I bought this pattern, McCall’s M7390, a while ago and have waited all this time to find a striped fabric that would work. I did find a 100% linen with wide uneven stripes which I liked, but when the sales person measured it up, there was only 1.4 m left on the bolt. My pattern said I needed 1.6. Oh so what … I bought it anyway. I’ll just have to make the short sleeved version with no pockets. Hopefully I can make the short sleeved version, instead of the no sleeved version!
I was very pleased that the stripes on this fabric were properly placed along the grain. Sometimes they make a real mess of things – you follow the grain and your stripes are at an angle!
A while ago, I detailed how I organize my Pattern Stash, here. Over the years, I have probably collected, and received from others, over 200 patterns. I still use the same method I blogged about back then, but now I also have a photo of each of my patterns on my iPad. Always at my fingertips!
I put the envelopes in plastic pages into binders with all the dresses together, jackets, etc.
I put the instructions and pattern pieces into one plastic zip bag and store the bags numerically in banker boxes.
I find this way I can easily browse through all my pattern drawings and the information on the back. After I have made a decision on which pattern I want to use I move to my banker box and pull the pattern instructions and pieces out.
My fabric stash is long overdue for some sort of organizing. Continue reading
I’ve been participating in #miymarch17 on IG and the prompt for today was “COMMUNITY”. The sewing community is definitely a wonderful place to share knowledge, projects and friendship. Today’s prompt reminded me that I haven’t had the chance to share this with you yet – my visit to the creativfestival, certainly another way to meet your local sewing community. It was my first sewing expo and I certainly hope I can attend another soon.
I signed up for a class with Cindy Scraba of Cindy’s Threadworks and learned quite a few things about bag making. I always wondered what the heck I could put in my bags to make them not so floppy. Now I know!
Here are a couple of many sample bags that Cindy brought with her to discuss.