Happy New Year everyone! Matt and I are really looking forward to 2014. To get ready for the coming year we have cleaned off our erasable marker calendar and filled it with new dates and goals for Thread Theory. I've cleaned out my sewing studio as well so it is ready for new projects.
I even went fabric shopping with my mom to re-fill my cleaned and surprisingly empty fabric closet. Fabricland
notified us both of their annual New Year sale which takes place on January 1st and consists of the whole store being AT LEAST 50% OFF!!!! As soon as we were notified we started carefully laying out our plans. Fabric shopping with my mom is no laughing matter, indeed it is a carefully planned tactical operation designed to yield maximum results - complete with a Dec. 30th reconnaissance mission and a stream-lined 30 minute raid of the fabric store right as the doors opened at 10am.
Our motive was to get in and get out before the crowds so as to have enough time and energy to still enjoy our holiday away from frenzied shopping madness. We were very successful and the Fabricland employees had a laugh at our organization level. My mom was in charge of the master cutting list and was the first to the cutting table despite the store being absolutely packed with shoppers. We piled the table high with our fabrics and I headed off with our notions list. Despite the huge amount of fabric we were buying, we somehow also made it to the checkout first! The line up quickly grew behind us but my mom clicked open her trunk from the till and we were out the door with enough time to spare in our 30 minute slot to carefully check over our receipts.
Our careful planning led to a total of zero impulse purchases, a great pile of co-coordinating fabrics ready for pattern samples throughout the next year, and one treat for myself in the form of super bright and summery kimono fabric for a summer dress! Mission accomplished!
In other sewing news, my mother-in-law, Sue, has just sent me photos of a Christmas project she has been working on. She adapted the Newcastle Cardigan pattern to become a woven and lined jacket which she sewed in a beautiful plaid wool. She amazed Matt and I with her sewing skills. Her only other sewing project since high school has been to skilfully sew this pair of Jedediah Pants.
She is intimidated by nothing and with one project under her belt went right on to drafting a full lining and perfectly matching the plaid - two projects that would instil fear in many sewer's hearts I am sure! Her jacket turned out really well but unfortunately didn't quite fit it's recipient. I guess that is one of the dangers of guessing someone's measurements and not being able to try on the garment during the sewing process. I hope, with a small adjustment or two such as shortening the sleeves, the cardigan might nicely fit Sue herself!
In order to make the knit cardigan pattern work with a woven fabric (with absolutely no stretch) Sue chose a size larger than the recipient would likely need (she guessed he was between sizes). She also used smaller seam allowances in some areas to provide a little extra room in the shoulders and the waist. I think she did an excellent job and that the Newcastle makes a very cozy and elegant plaid wool jacket! If you want to try sewing the Newcastle with a woven I would highly recommend making a woven mock-up first as the pattern is designed for stretch fabrics and is quite close fitting in areas such as the shoulders, the biceps and the waist/trunk. Seeing how nice Sue's looks really makes me want to give it a try!