Yup, I wrote that post two months ago then spent a lot of time the following week prepping projects for the wonderful end of January American Sewing Guild Northern Virginia chapter sewing retreat. This might have been my twelfth sewing retreat and was the fourth at the historic and beautiful George Washington Winchester Wyndham Hotel. This year was especially enjoyable for me, relaxing and easy going. Last year I was in the midst of prepping to sell our Florida condo and under a great deal of personal stress. Last year I needed the sewing retreat.....this year was a delight because could just bask in enjoying the moments.
|A ballroom of happy sewists at work|
|The breakfast buffet awaits.....and a dinner one will look even more splendid|
|Sewing bloggers meet and greet one another: lucky me, Julie from From These Hands Welmoed from There She Sews Audrey from SewTawdry|
I did not take any new patterns to sew, just filled in winter wardrobe gaps so I was a little reluctant to blog about them....but here they are in their retrospective:
More Pamela's Patterns Magic Pencil skirts, these with dark brown and black in the prints so I could wear them with tights and black dancing shoes for the beginning Lindy class that Mr. Lucky and I took for four weeks in the winter.
|Kwik Sew 3740 in a toasty warm sweater knit|
|McCalls 6444 in a glittery navy sweater knit, years old from Fabric Mart|
|Multiple versions of the Margarita tank top for layering all winter and spring, this one with a lingerie lace picot edge|
|Too wide a sleeve hem|
|Testing that front tie idea|
|Finished refashioning result|
Final retreat project was a coordinated Margarita knit top and this burnout poly print from JoAnn's a half dozen years ago. I made a top and lightweight jacket for our March Florida trip and the colors cheered me up in the midst of the brutal winter. But even this jacket was a repeat pattern, Vogue 8088, a Marcy Tilton OOP pattern Vogue 8088 previous version that I have fallen in love with this year.
|Marcy's wonderful directions include all these mitered corners and french seams|
|Three pieces of fabric|
|Some tailoring supplies and a vintage tailoring book for next winter's coat project|