|Chef Petey celebrates the sewing guild retreat|
|Ballroom before all the attendees and their projects|
|Busy, busy sewers!|
Julie's blog and retreat project summary
I was able to sew a few finished items and came home with a few more to complete.
|Jalie twist top for my upcoming trip|
|Nightgown made by lengthening Simplicity 3624 and making it sleeveless|
|Infinity scarf from silk chiffon for this Chicos sweater|
|Simplicity 3884 jacket (more about this one later)|
|Kwik Sew 3304 swing skirt which still needs lining and waistband|
Muslin of Vogue 8483 was very disappointing. I'm not even sure it's worth revisiting since it is similar to this Simplicity jacket but not as nicely fitting. I might try to copy the collar treatment at a later date. No picture of this one.
I also enjoyed staying in the delightful town of Winchester, VA. Even in the dead of winter I got out each day to walk the streets and see the city. There's a downtown pedestrian mall area, struggling somewhat in this difficult retail economy so I want to support local merchants. I enjoyed a scrumptious clam chowder at Patsy's Pastry Pizza for one day's lunch and a delicious shrimp bisque and salad at Brewbaker's the following afternoon. I am a library lover and my visit to the John Handley library headquarters was a true delight.
Judge John Handley of Scranton, Pennsylvania left $250,000 in his will to " . . . open a Public Library for the free use of the people of the city of Winchester forever." The Handley Trustees hired architects J. Stewart Barney and Henry Otis Chapman of New York who designed the building in Beaux-Arts style. The Handley Library opened in 1913 at a cost of $233,230.28 for the building and furnishings. An addition was added to the building in 1979 and a complete renovation, designed by Dennis Kowal Architects, was completed in 2001.
There are beautiful twin winding staircases on either side of that front entrance that take you upstairs across a glass floor in that dome to the children and young adult depts. I could have spent hours there but my sewing machine and sewing friends were calling me back.
If you ever have the chance to attend a sewing retreat I hope you go. Your happy heart will thank you for it.
Meanwhile, it's day 5 of 30 for Lucky the rescue dog's heartworm treatment. It's not easy keeping a terrier relatively inactive but we're doing our very best. The two dogs are being kept separate so there's no rough housing going on during this period. We'll all be happy when the carousing can start again.