Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Meeting up with international sewing friends and some upcoming class updates

All summer long I was looking forward to my relaxing vacation and one day I received a message from Yoshimi who is a long time sewing friend that I actually had never met in person. She said she and Carolyn were coming to San Francisco and New York so we could all meet up. For a split second I had the thought that they would be here when I was away, but fortunately they arrived the day I returned! Does that ever happen to you? A few weeks go by with nothing much happening and then everything at once and you have to make choices, which never fails to mean that you miss something fun. But this worked out and I was able to get together with them a couple of times while they were here.
Interestingly they were two of the first people whose blogs I started reading ages ago and I'm in awe of both their talents - they both are sewing wizards as well as fantastic knitters, a skill I admire all the more because I can't seem to learn it.
First up we met over at Stone Mountain in Berkeley for some shopping. They were staying in SF near Shams who had met Yoshimi previously when she traveled in Japan They arrived before me and it was so surreal to walk around a stack of fabric and see Carolyn looking at the linens.

intl sewing meetup

We're all wearing our handmade wardrobes - Yoshimi and Carolyn's are Vogue patterns and my dress is a old Butterick pattern that I always think I should make again, and the silk twill fabric I bought at Stone Mountain so it seemed fitting to wear it :)

C and Y at shop

They are both so delightful and it was a thrill to meet and talk. It was great to see Shams again as it's been quite a while since I've seen here also. As we were leaving the store I remembered the photo spot which they found very useful. And I will include this one to show that striking the right pose is not easy and Carolyn is doing the "gaze thoughtfully into the distance which showing your outfit to best advantage" while I am looking like I fear a bird may drop something on my dress 😉.

B and C at shop

That was Sunday, on Monday they had perfect weather in SF and saw a lot of the city, renting bikes (intrepid with all the hills!) riding across the Golden Gate Bridge and doing all the stuff that I never do unless I have out of town visitors.
On Tuesday evening I met them in the city for dinner and unfortunately Shams wasn't feeling well so she could make it, but Yoshimi, Carolyn and I had a lovely dinner together and as Carolyn said we never run out of things to talk about. I'm already thinking I need to get my 2020 travel plans organized and take a trip to someplace that's not a tropical beach.

One last thing - which is the cutest sewing item I've ever seen. Yoshimi gave me this present which looks like a lipstick but is a tiny pincushion. I think if I ever go to Japan I will need an empty suitcase!
Pincushion mini

Now for an entirely different topic - we have lots of great classes coming up at Hello Stitch. 

If you are interested in any classes I suggest you register as soon as you decide, since a lot of the classes are selling out very quickly. Particularly our Learn to Sew Series - I'm thrilled at the reception that class has received and also to see so many people from that class continue with others.

Here's what's coming up, not in calendar order but I've grouped them by type of garment.

The Jeans Jacket class starts this Sunday, it's a two session class so plenty of time to get it completed. And you can make any jeans jacket pattern you would like. I think there are 2 spots remaining.
The Wiksten Haori jacket class is really popular and such a good item to make after the Learn to Sew class. It might be sold out as I write this but you can check.

Jacket classes photo montage

And my favorite - I'm doing another Intro to Tailoring Weekend Workshop Class. This one is in January so you have plenty of time to find the perfect fabric. We just held this class in September and it was so much fun, plus the jackets everyone made are gorgeous.   Let's just say the weather wasn't exactly wool jacket or steam pressing weather but it was great fun anyway. Though I am looking forward to the January weather version. You are welcome to make any blazer jacket pattern.

Jacket class

Learn to Sew Class

learn to sew composite

The interest in this class has really surprised me in a good way - we're onto our fifth (?) session of this class in just the last 6 months and it's great to meet so many people who are interested in starting to sew. Note this is a 3 week class, and there are two sessions scheduled. Morning and afternoon.

