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October with Jack

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My goal for October was to make the Jack Quilt by Laura Heine.  I succeeded only beacuse I had a couple of snow days in October.  After creating the Featherweight Quilt , I thought this one would be fairly easy.  It was actually pretty challenging for me.  I expected to put in a lot of time, but I wasn't quite prepared for it being as complicated as I felt it was.  The crows went together fine, but I really struggled with the corn stalks.  At the end of the project, IT WAS WORTH IT!  

 

Retreat, Retreat, Retreat

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In September, I went on the Sew Fancy Retreat put on by Pink Door Fabrics.  It started Thursday night with a talk from Tula Pink.  This was the first time that I have seen Tula Pink, and I was blown away.  She talked about business, color, fabric, schedules, process, family... It was wonderful and gave me quite a bit to think about.

 

August/September Sewing

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July was supposed to be for sewing hard things.  I got through only 2 outfits from that planned list, and even then, I didn't finish until sometime in August.  From an old Vogue Pattern, I made a dress and jacket out of the Retro Vibe collection from Hoffman.  It was difficult, but it turned out quite nice.  As with most Vogue Patterns, it was super confusing in some parts.

 

 

"Wichita Skyline"

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So we got back from Wichita over a week ago, and I was pretty motivated to get to work on the quilt right away, but I was not feeling well FOR SO LONG after we got back.  Yuck.  The quilt is due to the fair next week, and I am not even halfway through the quilting.  The quilt top is all applique.  Originally, I was going to piece it all.  I'm very happy that I changed my mind.  I think the truck is the most important thing, and I am super happy with how it came out.  That was not going to happen if I pieced it.

 

This Year's Fair Quilt

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Perusing old blog posts, I found that the quilt I am making for the Fair this year started percolating in my brain during the summer of 2014.  Wow.  I suck.

 

The Mahina Cardigan Test!

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Soooo................I got to test the Mahina Cardigan Pattern by Scroop Patterns.  Yay!  

Since I was a tester, I made the trial version which is a little different than the final version. 

 

When I found out about being a tester, I spent at least an hour pouring over fabrics at Colorado Fabrics.  I settled on two poly textured knits.  I wanted to be able to try it out on something not terribly expensive in case I screwed it up.  When I was done with testing the pattern, I had 3 cardigans.  I SO want another.  

 

Hepburn Pants

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April's Pattern for Sew My Style 2019 is the Hepburn Pants from Wardrobe by Me.  The pattern calls for fabric with some stretch which I wasn't very excited about.  I don't want pants that stretch; I prefer cotton that relaxes over time.  So, off I went to Colorado Fabrics to figure out what I was going to use.  I settled on a recycled polyester bottom weight.  I justified buying polyester by reminding myself that it was recylced.  

 

Ann Normandy Pant AGAIN

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Jenny Overalls

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I finished up some Jenny Overalls today. I cut a size 8, and I think I could size down and be fine, but I wanted to be sure I had room to wear a t-shirt underneath.  They are super comfortable.   I plan to make the trousers too.  I am going to have to size down for them.

 

 

Generally speaking, I have trouble with waistbands.  All types - all the time.  Ugh.  This waistband worked out great (the zippers are kinda wonky though).  I made the 2 zipper version because I think it looks cool, and I was too lazy to do a test fit.

 

Givre Shirt

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Here is my version #1 of the Givre Shirt by Deer and Doe.  I cut this as a size 36 even though I measure a 34.  It is made from scraps.  Who knows what type of material.  It feels very much like the top is plastic and the bottom is some sort of blend.  

 

This is version #2.  I cut it the same size.  This is a heavier weight, and I know it is cotton/lycra.  Both of these are pretty darn tight.  I normally don't wear a lot of tight clothes.

 

 

Yikes.