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Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: "Panic! summer is coming"
« Last post by bookish on Today at 10:29:10 PM »

The shot cotton is beautiful... just ordered some  ;D  I know I was going to lay off ordering fabric, but gosh.

My favorite summer top is the Style Arc Sian... loose but elegant.  I found a center seam in the front was a great way to avoid the 'expecting? at her age??' look.  The Sian top is also great for using odd bits of fabric since you can color-block... or not.

Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: Sew what are you sewing this weekend? 4
« Last post by daisy on Today at 10:11:01 PM »
I finished an embroidered and appliqued newborn onesie and then I made matching ruffle butt leggings.  Then I finished 2 t-shirts for 2 of my granddaughters for Valentine's Day.  I did all this while fighting through a migraine.  Much of the weekend was wasted.  Sometimes, I just can't overcome the pain.  Had to mail the t shirts today.  My one granddaughter won't get the shirt for her party at school but.........  I feel bad but I did the best I could.  I didn't even make anything for my other 2 granddaughters.  Geez.  The guilt......
Actually I bought that top since it goes with lots of things I have!  I would have regretted leaving it there, and now I have it to make the changes to my CLD patterns.   I'll bring or wear it to the Atlanta Expo so everyone can see it.

Now on to my current sewing --   working on the Light and Shadow coordinates, using this great silk charmeuse for the top, view B.   I altered the pattern based on Louise's guidance in the Industry Techniques Vol #3 to add a bit to the hip without changing the sleeve or top size since charmeuse is clingy, and I want it to hang rather than cling  8)   This top will look great with many other pieces including an interesting L&S vest like the ones Margy and Marcy made  ;D    BTW, I was also watching Louise's Pants DVD and LOVE the bluegreeen top she is wearing in that DVD.  I think it's the top in the Artist in Motion pattern but wasn't sure.   Please let me know for sure.

Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: What to Sew While Losing Weight?
« Last post by blue mooney on Today at 10:07:00 PM »
Best wishes to you and your DH, Ann. I hope those stressors leave you alone for awhile.

I muslined some pants last night. Ended up tweaking a bit, but I could almost have made them right from the tracing. It was astounding; that hasn't happened in decades. They are a close fitting style, too. I'm pre washing some twill to make them up right now.

Need new bras before I start fitting tops.
Chatter / Re: The Winter Fireside (Summer Gazebo in S. Hemis.)
« Last post by Laurie H on Today at 09:59:09 PM »
DH and I have had a chance to talk and we're feeling good about it all.  Dr. O's nurse called and she wanted to know when DH thought he should start his treatments and he said next week.  Looks like the treatment will be different this time.  He'll still have his infusions every day next week, but they will be for 3 hours each time.  After next week, he'll go back each week for a 4 hour infusion of a different med that attacks only the cancer cells, or any that are left over.  His blood cells will still be able to start  rebuilding after the first week. 

It feels good to know that we won't be passive anymore, he'll be attacking the problem and all we have to do is make sure that he's eating as healthy as possible and keep drinking loads of fluids and he'll be good as new before long. 
The fabric has grown a lot, but it feels lovely.  I'm contemplating putting in princess seams front and back.  Or I may recut in smaller size from these pieces - but I'm not sure about the neckline.

Meanwhile, it's time for Fantasy 6PAC with the new Spring/Summer edition of Ottobre.  In order to use my stash more effectively, I generally go through each magazine and see if I have the exact right fabric to make every item, even if I would never generally look at the pattern.  It's a lot of fun!  I haven't got the physical issue now so I thought I'd just imagine a 6PAC from the line drawings.

Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 22.14.35 by EJ VC, on Flickr

OK, so first up is two layers.  Long sleeved layers.  There's no jacket in this issue, so I'd have to pick the shirt number four and very likely the very loose shirt number 5.  It does have zips.  You know, on the side.  To make these more classic, I think I'd choose a pretty denim coloured lightweight wool-silk blend for the shirt and an ivory coloured wool gauze knit for the loose shirt.  I also might forego the zippers.  (I have both these fabrics in stash).  The tone of the collection is quite casual so far. 

Next up is bottoms.  The trousers number 14 are a given, ideally in a dark navy/ivory linen combo, and lengthened.  I don't have those fabrics, but I think I can get them.  Then I already have a bunch of skirts.  It's too cold in spring to wear any kind of shorts here (seriously, Sweden in April? Cold and rainy). The midi skirt 6 is sufficiently different from my current skirts, so I might make that in linen denim (like they have in the Otto shop) or perhaps a knit - I don't know what fabric it's drafted for!

Finally tops.  Too cold for sleeveless tops.  Peplum and midi skirt is icky.  So basic easy top 13.  I think it's a woven top, if so in a drapey cranberry wool twill with a Laura Ashley print that I have with navy and sage green and ivory in it - warmish and nice under one of the layers (but it might catch the gauze?).  I don't love the top 1 but it's the only one that meets my requirements.  I'd make it in green rayon knit, bound with navy.

In short, I do not like this particular magazine for 6 pac.  Not enough separates, too many dresses, too many sleeveless and short garments, hardly any basics.  But it's doable.  And it's fun to push your style boundaries too.
Fashion, Style & Wardrobe / Re: "Panic! summer is coming"
« Last post by KathrynT on Today at 09:46:27 PM »
I'm in the middle of summer and have found this StyleArc dress a saviour!  It just hangs from the shoulders.

I have made it 3 times.  This first as instructed, the second by just binding the V and leaving off the tricky collar and the third by changing the top to a favourite T-shirt, although the one with the collar is my favourite.  Woven and stretch fabric both work well.
Patterns and Instructions / Re: Tina Givens Patterns
« Last post by Becca_doll on Today at 09:39:58 PM »
Oh Cat-red!!  that fabric in the pants in so lovely, lush and very IveyAbitz...  Im a bit timid about using patterns and texture  but your pants are inspiring!
I will have to muster my courage!
Oh I agree!  She must be very patient to continually say the same things over and over for 19 years!  But if you keep getting new customers; they have to be re-taught!  I have watched every single webcast from the very beginning.  I have all (well most) of her DVD's.  It does get a little boring for me to see her go over the same thing over and over.  But I like to watch her for the new spins she puts on things.  She gives me ideas and that's why I watch her now.  But I can understand that some people are hearing these things for the first time and it's like French to them!  Good for her and good for them!!
Regional Groups / Re: Mississippi...
« Last post by Beckye on Today at 09:29:20 PM »
Hi, Karen,

I live in Jackson, but occasionally go up to Starkville.  I have a close friend who goes there all the time and would be a great resource for eating there.  If you would like her email address, let me know.

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