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Back in the saddle again

2011 October 3
by elizabeth_admin

Oh yes indeed I have been sewing.   I made a muslin of the skirt, tweaked the fit, and started sewing the real deal too!  And in true Elizabeth form, I have made things more complicated than necessary by:

  • Eliminating the CB seam thereby requiring a side seam zip (due to this genius move, there are no future alterations for this skirt knowing myself as I do and my dislike for alterations — so I better not gain/lose weight ever again)
  • Adding a lining to the facings (now I need to figure out how to deal with the slit vis a vis the lining)
  • Not having an appropriately colored lining nor a good facing fabric in the stash (enter emergency fabric shopping at lunch-time today for lining and using inappropriate juvenile fabric for the facings)

I do however own a burnt orange 8- inch zipper and burnt orange thread already thanks to another impromptu garment district visit on Saturday.  Why I didn’t think of the facing or lining on Saturday escapes me completely.  I think I had it in my head that I could wing something from the stash not realizing none of my stash linings were even close to coordinating with my burnt orange corduroy.  The perfectionist in me couldn’t accept anything but a good coordinating or matching color for my beloved cashmere corduroy.  I am however totally traveling to the Land of Ironicism with my facing fabric choice.  I don’t have a picture of it uploaded, but think halloween colors/juvenile/ABC’s and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what it looks like. 

I started sewing the skirt over the weekend.  I am using a walking foot for the corduroy as suggested by Sandra Betzina’s Fabric Savvy book.  I am on the fence as to whether it helps or not though.  The stitching is not the best quality, but there’s no uneven feeding of the top and bottom fabrics, so I guess I will keep using it. 

But back to the emergency fabric shopping earlier today…  I went to my go to fabric store downtown, P&S Fabrics, and found the perfect lining to go with my beloved corduroy and a little something-something extra, a gorgeous heathered grey wool flannel for a great price ($10.99/yd).  I loved the hand of this fabric.  I think I should get bonus points since it’s a solid fabric right?  In fact, I think I should get free fabric whenever I go against type and buy a solid fabric, don’t you think?  Seeing as how I am a dyed in the wool print gal and all.

Oh, do you want to actually see what I bought today?


So I’m all set to continue on my front slit skirt odyssey tonight, unimpeded by unanticipated fabric or notions needs. 

I have to tell you that it was such a joy to sew this weekend.  Now that Jack is healthy again and that major worry is gone, I can relax and sew.  I had no idea how much my worry was physically weighing on me.  Anyway, I was reveling in my sewing — I loved the step by step process (don’t tell my best friend though) and fondling the fabric as I worked with it.  It  was like kneading a dough and sensing the qualities of the dough as you knead. 

Do you feel that way about sewing too?

4 Responses leave one →
  1. October 3, 2011

    Elizabeth, I loved reading this post. You sound just like me with mad dashes to buy fabric when I’m right in the middle of a project and don’t have exactly what I need. And yes, I definitely feel that way about my sewing. When I’m sewing, I’m in the zone. Heaven, really.

  2. October 3, 2011

    That is great that Jack is healthy! YEA!
    I can’t wait to see your new skirt!!

  3. October 4, 2011

    I’m so glad everything is coming together in a good way! You are going to look dynamite in your skirt. Love the wool. I think I will adopt your philosophy: no guilt over purchasing solids, since it’s so unlike me it was probably done by my evil twin.

  4. October 5, 2011

    Oh I do feel that way. Love the buttery softness of jerseys, the weave of linens and slide of silk. Love a well crafted pattern with a few surprises too. Love your burnt orange fabric!

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