Meanwhile, I collect things to sew, which is almost as good, doncha' think? I saw this IndygoJunction pattern, made up on Patty"s blog. Isn't this cute?
It's called "Midtown Trench". I love the pleats in the back. I will make this knee-length, maybe longer. I thought Patty's version, made with a large black/white print was cute as can be!
I have a love for fabric flowers. Here's a book, showing how to make Kanzashi flowers. They are worn in the hair of Japanese ladies, and traditionally made from silk. They can be made from a variety of fabrics though. I can see a little corsage of them on a suit jacket or dress for spring. SPRING!!
There are a couple of shrug patterns, taking Stitcher'sGuild by storm. Called "E-Shrugs", this one is a download from SewingWorkshop. Nancy made it here in a black knit. It's available on TSW site for $6.00. Nancy lengthened the sleeves on hers to the wrist, which is a fabulous idea.
The other is a free HotPatterns download, available from Fabric.com, called Cascade-Cozy Shrug. Karen made it in a gorgeous lace. Here's the illustration:
There are other versions on the Stitcher's Guild website, but these two are the most recent. I love them, and have both patterns downloaded and printed. They are perfect as an accessory or a lightweight coverup for chilly summer evenings. Make it in lace as Karen did, and it can go dressy for a night out on the town. Lots of possibilities. There will be one or two of these little E-Shrugs in my future.
In the works right now, I'm trying to copy an RTW, frilly cascade jacket. I laid it out flat, pinning one section at a time to a pinnable board with tracing paper underneath. Then, with an awl, I've pricked through the seam allowances, around each piece, making little holes in the tracing paper. Then, connect the dots. I have the body done, and made a muslin. It turned out pretty good, with just a little tweaking. Next, I'll work on the sleeves.
Right now, I'm getting things ready for a Spiderman birthday party for my little four year old grandson. Red and blue cupcakes, even! Because, what's more important than a little person's birthday? Especially when you're FOUR!