Just in case you might have missed it the first time around, my essay was posted on the Sewing.org blog. I am happy to celebrate National Sewing Month and share how much sewing means to me! Take a look:
July 2015 found me knitting away on a Wedding Shawl, for my daughter Kristen, for her wedding in August 2015. I had been saving this pattern to knit for her: Haruni by designer Emily Ross, as I knew Kristen would love the vintage style of this design. I also knew that I would love knitting it! The beautiful floral border was perfect for the addition of the small, clear beads that I love to add to wedding shawls. And the easily memorized pattern gave me the opportunity to fill the knitting with loving thoughts and prayers for the Bride and her Groom.
Look closely, and you can see the beads placed along the spines, easy to add
to the stitch (before knitting it) with a crochet hook:
Kristen's Matron-of-Honor, her sister Libby, had planned a fun Bachelorette
Weekend get-away in Nashville, TN, and it was there that I gave the Bride
her Wedding Shawl…
I've been wanting to sew with linen for a while now, and this lovely linen print from Fabric Mart just jumped into my online cart a few weeks ago.
Simplicity 1810 has been in my pattern collection (now it's OOP) waiting for it's turn in the rotation, and I'm happy I got to use it! I really love the shoulder gathers, the clean neckline facings and the fullness that gets gathered by the self ties that come out of the back darts (clever!). The linen I used does tend to stand away from the body a little bit, but not enough to bother me.
After measuring the pattern pieces I decided that there was enough ease so that I did not need to make an FBA, but I did raise the front neckline about 1/2 inch, lengthened the ties, and graded out from below the bust to hem. That extra hip room was not needed and I ended up taking some back out.
Today I wore this with the ties crossing over in front and knotted in the back, hard to see with my printed linen. But I do also have the optio…
What's not to love about a Spring wedding in Michigan, especially when the
weather turns out perfect!
One of my daughters' dear friends had a lovely outdoor barn wedding this month,
and I got to wear my new dress: McCall's 7381
I had this blouseweight Peachskin woven fabric from FabricMart waiting on my shelf
and it worked perfectly with this McCall's pattern.
After reading a few reviews of this pattern, I knew the bodice might run a little big,
so I did not make any adjustments there. Actually, I only made a couple of changes.
The pattern calls for lining the bodice, and