Fitting Classes: in November we have pattern fitting, the workshop part of the class (morning) still has some spots open. In this class everyone works with half size templates and you learn to do the most common alterations, plus how to measure yourself and the pattern. In the spring we have an Adjust the Bust class, specifically for adjusting bust and other bodice fit questions.

Fitting classes compositie

More Garment sewing, of specific patterns.  Knit T-shirt,  the Zadie Jumpsuit (make a holiday party version!) and the Emerson pants (this pattern is ideal as a first pants project).

separates composite

And of course, Jeans! You can use any jeans pattern, but I must say I love this pattern, and am about to sew up my 4th pair.

jeans class pic

So that's the latest on classes for the rest of 2019 and a bit of 2020. I had better look carefully at my schedule so I can fit in some travel time, there are so many sewists to meet!

Up next, I have just finished a dress from the Burda April 2019 issue - the issue that keeps on giving! and the aforementioned jeans, plus I have some lovely silk and need to decide on a shirt pattern for that.

Happy Sewing and I hope to see you in a class at Hello Stitch or a sewing meet up someday!

Today's garden photo, a dahlia that forgot I planted in the front, which despite a poor location and not much water put out some lovely sunshiny blooms.


Friday, October 11, 2019

New Look 6500 Shift dress, Hawaii vacation version

It's been kind of an odd week here in N. California. Or maybe just a bit out of the ordinary for me, as I returned from a two week vacation in Hawaii and fortunately got back just in time to meet a couple of my international sewing friends in San Francisco. Yoshimi and Carolyn made a trip to California and New York and it would have been so disappointing if I had missed them! But fortunately my schedule coincided with theirs and I had a very happy couple of meetings with them, more details in an upcoming blog post.
Then I had the usual chores of dealing with the pile of laundry, catching up on mail, trying to do some fall garden cleanup etc. but our power company decided to cut the electric power to large swaths of Northern California because of extreme winds and fire danger. Everyone can agree we don't want any chance of more devastating fires but it's so strange to have no power! and they said once it was stopped it could take 1-5 days to restore. Which was infuriating but fortunately ours came back on after 24 hours. We all said it was kind of a forced drill for our unavoidable future earthquake (which we Californians refer to as "the big one" to distinguish it from the fairly common small ones we have regularly) Anyway - I have more ideas for prep for the big one although none of them involve sewing, they are mostly about survival!

Let's move on to a more cheerful topic, sewing. In between all my other summer creations and some necessary projects such as making samples for the studio or checking out new patterns for a future class, I snuck in a couple of completely unnecessary summery things in anticipation of my Hawaiian vacation. I say unnecessary as I have enough summer dresses to last for a tropical vacation of any duration but I like to make new stuff, don't you?

So the front is a simple shift dress, with neck binding and a small cutout, but the back.....

blue dress2 front

blue dress back view2

It has a simple circle cutout with a tie that I've been wanting to do for ages and this dress was the perfect canvas for that.

Here's a closer look at the front and back neckline of the dress.

blue dress front back closeup

For the front I used an idea from several different top patterns that I've made, where the neck binding is a folded over piece, so it has no topstitching but is stitched on and wrapped around the seam allowance of the dress, then hand stitched to close. It may look continuous with the bow tie but actually it ends and then I sewed some straight grain ties on the dress, after all this was quick pre-vacation sewing and the less than lovely stitched-on ties don't show when the bow is tied :) Also another perfecto invisible zipper - I am on a roll! Watch, I will be making something special this winter and be struggling to get that perfect zipper finish at the top.

The pattern I used for a starting point is this New Look pattern which I've used several times before, my favorite version is this embroidered denim one.  Here's the pattern envelope.

