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I keep meaning to make my own Kantha Quilt from purple quilting cotton scraps but given that I need new bathing suits,  sleeveless tops and dresses rather badly and will have no need for a jacket until December I will probably have to pass on this for now.

But maybe this will give some quilters an idea.  :meow:

I just purchased these two fabrics from EOS and was planning to make a sleeveless SA Maisie Designer Dress with the knit for the bodice and the floral for the skirt.  They even showed up on the  "possible coordinates" side bar for each other.  I might change my mind and go with a black knit for the top instead.

tropical floral stretch cotton
rose petal pink rayon knit

I agree with others in that it needs some bright color to offset the darkness. The fabric seems too light weight for boots. Maybe give it day of rest and revisit again after that. Scarves are easy to make so perhaps you have something in your stash that would work.

Block of the Month 2018 / Re: April's BOM
« on: April 07, 2018, 21:22:59 PM »
I'm not an active quilter though I am still working through my rather large quilting cotton stash making pet blankets, napkins, bags, pillowcases and yes, the occasional quilt. Because of this I haven't been doing any of the BOMs but this reads cats to me so it's tempting.

Patterns Discussion / Re: VOGUE Summer patterns
« on: April 06, 2018, 17:46:10 PM »
Funny, Bodgeitandscarper  0_0
I liked the vest too but dismissed it because of the way it's constructed.  I don't care for the wrong side showing. In the other view it seems to have binding applied in the reverse direction which could be OK but I didn't think the sample garment looked that good.

Seems like some of these designers are running out of ideas ...

Patterns Discussion / Re: VOGUE Summer patterns
« on: April 06, 2018, 10:15:56 AM »
I was attracted to the Rachel Comey "dress" though for me it would be a top over leggings or slim legged pants.  Far too short for this middle-aged body.

I kind of like the sleeveless Tilton but I have the feeling it would only work well for a particular body type. And it isn't mine.

In the wardrobe / Re: What’s...
« on: April 06, 2018, 04:05:28 AM »
I found the maxi, cami/top, jacket pattern thanks to Pinterest. It was a McCall's. I remember the peplum being a little fuller and longer but it could be the line drawings are off. I did the long sleeves for the jacket.  The photo appears to have lace which I didn't use. I did not make the pants.  Funny, I don't like it as much this time around. But, I'm generally not a fan of the 70s.

I would consider this top a cami of sorts but perhaps it is not.

In the wardrobe / Re: What’s...
« on: April 06, 2018, 02:26:56 AM »
I vaguely recall making an apron when I was seven.  I don't have much recollection of that time period but in home ec (starting in 7th grade age 11-12 I think) our first project was an a-line skirt.  :angry:  To this day I don't much like them.

I didn't really sew what I wanted until high school. At that time I sewed nearly all my clothes.  One outfit that really stands out and I wish I still had the pattern for it was a four panel maxi skirt, camisole and collarless peplum jacket that came down to a V at the waist where it buttoned.  I made the skirt and camisole from some light weight denim like fabric and the jacket from a dark blue brushed corduroy (the peplum was lined in the skirt/cami fabric).  I remember loving that outfit and wearing it frequently. I tried to find the pattern online earlier with no luck. 

I made the short version of this dress twice but with short sleeves and no lace on the collar.  I even have an old photo of me wearing one of them.  I miss those jp sizes they had back then.  Perfect fit with no alterations. They wouldn't work now but they would have up until about 10 years ago.

I found the photo and took a photo of it so it's a bit blurry.  It's strange to see something I made 40 some years ago.  I think my sleeves could have been better. The days of black and white mostly.  I remember the floral as having pinks and minty greens in it.

Wow Morgan.  Yours are all very creative.

Patterns Discussion / Re: Securing Patterns
« on: March 31, 2018, 00:49:36 AM »
I have used a rotary cutter with "weights" for years.  My weights tend to be my various rulers.  If you look in my last post (24Feb) in my Diary here you will see what I use. When I first started using the rotary cutter to cut out patterns I was not happy about it. I felt like I didn't have good control but after many years of doing it that way I wouldn't consider using scissors and pins ever again.


Great job on your variations Acorn.  I also like the third one best.  Such a rich color.

Iminei, I didn't join until December so my renewal has a ways to go but if I just pay from the link will it just extend the date?  I only do PayPal as a "guest" as I don't like them or their terms so no longer have an active account with them.

Sewing Machines / Re: Branded bobbins - important?
« on: March 30, 2018, 18:04:21 PM »
I believe it would depend on the machine.  My Viking #1 won't accept the generic bobbins.  My previous cheaper machines of 20+ years ago did.

Patterns Discussion / Re: McCall's Spring patterns
« on: March 17, 2018, 11:04:05 AM »
You make a point UttaRetch. In reality I have more patterns than lengths of fabric so the fact that so few appeal to me is probably a good thing.

Patterns Discussion / Re: McCall's Spring patterns
« on: March 17, 2018, 00:03:36 AM »
Not much of interest in that in that collection for me either. In fact the only designer I found that I consistently liked was Nicole Miller and even then only about half the offerings.  I like the Tilton and other Vogue designer patterns but then I'm in the target age group. Unfortunately, more and more I'm realizing the styles I like mostly don't work for me as a short small boned person with a bit of upper body padding.

And the cold shoulder look is way past it's expiration date in my view.  ><

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