1/2" and 1 1/2" x 7 1/2" rectangles! (The link is to a variation of the pattern called City Lights.)
I have more than enough napkin "scraps" to make the quilt.
|Here are the "bricks and sticks" up on my wall so I can plan their placement.|
|I'll be able to keep moving them around while I'm sewing on other projects until I think I've got the right balance. I added a red and a butterscotch solid cotton to break up the prints.|
Again, another fortuitous event..... a valentine came in the mail!! :) and on the return envelope was the script for the wedding envelopes..... How much fun to secretly embroider their names, date, etc into the quilt border with a floss that blushes. This way it will be in the quilt, but not glaring and overpowering.
I had given myself a deadline of February 8th to finish the napkins, so I'm giving myself a deadline of May to have the quilt finished. The deadline is more than enough time, but I'm allowing for cabin fever and other responsibilities. Cabin fever could last anywhere from a 24 hour period to several weeks, so I'm allocating the later.
Now to tell you about my valentine that I found in my mailbox the other day...