|Assembling and cutting PDF files seems to be the perfect night shift activity. If I knew more sewists close by, I could hire my services out for this.|
going on at my house since I bought the serger. And, no, I haven't actually sewn anything with the blasted thing yet. To be fair, I have been washing said fabric and assembling purchased PDF patterns, no small feat. I've also been quilting on the periwinkle, pretty much some daily. I'm grateful for every time I fought to reduce bulk on that sucker, because it is indeed a bulky sucker and a challenge for using a ruler with. It should improve my technique significantly, even though it may not actually show on this quilt!
|One bumpy seamed sucker. I made many pains to reduce bulk, but there are so many seams coming together in relatively small spaces.|
I caught a great sale at Style Arc and purchased 6 or 7 patterns from them, and then went over and got one more from Hot Patterns. Most of them required knit fabric, of which I only had a few in the stash. Of COURSE I had to get more.
Fabric Mart was my first internet stop. I've never bought from them before but have read their name on some great sewing blogs. I purchased 4 lengths with specific projects in mind, then threw in a mystery "grab bag" of 6 yards of their choice. I wasn't blown away with the package on arrival. None of the 4 specifics were exactly what I had in mind. The best of the four was this mind-blowingly HUGE floral stretch twill.
|I bought this on purpose!|
The knits I picked for the active/leisure wear seem somehow wrong weight/stretch, though they might work. A ponte I picked for dress slacks has a ribbed appearance selvedge to selvedge that may look odd with the legs cut lengthwise grain. The surprise bag had some pleasantly nice pieces, probably nothing that I would have personally picked but I think I'll use it all. Quality of the whole lot appears to be quite good, and prices were excellent. I'll just have to get better at internet buying fabric, a tricky business for an old sewer like me. I use to spend hours in fabric stores, feeling, scrunching and stretching.
I then went to Mood online and purchased a lovely, appropriately grandma and (bland, safe, oh, what's that word for socially normal?) khaki stretch twill. It did take 10 days to get here, a little long in my opinion since I can actually DRIVE to the NYC metro bus station in 4 to 6 hours, depending on driver and conditions. Shipping is cheaper, but one day I'm going to have to go in person.
|Subtle shimmer, sweet lightweight knit. The classic tourist petting it.|
|The tiny mirrors throw off multi color lights.|
|mustard colored lycra on bottom, chiffon-like sheer print happy on top|
My fabric storage is filled, there is no room to store any of this. I need new clothes. I guess I better start sewing!