Make a Garment a Month: November plans Simplicity 2451
This project has been sitting on my sewing table since the summer: Simplicity 2451 View C. It was cut out of a red. stretch cotton sateen, and then got pushed aside for a couple of dresses :-). I don't like to have sewing projects backed up, so I thought I would just go ahead and finish it, and it will be ready for next Spring!
So far I have sewn in the pleats, the pockets, and attached the yoke.
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…
If you have been following my blog for awhile, you'll know that sewing dresses
is one of my favorite things! I've had Simplicity 8640 on my radar for some time, and
when pulling fabric to "sew down some stash", I found this striped linen blend. I do
not have any notes on when or where I purchased it, so it has to be a l.o.n.g. time ago!
Simplicity's description for this pattern is as follows: Float in comfort with this Misses'/Women's loose fitting dress or tunic by designer Elaine Heigl. Features handkerchief design with length variations. Also: "not suitable for stripes"
I beg to disagree!
I like Views A and C, and chose View A's longer length. LOVE that handkerchief hem!
I admit to not following the pattern for pocket placement, as I had read other reviews stating that the
pattern placement was low. I just tried it on, and sewed the pockets on last, trying my best to
somewhat match the stripes.
I am still sewing down my stash (with a new purchase here
and there, of course!), and I found this VERY open
weave tweed-like fabric in my fabric cupboard. I do know that this has been
in my fabric stash for many years: I can't remember where I bought it. It may have been off the red tag clearance tables at
Joann's, but that purchase was made a l.o.n.g. time ago.
Is it home dec fabric? Not sure, the weave is so open. But the fabric
is drapey, and my sewing buddy Karen suggested that I use it in a
Butterick 6244 is a Lisette pattern from a while back, but it is still available on
the Butterick website.