The annual beach vacation has come and gone – As in years past, the girls planned a group sewing project. But we never seemed to get around to it. Good thing patterns and fabrics age well.
|Project for Beach Week 2015|
|garbage bag chic _ Jeremy Scott|
|Kingsville High School, Ashtabula County, Ohio|
Another weekend we visited the Fredericksburg, VA civil war battlefield where DH’s great grandfather fought for the union side. DH descended from the offspring of the man and his 30 year younger, 2nd wife in case you did the math and were a bit puzzled. There is a great Austrian restaurant, Bavarian Chef in the Fredericksburg train station where we had lunch.
And we spent one weekend in the Shenandoah Valley, delivering left behind items to DS #1, who lives in a town that has a delightful independent fabric store Ragtime Fabrics They have a cute store tour video. If you ever traveling in I81, Harrisonburg, VA is the exit to take to visit this store. We also stopped at the local farmers' market and one of the big caverns in the area.
I made a quick top from Kwik Sew 3032 pattern.
|Kwik Sew 3032|
|center front seam|
|Front neckline hem|
I was browsing my Japanese pattern books and found a technique for dealing with the situation. It is from a book called Simple and Cute, which has a lot of tops with various forms of ruffles.
|Simple and Cute|
I like the instruction pictures in Japanese sewing books. They are easy to understand without reading any text. They remind me of the Wordless Workbench feature in the Popular Science magazines that were bathroom reading material ( along with Readers' Digest) in my childhood home. Isn’t it funny what you remember sometimes?
|Wordless Workbench - Roy Doty|
Here are the instructions for finishing a V neckline with a fold over hem, when you don't have center seams with built in miters.
|V neck with fold over hem|
A small piece of interfaced fabric, essentially a mini facing just for the V area, is sewn along the neckline seam at the V.
Clip just to the stitching in the center of the V. Turn mini facing and the hem allowance on the rest of the neckline to the inside, and topstitched in place. The technique worked very well.
|Dior inspiration dress|
I am weaving bands on an inkle loom, inspired by the Oct/Nov 2014 Threads Magazine article "How to Weave Custom Trims" by blogger and weaver Daryl Lancaster. The woven bands may be used to trim a vest I am making for a local ASG group vest challenge.
And I read this book while riding in the car on the weekend trips. I am testing some of the patterns in the book.
This weekend's plans include the NAS Oceana Air Show in Virginia Beach. Nothing like sitting on the sand, the sight and sound of the Blue Angels flying in formation overhead, and the lingering scent of jet fuel.