New Look Shift dress pattern

I think when I made the previous versions I lowered the neckline some as it felt way too high for my comfort, so for this one I raised it back up a bit, maybe 1/2" but not as much as the original pattern. I did also reshape the armholes a bit, carving them in at the shoulder about 1/2" but not too much as the back cutout precludes wearing a racer-back bra which I often do with my cut-in armhole style tops and dresses.

blue dress close up on form

The fabric is something I added to an order this summer from Fabric Mart. I have had okay success with orders from that fabric store but nothing has really thrilled me. This fabric has a great color and nice weight but it a bit stiffer than I expected for a cotton of this type and also wrinkles more than I expected  - or at least more than other cotton lawns I've used. But the color is great and I think it worked perfectly for this style.

Pattern adjustments, here's a look at the cutouts I drew on the pattern pieces. I didn't cut them out with scissors, but instead traced the cutout line onto the lining which was white cotton voile. Then I used the cotton voile lining pieces as pattern pieces to cut the blue print fabric. Now my pattern is retained and I can use it for the plain shift dress again, or maybe even next summer just a simple top with the cutouts - note to self, remember to make that next spring - I love tops with some back interest! It would work well for another of my faux jumpsuits. 

Blue shift circle dress pattern

Another look and a peek at the variety of tan lines hinted at in that back cutout - all my swimsuits are different and I have a nice variety of tan lines. Which are even more pronounced after a couple of weeks there, although it doesn't matter as I'm home now wearing jeans and a long sleeve tee!

Blue dress back view1

This trip was extra special as it was family and friends on the island, a celebration for my Mom's birthday back in July. Here she is wearing a top I made for her, that fabric was from Stone Mountain and I am wild about that color as well. I have enough left to make a dress for myself but I am not yet ready to go full tourist with matching outfits! Although one evening I did see a youngish couple wearing a matching dress and Aloha shirt, they looked kind of hipster-ish and I wonder if they were wearing them ironically or sincerely, anyway they looked cute.

Blue dress and tunic top on mom

And yes, I know what I will look like at any age - just have to look at my mother Jackie to know. p.s should I tell you her age? No one believes it :)               ok I will tell you, she turned 90 this year!

Ok that's a wrap on this cotton shift dress, I have another dress to blog about that I made for vacation and then it's back to autumn sewing, catching up on sewing examples for Hello Stitch and hoping that our warm weather (minus any wildfires) hangs on for a few more weeks.

Happy Sewing, Beth

And a couple of moments of relaxation, if only of the virtual kind.  First is Kailua Beach, where we rent a house. Second is a Waikiki sunset.

Kailua 2019

Waikiki sunset

Friday, September 27, 2019

Burda magazine summer dress mashup

Everywhere I look there are people getting excited about fall sewing, and the change of seasons. But not me! I would be happy for summer to go on and on. Despite the fact that I love to sew coats and jackets I would perhaps be just as happy to continue wearing summer clothes all year around. But fall will arrive, albeit a bit slowly in my corner of the world. So I have plenty of summer items still to wear and blog.
Here's a dress I finished in late August and was able to wear a few times. I love the color and the fabric but I think I'm over the fit and flare dress silhouette. Right now it looks a bit dated to me, and I'm finding some other shapes more interesting. The patterns are bodice: Burda 05/2018 #114 and the skirt is Burda 05/2019 #101.

hydrang dress4

hydr dress outside without belt

With tie belt and without - at first I thought it didn't work with the pleats but now I'm thinking it gives it more shape.

I found this fabric at an ASG (American Sewing Guild) remnant sale in the springtime. The local chapter has two sales each year, one in the spring and the other in October. I'm not a member (their programs haven't interested me) but I got on the mailing list for the sales and have found some fantastic things there. Here are a couple, this silk made into a top, and the red plaid that became the perfect holiday dress. In the spring I found so many great summer weight fabrics including several ginghams and cotton sateen. As summer sped by this is the only fabric I sewed up although I did give some to a friend. That same friend is assigned to scoop up anything promising at the upcoming October sale as I will be out of town. What will I miss ??? They have yardage, notions, books, tools and other goodies. Like I need more stuff :)

hydr dress on form side view

That's a better representation of the colors in the dress. It's such a nice quality lightweight cotton sateen, the type of fabric that is actually difficult to find lately.

