I recently attended my first sewing retreat. What a wonderful way to spend three cold winter days. Doing something you love in the company of 40 like minded ladies, stopping only to eat and sleep. There was lots of stories, sharing, laughter and inspiration. The retreat was organized by the Northern VA chapter of ASG. So I got to socialize in person with fellow bloggers from VA and MD. Jane Welmoed Julie and Michelle The sewing room was a lovely high ceiling ballroom with huge windows, in a historic hotel in Winchester, VA. The light was fantastic. This is the room in the quiet of the morning, as the early risers were starting to come down for breakfast.
|Sewing Retreat - Ballroom|
I'll start with the blouse. The colder than normal weather has motivated me to sew warm wooly fabrics. And I wanted to up my winter weekend style from wool lumberjack shirt to something
warm and pretty. My blouse is made of a 55% Wool/ 45% Cotton blend fabric from Fabric Mart. So soft and warm. It doesn’t crease when worn, but pressed and sewed like a dream. The blouse pattern is number 132 from Burda Style, Feb 2013 issue.
Petersham ribbon, in 3/8 inch width, trims the collar and armhole seams and 1” width is used for the cuffs. Petersham has a ribbed weave and a a fiber content of rayon, cotton or a blend of the two. It looks like common polyester grosgrain ribbon. But the fiber content makes a huge difference. It allows the petersham to be shaped and curved while still laying flat. Try that with poly grosgrain! I bought my petersham from Vogue Fabrics. It is also available from Etsy vendors and hat making Internet sites. I washed and dried both the wool/cotton fashion fabric and the petersham by machine before making the blouse. Even though the laundering recommendation on the fabric was dry clean.
I like how the trim breaks up the print and draws the eye to the face and shoulder area.