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Eating my words

2013 January 30
by elizabeth_admin

Yep.  That’s me.  Eating my words.  Why you ask?  Well, let’s start at the beginning.

Yesterday I was prepping a pattern for my mom’s secret birthday present.  (Mom, if you’re reading this, please stop right here and read no further.  I mean it.)  I made a muslin, tweaked it a bit with the help of Sherril.  And then I decided that I really needed to fit the muslin on my mom.  (Mom, stop reading right now!!!)  It’s very important for this present to fit well.  I don’t want to guesstimate the fit.  My mom and I have different shapes, so fitting the muslin to my shape would be disastrous.  I would tell you which pattern I was trying to fit, but my mom is still probably reading this post.  (Mom, really.  Stop!!!)

At this point I stopped futzing with the pattern/muslin and looked on-line for a different pattern.  The one I wanted to use is OOP.  More on that later.  But I did find a suitable pattern in the latest Vogue releases.  And this is where today’s story starts.

Knowing that I didn’t want to wait for shipping from Vogue and also knowing that my local fabric store, Yardage Town, does not carry Vogue patterns at all, I steeled myself to go to Joann’s today.  This time, however, I avoided the Poway store and instead thought I’d try the store in Escondido.  Boy, was this store so much nicer.  It was like night and day compared to the one in Poway.  The fabric was nicely displayed.  There were more garment fabrics than the other store and nicer ones in general.  Everything was clean, orderly and inviting.  Did I just write inviting?  Yes I did.  I actually had a very pleasant shopping experience there.  In fact, even though I only went in for a pattern (which they unfortunately did not have), I thought I should show my appreciation for a nice Joann’s store and buy some fabric.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

If you will recall, my mom is not the only one with a birthday coming up.  My niece Katie and nephew Thor’s birthdays are as well.  I have been wondering what to make for Katie.  In fact I will be seeing her this weekend.  It would be nice to bring my present with me, well ahead of her birthday this year.  I thought I would make her a circle-ish circle skirt (with an elastic waist to avoid a fitting disaster).  If I can make a knit top, that would be awesome too.  We’ll see how much I can get done tonight and the rest of this week.  *fingers crossed*

Here are the fabrics I picked.



Both are polyester and therefore washable, which is great for kids clothes.  The rosette tulle will go over the taffeta like fabric.  It will be very twirly which I’m sure she’ll love.  I hope to be able to appliqué one or two of the rosettes on the knit top.

I also found a brocade I liked to replicated a purse I bought years ago that I love and which is now close to falling apart on me.  To make the piping, I found a great accent fabric in black that has a slubby texture.  It will coordinate with the brocade dreamily.



Isn’t that gorgeous?

I also bought some terry cloth in white because I ran out making the last set of bibs.

And so, it just goes to show you that not all Joann’s are created equal.  Some are really nice, like this store in Escondido (even though they didn’t have the pattern that I wanted).  I didn’t believe those of you who commented on my last post about Joann’s, but you were right.  I stand corrected.  I will still avoid that Poway store like the plague though.

Wish me luck finishing my niece’s bday present.  I’ll need it.  And mom, if you’re still reading this, hah!  I didn’t reveal anything about your present.

Happy sewing!

6 Responses leave one →
  1. January 30, 2013

    I bought that some rosette fabric from Joann’s a few days ago. But only 1/4 yard, to make a skirt for a girl Sock Monkey.

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      January 30, 2013

      Great minds think alike. 🙂

  2. January 31, 2013

    I am glad you found a good Joann’s down south! Isn’t it crazy how terrible some of the stores are, where others actually carry some pretty good fabric? I am excited to see your purse project come to life – the fabrics look fantastic together in the picture.

  3. January 31, 2013

    I love the greys.

  4. January 31, 2013

    Ooh, Pretty!

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