For the pattern I did this mashup of two Burda patterns. Originally I was going to make the entire pattern shown on the left here, which might have given me the idea to use this fabric as the colors are so similar. However I traced off the whole dress but didn't like the fit and shape of the top. So I decided to use the bodice of the dress pattern on the right.

burda compositie of patterns

I made that dress on the right last year, here's the post. I left off the sleeves but otherwise made it as is. The fit of the bodice was just right so I made a mental note to reuse it if need be.

Since this was a mashup and I was kind of winging it to attach the skirt to the bodice I cut the bodice a bit longer than was necessary, and sewed it up, including attaching the zipper just to the bodice.


I lined the bodice with lightweight cotton for a clean finish inside.

And sometimes the zipper comes out perfectly!! with the top of the zipper just lined up with the edge of the neckline. Sewing happiness :)

hydr dress back zipper closeup

More construction details, I like to fully sew the bodice front plus lining, and the back plus lining, then attach at the shoulder seams and finish the last 3 inches on either side of the outer edge of the lining sewing it by hand.


hydrang dress back

One small fit adjustment after I got it all put together, it turned out a bit too big in the waist. Or it was ok without the tie belt but with it there was a bit of bunching around the waist. So quick fix time, I just sewed a small pleat through both the bodice and the skirt just behind the side seam on each side.

Hydr dress side extra pleat

Also, yes there are pockets, I put slippery lining fabric on the front of the pockets and then cotton on the back. That sneaky little pleat hides among the print, thus the red arrow pointing to it there.

hydrang dress 1

So that's the update some of my summer sewing. A few more summer dresses to come and then it's on to fall, particularly as we have some great classes coming up at Hello Stitch for jackets and pants that are perfect for our  - mild but you always need a jacket - bay area weather. Just a note - most of my classes are filling up quickly so if you want to have a spot register soon.

Up next, some sewing for a tropical vacation, and then I'm anxiously waiting for my October Burda, there's a jacket in there that is calling my name! Plus I just received a few swatches in an order from Mood Fabrics and I cannot resist of the the wools. So maybe I am ready for fall?

Happy end of summer sewing, Beth

Today's garden photo, the hydrangeas were amazing this summer, every one had so many blooms they were weighed down and I had armfuls for bouquets in the house. I hope next summer is the same!

Blue green hydrangea

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Random Threads # 37: latest sewing, thoughts on perfect insides and is mending a trend?

Well that was a long stretch since my last Random Threads post which was in May. As usual lately I've been sewing up a storm, but also enjoying summer. I've tried to keep the garden from getting away from me, this is actually the slack time, garden-wise around here. As long as the tomatoes get watered there isn't much else to do. Which means more time for swimming, making ice-cream and having relaxing dinners with family and friends.
On the days when it's not a boiling 100+ degrees Fahrenheit I do get some sewing accomplished. The recent Burda issues have had so many pretty things and I need to resist, although I have one in the works and hope to finish this week. I'm sewing some samples for our fall classes at Hello Stitch and just barely starting to think about fall. I did order some fabrics from Mood this week and tossed quite a few wool swatch samples in my cart so perhaps one of those will be just what I didn't know I wanted.

Burda 6329 Envelope pattern: I have a few knits from Girl Charlee and one day decided this coral fabric needed to be sewn up immediately. I really like this pattern and I think in the winter I'll make the long sleeve version.  Worn here with my trusty Vogue 1247 denim skirt.

Coral burda stripe tee1


Ordinarily the neckband needs to be cut on the cross-grain but this fabric was quite stretch so it worked to rotate it lengthwise and then have the contrast stripes which I really like. By the way, I don't use the neckband pattern piece which came with the pattern, it didn't seem right and I just use my own method which is one I learned from the Threads website - it never fails. Also the sleeves are hemmed about 3 inches shorter than the pattern view, it think on me the sleeve length is just dowdy and needed to be shorter like this, or maybe longer. Anyway - stitcher's choice, right?


