and a similarly designed Margarita Tank Top from L J Designs. Great sale on Londa's Sewing website for Margarita Top
The weather in Baltimore is pleasant today but the cool weather is moving in quickly and I need some lightweight silk knit, merino knit and maybe polarfleece 100 knit tops for under my sweaters and tops. I'm stitching these two patterns as mock ups to take up to Sarah Veblen for some fitting help next Tuesday. I've booked two hours with Sarah and if I'm industrious I will take some woven tops and perhaps another dress for her fitting assistance.
|Copying the pattern with carbon paper|
It takes time to get mock ups ready. I usually copy the pattern,particularly if it is OOP. It means marking vertical lines, easy enough to just continue the grain line and use that for marking. But it also means creating horizontal pattern lines and transferring those from the pattern to the fabric.
|My mock up inexpensive cotton poly interlock from Fabric Mart|
The Alabama Chanin pattern is a delight to look at in its finished form, but what a pain in the neck to prepare. I heard Sarah bemoan its lack of trued seam lines when another friend brought it to the June sewing retreat and this morning I had the same experience. I dislike the bother of "walking" seams but it does make the final sewing easier and so much more enjoyable. So I "walked" all five seam lines and had to add about 1/2" in length on several of them to make them equal length. Walking seams from The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting This simple knit top doesn't have facings which does speed up the process.
|The Alabama Chanin sizing chart.....|
Yes, it's good to be back in my sewing space and feeling ready to tackle something new. All of October we were carrying around the weight of our decision about Sam, as well as being busy just taking care of him. We miss his presence but yes, we know it was the right and loving thing to do. Thank you, thank you, for your kind, thoughtful words that are helping us heal and enjoy our memories. It does help to know that others have gone through this and felt this same loss and pain. As the saying goes, friends and family are what multiply our joys and divide our grief.