Friday, April 20, 2012

Sewing Camp is O-vah!

Well, the beginning of the weekend feels a little sad, because it's the end of sewing camp with Sandra and the ladies, but I FINISHED my shirt!
I'll do a review of it - love it - but I just wanted to get the pictures up today. I was successful with wooly nylon in the bobbin and twin stitching - woohoo! (Not successful would be using old Steam a Seam to hold the seam allowances before stitching - I found out that it dries out in our climate if you don't keep it in a ziplock bag, and since it doesn't melt with the iron, it doesn't stretch with the wooly nylon - lesson learned.)
Here's a terrible shot of the back - I'll get a better one for the review when I can get a reliable cameraman. Did I mention I love this shirt?
And after 3 hours of sleeplessness this morning, I decided (WISELY) to start the cardigan with Sandra's help. Two comments from reviewers at PR were that it was too short and that the tie was too high under the bust. I showed Sandra the pattern and my fabric, and asked her for her advice. She immediately said, "Let's make it 4 inches longer and flare it out," and she had me cut it so the tie is lower under the bust. Here are the awesome pattern alterations she did, but you'll have to wait for the final product since I had to pick the kids up from school. (Props to Mimi for picking them up yesterday!)
I will just say that I think this version with her pattern changes will rock the current bevy of cardigans (though MN Barb's version rocked as an original). And also, can I say how surreal it was that I was sewing and talking yesterday and noticed that it was 3:15 PM, then the next time I looked up it was 6:30 PM?! That's just how fun this is - the sewing machine seems to create a time warp. (Robbie, I'm so sorry I didn't get a picture of your finished muslin! Sue and the ladies said they'd post our final pictures if we email them - they took some pics before I left too.)


RobbieK said...

Not to worry! We were all very happy with the fit of the jeans. Can't wait to finish them and then make another pair. Did you get your cardigan cut out??

Sister said...

I got the right front put together, working on the left front today and hope to finish this weekend!

Pammie said...

I am so impressed you went to sewing camp! I love it - and great shirt!!!!!

Sister said...

Sometimes you just have to take a couple days off work and have some fun, right?!

Sheila said...

Lovely top and great print.

Sister said...

Thanks Sheila!