Sewing Failures: Thankfully I don't have many sewing failures, and if I can tell something is not working out I just stop mid-project. If I can salvage the fabric and turn into something else I will do that, or maybe save the large pieces for other things. But I think this fabric was my nemesis and I have tried to make 2 things from a very large piece, both were utter failures and it was time to move on!

green gingham dress composite

I thought I would try the longer length and turns out it made me feel like I was wearing someone else clothes. I did like the neckline and pleating on the bodice so that's an idea for another day. Combining the length, the ruffle and the gingham just made me feel like I had refashioned something from the Little House on the Prairie collection. If that was a thing :).  Also that lime green shade is just not my favorite. I think I will take this dress over to Hello Stitch and see if anyone wants it.
To sum up my sewing failures, 90% of the time it's when I pick the wrong fabric for the style. How about you?

Pressing matters: I am a pressing fanatic, and it just irks me to see pattern designers showing their examples that are poorly pressed, or not pressed at all. By this I don't mean the inherent wrinkles in fabric such as linen or cotton, but the seams not pressed sufficiently or hems wobbling. Or even extra creases pressed in where they shouldn't be. It makes me question the professionalism and quality of the pattern product. Do you notice this?

Is Mending a Trend? Seriously? My feeling on mending is that it's good for your wardrobe, your wallet and the planet. I guess I grew up in a family that mended, fixed and repaired before buying something new, so mending seems second nature. But I have friends that get rid of clothes with a tiny hole or lost button. It seems like such a shame to do that. My a ha! moment as a teenager was realizing I could replace the zipper in a pair of jeans and have it look exactly the same. I wrote a post on the Craftsy blog a while ago on this, here's the link, it's not hard and so satisfying. Also for that post I actually extracted the perfectly good zipper from those jeans and then re-sewed it in, as I didn't have any jeans with a broken zipper at hand :)

Piecing: another oddly satisfying sewing maneuver. When I made a Simplicity skirt pattern recently I was down to itsy bitsy pieces to make the ruffle part, and the skirt pieces fit on the large chunks with just one corner of the side seam hanging over the edge. Piecing to the rescue.

Piecing wrap skirt

This little triangle is about 3 inches long. I cut out the skirt front, sewed on a chunk of fabric and then placed the paper pattern piece back on and cut the edge out. I think I recall seeing some vintage patterns that gave instructions for using 36" wide fabric that also included the piecing, or perhaps the design was created with that in mind and no pattern piece was wider than 36". Thank goodness for 60" wide fabric! I think piecing and color blocking or fabric mixing are fun exercises for our sewing brains.

Perfectionism and how you finish the inside of garments: This is such an interesting topic to me as I am so focused on the outside, and I really don't have an interest in doing special finishes on unlined garments. All bets are off on a lined coat or jacket as the lining is likely to be seen when you take it off, so I take quite a lot of care on those items. In fact I typically hand sew the linings in and don't think they come out as well if you bag the lining. Having a lining means that the inside seams are hidden so don't need any special treatment. But on other things, like t-shirts or jeans, I don't focus on the thread color, or if my pocket lining coordinates. I know some people get great enjoyment in doing special seam finishes or bias binding but I find that so tedious. Back in May, Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow wrote a blog post on this topic and I was interested to see her thoughts. We sew very different items but I agree with her on inside thread colors - it's not critical. I wonder if the fact that I started sewing way before I ever had a serger means that using a serger seems extra to me? I think it's nice to use, particularly on denim, but not a deal breaker. I'm constantly amazed in my classes that beginner sewists immediately are planning to go out and buy a serger in addition to a sewing machine. My advice is buy more fabric and practice making garments, but I think I'm a lonely voice in that chorus.

