Among other things I’ve been doing, I have been making some clothing! Several months back I fell in love with the Philip Jacobs (for Westminster Fabrics, he’s part of the KFC: Kaffe Fassett Collective of designers) petunia print in the blues. I was able to order it from Glorious Color (on Blue petunia fabric by Philip Jacobs, for as long as it is in stock!). Philip designs (gloriously) for both Rowan and for his own line, Snow Leopard. See his Westminster fabrics here or visit his Facebook page here. He also has a horse named Neddy who approves his designs (grin!).
I used a pattern I have had in my stash for a while and that is wildly popular: the Schoolhouse Tunic by Sew Liberated. You can find it in many quilt shops including Alewives Fabrics (one of my great local shops). The direct link to the pattern on the Alewives site is Schoolhouse Tunic. An alewife, by the way, is a type of fish. They are common in the area and they spawn by going upstream–just behind the shop. You can always tell when the Alewives are running in spring because every sea bird, gull, cormorant in a many-mile-radius is squawking and flying about!
I have some jersey (t-shirt type) fabric–another splurge purchase at Alewives–that I want to use to make another one. For that one, I will not use such a deep hem. My size, alas, has increased somewhat. I had thought by using the next-to-largest size I would have ample room for a shirt underneath. I have room, just not ample room. So when I make it in the jersey, I don’t think I will do the usual “go down a size to make up for the stretch.” I can easily fine tune the fit by taking deeper seams on the sides if I decide I need to do that.
This top was one of the projects I sewed on Janome’s new Skyline S7 machine, which I will review on Monday, October 26th. I used the blind hem stitch to overcast the edges.
Next up: a review of an “App” for one’s iOS device (iPad etc) and the top of the line Janome 15000 on which I usually sew. The App is incredible…that post will be up in a couple of days.