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Okay…I did it…

Pattern: Simplicity 4127

In case you were wondering, that vague post title refers to the fact that I made a muslin, which is something I pretty much never do.  I just don’t have much patience when tackling new projects.  But, I have also noticed that being a newbie, I tend to make a lot of mistakes.  And I also notice that the second time I make something, I make less mistakes, soooo….yeah you see where this is going.

Making a muslin refers to making a “trial” garment out of some inexpensive material.  Traditionally these were made with muslin, hence the name, which is a really plain cotton fabric.  But now the term “making a muslin” is used for any fabric that may be used.  This is my understand at least, from reading many sewing blogs.  Feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

I bought a wonderful white material labeled “as seen in J Crew” at the Fabric Corner in Arlington, MA.  I bought it because it reminded me of this cute summer top I used to have when I was much younger, that showed off my midriff.  I’m not at an age where I can show that much skin, but I did want another cute summer top, so I splurged on it (it was pretty expensive) and then bought this pattern:

Simplicity 4127

My mom gave me some brown-ish printed cotton that was leftover from a quilting project.  So I got to work. Continue reading

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The Swing of Things…

I’ve been back from vacation for a few weeks, but really having trouble getting back to my sewing.  It’s truly a shame because I am really late in making my sister’s birthday present….which I will reveal when it’s done.

Scotland was amazing by the way!  I was so lucky to get the opportunity to visit during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and also experience some of energy of the Commonwealth Games.  I didn’t have tickets to any of the games, so I did the next best thing – fabric shopping!   I went to Mandors Fabric Store in Glasgow, just so I could say that bought fabric while in another country.  Weird, I know, but I figured whatever Continue reading