Showing posts from March 16, 2008

McCall's 5591 Skirt Review

It may look like this outside.... ...but that's not stopping me from sewing brightly colored summer apparel. Using a cotton stretch sateen bursting with colors I sewed a pleated yoke skirt (view B) from McCall's 5591 . Skirt pattern layout First of all, note that view B and C are cut cross-grain - which means you should not use a directional print. (A border print would work well even though it's not shown or recommended.) Now you might be looking at my skirt and thinking " but you're print has a one-way design" or " with all those colors who would even know that print has a one-way design ". And you'd be correct with both statements. This fabric does indeed have a directional print, but with all of the colors it's not immediately evident. I choose the fabric and pattern without realizing it was cut cross-grain until I pulled out the layout instructions. There would not have been enough fabric for this skirt if I had followed the layout

Mark you calendars - Craftstravaganza is coming

St. Paul Craftstravaganza, a one day rogue art & craft sale, will be held the end of April - Sat. April 26 to be exact. An opportunity to browse many indie vendor 's booths, listen to live music, or attend a workshop or demo. Check out the media coverage from last year if you're wondering what a Craftstravaganza is all about. Sounds like a good time to me! Leave a comment or send me an email if you plan on attending - maybe we can hook up while checking out all the cool stuff.

Spring 2008 Make it Mine magazine has hit the stands

The second issue of Make it Mine went on sale today - at least according to their website . Click here to view a video preview of the issue. Now if I would have remembered to actually mail my subscription card I would probably be reading and reviewing this issue already instead of planning a trip to the bookstore to search the magazine rack...

Simplicity 3962 - a season transition skirt

I barely had time to catch my breath from an incredibly busy week and now another busy weekend will soon be coming to a close. In between the usual chores (and a beautiful wedding and super fun reception yesterday) I managed to squeeze in a small amount of sewing time. The result was the completion of this skirt. A seasonal transition skirt to wear as the dreary cloudy cool weather slowly changes over to bright sunny warm weather. I used the skirt from Simplicity 3962, an OOP Threads pattern (I sewed the jacket previously - and I have yet to fix the threads that Abby pulled loose ...). The fabric I used is a poly/cotton glen plaid purchased from The Fabric Club. I choose to cut the bottom section on the bias in an attempt to spice up the business-like appearance of the skirt. The end product was a nice, but slightly boring skirt. (But it did have a great flowing bias swing at the hem.) It needed something but I wasn't sure what so I set the skirt aside for a few days while I wai