Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Liberty Love

 
 
Sometimes fabrics just speak to you.  This Liberty print says it all to me - love it!
 
 
 
 
The under dress is all ivory PERFECTLY matched laces and batiste.  I have to give a big shout out to Capital Imports and Farmhouse Fabrics for providing these beautiful materials.  We all know there are many, many shades of ivory, some which look good together, and some which REALLY don't.  This can be a big frustration when planning a project with multiple laces and fabrics.  Thumbs up!!!

 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Another Capri Set


I'm been having a bit of fun making capri sets that incorporate heirloom techniques in the small size manageable format of  a swing top and pants - not yards and yards of full skirts and ruffles.  This one has a bit of hand embroidery, button centered cast-on flowers connected with a chain stitch, an interesting two color entredeux edge trim, and lots of  French bias bound edges.


The interfaced pockets have an embroidered, entredeux trimmed flap and are bound with 1/16"  lime microcheck.  I like to prefinish my bindings to the exact length needed, using a technique that angles the ending seam allowance away from the final finished edge.  It gives a much cleaner, less bulky finish than trying to tuck the binding end seam allowances in at the finished edges.  I prefinished the length of the bias bindings on the neckline, pockets, and lower edge of the swing top.


The edges of the pocket flaps, mock front yoke, and ruffle sleeves are finished with entredeux which has been trimmed and embellished with a cross stitch and running stitch in two contrasting colors.

 
 
The top  fabric is petite point pique and is fully lined with Imperial batiste. The cuffed, reversible capris are fine line navy pique reversing to microcheck.  This will be a new class project for 2013 in sizes 3-6. 
 
I'm trying to step away from the traditional pastel pink/blue/ green color palette that is so lovely to work with but often over used.  I'm making this set up in an alternate color way of aqua pique and orange microcheck. I don't think I've made anything orange in my entire life - well... maybe in the 70's but I can't be held responsible for that.
 
 

Teaching Schedule for 2018

January
6-11 Sewing at the Beach
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
contact: www.sewingatthebeach.com

22-26 - Private Class

March
19-23 Teaching Studio
St. Louis, Missouri
contact: v-keller@sbcglobal.net
(or text 314 974 7561)

April
7-8 Bewitching Stitchers
Boston, Mass
contact: peg_round@yaoo.com

10-14 Children's Corner
Nashville, Tennessee
Contact; www.children'scornerstore.com

20-22 Bewitching Stitchers

May
30-June 2 Private Class

June
4-9 Private class

July
23-27 Private Class

September
17-23 SAGA National Convntion
Winston/Salem North Carolina
contact: www.smocking.org

October
4-10 Beating Around the Bush
Adelaide, Australia

22-26
Teaching Studio
St. Louis, Missouri
contact: v-keller@sbcglobal.net
(or text 314 974 7561)


I have several open dates in 2018 for private or public groups.
For teaching information, a current class list, and available dates, contact gaildoane@hotmail.com