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Style Arc Italia Shirtdress – The Finished Dress

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Hello all,

I was hoping to take some pictures outside now that the weather is starting to warm up but it is quite dreary and rainy here today.  That is not a complaint, mind you.  This time last year we still had quite a bit of snow on the ground to the extent that you could not see the pool in the backyard.  Today however, there is no snow, and the water that has accumulated on top of the pool’s winter cover is completely fluid.  Usually, it is iced over until early April.  We have had mild winters like this before but they are a rare event indeed.

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Here is my completed Style Arc Italia Shirtdress.  I’m going to call this “Version 1” and will be making it again in the next week or so.  There are two issues that I have with this version, and they are both wholly my fault through lack of foresight and an error of judgement.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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A quick post to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Sunday Power Sewing and Stash Busting – New Look 6838

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Down in my sewing room, I have three Rubbermaid totes full of fabric along with several bags of additional yardage piled on top, tucked in to drawers and hanging in closets.  Now, I know that some of you will read that and say “Pfft…what a Rookie!” however the disorganization of it is what is bothering me, more than the quantity.  I stopped myself from going out to buy an additional tote with the intent that I am going to figure out a better system.  Please feel free to let me know of any ideas you may have.

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Fast Friday – Fabricland Member Sale

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For those of you in Ontario who are Fabricland “Sewciety” Members, they are having a terrific sale right now which runs September 9-27.  It is an annual event and I have been keeping an eye out for it since the beginning of summer.

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Vogue 1329 Kay Unger Colourblock Dress

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I just finished Vogue 1329 and could not be happier with the end result.  Here is the picture from the Vogue website.

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I’m Gonna Make You An Offer You Can’t Refuse

A few years ago I bought a Pfaff Hobbylock.  I brought it home and promptly named it Fraulein Schweiger (name that movie).  It wasn’t a big investment and has served me well through garments, costumes, drapes and so on.  In its short time with me, it has pumped out miles of lovely finished seams.

I wasn’t always diligent at keeping it as lint free as one should, however I did give it an overhaul every month or two; removing debris and oiling the moving parts.

But lately it seemed that I fought with it more often than not.  So, while out running errands today, I took it in for servicing.

The lovely gentleman there truly made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.  He paid me just shy of my original purchase price to trade in on a new serger.  The cost to repair was such that it just didn’t make sense to do anything other than take the deal.  Sigh, what’s a girl to do.

Here is my shiny new Janome, fresh out of the box.  image

Happy Valentines Day indeed!

 

Andrea

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Double, double toil and trouble; Simplicity 9891

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I have had a slow start to my RTW fast as I have been working on some costumes for a high school production of Macbeth.

Here is a picture of two dresses that I have made so far.  These are both for Lady Macbeth.  I have taken to calling the striped one “The VonTrapp” as it started out as a pair of drapes and a tablecloth.

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The pattern used is Simplicity 9891 and both dresses are view B.

These came together very quickly and with no issues.  Thankfully, between the ties at the front and others at the back, fitting has been a breeze.  All they need is to be taken in a pinch at the back seam and hemmed.

I have one more to make for Lady Macduff which I will post when completed.

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