What Else I've Been Sewing
I've been working the red jacket/dress ensemble for a while now, but I've also been sewing and refashioning a few things for myself and my daughter.
First, a skirt refashion for my daughter. This skirt (made last year) was not long enough for her to wear to school, so I had to add length to it. I did not have any of the original fabric, but did find some corduroy and some ribbon in the collection that would coordinate.
I first cut off the old hem. There was no point in taking out the hem, as there would be some pretty permanent creases and lines. I then cut lengths of corduroy, approximately three times the circumference of the hem, seamed them and applied the ruffle. Once that was on, I did a rolled hem with the serger to finish the ruffle. I suspect this skirt might not fit next year, so a quick and easy finish was the right choice.
After that, I added a little ribbon with horses to tie the fabrics together a little better. I bought the ribbon in Mass. on a shopping trip a couple of years ago with VickiW. and SueB. The fabrics don't exactly match, but they do work together. She likes the result and will be happy to wear the skirt again.
Second, I've made myself a few more things with some Elan patterns. I am very, very pleased with the fit of Elan, which seems to work better for me than some of the other patterns I've tried. Just like other apparel, some pattern companies work better for certain body types than others.
I made this one from Elan #645:
This one is from Elan #511:
I have new beginner's kits for these patterns, plus Elan #520 for larger sizes available in my Etsy shop. Starting next week, I'll be doing step by step tutorials for making these on my other blog, Hooks and Wires. If I get my new dyes soon, there might be new colored kits coming in the next few weeks, too.
This weekend, I'll be making my husband a fleece top, per his request, which will require some fitting as he's losing weight and is now a size smaller (he is blogging his journey on his weight loss blog, Losing Fifty). Should be interesting . . .
Parting Shot: Raking. Yay. The trees sure are pretty, but amount of leaves is just incredible!