Latest Tunic top for my Mom:  Here's the most recent tunic top I've sewn for my mom, she said she wanted something in green, and I showed here a few fabrics but nothing caught her eye. Then I was in Stone Mountain and found this lovely woven rayon in the sale area, so score! I've made her these tops before and on this one she wanted that higher collar, so I combined this New Look pattern with the body of the self-drafted pattern that I usually use.

NL6544 envelope tunic topgreen white tunic top

The new patterns require So Much Fabric: Ruffles, full sleeves, gathers, longer lengths, all these details call for so much fabric! The fashion pendulum has swung and a lot of the patterns look so similar to those of a previous decade...which I think is 70's?
Case in point, this McCalls new fall release pattern, the Version C in the photo. The fabric requirements for 60" wide are 4.5 yards to 4.875 yards across the size range, and for a 45" wide fabric the fabric requirements are 5 to 6.5 yards. WOW! that is a lot of fabric. For Version A it ranges between 3 to 3.5 yards of 60" wide but that is still a lot! I think it might pay to really figure out what features of these new patterns are appealing to you, perhaps the skirt, or a long poet-style sleeve and choose accordingly, instead of going for every feature in one dress and needing almost 6 yards!

M7998 pattern envelope

That's it for today, although in my last random threads I did mention there is one dress that bugs me when I see it. And that is the Kielo dress by Named Patterns. Named have lots of fantastic patterns, I like their style so much. But the Kielo dress shape seems wrong to my eye, if the tie part was an overlay instead of continuing from the main body piece I would like it more. Also that dress must use quite a bit of fabric as well. Anyway - it's a wide world of patterns and there are so many to choose from.

Up next at Hello Stitch - some interesting classes for fall. If you are interested sign up when they are listed as a lot of them are quickly sold out. There are a couple of spots open in the Zadie jumpsuit class in September, and then in October I'm doing a Tamarack Jacket class and a Jeans jacket class. Not yet announced will be a Wardrobe Sewing class - we'll be using a new and popular pattern set of pants and top - any guesses? I just made the pants to try them out and I will be making more!

August is flying by, school has started around here just as we are getting out late summer heat wave. Temps around 100F here at my house - so here is how I really look when taking blog pictures.

Coral burda tee2

Stay cool and Happy Summer Sewing;

Today's garden photo, some pink gladioli taken in July. Like tulips, I plant these bulbs and then promptly forget all about them, so they are such a nice surprise when they bloom. 

Pink Glads

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Zadie Jumpsuit from Paper Theory Patterns

If you had told me two years ago that I would be making and wearing a jumpsuit I would have said "not in a million years". And yet here I am, wearing this jumpsuit, and teaching a class this weekend on this very pattern. After this pattern came out and I saw so many great versions on IG and blogs I came to the conclusion that it's a pattern that's both simple and stylish, quick to sew, actually easy to get on and off, and it looks great in so many different fabrics. This is the Zadie jumpsuit from Paper Theory Patterns. 

jumpsuit zadie 4

I wanted to take photos and do this blog post this week, so I was outside as the light was fading around 7pm. On the positive side - I had just come home from getting my haircut so I figured bright lipstick, dash out and take my photos. That spot on my patio has a nice blank wall but the light is limited due to the angle and the patio cover. I'm still contemplating painting a section in a nice light color. Oh the things we do for photos these days, right?

This fabric is a polyester crepe ? kind of a textured fabric with a very slight stretch, which I bought around New Years time at Joann's on one of their super sale days. I loved the color but didn't really have any need for some poly, however when I was thinking about this jumpsuit I saw it in my stash. I still have about 1.5 yards remaining so I think that will be a dress. Because now I'm sold on this color :)

Super duper fabric closeup so you can see the texture. Which is a nice feature - it presses perfectly but no wrinkles! And you can see one small change I made which was to add belt loops.

Zadie fabric up close

If you've been living under a rock for the past few months and haven't seen this pattern here is the tech drawing.

