A friend called me that other day and asked if I was OK? I'm fine! She said, "Well, you haven't updated your blog in a while, and I wondered if you were still around."
Ooops! I guess it has been a while...
My sewing challenge this year is to make a garment each month starting with the Tabula Rasa Jacket pattern from Fit For Art patterns. It is going very well. I am really enjoying the different things I have made and still have some ideas that I am excited to sew. The tricky part is, that I asked Threads Magazine if they would like to follow along and they did. Great! BUT...they ask that I not post something that will be on their site before they post it. That means, by the time they get the monthly challenge garment posted, I am a month or two ahead of them. By that time I have moved on and forget to go back and post the garments here! ANYWAY....it's all good and I will try to remember to share them here.
My April project was an Easter dress. I can't remember the last time I actually got a new Easter dress. Growing up it was a huge spring ritual. The dress, new shoes, the hat, the gloves and the coat. All very proper. Many of my projects are inspired by a particular fabric and the minty green linen that had been languishing in my stash, called out to be an Easter dress.
Truth be told, it was basically a shirt dress. Pretty darn simple. But the collar that I chose and the ceramic buttons really made the simple lines seem very special.
I spent most of an afternoon drafting a cut on facing that would hold the collar only to realize that there was no way I would have enough fabric to do a facing. Plan B....
I found a really lovely cotton batik that looked just great with my linen. Not only did I get the facings that I needed, I was able to add pockets to the dress as well....yeah for plan B's.