Am I the only one waiting for Wednesday, praying for peace and quiet everywhere? Hm. Thought not.
Meanwhile . . . . . wish I could say I’ve been sewing or crocheting, but haven’t had time. 🤨 Well, I made time to go through Vogue Fabric‘s latest drop — their Early Spring catalog.
There’s a lovely terra cotta ponte I could use for pants, shorts, or culottes. But since I’ve still got a mountain of fleece to sew up am restraining meself. It’s just these autumnal colours are so rarely “in” I hate to pass them by. Know wha’a mean? 😫
Lots of familial communication lately. Love ’em all to bits and appreciate hearing from them. A good zoom meeting instead of half a zillion emails would do the trick, but not for them. C’est la vie. 😉
So this is short but sweet today – love you & leave you. May everyone’s week be quiet and calm and full of inspired creativity!
I knew during the 2019-2020 winter that I needed to sew up some winter clothes a basic winter wardrobe, but I had an intuition to put it on hold. (It was a short, warm winter 😉.)
After decades of dressing professionally — whatever that means — my fabric and pattern collections mirrored that style. Meanwhile, I was working from home, trying to ramp up on-line diction & coaching sessions, and living a more relaxed life style.
Last March the rest of the world reluctantly joined me. My resistance to more casual styles started to crumble. So did everyone else’s.
By November the wonderful world of indie pattern designers were churning out more appropriate patterns, and smart U.S. fabric stores were bypassing the post office for UPS or FedEx. BUT: Would I go the PDF route?
For me, everything started to coalesce when Love to Sew aired an October podcast, Sewing Loungewear. Then Vogue Fabrics had a quick fleece sale, PDFPlotting announced a big PDF pattern printing sale, and several indie pattern companies also announced sales.
Thus, I find myself with 4 pieces of nice, soft and cuddly fleece for pyjama-style tops & bottoms, and a couple other pieces for spring makes. Heaven knows I’ve already got enough rayon for hot weather wear.
It’s that time of year and I, for one, am a bit busy. How about your good selves?
Join me for Virtual Tea this week and we can talk!
Over here, our postal peeps are done in… A few small bits of fabric were sent from Georgia at the end of November and are still “in transit.” Good thing they aren’t anything for the holiday.
Earlier in December several pattern companies had sales, so I got busy ordering PDFs, then downloading the files to send off to PDFPlotting for printing.
Because of the C problem, my apartment complex’ office can’t receive oversize packages. (Patterns come rolled in a long box, not folded flat.)
Remembering that, I called PDFPlotting and asked about a better way to ship. Got an answer right back with an alternative (UPS) for only $2 more. Well worth it — no hassle getting them right to my door in 2 days. Phew!
Then Vogue Fabrics sent word they were having a short-but-sweet fleece sale. I realised my winter wardrobe was getting is threadbare, assessed the new patterns, and ordered fleece. After the dust sorta settled I ordered again.
The day I realised the Atlanta cotton wouldn’t arrive this week BOTH Vogue orders arrived. Talk about a Happy Dance! The last night of the sale I decided to order a bit more . . . . . .
What can I say… it’s been a tough year. 😀
Am I the only person that immediately checks stash fabric for matches with new fabrics?
Ahhh . . . . . . . Happy Dance!
3 of 4, washed (brown’s drying). The top navy (& brown) are for pants, gold & green (below gold) are for tops.
First off, my apologies to Sandra (Wild Daffodil) for not getting this up Tuesday.
Her Textile Tuesday is the first Tuesday of the month, and all are welcome to join in.
How are you?? I hope you’re all safe and well and bearing up under our worldwide extremities. There’s so much good going on I try to focus on that. It helps put the other junk into perspective.
This is a little long, so you might want to collect your favourite brew and settle in for a bit. Hope you enjoy. 😉
June included Sewing Weekender 2020, online for the first time this year, and available to sewers across the globe.
Close to 2,000 people bought tickets, and over £26,500 (UK) was contributed to charities.
There were numerous videos for us to watch, and a Zoom chat session at the end of both days (Saturday and Sunday).
All-in-all, it was a wonderful experience that is still benefiting many of us!
For my part, I didn’t get much sewing done, and I understand that’s not unusual. It can be a time for making new friends, learning new techniques, listening to favourite designers or meeting new ones ~ all things sewing!
There was also a HUGE virtual goodie bag. How they managed to pull it all together in such a short time I’ll never know. Mind-boggling. Seriously.
Both are 100% cotton, with the orange (above) slightly less weighty than my Shweshwe (top photo), and the red (on left) about the weight of quilting cotton.
Both have almost no differentiation between right and wrong sides. I decided to wash each (separately) in cold water in my machine, and they came out beautifully.
The Shweshwe that Anne (Compulsive Seamstress) sent me (top photo) is in daily use as a stole when I’m sitting at the computer under an air con vent. It just doesn’t seem to want to be anything else at the moment, so I’m not arguing.
Given all the happenings here in the U.S., I’ve been doing my research to find out more about what’s appropriate usage for this fabric, and what’s not.
In case this gorgeous fabric has also caught your eye, but you’ve not had time to get your questions answered, I’ve made a little list… 😉