Zadie jumpsuit tech drawing

I did make a couple of fitting adjustments, as I made a sample version which is hanging on the wall at Hello Stitch, in my size 10 and which I thought the overall fit was nice the crotch was very low, to me it felt awkward. I decided to raise it up on this version and then if it turned out too high I could always stitch it lower.  Here's the change I made, raising both the front and back crotch curve by 2 inches. That turned out to be perfect and I left it that way after I basted it to try on.

pattern adjustment zadie pants

jumpsuit back view

The slight drawback of raising the crotch curve is that it is now shorter in the body, so slightly more wriggling to get it on since the length of the opening is now shorter, but it is by no means too short and I think the back looks better than on the test version that I made. (In this post if you scroll down you can see the test version that I made).

jumpsuit zadie 3

The other notable change is the length, I added 6 inches to the length, and then ended up hemming up about 2.5-3 inches as I wanted it to be full length, I don't think the crop length looks good on me at all.

This jumpsuit is very cleverly designed in that there are no closures other than the tie belt, but it is really like a wrap dress, so the fronts overlap and provide very good coverage. It's one of the type of garment that probably doesn't look all that great on the hanger if you were to see it in a store but once you put it on then it looks fantastic.

zadie jumpsuit on hanger

Zadie belt

I might have gone a little overboard with the belt loops but that is one criticism of the pattern, or the wearability. Most all of them that I see have the tie belt wrapped but the waist seam tends to slide down below it, and sometimes it looks a bit baggy in the backside. I almost wonder if it would look OK and be comfortable to have a casing with elastic just across the back waist. Might try that sometime in the future.

One other little adjustment was to add to the front edge of the bodice, where the wraps overlap at the center front. This is another of my "I will add a little bit here and if I don't like it when I sew it together and try on then I can always remove it" adjustments. But I left it as it. By adding that small amount on a wrap dress or top you are raising the point where the overlaps intersect. Often this is the difference between a pretty and comfortable neckline and a slightly too revealing wrap neckline.
I wrote an article on the Craftsy blog in the past which is now on the Bluprint site, so it may be helpful when fitting a wrap neckline,

pattern adjustment zadie bodice

One other place when I decided to go off the instructions was in the binding of the opening. This fabric was a bit spongy and it didn't look great with topstitching as a linen or cotton would, so I hand stitched the bias binding around the neck.
It did take a few minutes but the thread really disappeared into the texture of the fabric and allowed me to get the binding even all the way around. Plus a bit of hand sewing is fine when it's SHARK WEEK on Discovery channel. Any other shark week fans out there? It's silly, it's bombastic and yet I find it so mesmerizing. Also as someone who loves to swim in the ocean, I find it both educational and nightmare inducing. But I love anything ocean related so it's really interesting.

Zadie binding

jumpsuite ig

So that's the scoop on my Zadie jumpsuit. This Saturday I have a class on this pattern which is full, however we are offering it again in September and I think there are some spots still open, but I think they will fill up.

What else? I'm sneaking in a few new summer dresses here and there in my sewing time, as I have a vacation coming up. We have a jean jacket class on the calendar at Hello Stitch in October - that will be fun and it's such a great item for our bay area weather. There is one spot that opened up in my Jacket Tailoring class in mid-Sept. I just started on a Jasika blazer this week as I wanted to try out the pattern so I will post some progress on my IG story. Also we're planning a capsule wardrobe class so more details on that soon.

I wasn't going to include this picture but I decided it needed a caption of this type "oh hello, welcome to my garden, where I flounce around in my elegant jumpsuit admiring my flowers, and I ignore the dry patch on the lawn where the sprinklers refuse to cooperate". Or something equally silly but you get the idea.

Zadie 5 jumpsuit

Happy Summer Sewing,

Today's garden photo, dahlias and a milkweed, which I happily planted to help the monarch butterflies. And I was thrilled this week to see some in my yard. Long live the monarch butterflies! 

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