Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I'm back in the sewing room!!!

Since I've been losing weight (31.4#!!), I was able to use one of those patterns that I was trying to sell over on PR.

I made 3 muslin's before the fit was right.
I used size 22 and made a FBA of 2" and I had to shorten the shoulder width by 1/2".

Here is the finished blouse.
I dislike this fabric very much, it is a rayon blend and it was very difficult to cut, sew and hem. After I finished it I threw it into the washer and dryer and all these little frayed edges stuck out from the hem. It was just too difficult to turn under without a wavy hem. I'm wearing the blouse today to see how it wears, but I'm thinking it will not be a favorite! I'm working on another one with sleeves that I will post just as soon as I'm finished.

This weekend my new PR friend (Jill) and I traveled to New Orleans to Promenade Fabrics on St. Charles Avenue. What a wonderful shop! The gentleman (that I'm guessing was the owner) was a character and he knew his fabric. The best selection of linen and silk that I think I have ever seen. All of his fabric is from Europe. I didn't know there were so many varieties of linen! I bought 4 pieces of fabric! A navy linen, a piece of cotton pique that is white with navy polka dots a really nice brown paisley knit and a wonderful stretch cotton with orange/green paisley on white. Jill bought a few pieces as well, but she almost bought this fabulous lime green silk, but she decided she just couldn't pay that much for fabric and then she would be afraid to cut it!!! I totally understand that because I have a $25 yard Italian cotton that I haven't cut either! The gentleman even suggested that we go across the street for lunch at Hoshun Restaurant, and he was right. The food and atmosphere was wonderful! Then we headed back to Metarie to Joann's and Jill bought a few peices of this wonderful silky feeling fabric for some blouses. Then we headed home. It was a wonderful day and I was so glad to finally meet JillRN1995, we will be going on another fabric shopping expedition in the near future.

1 comment:

catspec said...

WOW...that is a great pattern for that class. It is the one I used and I am larger than you are. Is is a nice pattern and once you have it fitted makes a nice shirt. :) Nice work on that muslin.